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Byline: JOE THOMAS Crime Reporter @joe_thomas18

BARONESS Helen Newlove met students at a Wirral college as part of a police initiative to tackle anti-social behaviour.

The peer, whose husband, Garry, was killed after confronting three yobs vandalising his car, attended Birkenhead Sixth Form to speak of the perils of antisocial behaviour.

The event came after a series of highprofile incidents in which gangs of yobs have caused chaos across Wirral.

Ms Newlove was greeted by Merseyside Police's mounted section and police cadets as she arrived at the college yesterday afternoon.

Ms Newlove, who has dedicated herself to highlighting the dangerous consequences of anti-social behaviour, visited to inspire students preparing a production that will tour the borough in Murdered: December.

Developed in close partnership with neighbourhood officers from Merseyside Police, the play aims to highlight the effects of anti-social behaviour.

It comes at a poignant time for a region that has suffered a spate of yob incidents.

Last month, bus drivers said they had been left fearing for their safety after "countless" terrifying reports of yobs smashing vehicle windows with stones.

Arriva services were diverted away from parts of Leasowe on one weekend as a precaution, with drivers contacting the ECHO to say it was an ongoing problem there, in West Kirby and parts of Birkenhead.

An apple tree at the edge of Wallasey's Central Park was recently chopped down after yobs hurled fruit from it at cars on Liscard Road.

At the beginning of this month, more trouble saw a gang of 70 teenagers wearing "Anonymous" masks tip cars and hurl fireworks at moving traffic during two nights of mayhem in Wallasey.

Last weekend, dispersal zones were enforced in Birkenhead and New Brighton in a bid to deter Bonfire Night trouble, while Birkenhead MP Frank Field has called for action to prevent yobs attacking buses travelling through the town's North End.

Garry Newlove Residents have contacted the politician to report a string of attacks involving stones and other objects being thrown at buses, causing residents "unacceptable distress and anxiety".

Merseyside's PCC Jane Kennedy said: "Anti-social behaviour blights people's lives. It causes misery and suffering to families and communities. "This is a really positive initiative to get young people thinking about the impact and consequences that such behaviour has."


Murdered: Garry Newlove

Baroness Newlove speaking at the event Pictures: JASON ROBERTS

Baroness Helen Newlove talking to students at Birkenhead Sixth Form College

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