Campaigning for safer summer spaces
Lighter nights have triggered a clampdown on
anti-social behaviour throughout the borough.
Beginning 1 July, the Safespace campaign once again
sees St Helens Council, Merseyside Police and Merseyside Fire &
Rescue Service target off-road vehicle nuisance, anti-social fire
setting and neighbourhood nuisance which usually increases over the
During this time, young people can also access a range
of activities during the campaign through St Helens Council's Youth
Action Zone (YAZ) and other local agencies - diverting them away
from potentially harmful anti-social behaviour.
Councillor Lisa Preston, St Helens Council's Cabinet
Member for Safer Communities, said:
"The Safespace campaign brings local agencies together
to combat the expected increases in problem issues such as off-road
vehicles, anti-social behaviour and neighbour nuisance, as people
enjoy the warmer weather and take advantage of the later evenings.
It's easy to forget how some activities can impact negatively on
someone's enjoyment of life at home, often without realising
St Helens Chief Inspector Steve Brizell said: "This
partnership initiative is a response to community concerns about
anti-social behaviour in the green spaces of St Helens, including
the use of off-road motorbikes, which are being targeted
specifically across the force this summer through Operation
"There will naturally be an increase in visitors to
our parks and all members of our community should feel they can
visit our green spaces without fear or intimidation.
"We will have officers on bicycles and on foot making
high visibility patrols in these areas, as well as specially
trained officers on quad bikes when required, which enable them to
cover ground not accessible by car quickly and safely.
"Over the summer it is also vital that parents know
where their children are and who with, without wanting to
discourage young people from having enjoying themselves during the
As ever, the key to the success of these initiatives
is information, and there are many different ways that you report
To report anti-social
behaviour, contact Merseyside Police on 101, or 999 if a crime is
To report anti-social
fires dial 999.
For more information
about the Safer Spaces campaign visit http://safer.sthelens.gov.uk/.
To find out more
about the Youth Action Zone see www.sthelens.gov.uk/yaz.
Regular advice and updates are also available through
the St Helens Neighbourhood Twitter feeds:
Neighbourhood officers covering St Helens Town Centre and
Neighbourhood officers covering Thatto Heath, Sutton, Eccleston,
Parr, Bold, Rainhill & West Park
Neighbourhood officers covering Billinge, Blackbrook, Earlestown,
Haydock, Mossbank, Newton, Rainford & Seneley