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Police give update on increased Preston city centre patrols to curb anti-social behaviour

Posted on - 29th October, 2023 - 8:00am | Author - | Posted in - Crime, Lancashire Police, Politics, Preston City Centre, Preston News
Police and crime commissioner Andrew Snowden accompanies two officers on the beat in Preston

Preston city centre is one of two hotspot areas in Lancashire where police have been putting extra patrols on the streets.

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Operation Centurion saw 1,800 additional policing hours poured into trying to curb problems with anti-social behaviour.

Preston Police have stepped up their policing in the city centre since July and say the additional patrols have seen 16 arrests and 369 stop checks.

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Around 180 incidents have been attended during that period across the city centre by the 107 officer patrols.

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Inspector Gemma Barr from the ASB, Prevention and Problem-Solving Command said: “Our communities have told us that Anti-Social Behaviour is important to them. We have listened and taken action.

“Together with partners, we have put additional officers onto the streets of Chorley and Preston to make people safe and feel safe.

“It is this support from partners that makes our response more effective and means we are able to find long term sustainable solutions to the problems our communities are facing.”

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Funding for the additional patrols, which have also been tackling Chorley town centre, has come from Lancashire’s Police and Crime Commissioner Andrew Snowden.

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He said: “Anti-social behaviour is a blight on our communities and an issue that residents raise with me time and time again, which is why I have made it a priority in my Fighting Crime Plan for Lancashire.

“Op Centurion is stepping up the fight against ASB in our communities. The Constabulary has dedicated neighbourhood police officers in every area and this work is bolstered by an additional £2m I have been able to secure from Government to invest in dedicated foot patrols targeting ASB hotspot areas.

“It is fantastic to see these patrols being rolled out across all Lancashire districts to make a real impact in our neighbourhoods including Preston and Chorley.

“Having joined officers on patrol in different parts of the county, I have already seen the positive impact they have on local areas, engaging with residents and local business as well as dealing robustly with any crime and anti-social behaviour.

“I am absolutely committed to cracking down on anti-social behaviour and I will continue to work closely with the Chief Constable to ensure the Constabulary has the resources needed to get tough on ASB and keep our communities safe.”

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