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Crime and Communities Team support Knowsley businesses

by Laura Johnston

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 20 May

This week our Crime and Communities Team are supporting residents and local businesses by addressing unacceptable incidents of anti-social behaviour, specifically in the area of Southcroft Drive, Kirkby.

Following reports of anti-social behaviour, specifically of youths throwing bricks at a building site, the Crime and Communities Team are working closely with Merseyside Police to address the issue. The team continue to engage with the construction company and are also encouraging residents to come forward with any information they may have.

Thank you Knowsley’s Local Policing Team

The local policing team continue to work across the borough, bringing criminals to account, supporting the community and protecting residents during the coronavirus pandemic.

Following recent bird shootings in Stadt Moers Park the team took part in ‘Operation Owl’, a virtual day of action to highlight bird of prey persecution and continue to encourage anyone with information to come forward.

In the last week officers have also seized a car from an unlicensed driver in Kirkby following a stop check, arrested an uninsured and unlicensed driver in Huyton, executed a drugs warrant in Huyton following community concerns, and also recovered a knife during a stop and search in Kirkby.

Officers patrolling Kirkby in the early hours on Sunday morning also came across a dog who has since been reunited with its owners.

Cllr Shelley Powell, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods and Communities, said “As well as supporting our residents the Crime and Communities Team also work with and support our local businesses. Knowsley based businesses are an important lifeblood to the local economy and a valuable part of the community at large so I’m delighted that the team continue to work collaboratively with our business colleagues, even during the pandemic.

“This week’s successes for Knowsley’s Policing Team also demonstrate the huge variety of support they give our residents, from seizing drugs off our streets to reuniting families with their beloved pets they look after all elements of our welfare.”

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