Incidents in town centre prompt plea

The HSBC building and clock tower n St Annes Square.
The HSBC building and clock tower n St Annes Square.
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Traders are to seek police reassurance over an alleged increase in instances of nuisance and anti-social behaviour in St Annes town centre.

Chamber of Trade officials are to invite a police representative to future meetings after members told of problem incidents day and night, including smashed windows at a flagship store and claims of noise and disturbance, most going unreported, in the early hours.

Helen Galloway, representing the JR Taylor store at the meeting, said there had been four instances in the last six weeks of plate glass windows being broken overnight at the shop – at a cost of around £400 each.

Meanwhile, the Chamber’s co-ordinator Arnold Sumner said he had been inundated with complaints from town centre residents and traders over what they feel is a major increase in nuisance in the early hours of the morning, when revellers were leaving licensed premises.

“As well as noise, the people who have approached me claim there are increasing instances of gardens and shop doorways being used as toilets and it is a dreadful reflection on our town,” he said.

John Moxham. the Chamber’s chairman, said: “We used to regularly have a police representative come along to our meetings. It seems now we need to hear from them again and we will be inviting someone to come along as soon as possible.

“It is important that the kind of incidents we are hearing about are nipped in the bud.”