Sarah Jones MP:, Shadow Minister for Policing and the Fire Service, visited Hyndburn today on the first leg of a national tour focused on antisocial behaviour – taking it seriously, listening to victims and finding solutions.

Under the Conservatives, high levels of anti-social behaviour have blighted the country, as cuts to the police and local councils take their toll.

👮‍♀️ Labour will put police back on our streets, with stronger powers to keep our communities safe.

We were joined by former Police & Crime Commissioner Clive Grunshaw as we visited several locations and met with residents and community/neighbourhood groups to discuss anti social behaviour.

1) Great Harwood
Noordad Aziz-Cllr & Cllr Kate L Walsh discussed issues raised with them regularly by residents such as the use of nitrous oxide and gatherings on mass at blighted sites.

2) Spring Hill & Central
A visit to Scaitcliffe Community Centre to meet with Councillor Munsif Dad, Kimberley Whitehead & Mohammed Abid to hear about the neighbourhood management team and the work they are doing to tackle anti social behaviour, including their innovative CCTV scheme.

3) Accrington Town Centre
Round table with Councillor Joyce Plummer, Peel Ward. Cllr Plummer was particularly concerned about the increase in trial bikes and quads where there have been incidents damaging the play area and Arden Hall.

4) Future’s event
We then attended the Futures event in Accrington Town Hall and met with the local policing team. It was good to see them encouraging young people to join the police service.

Earlier this summer:

🔴 Labour proposed a £283m fund over 5 years to drive up enforcement efforts and revamp neighbourhood policing, using the £200m allocated by the Government for the building of the National Flagship Yacht and £83m to run over the course of a parliament.

🔴 Labour has tabled a Victims’ Bill to give victims of persistent, unresolved anti-social behaviour the same rights that the Labour Party is proposing to enshrine for victims of crime. These rights for victims include right to regular information, right for victims to make a personal statement to be read out at court and the right for access to special measures at court including video link where appropriate.

🔴 Labour will bring back neighbourhood policing as a top priority. We will roll out Police Hubs at a national level, increasing police presence in communities. Each hub will host a Neighbourhood Prevention Team to ensure anti-social behaviour and other crimes in the community are tackled quickly.

🔴 Police Hubs will be visible and accessible, providing a space for the public to talk to the police and other agencies in person. Neighbourhood Prevention Teams will bring together police, community support officers, youth workers and local authority staff to tackle anti-social behaviour at source.

🔴 NPTs would be backed up with stronger powers for police and local authorities to shut down premises being used for drug dealing or consumption, as well as action to remove the barriers which prevent existing powers being used. Drugs are one of the leading causes of anti-social behaviour.

🔴 A new generation of neighbourhood watch will bring together local people to share advice and information about their area through online networks. Communities are stronger where people look out for each other, and the principles of neighbourhood watch applied to the online space can improve community safety and resilience.

🔴 Labour is planning a major recruitment drive to increase the number of Special Constables, and the introduction of a new Child Exploitation Register for those convicted of modern slavery in connection with county lines drug dealing.

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