West Lancashire Community Safety Partnership is cracking down on anti-social behaviour in the run up to Mischief Night and Bonfire Night.
The annual multi-agency Bright Sparx Campaign aims to build on the success of previous years. The Partnership will aim to reduce anti-social behaviour, such as the misuse of fireworks, criminal damage and the number of anti-social fires started deliberately.
Dave Tilleray, Community Safety Partnership chairman, said: “We believe our comprehensive action plan is an excellent way of tackling potential problems and dangers.”
Councillor David Sudworth, portfolio holder for Community Safety, said: “With Mischief Night, Halloween and Bonfire Night coming up we know that some of our more vulnerable and elderly members of the community feel a little nervous at this time of year. But the Bright Sparx action plan will help to keep our streets safe.”
In the run up to bonfire night neighbourhood policing teams will be conducting visible patrols over this period and will deal robustly with any incidents of anti-social behaviour.
The Council, police and fire service will undertake a number of other initiatives, including:
Lancashire County Council’s Young Peoples Services will also be delivering a programme of activities aimed at involving young people in positive activities over the mischief night and bonfire period. As part of this programme YPS has organised the following events for a number of young people:
Community Action and Engagement events will take place in Tanhouse, Digmoor and Little Digmoor on the run up to the bonfire period. The aim of the events will be to help reduce crime by removing rubbish that could be used for criminal damage or to start fires, and provide advice on issues such as community safety and housing.
Skips will be available at the following locations from about 9.30am on different days for local people to get rid of rubbish:
Council staff will undertake a variety of tasks, including visiting people known to store waste and encourage them to use the skips, which will be supervised at all times.
Fire service staff will be on hand to take referrals for home fire safety checks. Other organisations taking part include Young Peoples Services, Trading Standards, the Young Addaction Team and the Community Payback Team.
The Community Safety Partnership, through funding from the Lancashire Police and Crime Commissioner, will be working closely with local community leaders in Birch Green, Tanhouse and Digmoor to ensure a variety of activities are on offer at each of the three centres on 30 October.
The Partnership will work with the management teams of each of the centres to promote the activities within the community. The aim of the activities will be to provide a safe environment for young people to engage in fun activities.
Other events planned include the delivery of the three days of Go4it activities at Skelmersdale Fire Station from Sunday 2 November to Tuesday 4 November.
West Lancashire Police Inspector Christina Shorrock said: “As in previous years the police will work with partners to minimise crime and anti-social behaviour associated with Mischief Night, Halloween and Bonfire Night. we will have dedicated staff out across the Borough for these periods and in addition to supporting the work of the other agencies. We will robustly deal with those engaged in disorder, ASB or criminal activity.”
The partnership is grateful to West Lancashire Borough Council and the Police and Crime Commissioner for helping to fund these activities.