A successful campaign which aims to clampdown on
anti-social behaviour during the lighter evenings has re-launched
in St Helens.
Now in its seventh year, Springwatch sees Community Safety
Partners join forces to target issues such as off-road vehicle
nuisance, anti-social fires and neighbourhood nuisance, which often
increases when the clocks go forward.
With a continuing focus on off-road vehicle nuisance - which
last year saw eight off-road bikes seized, and 1 Section 59 Warning
issued for reckless driving - this year's crackdown has already got
off to a flying start after police seized two off-road motorbikes
from Billinge Hill at the start of this month (April).
The campaign will also see a clampdown on under age sales -
known as 'proxy sales'. Any person buying alcohol for a
person under 18 is committing an offence which can lead to a
criminal conviction or an unlimited fine from the courts.
Speaking at this year's launch at St Helens Town Hall, St Helens
Council's Cabinet Member for Community Safety, Councillor Lisa
"Tackling underage (proxy) sales is vital if we are to stop young
people accessing alcohol. Any adult who buys alcohol on behalf of a
child is committing a criminal offence. Not only could it
cause serious physical and psychological harm to those who consume
it, the local community also suffers from alcohol related
anti-social behaviour. Off-licenses also have a duty to ensure they
are doing all they can to prevent underage (proxy) sales and fulfil
their duties as a responsible retailer.
"If you see an adult buying alcohol and then passing it to
someone who looks under 18, you can report it anonymously to
Trading Standards via the Citizens Advice Consumer helpline on
03454 04 05 06".
Local Policing Inspector for St. Helens, Matt Drennan, added:
"Springwatch brings together partners with a collective focus on
the issues that affect our communities.
"I would appeal to anyone with information on any form of
anti-social behaviour taking place in their area, whether it is
through the use of illegal scrambler bikes or underage drinking, to
get in touch with us and I can assure them that we will take
To report any form of anti-social behaviour, please call
Merseyside Police via the 101 number, or dial 999 in the event of
an emergency or if there is a crime in progress. Alternatively,
people can pass information anonymously to Crimestoppers, 24 hours
a day, on 0800 555 111.