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Over 900 additional policing hours dedicated to anti-social behaviour across East Lancashire

Thursday, November 30, 2023

Lancashire Police and Lancashire’s Police and Crime Commissioner Andrew Snowden launched Op Centurion in July 2023, which focuses on getting tough on anti-social behaviour (ASB) across Lancashire.

The second phase launched at the beginning of October, with additional Op Centurion patrols targeting areas within Darwen, Clitheroe, Colne and Bacup, as well as the two original hotspot locations of Accrington and Padiham.

Led by local neighbourhood teams, these locations have benefitted from over 900 additional policing hours since the beginning of October. There have also been over 200 stop checks, 33 stop searches and over 70 incidents attended during the month.

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.”

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.

"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 business 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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