Police prepare to stop street louts

Inspector Dave Brennan

Inspector Dave Brennan

First published in News St Helens Star: Photograph of the Author by , News Editor

A RISE in loutish behaviour in St Helens town centre over the summer has prompted police to vow to take stronger action to tackle those who step out of line.

The Star contacted officers after mounting complaints from readers about disorder in day times.

Among the issues reported are men urinating in the street, fighting, spitting and abusive arguments in which people hurl swear words at each other.

While the incidents are committed by the minority, there are concerns that it will put off visitors and harm businesses.

One reader, who asked not be named, said she had seen a man urinating in Victoria Square and that her partner witnessed another man doing the same in Cotham Street.

There have also been reports of a mum being involved in an abusive argument with a man in a wheelchair and people being harassed for money.

One reader said: “This is not about running the town centre down. These are simply unacceptable standards of behaviour and it’s not fair on the good people of St Helens.

“It’s up to the authorities to take action for the sake of visitors and businesses.”

Neighbourhood Inspector Dave Brennan said: “We have seen an increase in the number of reported incidents of anti-social behaviour in St Helens town centre when compared to the same period last year.

“In particular there was a noticeable rise in July, which resulted in concerns being raised by the community.

“We listen to concerns and remain committed to tackling anti-social behaviour.

“This type of crime can have a genuine impact on people living and working in the area and officers work closely with partners, including the council, in order for us to take positive steps.

“We want to make sure that St Helens town centre is a safe place to live, work and socialise.

“I would encourage anyone who sees or knows of any incidents of anti-social behaviour to speak with officers and appropriate action can then be taken.”

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6:19pm Thu 4 Sep 14

barrie timpson says...

Only a few months ago we were told on here that the police had new powers to disperse youths etc etc blah blah blah.
Until there is a decent law and order system in this country , where offenders are punished by whipping maces or retro active abortion you may as well pee pee in the wind.
Only a few months ago we were told on here that the police had new powers to disperse youths etc etc blah blah blah. Until there is a decent law and order system in this country , where offenders are punished by whipping maces or retro active abortion you may as well pee pee in the wind. barrie timpson
  • Score: 1

7:50pm Thu 4 Sep 14

StHelens lad says...

Hmmm this behaviour increased in July . Now that just happens to be when addaction opened!!!!! When will the powers at be listen, places like this do not belong in a town centre.......
Hmmm this behaviour increased in July . Now that just happens to be when addaction opened!!!!! When will the powers at be listen, places like this do not belong in a town centre....... StHelens lad
  • Score: 5

9:28pm Thu 4 Sep 14

mikeashworth says...

the police have had all the powers they have needed to crack down on this stuff for ages, yet they havent, despite police vans and ars constantly rolling down church street (im always uncertain if they are on their way to pound bakery or playing ten pin bowling with citizens of st helens going about their day to day business).

just a suggestion, perhaps they'd do better to actually walk the beat in the town or have more on bikes?

i have noticed they've put some new CCTV signs up, that'll do it. except that they are located so high up on thhe lamp posts i doubt anyone will see them!
the police have had all the powers they have needed to crack down on this stuff for ages, yet they havent, despite police vans and ars constantly rolling down church street (im always uncertain if they are on their way to pound bakery or playing ten pin bowling with citizens of st helens going about their day to day business). just a suggestion, perhaps they'd do better to actually walk the beat in the town or have more on bikes? i have noticed they've put some new CCTV signs up, that'll do it. except that they are located so high up on thhe lamp posts i doubt anyone will see them! mikeashworth
  • Score: 5

2:49pm Fri 5 Sep 14

StHelens lad says...

It’s a simple formula, attract more drug users = more loutish behaviour in town centre = an empty town Mind you the council WILL be pleased with these figures as it does seem to me like they want to attract these type of people. So these figures will be a boost to them to open more addiction centres… Well done St Helens council
It’s a simple formula, attract more drug users = more loutish behaviour in town centre = an empty town Mind you the council WILL be pleased with these figures as it does seem to me like they want to attract these type of people. So these figures will be a boost to them to open more addiction centres… Well done St Helens council StHelens lad
  • Score: 2

4:39pm Fri 5 Sep 14

barrie timpson says...

It's bit like telling people to eat healthy , and then filling the town centre so full of junk food places and caffeine (which is very bad for you) that you may as well just cover the entire place with a vat of lard and sprinkle 200 tons of salt and sugar on top of it.
It's bit like telling people to eat healthy , and then filling the town centre so full of junk food places and caffeine (which is very bad for you) that you may as well just cover the entire place with a vat of lard and sprinkle 200 tons of salt and sugar on top of it. barrie timpson
  • Score: 2

10:26am Tue 9 Sep 14

Hughwithaview says...

No surprises - just the usual hot air and no real action. All this anti social behaviour could be tackled if the will was really there to do it - but it's not.

All this talk of day time and night time economy and a vibrant town centre will never come to to pass because we have a Council that would rather pander to drug addicts and drunks than do something for the benefit of the law abiding citizens of St Helens.

When you read about people hurling abuse at one another and men urinating openly in the street in broad daylight, you have to spare a thought for the new "Litter Wardens" - what chance have they got imposing "on the spot fines" with these kind of people roaming the town centre!
No surprises - just the usual hot air and no real action. All this anti social behaviour could be tackled if the will was really there to do it - but it's not. All this talk of day time and night time economy and a vibrant town centre will never come to to pass because we have a Council that would rather pander to drug addicts and drunks than do something for the benefit of the law abiding citizens of St Helens. When you read about people hurling abuse at one another and men urinating openly in the street in broad daylight, you have to spare a thought for the new "Litter Wardens" - what chance have they got imposing "on the spot fines" with these kind of people roaming the town centre! Hughwithaview
  • Score: 1
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