Nuisance reports plummet

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POLICE have hailed new figures that show a dramatic fall-off in anti-social behaviour in two Wigan communities.

Between November 2008 and 2009 officers investigated 3,359 reports of ASB in Hindley and Abram.

But over the same period 12 months later that figure had dropped by almost 20 per cent to 2,705.

Hindley neighbourhood inspector Anne Scott said: “We’ve seen a steady fall in the number of incidents, including alcohol-related ASB, youths causing annoyance and misuse of off-road vehicles.

“However, we are not complacent and will continue to work hard to drive the figures down even further.

“We still have some way to go to improve negative perception of ASB which remains high in Hindley ward, but it’s gradually improving.

“I’m sure that as partners continue to work together, confidence in the community in how the police and council tackle ASB will grow.”

Recently, in response to concerns from local residents around Jubilee Park in Ashton and Leyland Park, Hindley, police worked with the council’s Youth Offending Team on Operation Staysafe.

This scheme aims to tackle alcohol-fuelled youth misbehaviour on Friday and Saturday nights.