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Supporting ASB Awareness Week in Knowsley

by Jonathan Kearney

Knowsley Council is joining 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 anti-social behaviour and the work taking place in Knowsley to prevent and tackle it.

ASB Awareness Week (18-24 July) has been nationally identified as a week to shine a spotlight on anti-social behaviour and to encourage communities to take a stand against ASB 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.

Chief Superintendent for Local Policing, Zoe Thornton said: “Anti-social behaviour is a priority for Merseyside Police and this awareness week offers an opportunity to highlight the issues of ASB and the impact it can have on the local communities.

“Everyone has the right to feel safe in their home and community and our activities this week, alongside our partners, will highlight some of the work that we undertake on a daily basis to support our communities and tackle ASB.

Merseyside’s Police Commissioner Emily Spurrell said: “Anti-social behaviour can have a hugely damaging effect for victims, particularly those who are repeatedly and persistently targeted.

“Tackling and preventing ASB is one of my priorities, so I welcome all the fantastic multi-agency initiatives planned by Merseyside Police, Knowsley Council and all our partners during ASB Awareness Week and beyond.

“Everyone deserves to feel safe where they live. I hope this week will highlight some of the great work which is going on across the region day in day out to improve the safety of our neighbourhoods, helping people to feel safer and happier in their communities.”

Cllr Shelley Powell, Knowsley Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities and Neighbourhoods, added: “Tackling anti-social behaviour remains a priority for the Council and its partners. The Council has recently invested £1m to help to combat this issue and effectively target the impact anti-social behaviour has on our communities.

“Throughout the week, we will be highlighting the actions we are taking, engaging with residents, providing reassurance that their issues are being addressed as well as encouraging them to share information with us. With partners and communities working together, we can create safer communities.”

Some of the activity taking place throughout the week includes:

  • High visibility patrols in parks and gardens
  • Open land searches and quad deployment
  • Walkabout with partner agencies
  • Clean up following reports of graffiti
  • Loopline patrols and engagement
  • Pop up surgery
  • Support Open Day at a new youth centre opening in Prescot

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