Action taken to deal with high volumes of anti-social behaviour in and around Lowton and Golborne recently is working, our local policing team have said.
There have been several issues involving large groups of youths gathering in places including Peter Kane Square in Golborne and McDonalds on the Stonecross Industrial Estate over recent weekends. The groups – thought to include a significant number of young people from outside the area – have been causing nuisance and criminal damage.
The issues have been particularly occuring on Friday and Saturday nights, so in recent weeks, the police have put in place ‘dispersal orders’ covering the local area, giving them extra powers to move on anyone gathering in a large group. There has also been increased police presence, including with Mounted Police in the ‘hotspot’ areas.
Now, police say this measure is starting to drive down the number of incidents taking place.
Neighbourhood Inspector, Andrew Smith, said: “Your local Neighbourhood Team, supported by other officers, have been working hard to prevent further incidents occurring.
“We’ve seen some positive improvements and a significant reduction in incidents, however we will have additional officers out again this weekend in the hotspot areas to maintain this, and where necessary we will use further dispersal powers.
“In addition to being out there patrolling we’re also conducting enforcement action on a small number of young people who are persistently causing anti-social behaviour and not getting the message that they need to change their behaviour.”
How to report anti-social behaviour
If you have any information about crime or anti-social behaviour in your neighbourhood, please report it. It helps the police build up a picture of where and when issues are occuring, so they can take action like these dispersal orders where neccessary. Use the online reporting option or livechat feature at www.gmp.police.uk or call 101.
You can also report information about crime completely anonymously via the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. In an emergency always dial 999.
Do you think the issues of anti-social behaviour are getting better?
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