Police give update on Preston city centre and Leyland anti-social behaviour crackdown

Posted on - 30th November, 2023 - 5:30pm | Author - | Posted in - Crime, Lancashire Police, Preston News, South Ribble News
Police and crime commissioner Andrew Snowden accompanies two officers on the beat in Preston
Police and crime commissioner Andrew Snowden accompanies two officers on the beat in Preston

Police have revealed the impact of their crackdown on anti-social behaviour in Preston city centre and Leyland.


More than 800 additional policing hours have been poured into Operation Centurion patrols in four troublespots for anti-social behaviour in the county.

In Preston since October there have been nine arrests, 166 stop-checks carried out and 31 incidents attended. And 34 stop-searches have been conducted.

Read more: Preston city centre given six-strong team to curb anti-social behaviour

In Leyland then 25 stop-checks have been carried out and 12 incidents attended with no arrests made.


Inspector Gemma Barr from the ASB, Prevention and Problem-Solving Command said: “Anti-social behaviour is one of the key concerns our communities have expressed to us. Through our work under Op Centurion we are showing that we have listened to them and that we are taking action.

“Working closely with our partners, we have put additional officers on the streets in our hotspot locations to make people feel safer in their areas.”

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Lancashire’s Police and Crime Commissioner Andrew Snowden 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, led by the dedicated neighbourhood policing teams operating across Lancashire, bolstered by an additional £2m I have been able to secure from Government to invest in dedicated foot patrols targeting ASB hotspot areas.

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“It’s fantastic to see the impact these additional patrols are now delivering across the county, bringing more visible policing into all Lancashire districts.

“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 businesses 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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