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  • Safety partnership prepared to tackle anti-social behaviour

    Henry James

    THE West Lancashire Community Safety Partnership is aiming to tackle anti-social behaviour in Skelmersdale 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.”

    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:

    l Visiting young people who have been involved in anti-social behaviour during previous Mischief Night and Bonfire Night periods.

    l Taking fireworks from children who are under age.

    l Removing bonfires from unauthorised sites.

    l Promoting the exciting Go4it events at Skelmersdale Fire Station on Friday, November 3 and Saturday, November 4 organised by Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service and Lancashire County Council’s Wellbeing, Prevention and Early Help Service .

    l Joint visits to schools by 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 and 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:

    Birch Green: Hawksclough, behind numbers 15 to 23, Wednesday, October 18.

    Old Skelmersdale: Willow Hey, on the left hand side of the last car park on the estate, Thursday, October 19.

    Little Digmoor: Alderley, at the top end of the service road, Tuesday, October 24.

    Digmoor: Birkrig, on the car park at the side of house number 188, Wednesday, October 25.

    Moorside: Cherrycroft, on the field facing shops at the rear of houses 162-168, Thursday, October 26.

    On Wednesday, October 25 only, the PDSA will be attending from 11am to 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 microchipped for £10.

    The county council’s Wellbeing, Prevention and Early Help Service are also organising a Neighbourhood Fair at The Zone, Yeadon, on Monday, October 30, from 1 to 3pm, and a Neighbourhood Community Day at Eavesdale Neighbourhood Centre on Tuesday, October 31 also from 1 to 3pm.

    For more details 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.”

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