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Day of Action set for Spotland and Falinge following Milnrow success

Press release   •   Apr 10, 2014 16:37 BST

Following a hugely successful Day of Action in Milnrow on Wednesday, the Rochdale Safer Communities Partnership will be addressing issues, clamping down on crime and interacting with residents in Spotland and Falinge on Friday 11 and Saturday 12 April.

Earlier this week,  cars in Milnrow were fitted with Safe Plating screws free-of-charge to help protect registration plates from being stolen and conductors checked 640 Metrolink passengers, with two on-the-spot ticketing fines issued.

Intelligence from local residents helped officers tackle local drug dealers, a wanted burglar was caught, a car with a revoked license was seized and a bicycle stolen from a Metrolink station was recovered.

And on Friday and Saturday, residents in Spotland and Falinge will benefit from the presence of teams from the council, police, housing associations and community volunteer groups, following the successful recent drug-dealing operation, which took place last week.

Councillor Colin Lambert, Council Leader said: “The council appreciates how this kind of activity can have a massively positive effect on the community, so it is pleasing to be able to organise another day of planned, targeted efforts.”

Councillor Sultan Ali, Cabinet Member for Strengthening Communities at Rochdale Borough Council, said: “The day of action will be a two-way process – us giving out information but also a chance for local people to report issues in confidence. It’s time for action and that’s exactly what the Rochdale Safer Communities Partnership is here to take.”

Police and Community Safety Officers will also be talking to residents to gather intelligence on issues that concern them and providing practical security and safety advice.

Safe plating will on offer at the Police Outpost at Abbydale Falinge and Lidl between 11am and 3pm on Friday.

All ward Neighbourhood Beat Officers will be available at the same location between 10am and 3pm, where members of the public can discuss any issues and to encourage people to sign up to Home Watch.

Police Community Support Officers will be on high visible patrol to remove untaxed vehicles and visit vulnerable and elderly residents, while Rochdale Borough Housing Officers will be on the Falinge Estate on Friday carrying out a series of walkabouts to address any housing issues affecting tenants.

Council officers will be linking into the door knocking and walkabouts to help address issues that are concerning residents, while there will also be a strong focus on public engagement and reassurance, with partner agencies knocking on doors to encourage residents to complete the Safer Communities questionnaire.

Environmental Management and Housing Officers will be attending on behalf of the Council, and The Youth Services’ ‘Where It’s At’ bus, containing activities for young people, will be parked at the Community Campus on Entwhistle Road.

Follow @saferrochdale and @gmprochdalenrth on Twitter to receive live updates and for the opportunity to put your questions to the Partnership.

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