Gorse Hill Labour

A regular blog and updates from Mike Cordingley, Councillor for Gorse Hill Ward in Trafford – Gtr Manchester.

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Stretford Neighbourhood Police Update

Good work from Stretford Neighbourhood Police Team, responding to residents’ concerns

Police pressure closes off-licence

The Stretford Neighbourhood Policing Team (NPT) has taken action in response to complaints from residents about antisocial behaviour (ASB) and underage drinking.

First Choice Convenience (at Lostock Circle) has closed after officers successfully objected to a transfer of premises licence at a hearing of the Trafford Council Licensing Sub-Committee on 16 November.

The decision to reject the application was taken after the committee heard that the applicant had
• Failed to keep closed circuit television recordings
• Employed an illegal immigrant
• Allowed sales of alcohol to underage customers

The objection is the latest in a series of measures introduced by the Stretford NPT to reduce the number of incidents of ASB in the area. Over recent months, officers have increased patrols in hot spot areas and have worked with Trafford Council and housing trust organisations to secure asb orders and housing evictions for persistent offenders.

Between 1 April and 22 November 2010, there have been 1646 incidents of ASB in Stretford and Old Trafford, 612 fewer than the corresponding period in 2009. This equates to a 27 per cent reduction.

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