‘We’ll make place safer’

Cam­paign will tackle anti-so­cial be­hav­iour in vil­lage

West Lothian Courier - - News - Sean O’Neil

A cam­paign has been launched to tackle an­ti­so­cial be­hav­iour in Black­ridge.

The vil­lage has ex­pe­ri­enced a num­ber of an­ti­so­cial be­hav­iour is­sues over re­cent months and West Loth­ian Coun­cil and Po­lice Scot­land are work­ing to­gether on the Work­ing in Part­ner­ship to Keep Black­ridge Safe cam­paign to raise aware­ness of the is­sue and en­cour­age res­i­dents to re­port in­ci­dents to the au­thor­i­ties.

Po­lice Scot­land and the coun­cil’s Safer Neigh­bour­hood team (SNT) have al­ready had high-pro­file pa­trols in the com­mu­nity in the last cou­ple of weeks and the Safer Neigh­bour­hood team have linked in with vul­ner­a­ble and iso­lated mem­bers of the com­mu­nity to pro­vide re­as­sur­ance.

A num­ber of ac­tions to help re­as­sure the com­mu­nity and en­sure that in­ci­dents are be­ing re­ported have taken place.

All com­mu­nity safety part­ners are in­volved to ad­dress the is­sues re­ported and the teams are en­gag­ing with young peo­ple in the com­mu­nity also.

The SNT and po­lice are hold­ing joint drop-in surg­eries at the Craig Inn over the sum­mer pe­riod on Wed­nes­day, Au­gust 1, from 6pm to 8pm and Wed­nes­day, Au­gust 22, from 6pm to 8pm.

Vice chair of the Ser­vices for the Com­mu­nity Pol­icy, Devel­op­ment and Scru­tiny Panel, Coun­cil­lor An­drew McGuire said: “An­ti­so­cial Be­hav­iour can have a se­vere im­pact upon res­i­dents’ lives. That is why we have launched this lo­cal cam­paign and we hope to raise aware­ness within the com­mu­nity on how lo­cal peo­ple can re­port in­ci­dents and help the au­thor­i­ties crack down on this un­ac­cept­able be­hav­iour.

“A let­ter drop for the Black­ridge com­mu­nity has al­ready taken place pro­vid­ing peo­ple with con­tact in­for­ma­tion, we will also be reg­u­larly post­ing de­tails on how to con­tact the au­thor­i­ties on so­cial me­dia and through our drop in ses­sions.

“Posters will also be placed in pub­lic ar­eas and we hope the mes­sage will get through to the lo­cal com­mu­nity – an­ti­so­cial Be­hav­iour will not be tol­er­ated and the coun­cil and po­lice are here to help.”

An­ti­so­cial be­hav­iour can have a se­vere im­pact on res­i­dents’ lives

Joint ap­proach Po­lice and West Loth­ian Coun­cil have launched the Work­ing in Part­ner­ship to Keep Black­ridge Safe cam­paign

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