Queens Park in Crewe is a firm favourite with local families for picnics and play dates, however recently the area has been suffering from episodes of anti-social behaviour.
Police and Crime Commissioner for Cheshire, John Dwyer, and the local policing team met with ‘Friends of the Park’ to discuss the issues that they are facing.
The team at Queens Park have recently voiced their concerns to the Police and Crime Commissioner and Cheshire Constabulary following an increase in the anti-social behaviour that they are experiencing. Incidents of graffiti, threatening behaviour and arson have had a devastating impact on the park.
Police and Crime Commissioner for Cheshire, John Dwyer, said:
“Anti-social behaviour is a blight on our communities, the awful activity that is being experienced in Queens Park is having a devastating impact on the local residents.
“I am committed to working alongside Cheshire Constabulary and organisations such as Friends of the Park to protect our county from this damaging activity.
“Despite our meeting focussing on the negative experience of anti-social behaviour, we have had a productive afternoon highlighting what support can be provided by the Constabulary and I to assist Friends of the Park in looking after these beautiful gardens.”
Secretary of Friends of the Park, Sheila Blackburn, said:
“It has been extremely beneficial meeting with the Commissioner and our local policing team, I am grateful that they took the time to visit us and hear about the issues we are currently facing.
“The meeting has been very positive with lots of common agreement on the way that we move forward to deal with the anti-social behaviour that is occurring.
“I am certain that this is the beginning of further close contact and positive relationships between Friends of the Park, the Police and Crime Commissioner and Cheshire Constabulary.”
John Dwyer added:
“I would like to extend my thanks to Cheshire Constabulary’s Sergeant Tandy and PSCO Smith for their support at today’s meeting, their commitment to the park and local residents should be commended.”
“I have highlighted my Community Action Fund to the team at Queens Park, I think they would truly benefit from the funding which is available. The fund enables organisations to make bids of up to £5,000 to support projects which help to prevent crime or anti-social behaviour in the local area.”
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Pictured - Police and Crime Commissioner with Cheshire Constabulary representatives and ‘Friends of the Park’ at Crewe’s Queens Park.