ACCRINGTON police are taking a hard line against anti-social behaviour and juvenile nuisance in the Fern Gore area.
Officers have been keeping a close eye on Lydia Street and Marsden Street, which have been highlighted as "hot spot" areas, following a number of incidents.
Several arrests have been made for offences such as criminal damage, vehicle theft, robbery and arson in recent weeks and nine acceptable behaviour contracts are to be given out to problem youngsters.
Action is also being taken to deal with problem tenants. Police will continue to target the area and there will be increased patrols.
PC Mick Walsh, community beat manager for Spring Hill, Central and Fern Gore, said: "There are people causing problems in that area and action will be taken against anybody causing any anti-social behaviour. We are in control of Lydia Street and Marsden Street."
He called on residents to support the police and to help combat the problems in the area.
He said: "We want to try to encourage people to come forward and report things, as this evidence can be used for obtaining Anti-Social Behaviour Orders. It can be anonymous, through Crimestoppers, or they can contact me directly. We cannot do it without the support of the community as a whole."
PC Walsh can be called on 353103 or contacted through e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Police issues can also be discussed at PACT surgeries. The next one will be held on 24 April at 7pm at Fairfield Community Centre.