Events aim to keep trouble off north Cumbrian town's streets
Last updated at 15:10, Friday, 06 July 2012
A safety scheme is to be launched in Wigton to combat crime and nuisance drivers over the summer.
The Summer Safety Scheme will be launched on July 16 to crackdown on antisocial behaviour in the town and in car parks and on roads with speeding and loud noise reported.
Police and community workers have joined forces with drugs, alcohol and sexual health services to stage community events and activities for young people.
Previous initiatives have seen a 67 per cent drop in antisocial behaviour and problem driving cut by 50 per cent.
It is being led by community support worker Harley Young and police community support officer Lyndsay Tuck.
They will also be working with Barnardo’s, the North Allerdale Development Trust (NADT), and G&S Fitness.
Harley Young said they had a great relationship with the community, thanks to Lyndsay’s six years in post.
He said: “We will get all the residents together to do clean-ups and they can say what problems they have.”
As well as community cleanup events there will be fun activities for people of all ages around the town.
The NADT is planning on putting on a dog show while there will be bouncy castle events, information stalls, and free gym sessions.
The gym sessions in particular have been effective in the past in reducing antisocial driving. Mr Young said last year that the gym provided a positive outlet for young people and improved their attitudes.
PCSO Lyndsay Tuck said: “This started two years ago as a result of incidents which happened on the Kirkland estate. There will be all kind of things on including football, arts, and working in the community with agencies.
“We want it to get bigger and better and it most definitely works.”
Following the success of previous schemes, Ms Tuck and Mr Young had a visit from Rory Stewart MP, who wanted to see the results of their work. Mr Young said: “Rory Stewart came on patrol with us so he could see what we are actually doing. We told him that instead of being reactive, like we used to be, we are now proactive.
“He was really impressed.”
First published at 14:07, Friday, 06 July 2012
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk
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