PLANS to tackle anti-social behaviour in Leigh have been outlined after a multi-agency meeting on Friday.

Wigan Council, police, community leaders and other organisations such as the Leigh Residents Association met with MP Jo Platt after a number of incidents have been reported in the town in recent weeks.

Following the meeting, a number of steps are set to be taken immediately.

They include increasing the police presence in Leigh and working in partnership to address homelessness in the town.

The multi-agency meeting agreed that a strategy for private and social housing needs to be developed and the council, police and other agencies need to work closer with the community.

The local authority's streetscene teams plan to take enforcement action to clamp down on fly-tipping too.

A range of community events are also expected to be organised to increase social cohesion.

Cllr Kevin Anderson, cabinet member for police, crime and civil contingencies at the council, said: “We are taking the concerns of residents extremely seriously and have come together to identify the actions we can take to get results on this issue.

“There are a number of practical measures which we have already taken and there will be more which we will work through in the coming weeks.

“While some of the matters raised are very complex and will not be resolved overnight we are all determined to tackle those causing anti-social behaviour and to improve the quality of life for all residents affected.

“We have agreed to have regular meetings with residents to keep them updated and to try and improve information sharing especially between residents and the police.

“We are also exploring ways to gain a new community space in the area to improve the strength of the local community and cohesion among different groups.”

Greater Manchester Police (GMP) Inspector Daryl Codling says the force are "committed" to combating antisocial behaviour. 

Inspector Codling said: “Antisocial behaviour is one of the issues residents have told us causes them the most concern and we understand the huge impact it can have on people’s lives.

“We remain committed to tackling antisocial behaviour so that residents can enjoy a peaceful summer, and will be working closely with our partners to respond to incidents and reduce crimes.

“I’d urge the community to be proactive in reporting any instances of antisocial behaviour to police on 101 or via the new live chat function of the GMP website.”

If you have any concerns about anti-social behaviour contact the council's Report It app or phone GMP on 101.

In the event of an emergency, contact 999.