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Kate Morris, Community Fire Protection Arson reduction Officer for the St Helens district, pictured third in from the right of the photo behind the quad bike, with partners involved in the SpringWatch campaign. Photo supplied by St Helens Council.
Clampdown Launches
The lighter nights has seen our Service working with partners to tackle anti-social behaviour across the St Helens district.
The SpringWatch campaign, now in its fifth year, sees agencies such as our Service, St Helens Council and Merseyside Police target off-road vehicle nuisance, anti-social fire setting and neighbourhood nuisance which usually increases at this time of year.
Young people can also access a range of activities during the campaign through St Helens Council's Youth Action Zone and other local agencies - diverting them away from potentially harmful anti-social behaviour.
Colette McIntyre, Anti-Social Behaviour Manager for Safer Communities, said: "The SpringWatch campaign brings local agencies together to combat the expected increases in problem issues such as off-road vehicle nuisance, anti-social behaviour and complaints about neighbour nuisance.
"We usually experience problems with neighbour nuisance as the clocks go forward and the evenings get lighter. As people enjoy the weather and take advantage of the later evenings, it's easy to forget how some activities can impact on someone's enjoyment of life at home, often without realising it.
of the potential impact of our behaviour we can all enjoy a safer spring period."
Kate Morris, Community Fire Protection Arson reduction Officer for the St Helens district for Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service, said: "This year we are not only looking at grass fires, which have been started deliberately, but also fly-tipping and wheelie bins that can be a target for anti-social behaviour and deliberate fires. We are working hard to reduce deliberate fires across St Helens and we work with the police to help catch those responsible for starting fires.
“This year we are not only visiting primary and secondary schools to highlight the dangers of these types of fires and the consequences of starting fires, but also visiting youth clubs and alternative educational centres. We are running educational workshops which also highlight how burns from fire can look and leave lasting scars.”
To report anti-social behaviour, contact Merseyside Police on 101. For more information about the SpringWatch campaign visit
To find out more about the Youth Action Zone see for more details. Fire Suspected Deliberate
"Everyone has different tolerance levels. By raising awareness
Firefighters were called out to a fire at a property in Litherland.
Our Service attended a building on Kirkstone Road North at around 3.30pm on Wednesday, April 15.
The building contained a commercial premises on the ground floor with flats on the first and second floor.
This was a fire involving a storage cupboard in the ground floor communal area of the premises. There was severe smoke damage to the communal area on the first and second
floor, along with light smoke damage to flats on the first and second floor.
Following an investigation by the MF&RS Incident Investigation Team, it is suspected that the fire was started deliberately.
Three fire appliances from Kirkdale Community Fire Station, Bootle and Netherton Community Fire Station and Crosby Community Fire Station were called out.
Firefighters were at the scene for around an hour.

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