GRAFFITI and fly-tipping are being tackled by a grot-busting squad of police and schoolchildren.
The Community Safety Partnership is working to clean up the Woodnook area of Accrington and tackle “visual blight”.
The two-week campaign, launched on Monday, involves teams from Hyndburn Coun-cil, Lancashire Constabulary, Lancashire Fire and Rescue and neighbourhood management.
They will be in the area brandishing the NEAT slogan and cracking down on litter and other nuisance behaviour.
As part of the effort, artwork done by Year 6 pupils from Woodnook Primary School, Accrington, will be used to decorate eyesore and boarded-up buildings in the area.
A competition for creating colourful designs was organised by PC Julie Christian and PC Chris Emmett of Peel and Barnfield neighbourhood poli-cing team.
PC Emmett said: “I hope that by encouraging the young people of Woodnook to take part in this competition, they will start to take pride in their community and continue to assist with the regeneration of the area.
“We want residents to know that we listen to their concerns and are taking action to address them.
“This is part of the wider Neat Streets campaign involving a number of organisations working together to reduce anti-social behaviour and criminal damage while increasing community pride and creating cleaner, greener and safer neighbourhoods.”
The winning design, drawn by Year 6 pupil Charlotte Haworth, will be the centrepiece of the collage.
Headteacher Nicola Tray-nor said: “The school is delighted to be able to play a part in brightening up the area. It is good that the children want to change the appearance of where they live.”
Councillor Brian Roberts, chairman of the Community Safety Partnership, said: “The children’s artwork will play a big part in brightening up the neighbourhood and promoting pride in the area.”