St.Helens safer spaces
A campaign to cut anti-social behaviour in St.Helens over the
summer has been hailed a success after Merseyside Police recorded a
10 per cent reduction in the number of complaints
The Safespace campaign aimed to make parks and public spaces
user-friendly places for local residents during July and
It saw police stepping up patrols in parks - while at the same
time young people were given the opportunity to take part in a
range of free activities across the borough.
Over 2,700 of them took advantage of free swimming sessions,
provided through St Helens Council's Go Active initiative, while
(6874) took part in other activities organised by the council's
A cornerstone of the campaign was the police clampdown on
off-road motorcycles and quad bikes. During the summer officers
issued 18 Section 59 warnings - the 'last chance' warning before a
vehicle is seized.
Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods, Safer Communities and Youth
Councillor Sue Murphy said: "St.Helens residents were able to enjoy
our parks and open spaces to a far greater degree this summer -
thanks to the Safespace campaign.
"As well as the efforts of the police, the campaign's success
was largely due to the creative, positive alternatives that were
presented to our young people to keep them fit, healthy and
Organisers kept the campaign in the public eye by handing out
over 100 copies of the Anti-Social Behaviour Pledge at a crime and
anti-social behaviour event in the town centre.
St.Helens Council and its Community Safety Partners - who
include Merseyside Police and the Merseyside Fire and Rescue
Service - now plan to focus on the Good Guy campaign - which aims
to reduce anti-social behaviour and nuisance fires in the run up to