Police send the right message

A youth bus and community walk are just two of the tactics the Bolton West Neighbourhood Policing Team has been using to tackle antisocial behaviour.

The Eden Bus visits Albert Street in Horwich every Friday between 7.30pm and 9pm to provide a safe place for young people to chill out, chat with their friends, meet new people and learn new skills.

The bus is wrapped with bright graphics, and features top of the range sound systems and game consoles that appeal directly to young people and help to keep them off the streets.

Horwich residents also got involved in two community walks, which enabled them to point out any concerns with officers on hand to take note and identify solutions. Members of the community joined forces with neighbourhood officers, Be Safe partner agencies including Bolton at Home, Bolton Councils’ Community Safety Services, Environmental Enforcement and local Ward Councillors in a walkabout of their local area.

The first route, led by Sergeant Andy Vernon, focused on the area around Mason Street Vale Avenue, Queen Street, Hughes Avenue, Leicester Avenue, Berne Avenue and Richmond Street. The second focused on the area around the Brazley estate and was led by PC Ben Brookfield.

An action plan to address the problems following each walk will now been developed.

Meanwhile, residents are benefiting from the Message Trust which is a charity that provides diversionary activities for young people in communities across Manchester. This exciting new project aims to create sustainable results that will have a positive impact on the community in Horwich for years to come.

Sergeant Andy Vernon, from the Bolton West Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “We are working with local people to help tackle their problems and it is important that people have their say and actively influence decisions. By contacting us and taking part in community walks people can find out what we are doing to fight antisocial behaviour and raise any issues we are not aware of.

“The Message Trust and local churches are helping youths, providing them with constructive fun activities and teaching them new skills. The overall aim of the project is to build relationships with young people, find out what concerns they have and reduce crime and antisocial behaviour in the community.”

People can contact police with information on 101, the new national non-emergency number.

Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111. Crimestoppers is an independent charity that will not want your name, just your information. Your call will not be traced or recorded and you do not have to go to court or give a statement.

© Greater Manchester Police 2018