Frank Field MP
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It is of utmost importance that local residents feel safe in their own home


There were last year more than 5,000 reports of anti-social behaviour in Birkenhead. I suspect there were many hundreds more incidents that went unreported, as there seemed to be no point in reporting them.

The yobs have become an almighty blight on some of the areas around Birkenhead Park, Grange Road and central Birkenhead, as well as parts of Tranmere and Rock Ferry.

They’ve ruined too many people’s lives, and with them, the wellbeing of our communities.

I’ve been renewing my efforts over the past year to try and find out where the Wirral police budget is spent, and how much of it goes towards tackling antisocial behaviour. Much of this data is now available.

I kicked off the next stage of our work programme at two meetings last week: one at St Anne’s Church and the other at the Tranmere Methodist Church.

It was good news on all fronts. With the help of this new data, what could be done more effectively to tackle and prevent not only antisocial behaviour, but the criminal damage caused by the yobs?

The leader of the council, Phil Davies, is determined that this should involve money being diverted to Birkenhead’s hotspots.

The council have also put together a good team that will drive improvements on two fronts: first, to respond quicker to trouble when it happens; second, to put in CCTV and proper fencing to prevent the likelihood of such trouble occurring in the first place.

I will continue to keep a close eye on this matter and report back. It is of utmost importance that local residents feel safe in their own home.

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