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Police launch summer crime crackdown
3:00pm Friday 16th August 2013 in News
POLICE from across Warrington have joined forces to crackdown on anti-social behaviour during the summer holidays.
Organised by the Warrington Community Safety Partnership, patrols are being set up at key times of the day and night to tackle crime in hot spot areas.
Insp Richard Spedding, of the Warrington Community Safety Partnership, said: “We want people to enjoy their summer holiday and to be safe and sensible - but we also want to remind them of the potential impact of their behaviour on the wider community.
“What might seem like a bit of harmless fun can be a nuisance to others and have a big impact.
“The operation is not just about enforcement – it is also about education.”
Summer partner agencies have helped arrange some activities for the summer to support the work.
These include the award-winning Victoria Park Experience (VPX) – this takes place every Tuesday in August from 11am − 4pm at Victoria Park in Latchford.
A range of activities take place including Rampworx skatepark, coaching in football, rugby, taekwando, dance, Zumba, tennis and archery – all for free.
Warrington South PCSOs Tony Spruce and Tom Reid started VPX six years ago and it now attracts thousands of young people from across Cheshire.
Inspector Spedding said: “Police and partners are committed to tackling the issues that matter to the community.
“We will continue to work with representatives from partner agencies and the local community to address any issues but we need the support of people.
“We can only deal with those issues that we are aware of and I would urge residents to continue reporting any incidents to police.
“This information is important as it helps us to build up a fuller picture of what is happening in a particular area and helps us to work out the best long-term solutions to any problems.”
Cheshire Police has a website upbeat.uk.com which is aimed at young people. It provides advice on policing related matters and issues such as anti-social behaviour, safely surfing on the web and bullying.
Anyone with any information about anti-social behaviour can call Cheshire Police on 101.
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