Review policing strategy to tackle Ashton's anti-social behaviour problem.

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For many years various parts of Ashton in Makerfield has suffered from anti-social behaviour.

Area's have included in and around Jubilee Park, Ashton Town Centre, King George V playing fields, Ashton Heath and others.

Incidents have included :- Physical assaults by gangs of youths, drunken behaviour, vandalism, damage to cars, bus shelters smashed, mis-use of fireworks, emergency services attacked, youth's having sex in broad daylight on Jubilee Park, litter bins set on fire, youth's kicking football/rugby balls against moving vehicles on Gerard St and Wigan Rd and local residents pedestrians being harassed.

Wigan Council have recognised, after many years of ignoring the problem at Jubilee Park, the severity of the problem by agreeing to install CCTV.

But policing of Ashton is totally inadequate.

GMP are not dealing with anti-social behaviour in the town, is not taken seriously and is often ignored.

We never see a police officer on the beat in Ashton. Policing from Wigan is unacceptable and we believe since the closure of Ashton's police station policing in Ashton has deteriorated.

One police officer and two PCSO's for the Ashton Neighbourhood policing team is totally insufficient and this is demonstrated by the lack of response in dealing with Ashton's problem with anti-social behaviour.

We want the authorities, Greater Manchester Police, Wigan Council, local MP's, Councillors, school's to work together to devise a new strategy to tackle Ashton's problem with anti-social behaviour.

We want improved policing in Ashton. More police officers on the beat in problem area's. We want the mis-use of alcohol by youth's tackled which is fuelling the problems. Where are youth's getting their alcohol from ? We want this established and dealt with.

We want Ashton's school's to do more to tackle anti-social behaviour in the town through education and good discipline.

We want the authorities to organise town-wide public meetings to inform residents of their agreed strategy to tackle Ashton's problem with anti-social behaviour.

In supporting this petition we understand that most young people are law-abiding and respectful but believe the problem is so bad it no longer can be ignored.

We believe a new strategy for facilities for young people in Ashton is required to help resolve the problems.

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