POLICE have joined forces with recovering addicts and town hall bosses to launch an operation to crackdown on anti-social behaviour in the resort.
Officers from neighbourhood policing teams will carry out joint patrols with Blackpool Council to tackle major issues which blight the resort such as dog fouling, litter, graffiti, fly tipping, drugs and youth nuisance throughout the month-long operation.
Recovering drink and drug addicts will also volunteer their time to help with the clean up.
The activity is being carried out as a result of tip-offs from Crimestoppers and following concerns being raised by members of the public across the resort.
Chief Insp Sue Cawley, who is coordinating the operation, said she hoped it will help to improve the quality of life for local residents.
She told The Gazette: “This is in direct response to concerns which have been highlighted by local residents and I hope people are reassured we do listen to their concerns and will take action.
“We will be carrying out a range of activities to address crime and anti social behaviour while acting on information we have received from members of the public.
“We know the impact crime and other issues such as dog fouling, graffiti and anti social behaviour can have on a community and we will continue to run operations such as this to help improve the quality of life for people living, working and visiting Blackpool.”
The operation will see traffic officers checking vehicles for any stolen scrap metal.
Visits will be made to off licences to check alcohol is not being sold to under-age youngsters while town centre police will be carrying out highly visible patrols to deter shoplifters.
A group of volunteers from Blackpool Service User Representation Forum – who have experienced problems with drink or drugs in the past and are now in recovery – will also help during the operation.