‘Initiatives in place’ to tackle yob behaviour

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WIGAN authorities have moved to reassure residents after a spate of crime and anti-social behaviour has struck around a borough park.

Greater Manchester Police and Wigan Council said a number of measures have been put in place after residents alerted them to a series of incidents in and around Jubilee Park in Ashton.

The Evening Post has reported in recent weeks of gangs attacking residents, police and fire crews, throwing missiles and smashing a glass bus shelter.

In a separate incident, detectives are appealing for witnesses after a batch of fireworks were stolen from a shop on nearby Bolton Road.

Three people have been arrested and bailed until December 10 after the burglary that occurred at 3.30am on Monday.

The fireworks have now been recovered.

Coun Kevin Anderson, cabinet member for community safety at Wigan Council said: “The council and its partners are taking this whole situation very seriously.

“I’d like to reassure local residents that we are doing everything we can to put an end to these incidents.

“If you notice anti-social behaviour in the area, please contact our customer services helpline on 01942 404364.”

Concerned residents will conduct a public meeting this evening held at the Hilton Street YMCA.

The meeting comes a week after a man was assaulted by a gang of youths on Wigan Road.

Police are still keen to hear from any witnesses that may have been in the area at just before 7pm on Wednesday November 30.

Regarding the ongoing spate of anti-social behaviour Andrea Jones of GMP’s Wigan Division said: “We have a few initiatives in place to tackle antisocial behaviour (ASB) over the longer term in this area.

“We frequently carry out diversionary tactics with partnership teams to get young people involved in positive, worthwhile activities, and on the enforcement side we try to identify those involved and make them subject to behavioural controls.

“These include acceptable behaviour contracts, anti-social behaviour orders (ASBOs) and dispersal orders to prevent groups from congregating in hot-spot areas. We also visit schools and colleges with fire officers to educate young people and inform them of the consequences of ASB.”

A WLCT spokesman said: “The majority of park gates have been locked, however the entrance on Queens Road is being opened in the morning to allow disabled access to the park, and people can still enter the park via the open access on Wigan Road.

“We have also pruned trees and shrubs on site and are repairing the brick wall that was damaged by vandals.”

If anyone has information about any of the incidents or would like to report any anti-social behaviour please contact Wigan police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.