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Crime and Communities continue to build a safer borough

by Gemma Melling

The coronavirus pandemic and resulting social distancing guidelines has meant that Knowsley’s Crime and Communities Team ‘Walkabout Wednesday’ won’t continue as usual.

Ordinarily the team, ward councillors and our partners would visit specific areas and streets to knock on doors and speak with residents, face-to-face. However, the team are still tackling the issues that matter to residents and continue to visit areas in smaller numbers, while adhering to social distancing guidelines.

Every Wednesday we are sharing updates on what the team have been doing. You can see last week’s here.

Wednesday 6 May

This week the Crime and Communities Team want to reassure residents who live in the area of Mill Dam Park, Mill Lane, Kirkby that they are working closely with Merseyside Police and Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service (MF&RS) to address issues of anti-social behaviour.

Thanks to community intelligence and the CCTV team, who monitor the borough’s 850+ cameras, Police now have a range of footage and images in order to build a picture of the illegal activity and divert resources to tackle the issues. MF&RS also deployed their Street Intervention Team to the area and spoke with residents to remind them of the social distancing guidelines and the crucial importance of them.

Thank you Knowsley’s Local Policing Team

Over the last week Knowsley’s local policing team have had many successes across the borough.

Thanks to joint working between Knowsley Council officers and Merseyside Police a cannabis farm in Huyton was identified leading Knowsley’s local Policing Team to gain entry and recover a total of 255 plants and the relevant growing equipment.

Further successes include the seizure of a quad bike in Jubilee Park, Huyton, the recovery of a knife in Stockbridge Village and an air rifle on Knowsley’s Industrial Estate which resulted in the arrest of a male. Knowsley’s Local Policing team also paid a special visit to Dolly in Kirkby who celebrated her 90th birthday this week – Dolly is a long-time supporter of the police who has been in isolation for many weeks and the team delivered a bunch of flowers to wish her many happy returns.

Cllr Shelley Powell, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods and Communities, said “This week’s successes demonstrate the power and importance of our relationship with the Police and the local community, and together we are tackling the issues that matter to our residents.  The importance of our local communities providing information can’t be understated either – by working together, we can help build safer, better communities.”

Talk to us…

Although the Crime and Communities Team may not be available to speak with you on your door step they encourage you to continue sharing information with them.

If you are experiencing anti-social behaviour or are a victim of a crime you are encouraged to report this to Merseyside Police via 101 or online here. However if there is anything you would like to discuss in confidence with our Crime and Communities Team please email Safer.Knowsley@knowsley.gov.uk.