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Crime and Communities Team continue to tackle issues that matter

by Laura Johnston

The coronavirus pandemic and resulting social distancing guidelines has meant that Knowsley’s Crime and Communities Team weekly ‘Walkabout Wednesday’s aren’t running as usual, but they are continuing in a different format.

Before the pandemic, the team, ward councillors and partners would visit specific areas and streets to knock on doors and speak with residents, face-to-face. But despite this, the team continue to tackle the issues that matter to residents and 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 on Knowsley News.

Wednesday 13 May

This week the Crime and Communities Team are visiting Kelday Close, Kirkby and Acacia Drive, Roby.

Here the team are receiving reports from concerned residents with issues of anti-social behaviour including groups congregating in communal areas and alleged drug dealing activities.

Along with partners including Merseyside Police and LIVV Housing Group, the team are visiting these areas to better understand the issues, share information with residents (via letter) and also offer reassurance that they are aware of the concerns and are using the power of the partnership to tackle them.

Thank you Knowsley’s Local Policing Team

This week, the team sourced tyres for community growing charity, Incredible Edible to be used as planters which will help their ongoing work making thousands of vegetable plant seedlings available to the community for free. They also continue to patrol across the borough, ensuring residents are engaged with and educated on social distancing.

This week also saw the arrest of a male in Kirkby for possession of cocaine. While cannabis and an offensive weapon were also recovered in the area following a vehicle stop and check, resulting in the arrest of two males. In Huyton a male was arrested for dangerous driving, and another in Kirkby for disqualified driving and carrying cocaine.

Their work with Knowsley Council’s Environmental Health also continues as they investigate an incident of fly tipping on Simonswood Lane, Kirkby.

Cllr Shelley Powell, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods and Communities, said “Despite the coronavirus pandemic I’m proud that our Crime and Communities Team are continuing to tackle the issues that matter to our residents. It’s vital that we continue to work with our communities and that information is shared to help the team and partners keep our borough safe.

“This week’s successes for Merseyside Police also demonstrate the crucial role they play in our communities and our partnership with them is invaluable. Not only are they tackling criminals and taking dangerous drugs and weapons off the streets but they are also supporting community charities – a perfect example of the Knowsley Better Together approach. Well done team. ”

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 via their website. Alternatively, you can email the Crime and Communities Team at Safer.Knowsley@knowsley.gov.uk.