A COMMUNITY safety warden has won an award for his part in the breaking up a 40-strong gang of youths in Cuddington.
Borough council employee, Pete Antoney, was awarded a commendation from Vale Royal’s police chief after working along police to stamp out anti-social behaviour.
The 12-month operation resulted in five ringleaders being given three-year ASBOs in February last year, and another 22 offenders appearing before the courts.
Cheshire Police’s Chief Superintendent, Tim Jackson, heads policing in Vale Royal. He said: “It was not uncommon for over 40 drunken youths to seek to intimidate the officers and wardens, who seized alcohol and vehicles in large quantities and made a number of arrests in very hostile circumstances.
“This was a testing experience for all concerned, but they demonstrated a commitment to tackling the problem head on.
“Pete, together with police officers, conducted months of observation. He showed tenacity and dedication by working long hours, working rest days and establishing a trust with the public.”
Pete said he is “delighted” his efforts have been recognised. He said: “I believe it is quite rare for anyone other than a police officer to receive the commendation, so I feel very honoured. I am delighted we were able to get these results.”
“Incidents of anti-social behaviour have dropped by 70-80% since this intervention, and when speaking to residents they regularly say it is a much better place to live.”