Shop and bar bosses in Accrington town centre are to get new hand-held radios to tackle anti-social behaviour and crime.

They will be paid for with a £7,180 grant from Lancashire Police and Crime Commissioner Andrew Snowden’s Safer Lancashire Neighbourhood Fund, financed by recovered assets from the proceeds of crime.

The devices - linked into the police radio network and CCTV hub in Blackburn - complement a previous set of hand-held devices funded by a similar grant.

They will create a system of speedy communication between the police, Hyndburn Council, retailers in Accrington's Shopwatch scheme and members of its Pubwatch, as well a volunteers with the town's 'Street Angels'.

The initiative aims to support the prevention of illegal and anti-social behaviour by creating a secure network where information and support can be provided in a timely and clear manner.

Hyndburn Council's regeneration boss, Cllr Kathleen Pratt, said: “The announcement of this funding is wonderful news for all in the local community.

"Feeling safe in the area you work and reside in is so important for our wellbeing and with this new initiative, we can take a practical step toward making crime hotspots safer and deterring future crime.”

Mr Snowden said: "I'm really pleased to support this Hyndburn Council initiative to stop anti-social behaviour in its tracks, share intelligence and help support enforcement.

"By supporting this work to encourage organisations to talk to each other, highlight concerns and share information with each other and the police, we’re sending the clear message that there is no room for anti-social behaviour or any type of offending in Hyndburn.

"When I fund projects through my Safer Lancashire Neighbourhood Fund, there is always a poetic irony in using cash seized from criminals and pumping it back into the community they once exploited."

Several other local organisations where successful in securing the SLNF Community Funding for Hyndburn, including: ACT Street Angels, Accrington Stanley Community Trust, Oswaldtwistle Immanuel Cricket Club, and The Salvation Army.

This cash will support the creation of several crime-reducing initiatives, including trained volunteer patrols for vulnerable residents, installation of new CCTV systems, and the provision of free community multi-sport facilities..