Aintree Labour campaigner tackles anti-social behaviour at Aintr

Bill Esterson and Marion Atkinson


Aintree Labour Action Team has taken steps to tackle antisocial behaviour at a parish club in the village after the local priest was verbally abused by yobs.

Action Team leader and Labour's candidate for Molyneux Ward at May's local elections, Marion Atkinson, immediately raised the issue with police after being told about the ongoing incidents.

Marion, who lives in Aintree, also attends the club with her family.

Marion said: "I was made aware of the problem by the staff who said the problem had been going on for some time and was escalating.

"These young people were running through the club and out again making a nuisance of themselves. They were climbing on the roof and trying to get into the back room before shouting abuse at the staff in there.

"The priest was even targeted by them who hurled abuse at him when he tried to speak to them. The customers in the club were also verbally abused. This simply isn't acceptable.

"The staff turned to the Aintree Labour Action Team to see what could be done to stop the problem once and for all."

Marion said the police took the reports extremely seriously.

Marion said: "I raised the issue with the local neighbourhood police who have now increased patrols in the area and identified Holy Rosary Parish Centre as a priority area.

"I'd like to thank the local police for taking immediate action and I'd like to thank the priest for raising the issue with us and Cllr Tony Carr for working with me to tackle this issue.

"We cannot allow this kind of behaviour to go unchecked in our community. We will continue to keep an eye on this situation.

"What also concerns me is what will happen in incidents like this when Merseyside Police loses 800 frontline officers due to the Conservative-Liberal Democrat cuts. How will the force be able to effectively deal with antisocial behaviour in our communities?"

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