Blackpool has been awarded £550,000 of government funding towards making streets in the town safer for women and girls.

The cash is from the latest round of the Government’s £23m Safer Streets Fund with the emphasis being put on women’s safety following the murder of Sarah Everard in London in March this year.

Blackpool Council, whose bid was backed by the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC), welcomed the money but said details as to exactly how it would be spent were not available yet.

However schemes could include using CCTV, simple changes to the design of streets such as locked gates around alleyways, and increased street lighting.

Projects in other parts of the country have also focused on setting up neighbourhood watch groups, increased automated number-plate recognition (ANPR) technology and introducing wardens to undertake community engagement and train people in crime prevention.

Council leader Coun Lynn Williams said: “We look forward to working across the partnership, including with our communities, to deliver change to those areas that women and girls have said make them feel unsafe.

“Our #itstopshere movement comes from our shared ambition to make Blackpool a safe place for everyone and we want to put women and girls at the heart of the delivery of the plans they have shaped.”

The #itstopshere movement was created to campaign for safer spaces for women following the attack on Sarah Everard.

Blackpool South MP Scott Benton said he was delighted Blackpool was receiving Safer Streets funding.

He added: “No one should feel afraid in their own neighbourhood, which is why this cash is so vital to crack down on the violence and abuse faced by many women and girls.”

Since its inception, the Government has committed £70m to the Safer Streets Fund for initiatives aimed at stopping offences happening in the first place.

Coun Williams added the Home Office had praised Blackpool’s bid for its “strength and creativity”.

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