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Knowsley Supports ASB Awareness Week 2023

by Jonathan Kearney

Knowsley Council has joined a nationwide campaign to help raise awareness of anti-social behaviour (ASB) and help keep our communities safe.

Along with partners from Merseyside Police and Merseyside Fire & Rescue, Knowsley Council will be highlighting work with local communities and partners throughout the week to raise awareness of the support available to people experiencing ASB and the work taking place in Knowsley to prevent and tackle it.

Together with partner agencies, Knowsley’s Crime and Communities team will be engaging with local communities throughout the week to provide reassurance and information about how to report ASB.

ASB Awareness Week (3-7 July) has been nationally identified as a week to shine a spotlight on ASB and to encourage communities to take a stand against and highlight the actions that can be taken by those experiencing it.

During the week, in Knowsley, Merseyside Police and partners including Knowsley Council will be building on the work they carry out on a daily basis in our communities to address the issues that matter to the residents of Knowsley. From high visibility patrols which provide reassurance and a visible deterrent, partner walkarounds and ensuring offenders are identified and brought to justice.

There are a number of ways you can report anti-social behaviour:

  • Reporting incidents on the Merseyside Police website
  • By direct message on Facebook and Twitter @MerPolCC
  • By calling 101
  • By emailing Knowsley’s Crime and Communities team at safer.knowsley@knowsley.gov.uk
  • You can also anonymously tell Police about areas where you feel unsafe because of anti-social behaviour via ‘StreetSafe’.
  • In an emergency, always dial 999.

Assistant Chief Constable Jon Roy from Merseyside Police said: “Anti-social behaviour is a broad term, and it can include graffiti, littering, vandalism, nuisance riding of scrambler bikes, drinking in outdoor spaces such as shopping centres and parks, and aggressive or intimidating behaviour. For many people in our communities, it is one of their biggest concerns and that is why tackling ASB is an everyday commitment for us and our partners in Merseyside.

“We are encouraging people to report instances of ASB, because although reports of this type are 9.6% lower for the first six months of the year in comparison to 2022, we know that some people don’t report ASB when they see it or experience it. We are better able to tackle these problems when people report what is happening in their community, so please tell us.

“During this awareness week, we will also be highlighting the provisions of the ASB Case Review (formerly known as the community trigger), which gives victims of persistent anti-social behaviour the right to request a multi-agency case review. We don’t underestimate the impact that ASB can have on individuals and communities, particularly when victims are experiencing it repeatedly. All local authorities have a link on their website that you can use to request a case review.

“Some of the policing activities planned for the week include focusing on specific concerns raised by local communities, increased patrols in parks and town centres, and other hotspots that will see targeted days of action. There will be plenty of partnership work too, with joint patrols and walkabouts, plus school talks on ASB and water safety.”

Merseyside’s Police Commissioner Emily Spurrell said: “Tackling and preventing anti-social behaviour is something that matters to communities right across Merseyside. That is why I made it a key priority in my Police and Crime Plan.

“ASB can have a hugely damaging effect on the people who witness and experience it. If that behaviour becomes persistent then the consequences can become devastating for communities and the people who live there.

“Work to stop ASB goes on all year round, but this week presents an opportunity for all of our partner agencies, right across Merseyside, to come together to showcase some of the proactive initiatives helping people feel safer and happier in the places that they live.”

Cllr Graham Morgan, Leader of Knowsley Council, said: “As part of our ‘No More’ campaign the Council work closely with Police and other community safety partners to tackle anti-social behaviour in our town centres and across the borough. Throughout ASB Awareness Week we’ll be engaging with Knowsley residents to provide reassurance that any issues they have will be addressed and to encourage them to share information with us.”

To learn more about ASB Awareness Week, please visit resolveuk.org.uk/asbawarenessweek