Police and businesses in Preston city centre have teamed up to close off a notorious escape route for criminals.
The Evening Post told last week how more than £3,000, contributed by Preston Council and businesses around Cannon Street, has been used to erect alleygates to block off a passageway which runs behind the road.
And the gates were officially unveiled at the end of last week.
Police say the passageway has attracted alcoholics and drug users as well as being used as a quick getaway route for shoplifters and offenders who have committed other crimes likeburglary and robbery. Businesses including MWR Solicitors, Costa Coffee, Boots, Ocean Menswear and European Fine Arts and Antiques have contributed to the cost.
PC Bryanna Collier, community beat manager for the city centre at Preston Police, said: “There have been a number of issues with the alleyway going back over several years.
“This will prevent people from using the alleyway for criminal purposes and will make the surrounding area a safer place.”
The gates cost a total of £3,813, of which £1,813 was contributed by the city council.