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Friday, October 07, 2016

Bright Sparx plan tackles anti-social behaviour in run up to Mischief Night and Bonfire Night

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: “Our comprehensive action plan is an excellent way of tackling potential problems and dangers around the time of Mischief Night and Bonfire Night.”

Councillor Kevin Wright, portfolio holder for Community Safety, said: “We know some 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. The Community Safety Partnership provides excellent value for money as the Council and its partners work together to tackle potential problems around this time.”

In the run up to bonfire night neighbourhood policing teams will be conducting visible patrols and will deal robustly with incidents of anti-social behaviour.

The Council, police and fire service will undertake a number of other initiatives, including:

  • Visiting people who have been attacked in previous years and other vulnerable residents to provide reassurance and advice
  • Taking fireworks from children who are under age
  • Removing bonfires from unauthorised sites
  • Giving children information about activities organised by Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service and Lancashire County Council’s Wellbeing Prevention and Early Help Service during this period
  • Joint visits to schools from Lancashire Fire and Rescue and the Police to warn children of the dangers of playing with fireworks and the consequences of Anti-Social Behaviour
  • Directing young people to fun activities being delivered on 30 October

Community Action and Engagement events in Tanhouse, Moorside, Little Digmoor, Old Skelmersdale and Scott Estate during this period will aim to help reduce crime by removing rubbish and materials that could be used for criminal damage or starting fires.

Advice will also be available 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:

  • Birch Green, on the car park on the right in Hallcroft, Thursday 20 October
  • Tanhouse, on the car park side of 2 Eskbank , Friday 21 October
  • Moorside, on the field facing the shop on Cherrycroft, Tuesday 25 October
  • Old Skelmersdale, on the car park on the left in Willow Hey, on Wednesday 26 October
  • Scott Estate, outside the shop on Scott Drive, Thursday 27 October
  • Little Digmoor, on the car park facing 110 Abbeywood Friday 28 October

Fire service staff will be on hand to take referrals for home fire safety advice. Other organisations taking part include the Police, Trading Standards and the Community Payback Team.

The Community Safety Partnership has also received funding from the Lancashire Police and Crime Commissioner to arrange fun activities aimed at young people on 30 October. These activities will be promoted through both the police and Lancashire County Council’s Wellbeing Prevention and Early Help Services facebook pages. Other activities planned include the exciting free Go4it Event at Skelmersdale Fire Station Thursday 3 and Friday 4 November, between 5pm and 8pm on each evening.

West Lancashire Police Inspector June Chessell 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 this crucial period.”

The partnership is grateful to West Lancashire Borough Council and the Police and Crime Commissioner for helping to fund these activities.

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