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Patrols stepped up to deal with anti-social behaviour
9:20am Tuesday 29th October 2013 in News
A POLICE chief has sought to reassure residents after an influx of reports of youth-related anti-social behaviour in Grasmere Street in Leigh.
Patrols have been increased and a camera installed to help the monitor the situation and tackle the problem, particularly the Grasmere Street Park area.
Officers from Leigh police station and Wigan Council have also teamed up with youth clubs and community leaders to send a clear message that unacceptable behaviour will not be tolerated.
Police Sergeant Melanie Roberts said: “We are aware that residents in the Grasmere Street area of Leigh are concerned that they have seen an increase in youth related anti-social behaviour, particularly in the area of Grasmere Street Park.
“We have responded to those concerns by increasing patrols in the area and by working in partnership with our colleagues at Wigan Council's Safer Environments Team and Restorative Solutions.
“An overt camera has been sited in the area of the park to monitor behaviour and this has been regularly monitored by police and council staff.
“It has been good to see that the park is well used by all sections and ages of the community. No behaviour amounting to any criminal offence has been witnessed but some behaviour beyond what would be normally be expected has been witnessed.
“As a result we have worked with local youths, the local youth club and community leaders to make everyone aware of the concerns being raised and to deliver a clear message to everyone of what is acceptable behaviour.
“We have met with residents and with councillors to discuss the issues and update them regarding what action we have taken and will continue to do so.”
Anyone who wishes to discuss any concerns they have should contact the Integrated Neighbourhood Policing Team at Leigh on 0161 856 7225.
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