[Safer Stockport Partnership Launches it’s 2015 Summer Campaign]
The Safer Stockport Partnership (SSP), which includes Stockport Council, Greater Manchester Police and Greater Manchester Fire & Rescue service, has launched a three-month long campaign aimed at reducing crime and anti-social behaviour across Stockport.
Working in partnership with Stockport County Community Foundation, the SSP will be carrying out 12 weeks of football sessions in areas suffering from anti-social behaviour. The sessions will give the opportunity to young adults living in the Stockport area aged 11 – 16 years old to play football three evenings a week from May until the middle of August.
The Projects aims:
• To help reduce anti-social behaviour
• To engage with the local community
• To help increase physical activity in the local community
Matthew Bailey, Assistant Community Foundation Manager from Stockport County Community Foundation, said: “This project is a great opportunity to engage with young people, helping them increase physical activity, learn new or advance football skills and help them from being involved in anti-social behaviour over the summer period.”
The Community Foundation is an important charitable organisation of Stockport County Football Club. The Foundation takes Stockport County off the pitch and into the local community to engage children and adults in structured, safe fun and enjoyable community activities, giving the football club a huge, positive profile outside Edgeley Park. The Community Foundation works with a number of partners, football and non-football in order to deliver high quality activities for the local community.
Over the last 12 months the Community Foundation contacts with the local community has increased significantly. We are proud to work in partnership with the Community Safety Unit as one of our projects.
Cllr Shan Alexander, Stockport Council’s Executive Member for Safe & Resilient Communities, said: “This project is very important in supporting young people in Stockport, making sure they are able to participate in sports in a safe and positive environment. You don’t have to be good at football; every youngster is welcomed to attend these sessions.”
The ‘summer safety’ campaign, which is running throughout the months of June, July and August, will be a series of initiatives aimed at providing the public with the information they need to protect themselves from criminal and anti-social behaviour during the holiday period whether they are staying at home or going away.
The four keys themes of the initiative are as follows:
• Safe4Summer (Greater Manchester wide safety and Anti-social behaviour campaign lead by Greater Manchester Fire Rescue Service)
• Raising Awareness of Anti-social Behaviour & Crime Prevention
• Online Safety
• Raising Community Confidence
Leon Jacobs, Chief Inspector from Greater Manchester Police, said: “By working in partnership with a number of key partners, this year’s summer campaign covers a wide variety of themes with the key focus helping to protect the residents of Stockport from being a victim of crime.”
For more information you can contact the Community Safety Unit on 0161 474 3143.
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[Retailers support crackdown on legal highs]
Stockport retailers have pledged their commitment to end the sale of legal highs by signing up to a new Responsible Retailer Scheme.
It comes following a meeting with the town centre and business retail forum on Thursday 28 May which saw businesses sign a pledge outlining their promise to end the sale of legal highs. More retailers are expected to sign up to the scheme in the coming weeks.
At the meeting which was attended by officers from the Safer Stockport Partnership, members of the forum were addressed by the team who highlighted the dangers of the products.
“Legal Highs” and other similar products are sold for consumption and are more often than not, misused. They can include Nitrous Oxide canisters and poppers. The pledge from retailers comes following concerns about the harm caused by these products to users and the overall effects they can have on the Stockport community.
Greater Manchester Police and Trading Standards have already carried out a number of visits to retailers who have been found selling these products and those who have been persistent in their sales are being warned to expect more stringent enforcement measures which include prosecution.
GMP Stockport Division Chief Inspector Leon Jacobs, said: “There has been a worrying increase in the use of these “legal highs” recently and a number of young people have been subsequently hospitalised following their use.
“This scheme is really important and we want it to help raise awareness about the dangers of taking these substances, although they are not currently illegal, they can have devastating effects on those using them.
“Most retailers in the Stockport borough who were previously selling these items have already removed products from their shelves. This is a really positive development and GMP will continue to work together with other agencies and Stockport businesses to promote the Responsible Retailer Scheme and reduce the availability of these legal highs.”
Cllr Martin Candler, Executive Member for Communities & Sustainability said: “This is an important initiative and today’s event has confirmed to me that the vast majority of local retailers act responsibly and continue to refuse to sell these products. Those shops that persist in selling these products are endangering people’s lives and the council will continue to take robust enforcement action against irresponsible retailers.”
The work of the partnership is supported by educational work looking at the harm these products cause to the young people who use them.
Members of the public wishing to report a shop selling these products are advised to contact the Citizens Advice Consumer Service on 03454 04 05 06 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.
For help or advice on all drugs including Legal Highs contact ‘Talk to Frank’ on 0800 776600 www.talktofrank.com
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[Wanted – Callum Reilly]
Police in Stockport are hunting a man in connection with a string of thefts from cars.
Officers want to speak to Callum Reilly (born 26/03/1989), of the Stockport area, about a series of thefts from cars.
The thefts happened from cars parked on Linden Grove, Frome Avenue and Cedar Road between 13 May 2015 and 14 May 2015.
Police also want to speak to Reilly in connection with an assault that took place at the Great Moor Service Station on 18 May 2015.
Anyone with information about his whereabouts is asked to call police on 101 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.