Police Called Out To James Lee House 170 Times In Two Years

Thursday, August 29th, 2019 6:13am

By Aran Dhillon - Local Democracy Reporter

Police have been called out to James Lee House more than 170 times since 2017, it can be revealed.

Cheshire Police revealed the number of call-outs to the 54-bed town centre site – which provides supported accommodation to people who are homeless – following a Freedom of Information request by resident Darrin Whyte.

Between April 2017 and March 2018, the force attended 91 times, with the figure totalling 67 over 2018-19 and 14 between April and June this year.

It brings the total number of call-outs since April 2017 to 172.

Inspector Neil Drum, from Warrington local policing unit, confirmed officers work closely with the team at James Lee House to address any issues and concerns.

He said: “The reduction in calls is reflective of this and highlights the positive working relationship that we all have.

“It is important to put the figures into context. We have been called out to James Lee House for a variety of reasons, with only some of the call-outs relating to reports of crimes.

“The site houses a number of people who are vulnerable and this can present challenges but we are all committed to working together to ensure the best outcomes for everyone involved.”

James Lee House is managed and run by the Salvation Army.

The charity says people staying at the site take part in ‘meaningful activities’ and occupy their time well as they ‘tackle the root causes that led to homelessness’.

A spokesman added: “Our professional staff team work alongside people who have had tough life experiences requiring one-to-one tailored support – life has not been easy for a number of our residents but we work hard with them to ensure they find a route to prevent them entering an endless cycle of homelessness.

“Community life is not without its challenges and we’ve made it a priority to work with our neighbours and build partnerships with Cheshire Constabulary.

“In our ability to work positively with our neighbours, we have avoided diverting police resources and achieved positive outcomes for the community and the lifehouse.

“This has reduced the number of police call-outs to our centre in recent years, which is encouraging.”

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