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WARDENS: CELEBRATING A YEAR OF SUCCESS

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More than 1,000 wardens are winning the battle against crime, ...
More than 1,000 wardens are winning the battle against crime,

improving the environment and bringing communities together,

according to a report launched today by regeneration minister Tony

McNulty.

From Birmingham to Brighton, neighbourhood and street wardens are

making a positive impact in hundreds of England's most deprived

neighbourhoods just one year after hitting the streets.

Speaking about the report at a new warden walking school bus scheme

in Knowsley, Liverpool, Mr McNulty said:

'Wardens have made a real difference to people's lives. Their

uniformed presence in neighbourhoods and town centres acts as an

important visible deterrent, helping to crack down on street crime

and anti-social behaviour.'

Since Darlington wardens began patrols, the number of burglaries in

the town has dropped by 17 per cent. In Manchester, wardens helped to

foil a burglar who stole£1,000 of property by providing police with

a description of the offender, later sentenced to 18 months

imprisonment.

Mr McNulty added:

'Wardens are playing a major role in improving the local environment,

helping to remove graffiti, litter and abandoned cars. Wardens have

been described as their communities very own 'Ground Force'. Already,

their work is making neighbourhoods more attractive places for

residents.'

In their first three months, wardens in Kidderminster reported 216

incidents of damage and graffiti. Sale wardens have organised litter

picks with local schools. Wardens in Huntington inspected over 30

open areas in their first two months, helping to improve

environmental management and maintenance.

Mr McNulty said:

'Wardens also bring communities together by fostering social

inclusion; and are a friendly face for some of society's most

vulnerable people. They are popular and help to turn resident's ideas

for neighbourhood projects into reality.'

In Knowsley, wardens helped to set up a walking school bus after

hearing that residents wanted to reduce traffic congestion. A major

priority for wardens is to work with young people. Examples include

organising football matches and teaching youngsters about personal

safety.

Notes

1. Tony McNulty announced the Neighbourhood and Street Wardens Annual

Report at the launch of a new walking school bus in Knowsley, set up

by wardens. The scheme is one of England's biggest walking school

buses, taking 80 children to and from school every day.

2. Wardens aim to improve the quality of life by providing a

uniformed presence in residential areas. They promote community

safety, contribute to community development and assist with

environmental improvements and housing management. They can care for

the physical appearance and management of their areas and foster

social inclusion.

3. Wardens are a key part of the National Strategy for Neighbourhood

Renewal, launched by the Prime Minister in January 2001, which aims

to narrow the gap over the next 10 to 20 years between England's most

deprived communities and the rest of the country. Warden schemes are

already showing signs of success and demonstrating innovative ways of

promoting social inclusion.

4. The Home Office and Office of the Deputy Prime Minister have

jointly funded a£36m neighbourhood warden scheme, employing

450 wardens in 85 schemes. Following the Prime Minister's

announcement at the Liveability Conference in April 2001, a further

#50 million for 123 street warden schemes funded by the Office of the

Deputy Prime Minister, with 750 wardens, are being implemented over

the coming year.

5. Barbara Roche, minister of state in the Office of the Deputy Prime

Minister, announced on 5 June, a£22.5m funding package to put

an extra 300 street wardens in crime hotspots in ten police service

areas.

6. The Neighbourhood and Street Wardens Annual Report is available here .

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