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Tackling nuisance behaviour on lighter nights

Lighter nights have triggered a clampdown on anti-social behaviour throughout the borough.

The SpringWatch campaign now in its fifth year sees agencies such as St. Helens Council, Merseyside Police and Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service target off-road vehicle nuisance, anti-social fire setting and neighbourhood nuisance which usually increases at this time of year.

Young people can also access a range of activities during the campaign through St Helens Council’s Youth Action Zone and other local agencies – diverting them away from potentially harmful anti-social behaviour.

Colette McIntyre, Anti-Social Behaviour Manager for Safer Communities said: “The SpringWatch campaign brings local agencies together to combat the expected increases in problem issues such as off-road vehicle nuisance, anti-social behaviour and complaints about neighbour nuisance.

“We usually experience problems with neighbour nuisance as the clocks go forward and the evenings get lighter. As people enjoy the weather and take advantage of the later evenings, it’s easy to forget how some activities can impact on someone’s enjoyment of life at home, often without realising it.

“Everyone has different tolerance levels. By raising awareness of the potential impact of our behaviour we can all enjoy a safer spring period.”

Kate Morris, ASB Advocate for Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service said: “It can take the Fire Service a long time to put out a grass fire as they can burn underground out of site and appear again without warning. It can take hours or sometimes days to put them out.

“Report grass fires immediately and give the operator as much detail as possible including the nearest main road.

“Keep Wheelie bins locked safely away”.

To report anti-social behaviour, contact Merseyside Police on 101.

To report anti-social fires dial 999.

For more information about the SpringWatch campaign visit http://safer.sthelens.gov.uk/.

To find out more about the Youth Action Zone see www.sthelens.gov.uk/yaz for more details.

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