Frank Field MP
Your MP for Birkenhead
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Dozens of incidents involving antisocial behaviour are reported each day in Wirral


Dozens of incidents involving antisocial behaviour and criminal damage are reported each day in Wirral.

Each night of the week, it seems, we have neighbours from hell and gangs of thugs striking fear into local residents. Lots of residents, in a state of desperation, have contacted me asking for help. So what can be done about this?

Last week, the Leader of Wirral Council, Phil Davies, and I called a meeting at Birkenhead Town Hall to try and establish a strategy to fight back against the thugs. The fire service, police, council and housing associations each control resources geared towards tackling crime and antisocial behaviour.

Each of these services has felt the impact of budget cuts in recent years, and they are unlikely to be sloshing around in milk and honey aplenty any time soon. So we need them to come up with ways of spending what money they do have more effectively.

They should start by telling us roughly how much they are spending on tackling antisocial behaviour, what interventions work, and how can they more intelligently sweep areas to catch the guilty parties.

It is important to know also how police and antisocial behaviour officers’ shift patterns fit with the peak times in which antisocial behaviour is most likely to occur, and whether this affects their ability to respond rapidly to incidents. How are budgets spent at different times of the day, and could they be spent more effectively to catch the thugs who keep getting away with it?

We must find a way of giving the police as big a chance as possible of catching, identifying and charging these people.

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