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ASB will not be tolerated in our town centres

by Jonathan Kearney

Action will be taken against anyone who carries out anti-social (ASB) and criminal behaviour in Knowsley’s town centres and across the borough.

That is the message from Knowsley’s community safety partners, following recent incidents in Halewood town centre.

Persistent offending can lead to criminal convictions and even put your home at risk if you’re found to be in breach of your tenancy agreement.

Earlier this year community safety partners and Knowsley Council’s Crime and Communities team issued nine Acceptable Behaviour Agreements (ABAs) with people found to be involved in anti-social behaviour in Prescot Town Centre.

Similar to the action taken in Kirkby this year, this meant the individuals were unable to enter Prescot Town Centre unless accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Four letters of intent were also issued, which could lead to civil injunctions against the individuals if there are further breaches.

As with the action taken in Prescot, Merseyside Police are carrying out high visibility patrols in Halewood and have also issued Dispersal Notices in Halewood town centre.

CCTV

Knowsley’s CCTV network of more than 950 cameras is monitored 24/7. The Council Control room has direct access to Merseyside Police’s Command and Control Room, which means the police can be immediately notified of any incidents of crime and anti-social behaviour occurring and police patrols can be deployed accordingly.

Punishments for anti-social behaviour

As well as restrictions on where you can go and who you are allowed to socialise with, persistent anti-social behaviour can also lead to:

  • For under 18s – a three month detention order for not complying with a civil injunction or up to two years for not complying with a Criminal Behaviour Order (CBO)
  • For over 18s – up to 2 years’ imprisonment or unlimited fine for not complying with a civil injunction or up to five years’ in prison or an unlimited fine (or both) for not complying with a CBO.

The Council or your housing association could also ask a Court to evict you for persistent offences.

Cllr Shelley Powell, Cabinet Member for Communities and Neighbourhoods, said: “Anti-social and criminal behaviour will not be tolerated in Knowsley, whether it’s in our town centres or elsewhere in the borough. The Council is investing significant funds into Halewood and we want to ensure it is a safe and attractive place for residents, visitors and businesses. ASB doesn’t just damage your own future prospects, it can have a detrimental impact on your home and family, not to mention the negative impact it has on the wider community. I would urge parents and carers to make sure they know where their children are and what they are doing, particularly during the evening.”

Merseyside Police Chief Inspector Chris Ruane said: “At Merseyside Police, we are aware of how anti-social behaviour can impact on local communities and it’s an issue we take extremely seriously.

“As part of our work to reduce anti-social behaviour in Knowsley, we work with the council’s Crime and Communities Team and Youth Offending Services in an effective, preventative focussed partnership.

“The actions of children, or anyone, who commits anti-social behaviour or more serious offences won’t be tolerated and we would ask parents to play their part in ensuring their children don’t end up on the wrong side of the law. I would urge parents to make sure they know where their children are when they are out and about in the local community. Significant support and diversionary activities are available within the borough to children and families.

“Furthermore, if parents are aware that their child has committed an offence, they should do the right thing and contact us. If you have any information about anti-social behaviour, DM on social media or call 101.”

Report it

If you are experiencing anti-social behaviour or are a victim of a crime, you are encouraged to report this to Merseyside Police via 101, via the Merseyside Police website or by direct message on Facebook and X @MerPolCC

You can also anonymously tell Police about areas where you feel unsafe because of anti-social behaviour via ‘StreetSafe’.

If there is anything you would like to discuss in confidence with our Crime and Communities Team, please email Safer.Knowsley@knowsley.gov.uk