Community cleans up town

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A community helped to clear up 30 tons of rubbish during a neighbourhood scheme.

Members of the St Annes’ neighbourhood police teams joined forces with organisationss, residents and councillors Timothy Armit and Christine Akeroyd to clean-up the Kilnhouse area as part of Operation Clean Sweep.

Staff from New Fylde Housing, Fylde Borough Council, Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service, Help Direct and Community Payback took part in the clean-up, clearing litter, rubbish and graffiti on Thursday, January 17.

Four skips were filled with 30 tons of rubbish.

Neighbourhood Policing Sgt Wendy Coulson said: “Events like this not only help us to work with residents to clean-up areas, they also provide residents with the opportunity to talk to those agencies that are there to help and support them.

“It is important that people take pride in the areas where they live. Litter, graffiti and damaged property can encourage further anti-social behaviour and crime so by keeping a neighbourhood clean and tidy we can try to avoid these things becoming an issue.”