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Keeping communities safe during Bonfire period

by Jonathan Kearney

As we approach Bonfire Night, Knowsley’s Crime and Communities Team and key partners continue to appeal to residents for information about those who are engaged in anti-social behaviour as well as reinforcing Covid-19 guidelines as we enter a second lockdown.

This week the team conducted their walkabout alongside Merseyside Police and Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service on Reeds Road, Huyton.

During the high visibility walkabout, the team distributed letters to homes in the area. The letters offered reassurance to residents that their concerns continue to be a priority as we get closer to Bonfire Night tomorrow (Thursday 5 November). They also reminded residents of the restrictions around socialising with people from other households – you can’t socialise with people outside of your household (other than those in your support bubble) in any indoor setting or a private garden.

Letters also invited residents to share concerns or information linked to anti-social behaviour or who may be buying or selling fireworks illegally. Residents can share this with Merseyside Police via 101 or online here. Residents were also reminded they can contact the Crime and Communities Team by email if there is anything they’d like to discuss in confidence – email Safer.Knowsley@knowsley.gov.uk.

Cllr Shelley Powell, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods and Communities, said: “Given Knowsley’s high infection rate and the imminent national lockdown it’s crucial that we stay home this year and avoid gatherings and the mixing of households. We know that COVID-19 is easily transmitted from person to person so limiting interactions with others will limit the spread of the virus. While we understand people will be disappointed to miss out, we urge all our communities to adhere to the guidelines.”

This week’s successes for Knowsley’s Local Policing Team

Over the last week Knowsley’s local policing team have been working hard to keep communities safe as the borough continues to tackle the coronavirus pandemic.

They also continue to conduct patrols, tackling home and vehicle burglaries. For crime prevention advice please follow this link to more information.

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

  • Enforcement action has begun on Shevingtons Lane, Kirkby against anyone found to be driving vehicles exceeding 7.5 tonne
  • The arrest of a male in Halewood for driving while under the influence of drugs and carrying a large quantity of fireworks
  • A stolen motorcycle was recovered by officers in Huyton
  • The recovery of Class B drugs following a stop and search in Huyton
  • A vehicle was seized from a male driving illegally without a licence in Whiston.