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Edition No. 189

Date:- 26 February 2005

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Agencies in Warrington to tackle anti-social behaviour

ON Friday 18 February 2005, representatives from Warrington Borough Council, Golden Gates Housing (GGH) and Cheshire Police met tenants and stakeholders to launch the new Anti-Social Behaviour (ASB) Strategy, Delegates heard how the 3 organisations would be working closely together over the next 12 months to reduce crime and anti-social behaviour on Council housing estates.

Cllr Pat Wright, the Council's Executive Member for Housing and Urban Renewal, said:- "Tackling anti-social behaviour in our communities is high on the agenda for all three of our agencies. By working together, and with the help of the communities we serve, we want to continue to find ways to tackle crime and fear of crime in our neighbourhoods. This strategy is the blueprint for doing just that. It is not just hollow words, we hope this strategy will be the driving force for helping us take real action to reduce anti-social behaviour in communities across our borough."

Keys themes from the event were:-

· The need to prevent anti-social behaviour happening
· Deterring individuals from getting involved in anti-social behaviour
· Enforcing Tenancy Conditions and taking legal action when necessary
· Rehabilitating offenders

Delegates at the launch were told that tackling anti-social behaviour needs effective working not just by the partnership agencies, but with everyone within these communities.

Peter Mercer, Director of GGH, said:- "Golden Gates Housing is committed to effectively tackling anti-social behaviour. Together with the Police and other agencies we have formed a partnership that will enable us to build on our recent successes."

Warrington's Divisional Commander, Superintendent Julia Clayton, said:- "With the liaison officer working from the police station we will be able to exchange information promptly with Golden Gates Housing and this will ultimately speed up our ability to identify and tackle those people causing misery for others. A variety of different agencies are now supporting the police to combat anti-social behaviour including; Trading Standards, Cheshire Fire Service and Social Services to name but a few. The message should, therefore, be clear to those individuals who cause problems for their communities; it isn't just the police who are targeting you, more and more agencies are joining the drive to put a stop to your behaviour."

During the launch of the strategy, the agencies outlined new developments for the next 12 months including:-

· A new team of four Tenancy Enforcement Officers whose primary role will be to tackle all forms of ASB

· More emphasis on environmental issues through a structured 'Estate Walkabout' programme

· A new mediation service

· A new liaison officer, sponsored by GGH, to improve the flow of information between the Police and GGH

If people want to receive a copy of the ASB strategy or to discuss any issues relating to ASB please phone Golden Gates Housing FREE on 0800 195 9195

SWITCHED ON
THIS WEEK…
YOUR FREE GUIDE TO THE BEST BITS ON UK TV

Written for us by Caren Clark for the week starting Saturday 26 February to Friday 4 March.
 
1. Comic Relief Does Fame Academy BBC1 Saturday 6.15pm & 9pm, Wednesday-Friday times vary, 
BBC3 Saturday 7.35pm & 9.15pm. Wednesday-Friday times vary Comic Aid BBC1 Saturday 9.15pm B
BC2 Saturday 10.15pm. It's Your Comic Relief BBC1 Wednesday 7pm. Time to invest in earplugs as another group of celebrities prepare to flex their vocal chords in the name of Comic Relief, while ordinary fundraisers meet the people their money has helped. The tsunami appeal also comes to the fore with highlights from the recent charity comedy gig.

2. The New Ten Commandments Channel 4 Saturday 7pm. With coveting thy neighbour's ass becoming just a little bit passé, this entertaining show reveals the results of a nationwide survey into the modern rules we believe we should abide by in the 21st century. 

3. 100 Greatest Cartoons Channel 4 Sunday 8pm. Is The Simpsons better than The Flintstones? Could Mickey Mouse give Snow White a run for her money? Channel 4 counts down the finest animations ever.

4. The Walk ITV1 Sunday 9pm. Philip Glenister and Nicola Stephenson star in this one-off drama about the tangled lives of an eclectic group of people on a charity hike across the Sahara. 

5. HELP BBC2 Sunday 9.30pm NEW SERIES. This quirky new comedy sees Paul Whitehouse playing a wide variety of eccentric patients who end up on therapist Chris Langham's couch. 

6. The 77th Academy Awards Sky Movies 1 Sunday 1.40am. Get ready for a late one as we find out whether Imelda Staunton and Clive Owen can repeat their BAFTA success and whether Martin Scorsese wins his first Oscar for Best Director. 

7. Faith BBC1 Monday 9pm Detailing the troubled times of the 1984-85 miners' strike as seen through the eyes of two sisters on opposite sides of the conflict, this gritty drama stars Maxine Peake, Christine Tremarco, Adrian Bower and Jamie Draven. 

8. High Spirits with Shirley Ghostman BBC3 Tuesday 9.30pm.  NEW SERIES. My New Best Friend's Marc Wootton dons the guise of a cheesy medium for this cheeky spoof psychic show in front of an unsuspecting studio audience.

9. Kenneth Tynan: In Praise of Hardcore BBC4 Wednesday 9pm. Time Shift BBC4 Wednesday 10.15pm Showing off his more serious side, Rob Brydon stars in this dramatisation of the colourful life of controversial theatre critic Kenneth Tynan. Followed by a Time Shift profile of Tynan.

10. The Games: Athletes in Training E4 Friday 9pm NEW SERIES. Building up to the third series of the celebrity Olympics later in March, E4 goes behind the scenes on the training as the likes of Kirsty Gallacher, Chesney Hawkes and Craig Charles gear up to do battle.

VARIATIONS…

The New Ten Commandments Saturday NOT S4C
100 Greatest Cartoons Sunday NOT S4C

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