Savick area to see increased police patrols after 'spike' in antisocial behaviour'

A  Zoom meeting between police, councillors and Community Gateway has taken place following a series of violence and anti-social behaviour on the Savick estate in recent weeks.

Thursday, 8th October 2020, 3:46 pm

There has been a spike across both Larches, Savick and Lea of incidents involving groups of young males and police are putting extra patrols into the area.

A violent brawl at 4pm on Tuesday, September 15, near the row of shops in West Park Avenue and Birkdale Drive, saw men openly confront each other in the street armed with machetes and knives.

Two weeks ago, neighbours witnessed up to 30 people attacking properties and cars in the Birkdale Drive area on a Saturday night.

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Coun Borrow on the Savick estate

The following day three people were arrested, quizzed and bailed by Lancashire Police after reports of anti social behaviour, damage, and fighting and ' an airgun was seized.

Councillors Jenny Mein, Phil Crowe and Preston Mayor Coun David Borrow met with Lancashire Police, Community Gateway and Roger Baines MBE, chairman of Larches and Savick PACT to discuss how to tackle the issue.

Coun David Borrow, Mayor of Preston, said: " We felt the meeting was useful and it was good to have Gateway and the PACT involved. "The police have been pretty stretched since lockdown six months ago and there hasn't been the police presence we need in Larches and Savick.

"We are working together to reduce the number of incidents as quickly as possible.

"We have agreed to have a further meeting to check progress in a few weeks time."

A spokesman for CGA added: " We are aware of recent issues on the estate and we continue to work in close partnership with police, as we do across all of the city issues and continue to work with police."