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CCTV helps to detain five youths in Huyton Village Centre

by Emily Maguire

Five youths were detained following a spate of criminal damage caused in Huyton Village Centre.

The five youths aged, 14, 15, 16, 16 and 17, are due to voluntarily attend for interview following the incident.

The incident was captured on the CCTV in the early hours of the morning on Sunday 18 July 2021 on Derby Road. Several large planters along Derby Road had been overturned with the contents scattered across the pedestrian walk-way.

In addition, the youths were also captured throwing shopping trolleys and a bin from the upper level on the car park at ASDA.

The Council’s extensive CCTV network captured the incidents as they happened and using the CCTV link to the Police Command and Control Room, police were immediately notified and patrols were deployed.

As a result of this partnership working, five youths were detained near the scene.

Cllr Shelley Powell, Cabinet Member for Communities and Neighbourhoods said “This is a completely senseless act of criminal damage. Everyone is working hard to get back on track following the pandemic and yet a small minority of people think it’s okay to behave like this.

“Thanks to our extensive CCTV network and our strong partnership working with Merseyside Police, the suspects were identified and quickly detained.

“We will continue to work collaboratively with our partners to take robust action against those whose behaviour is a blight on our communities.”

Inspector Alyson Keenan added: “We will not tolerate anyone who has so little respect for their surroundings that they are prepared to cause such wanton damage.

“We have regular patrols on foot in busy areas of Knowsley, supported by the CCTV network, to deter and identify criminality. Together with our partners including Knowsley Council, we will continue to work to ensure Huyton Village can be enjoyed by people of all ages.”