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the Knowsley Safer Communities Team on a Walkabout Wednesday in Halewood

Crime and Communities Team continue to respond to resident concerns

by Gemma Melling

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

Ordinarily the team, ward councillors and 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. Last week we shared news of the two warrants executed in Huyton, which were a result of community intelligence.

Wednesday 10 June

This week our Crime and Communities Team are supporting residents in Halewood, particularly in the Church Road area. Sadly, the team have been receiving reports of youths congregating, in breach of social distancing guidelines and also behaving anti-socially with some intelligence that also suggests drug use.

The team are working with Merseyside Police to tackle these issues and are reassuring residents that their concerns are being listened to and work is being done to tackle it.

Thank you Knowsley’s Local Policing Team

This week the team have had many successes, most notably with the recovery of 146 cannabis plants at a property in Huyton. The team also continue to work closely with Knowsley’s CCTV control room who, this week, captured a male in Huyton in possession of a knife.

The local policing team also made multiple, individual, arrests this week for class A and B drug offenses including possession, use, and supply. A male was also arrested for aggravated burglary and a stolen scooter was located and seized.

Cllr Shelley Powell, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods and Communities, said: “It’s fantastic to see our Crime and Communities Team continuing to respond to the concerns of our residents and address the issues they are raising. A huge thank you as well to our local policing team who are working hard to remove illegal drugs off our streets and tackle other key issues.”

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 the Crime and Communities Team please email Safer.Knowsley@knowsley.gov.uk.