Harlescott gets a spring clean to tackle crime

Residents in the Harlescott Grange area of Shrewsbury recently attended a Day of Action event in a bid to help tackle crime and anti-social behaviour and enhance their local neighbourhood.

The event was initiated by the Shrewsbury Crime & Disorder Partnership, Bronze Level Tasking, which seeks solutions to crime and anti-social behaviour across the town.  They realise that local environmental quality is not just about looking nice but has tangible impacts on an areas reputation and levels of crime.

Key partners like West Mercia Police, Shropshire Council, Severnside Housing Association, and Shrewsbury Town Council work together on one day to 'blitz' the area in a high profile and highly visible way.  Actions taking place today include traffic enforcement, a waste amnesty, an estate tidy up, and crime prevention talks in a school and the community.

Inspector Graham Preece, Bronze Level Tasking Chair, said:

The Day of Action is about working in partnership to address community safety issues within areas and streets of Shrewsbury.  It is a rolling program that will move on to a different Safer Neighbourhood Team area every two months.  Eventually, an event will have been held in each of the areas across Shrewsbury and central Shropshire.

Gwilym Butler, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member responsibile for community enablement, said:

Day of Action events are all about community engagement and working with local people to help make their communities safer and vibrant places to live.  I really encourage residents to join the Day of Action and get involved.”

If you or someone you know is affected by anti-social behaviour, please call the anti-social behaviour helpline on 0345 678 9020.

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James Thompson James Thompson

Waste Prevention Officer, Waste Management, Shropshire Council

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