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Preston city centre to see additional police patrols due to new funding

Posted on - 17th July, 2023 - 9:58am | Author - | Posted in - Crime, Preston City Centre, Preston News
Mounted police officers pictured in Preston city centre during December Pic: Tony Worrall
Mounted police officers pictured in Preston city centre during December Pic: Tony Worrall

Preston city centre is one of six areas in Lancashire to receive additional police patrols.

The patrols come as Lancashire’s Police and Crime Commissioner Andrew Snowden secured £2m in additional government funding for tackling anti-social behaviour.

Funding goes into boosting uniformed presences in known ‘hotspot’ areas for anti-social behaviours such as high streets, parks and public transport.

Preston city centre has been plagued by issues with anti-social behaviour in the last 12-months, with police regularly issuing section 34 and section 40 orders to allow them to disperse groups of youths causing issues and running curfews throughout evenings too.

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Responding to Preston city centre being amongst the first of the new hotspot locations, Preston City Council’s cabinet member for environment and community safety, Freddie Bailey, said that the authority welcomed the extra cash being spent to tackle antisocial behaviour.

He added:  “[It] is a problem around the city and it has become worse due to severe budget cuts. Antisocial behaviour can have a variety of causes and the council is working with key partners to try to tackle these issues.

“We look forward to working more closely with the police and also to addressing the longer-term plan to focus on youth behaviour, particularly through the planned Youth Zone, which will help to occupy young minds by creating a safe space to provide sports, arts, performance and enterprise,” Cllr Bailey said.

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Andrew Snowden said that those initiatives had been shown to be “making a real difference in people’s lives”.

“We will utilise this [new] funding efficiently and effectively, supporting the delivery of my Fighting Crime Plan, working closely with Lancashire Police to back enforcement and ultimately prevent innocent people becoming victims.”

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