Police tow van blocking Longridge pavement

police officer on the beat
police officer on the beat

Parking on pavements and suspected drug dealing on a town centre car park were the main issues raised at last week’s Longridge PACT (police and communities together) meeting.

Police community support officer Mark Shepherd, said “inconsiderate parking on Mersey Street” had been “the main concern” at the meeting.

“It is something we are aware of and we are paying attention to,” said Mark, adding that earlier in the month police had organised for the removal of a van from Mersey Street.

He said: “It was parked on the pavement, completely blocking it, and had no insurance and we had it towed away.”

The police were also organising a letter drop, highlighting the problems caused by inconsiderate parking.

Vehicles parking on pavements in the town has long been a problem and a resident of Mersey Street attended the PACT meeting to raise their concerns.

Two town councillors also attended the PACT meeting - the town’s first for many months.

Mark said the councillors, Mayor Coun Sarah Rainford and Coun Paul Byrne also said they had received reports of suspected drug dealing on the Berry Lane car park and he said police were looking into this.

* The next Longridge PACT will be held on Wednesday, December 16, from 6pm to 7pm at The Old Station, Berry Lane and Mark said he would be “more than happy” to meet more residents “to get a better idea of their concerns”.