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Council takes action to reassure Kirkby community

by Laura Johnston

Knowsley’s new Crime & Communities team have wasted no time getting out on the streets offering reassurance to residents and businesses in Knowsley.

The new team were set up by the council in response to feedback from local people that tackling crime and anti-social behaviour in Knowsley is their top priority.

As a result, the council has invested £1.2m to tackle these issues. As well as the establishment of the Crime and Communities Team, this has also helped pay for additional community resources and investment in CCTV in hot spots across the borough.

This week, the team are out in Kirkby, providing a reassuring presence following recent incidents, and gathering intelligence to identify offenders and prevent future issues.

Action Plan

Now, all partners, including the council, Merseyside Police, Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service, ForHousing and Knowsley Housing Trust are working together on an action plan to tackle those involved in criminality in the borough. This includes using all powers available to the council including Closure Orders, Civil Injunctions and Community Protection Notices which assist in targeting those individuals and properties that cause harm in our strong and vibrant communities.

Working with younger people

The team continue to liaise with local youth groups, including Centre 63, Knowsley Youth Mutual and Liverpool Kicks, to support and explore opportunities for diversionary activities for young people – especially in the October half term and in the lead up to Bonfire Night. Furthermore, the team are looking at how they can work with other groups to enhance positive activities and services for young people and families in the area.

The council has also funded a crime-fighting quad bike for use by Merseyside Police in the borough. The bike will be put through its paces for the first time this week, helping tackle the illegal use of scrambler bikes and motorcycles in our communities, the associated anti-social behaviour and bring to account those responsible.

A council spokesperson said: “We recognise that our communities are deeply concerned about community safety so we are investing in resources to work better together with our partners to address this priority issue – we must collaborate and use our collective expertise, resources and commitment to tackle these issues head on.”

What to do if you are experiencing anti-social behaviour

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 using their online reporting tool. Alternatively, you can pass on information to Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.