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Herald comes in for Govt praise for community work

A Home Office minister has singled out the Tamworth Herald and constituency MP Brian Jenkins, for praise for trying to combat anti-social behaviour.

Hazel Blears MP, who has special responsibility for anti-social behaviour, added that the Herald was right to highlight a problem which ‘blights’ communities.

She made her comments while promoting the Government’s ‘Taking A Stand Award’ which recognises those who are working to tackle anti-social behaviour.

Ms Blears said: “I congratulate the Tamworth Herald as a real community newspaper in its work with Brian Jenkins MP for trying to establish the level of anti-social behaviour in the Tamworth Constituency.

“The Herald and Brian are right to raise the important issue of anti-social behaviour which can blight the lives of decent hard working people in our communities.”

Brian Jenkins added: “Anti-social behaviour is a scourge that affects all parts of the country, and Tamworth is no exception.

“What is important at this stage it to try and find out what the level of anti-social behaviour is, and then we as a community can take steps to tackle it together once and for all.”

The awards are run by the Home Office in partnership with Crime Concern, the Co-op and BBC local radio.

They recognise individuals and local groups who have shown commitment and bravery in tackling problems in their communities such as yobbish behaviour, vandalism, nuisance neighbours, graffiti, harassment, intimidation and rubbish dumping.

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