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Police in Barrow to tackle local priorities over half term

Posted by StreetSafe on February 17, 2011

Police officers in Barrow are increasing their patrols and hosting a series of events next week to ensure that local issues are addressed over the half term break.

Half term, held during Monday 21st February –25th February, coincides with Cumbria Constabulary’s Neighbourhood Policing week that aims to highlight the hard work that is ongoing in each community to tackle local problems.

Next week, Barrow’s Neighbourhood Policing Team will be focusing on the community priorities within the Borough. Increased patrols will be paying particular attention to the Ormsgill estate where residents highlighted anti-social behaviour as a main problem, as well as drug abuse in the area. Youth-related disorder in the evenings will also be a focus of police attention after hearing residents’ concerns in the Barrow Park, Netto, Park Drive and Park Avenue areas.

Police officers will also be out on the streets of Walney around Central Drive and James Dunn Park in a bid to tackle anti- social behaviour and officers will be addressing parking issues in and around Chapel St in Dalton.

Inspector David Bosson said: “We aim to tackle the issues that local people have told us are particularly concerning in individual neighbourhoods.

“A large Streetsafe event has been planned on Wednesday 23 February so that police officers can team up with our partners to hear the views and concerns of residents living in the Trentvale and Ramsgate Crescent area of Walney.

“This will give residents quality time to engage with police officers and representatives from key partner agencies to discuss local issues.

“During the same evening, I will be logging onto http://www.cumbria.police.uk/barrowmeeting between 6.30-8.30pm for a live community meeting that I hope all residents of Barrow borough will take advantage of. I will be available online, alongside Sgt Mark Rawlinson, to discuss local policing issues local people have.”

Police Community Support Officers will also be helping out with the popular Street Soccer events that are planned during half term. On Wednesday 23 February from 6.30pm to 8pm at Greengate Junior School, youngsters aged 8 -12 yrs are invited to attend and on Friday 25th February, 13-16 year olds can enjoy a soccer event from 6.30pm to 8pm at Hindpool MUGA.

Insp Bosson continues: “I’d urge young people to come along to these events and meet their local police officers – the football sessions are great fun and are free!”

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