PCC backs joint initiative to tackle ASB

Merseyside / November 09

A House of Lords peer and leader in the fight to tackle antisocial behaviour is to visit a Wirral college, as Merseyside Police and Birkenhead Sixth Form College launch a joint initiative to help combat the problem backed by the PCC.

Baroness Helen Newlove was appointed Victims’ Commissioner in 2012, five years after her husband, Garry Newlove, was murdered in their home town of Warrington by drunken youths who were vandalising his car. The three teenagers are now serving life sentences.

Since her husband’s death, Baroness Newlove has worked extensively to confront antisocial behaviour through educating children, improving facilities and campaigning against drinking culture, leading to her peerage in 2010.

The Mounted section and Police cadets will form a guard of honour at the college to welcome Baroness Newlove and Merseyside Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Jane Kennedy. Baroness Newlove will then be introduced to drama students by College Principal Kathryn Podmore, along with the PCC and local Neighbourhood officers, who will watch student rehearsals in the theatre.

Students from the college are currently rehearsing a play to highlight the consequences of anti-social behaviour, which they have developed in close partnership with Neighbourhood Officers from Merseyside Police. The play will start its productions in December and will be taken to secondary schools across Wirral.

Merseyside's PCC Jane Kennedy said: “Anti-social behaviour blights people’s lives. It causes misery and suffering to families and communities.

“This is a really positive initiative to get young people thinking about the impact and consequences that such behaviour has. I have no doubt hearing first-hand from the Victims’ Commissioner, Baroness Newlove, will have a profound effect on them and act as an inspiration for the final production which will be taken to schools across the Wirral.”

Birkenhead Neighbourhood Sergeant Danny Murphy, who will attend the event with local officers, said: "Anti-social behaviour can have far-reaching consequences for people across our communities. Baroness Newlove's talk will be fascinating and inspiring for the students and everyone attending, and I have no doubt that their excellent play will have a similarly positive effect on young people across the Wirral.

"Our young people are masters of their own destiny, whose choices can and do change lives, and understanding the profound impact these choices can have is one of the most important lessons they will learn."