Success in tackling Fleetwood nuisance kids

Efforts to tackle youth nuisance and shoplifting in Fleetwood appear to have met with some success, say council reports.

In recent years the town has been plagued by groups of young people and children gathering in parts of the town, frequently around the Marine Hall, causing damage and being a general nuisance.
Previous incidents included several windows in the Marine Hall being smashed, showgoers abused by youths and nearby walls daubed with paint.
But efforts to engage young people in various activities in the town, led by Wyre's Community Safety Partnership, reduced cases of anti-social behaviour last year by 33 per cent.
And cases of shoplifting in Fleetwood town centre have also been reduced by 17.5 per cent after a Shop Watch scheme was set up by the Partnership, with financial support from Fleetwood Town Council.
A report on the Partnership’s work over the past 18 months is now to due to go before Wyre Council’s Overview and Scrutiny committee on Monday.
On the youth nuisance issue at Fleetwood, the officer states: “Work had already been undertaken to increase the co-operation between the Council, Youth Offending Team and neighbourhood policing teams and they were meeting on a fortnightly basis.
“In the run up to the summer school holidays in 2018, diversionary activities were developed with a number of satellite clubs with the help of Active Lancashire.
“This co-ordinated partnership action worked and we saw a marked reduction in anti-social behaviour incidents at Marine Hall compared to previous years.”
The report adds: “Unfortunately, there have been recent reports of a new cohort of children targeting Marine Hall recently and this situation is now being investigated.”
But in a neighbourhood policing report to Fleetwood Town Council, which included the crime figures for nuisance and shoplifting, officers said plans were already in place to address the expected increase in anti-social behaviour around Easter.
The Shop Watch scheme in Fleetwood, meanwhile, now has 23 members sigh up to the initiative, in which shopkeepers use digital radios to keep in touch with police and other members of the scheme when known suspects call in.

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