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Commissioner backing safer communities following gang injunction orders

19 January, 2017

Lancashire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Clive Grunshaw, stepped out to reassure residents in Preston this morning as six men from the North West region were given banning orders for gang related violence and drug offences.

20170119_095249The Commissioner’s aim was to demonstrate firm action has been taken against the gang members who are thought to have been responsible for gang-related activity in the Avenham and Fishwick areas of the city.
Images of the criminals were added to flyers so that residents can report any sightings of the gang who are banned from the area.

Clive Grunshaw said: “This morning was highly beneficial and key to improving engagement with residents in the area to prevent and reduce crime in the future.

“These leaflets will help people recognise the criminal gang members in particular and also enable them to report any sightings or suspicious behaviour.

“I am committed to working with the police and residents in Lancashire so that people are able to feel safe and confident within their communities.”

The Commissioner and police were joind by County Councillor Yousuf Motala who represents the area.Clive and Cllr Motala 4

Discussing the injunctions and the impact on the community he said: “I’m delighted that the criminal activities of these individuals have come to an end and that the local communities who were targeted and intimidated by their actions will feel safe in the knowledge that this gang have been dealt with. They were drawing young people into their world and I hope they can now see getting involved in criminal activity carries serious consequences.

“I’ve worked with ex-offenders trying to get their lives back on track and I know the difficulties they and their families have faced. The action taken by Lancashire Police shows that they have the tools to take action and I sincerely hope that this will deter others from engaging in such activities in the future.”

Officer leaflettingRe-assuring residents and asking for future information Mr Grunshaw added: “This type of criminality will not be tolerated in the area and we will strive to keep them off the streets.

“If people see anything suspicious I would urge them to call the police on 101 or go to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”

For further details on the injunctions visit Lancashire Police:

http://www.lancashire.police.uk/campaigns/gang-injunctions/preston-gang-injunctions-nov-2016.aspx

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