A POLICE attack on thuggish behaviour in the West Bank area is bearing fruit.
Widnes Community Action Team officers have stepped up patrols on Spike Island in response to a rise in reports of anti-social behaviour.
The operation has resulted in a man being charged with firearms offences and animal cruelty.
And a West Bank man is the subject of a restraining order preventing him from terrorising a neighbour.
The Spike Island patrols follow a spate of attacks in which swans were shot and decapitated.
Sgt Rebecca Stokes said: 'We will not tolerate this type of behaviour and I hope people feel reassured by the fact that we have made arrests. This has resulted in one man being issued with a restraining order for harassment.
'In another investigation, a man has been charged with a firearm offence in the West Bank area. He is also on bail in respect of offences of cruelty against swans at Spike Island.
'It is not acceptable for a minority to ruin the quality of life of others.'
Police are urging West Bankers to report illegal activity on 0845 458 6383.