Residents of Clayton will be reassured that the police and council are still working closely in the community following the conclusion of the Dale Cregan trial.
Officers from Greater Manchester Police, Manchester City Council and Eastlands Homes will knock on doors across the areas to talk to residents on Monday, June 17.
The officers will be joined by Cllr Jim Battle, deputy leader of Manchester City Council, and Tony Lloyd, Greater Manchester’s police and crime commissioner, who will also be talking to residents about ongoing work which the police and council are doing.
Representatives of the local community have been invited to a meeting with police and council officers at the Wells Centre on North Road on Monday evening, while residents are also being invited to meet police officers and PCSOs at an open session held at the centre on the following day.
Councillor Jim Battle, deputy leader of Manchester City Council, said: “The police have demonstrated that they’ve stood alongside people in Clayton during this very difficult time.
“Residents and police have worked extremely well together and the community has been reassured that the police are determined to ensure these types of offences will now be a thing of the past. We want to express our thanks and appreciation to the police for their courage and determination in bringing these criminals to justice and I have been very impressed by the way the community has stood together, and confidence has grown.”
Tony Lloyd, Greater Manchester’s police and crime commissioner, said: “It’s been a difficult few months for the residents of Clayton – an area I know very well. The community has been unfairly stigmatised because of the atrocities of Cregan and his cohorts, but there is a strong community here and is home to good, decent, law-abiding people.
“Neighbourhood policing is central to communities across Greater Manchester. No more is this true than in Clayton where local police are very much part of the community. Today’s activity is nothing new – it happens every day, and is about the police and the council working alongside local people, providing additional reassurance and making sure people feel confident in talking to the police. It’s about demystifying organised crime, not allowing it to bring fear to our communities and we all need to stand together and play our part.”