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Crime and Communities Team take part in Hate Crime Awareness Week

by Alison Cornmell

This week Knowsley’s Crime and Communities Team and key partners took the opportunity to use their weekly walkabout to raise awareness of hate crime.

Part of the nationally marked Hate Crime Awareness Week, the team as well as key partners, including Merseyside Police, visited areas of Knowsley to share information about what hate crime is and how to report it.

Residents were reminded that if an incident of hate crime feels like it could become violent or if someone is in immediate danger to call 999 straight away. Alternatively you can report hate crime online or call 101. If you’d prefer to speak to a police officer in person visit a police station, Merseyside Police can provide a safe and comfortable environment and a full list of those stations that are open can be found on the Merseyside Police website.

If you don’t feel comfortable reporting hate crime to the police, you can report it to Stop Hate UK 0800 138 1625.

Despite the coronavirus pandemic, the team’s weekly walkabouts have continued. Ordinarily the team, ward councillors and partners would join and speak with residents, face-to-face. However, the team continue to visit areas in smaller numbers, while adhering to social distancing guidelines.

Cllr Shelley Powell, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods and Communities, said: “It’s fantastic to see our Crime and Communities Team coming together with our community safety partners for Hate Crime Awareness Week. It’s crucial our residents feel empowered to report any incident of hate crime and feel confident that together we can tackle it.”

This week’s successes for Knowsley’s Local Policing Team
While the borough continues to fight the coronavirus pandemic, Knowsley’s local policing team have been working hard to keep residents safe. They are conducting ongoing patrols across Knowsley to engage with the public, encourage people to adhere to the new restrictions, explain why it is so important and where necessary take enforcement action.

The team also continue to patrol areas where there have been reports of burglaries and attempted burglaries. While the team are successfully tackling this issue, residents are reminded to ensure their vehicles and properties are securely locked to ensure safety. For burglary crime prevention advice please follow this link to more information.

There have been many successes for the team this week with highlights including:

  • The recovery of a stolen motorbike in Kirkby
  • Class A drugs were recovered in Halewood
  • A cannabis farm was located in Stockbridge Village
  • The team continue to regularly visit the Kirkby Kings Junior Football Club at the Ravenscroft Sports Field in Tower Hill. This week officers took part in a presentation ceremony and issued certificates to the young players.