UK Police launch crackdown on anti-social behaviour 'exacerbated by the pandemic' last minute news
MetiNews.Com - Authorities warn that the behaviour could get worse as warm weather rolls in while activities for young people remain closed
Breaking News ! Police have launched an operation as concerns escalate about anti-social behaviour in Wigan. Operation Bluefin will see police and Wigan Council crackdown on anti-social behaviour in areas experiencing the most problems. The operation comes as 'increasing warm weather' rolls in, which could 'exacerbate issues during a time when diversionary activities for young people like youth clubs are unavailable due to the pandemic', according to Greater Manchester Police. Wigan has witnessed a rise in reports to police including youths gathering in large groups in contravention of government lockdown rules and criminal damage, said the force. Locations will be prioritised using GMP data, intelligence and reports from the community, with the operation being reviewed weekly to agree actions and responses, as well as developing strategic and tactical plans. There will also be a daily review meeting with partners which will jointly provide resources. Read More Related Articles 84,000 Aldi shoppers queued for a single Special Buy item at 8am Read More Related Articles Tesco, Morrisons and Sainsbury's issue urgent warning over popular food items Wigan Council's anti-social behaviour team will use 'targeted youth services to prevent and deter anti-social behaviour'. Where needed, police will take action against anyone responsible for the behaviour or a crime. Superintendent Mark Kenny of GMP's Wigan District said: "'GMP is working closely with our partners and the community in Wigan to understand and prevent anti-social behaviour and crime. "This week sees the launch of Operation Bluefin, dedicated to reducing anti-social behaviour. Sign up to the free MyWigan email newsletter Get regular updates from Wigan direct to your email inbox with the free MyWigan newsletter. All you need to do is click on this link, enter your email address, and select 'MyWigan News'. "This will include police officers and PCSOs patrolling areas of concern for residents with our partners to identify those responsible.
. "Operation Bluefin is part of our commitment to making the Borough safer with partners as part of the Wigan Place & Community Safety Partnership."
Councillor Kevin Anderson, who covers Police, Crime and Civil Contingencies at the town hall, said: "Operation Bluefin has been introduced in response to rising demands in the borough from anti-social behaviour and youth crime. "This type of behaviour, as in so many other areas across the country, has been exacerbated by the pandemic. "It cannot be resolved by one single organisation and needs a range of different approaches and robust interventions where the evidence warrants it. "We hope that this partnership approach will help to reduce the impact on our residents." Residents are encouraged to report criminal ASB or suspected breaches of lockdown restrictions by calling 101 or via the online reporting system at www.gmp.police.uk Reports of ASB can also be made reported to the Council’s Community Resilience Team at email@example.com or on 01942 486199.