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Posted 18 July 2016

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Three days of action

We've teamed up with North Lincolnshire Council, Humberside Police and Humberside Fire and Rescue for three days of action to bring the Westcliff community together and help reduce crime and disorder.

Using the new multi-agency hub in Westcliff precinct as a base, the three days of action will take place from 19 to 21 July 2016 and each day will focus on a different issue.

Tuesday 19 July
The focus of the first day of action will be on bicycle and car theft with free advice and safety equipment available from the hub.

A surgery with take place with the local Police Community Support Officer in the hub form 11am to 12pm giving local residents the opportunity to raise any crime and disorder concerns.

Wednesday 20 July
Teams of police officers, Safer Neighbourhoods and Ongo Housing Officers will be visiting residents who have expressed concerns or that live on streets that may have previously had issues.

The teams will be offering crime prevention advice and signing residents up to the free property registration database, Immobilise. They will also be giving out door, window and shed alarms and advisory stickers.

Officers from Humberside Fire will be offering free fire safety checks.

On Wednesday evening at 6pm, agencies will meet at the hub to launch the new flagship Neighbourhood Watch scheme for Westcliff. The group will be managed by Safer Neighbourhoods and all residents are welcome to come along to the Hub to find out more and join the group.

Thursday 21 July
The third and final day of action will be clean-up day.

Ongo and Safer Neighbourhoods will be providing five skips and encouraging residents to throw out any unwanted rubbish. Teams from North Lincolnshire Council and local volunteers will also be clearing the area of litter and fly-tipping.

Cllr Richard Hannigan, cabinet member for Governance and Transformation at North Lincolnshire Council, said: “We opened the multi-agency hub back in June with the aim of providing a one-stop-shop for the local community to come and find advice and guidance or express any concerns.

“These three days of action will see the council working with our partners at Ongo, Humberside Police and Humberside Fire to encourage residents to take pride in their local area and help stamp out crime and anti-social behaviour.

“We’re hoping to see lots of people coming forward to join the Neighbourhood Watch scheme when we launch it on Wednesday. By making this small commitment and working together to look out for your local community, you can make a really significant difference your area.”

Kathy Cairns, Ongo Housing Officer for the Westcliff area, said: “We are pleased to be playing a key role in this action week, along with our partner agencies. At Ongo we have a commitment to improve our local community and this planned action week is a great way to demonstrate this commitment.

“We held a big tidy up in Barton recently and it was a huge success with lots of tenants working to improve the area they live in. We’re hoping to do the same in Westcliff.

“We have a team of staff based at The Hub in Westcliff every week where tenants can drop in and discuss any matters to do with their home or any concerns they might have. They can call in Tuesday to Thursday when The Hub is open and our staff will be on hand to offer support and advice.”

Inspector Tim Harvey, from Humberside Police, said: “Humberside Police are delighted to support this Safer Neighbourhoods and Ongo led initiative which presents a real opportunity for the three agencies to work together closely to make Westcliff a better place to live, work and visit.

“Officers from North Lincolnshire Community Policing will regularly be holding surgeries at the hub, supporting staff with various tasks or simply popping in for a chat with local residents. The opening of the hub coincides with an increased police presence on Westcliff for reassurance and preventative patrols. There are a small number of people on the estate who spoil it for the rest and I urge local people to speak with an officer in confidence or make use of CrimeStoppers 0800 555 111 to report any concerns they have or to pass information which will be of interest to us. 

“Humberside Police is committed to reducing crime and disorder in North Lincolnshire and Westcliff is an area of high demand in this respect. Making the best use of our resources, working alongside our partner agencies and with help from the local community, a significant reduction is well within reach.”

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