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Friday, October 13, 2017

Bright Sparx Campaign to tackle anti-social behaviour in run up to Bonfire Night

West Lancashire Community Safety Partnership is aiming to tackle anti-social behaviour in the run up to Mischief Night and Bonfire Night.

Through the annual Bright Sparx Campaign, 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 know some people feel a little nervous around the time of Mischief night and Bonfire Night. But our comprehensive Bright Sparx action plan draws on experience of previous years to tackle potential problems and dangers around this time.”

Councillor Kevin Wright, portfolio holder for Community Safety, said: “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.

West Lancashire Borough Council, police and fire service will undertake a number of other initiatives, including:

  • Visiting young people who have been involved in anti-social behaviour during previous Mischief Night and Bonfire Night periods
  • Taking fireworks from children who are under age
  • Removing bonfires from unauthorised sites
  • Promoting the exciting Go4it events at Skelmersdale Fire Station on Friday 3 November and Saturday 4 November organised by Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service and Lancashire County Council’s Wellbeing, Prevention and Early Help Service (WPEH)
  • 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

Community Action and Engagement events in Tanhouse, Birch Green, Digmoor, Little Digmoor, Moorside, and Old Skelmersdale 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.

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.

Skips will be available at the following locations from about 9.30am on different days for local people to get rid of rubbish. The skips will be taken away as soon as they are full:

  • Tanhouse: Elmstead, at the side of house number 40, Tuesday 17 October
  • Birch Green: Hawksclough, behind numbers 15 to 23, Wednesday 18 October
  • Old Skelmersdale: Willow Hey, on the left had side of the last car park on the estate, Thursday 19 October
  • Little Digmoor: Alderley, at the top end of the service road, Tuesday 24 October
  • Digmoor: Birkrig, on the car park at the side of house number 188, Wednesday 25 October
  • Moorside: Cherrycroft, on the field facing shop are the rear of houses 162-168, Thursday 26 October

On 25 October only, the PDSA will be attending 11am-3pm to offer free dog health checks, including ear cleaning, body condition score checks and nail clipping as well as advice on how to look after your animal on Bonfire Night. Dog owners will also be able to get their pet pooch microchipped for £10.

The WPEH are also organising a Neighbourhood Fair at The Zone, Yeadon, on Monday 30 October, from 1pm-3pm, and a Neighbourhood Community Day at Eavesdale Neighbourhood Centre on Tuesday 31 October 1pm – 3pm. More details please contact The Zone on 01695 651350 and the Eavesdale Neighbourhood Centre on 01695 724873 regarding their respective events.

West Lancashire Police Inspector Adrian Jolly 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 are advising parents to keep their children at home to make sure they are safe and don’t get into trouble. If teenagers are going out they should attend properly organised and supervised events.”

For more information please visit Community Safety Partnership.







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