POLICE took to the streets of Skelmersdale last week in an effort to begin the new year by addressing community fears and concerns.
Along with West Lancs District Council partners Sharon from Streetscene, Pippa the dog warden, the community payback service, and Discover substance misuse service, officers began the first of many targeted approaches to an area.
The group looked at street lighting – or the lack of it in some parts – and also addressed litter, graffiti, worn out flowerbeds and flooded underpasses.
Officers noted damage that needed repairing and places where railings and CCTV was needed and vowed to do something about it.
A police spokesman said: “We heard residents’ concerns of cannabis crops and drug taking, of local people feeling frightened to go to their local shop partly due to a lack of lighting and security.
“Many residents’ concerns were raised. We gave out advice leaflets and cannabis scratch cards, found a skip load of rubbish and a poor abandoned Christmas tree.
“We are determined to clean up the streets of Skelmersdale and want local people to help us in any way they can.”
The clean-up comes as police vowed to try and engage with more members of the community during the upcoming year.
Police had to deal with riots in the town on ‘mischief night’ and want to try to increase public confidence in the force after coming under fire in recent months from disgruntled residents.
The spokesman continued: “We like a challenge and will continue to fight crime on the streets of Skelmersdale.
“If anyone has any information about crime in the area they should contact police on 101 or alternatively people can contact Crimestoppers, whose number is 0800 555 111. Absolutely no personal details are taken and you will not go to court.”