A POLICE officer has vowed to tackle drug-related crime and anti-social behaviour after being stationed in a rundown area of Burnley.

Community beat manager PC Louise Blackey will patrol the Rosehill with Burnley Wood ward with PCSO Bill Ogden and five neighbourhood response officers.

She will offer a high visibility policing for residents, gather views on crime and disorder issues and work with individuals and organisations to bring about improvements to crime and anti-social behaviour levels.

She said she intended to build on the work done by her predecessor PC John Fisher, who carried out dozens of drugs warrants and had premises where drugs were being used closed down.

She said: “I know the two main areas of concern on my beat are drug related crime and anti-social behaviour and I will begin to tackle them straight away.

“The vast majority of people on my beat are good law abiding people who simply don’t deserve to have their quality of life ruined by drug users.

“By harnessing the support of people on area, it is my intention to continue to rid the area of drug related criminality and crack down hard on anti-social behaviour.”