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Halloween and Bonfire night is no excuse

by Alison Cornmell

As we approach the Halloween and Bonfire night period, Knowsley Council and Merseyside Police are reiterating the ‘No More’ message to anyone thinking of using this time of year as an excuse to commit crime or partake in antisocial behaviour.

At this time of year there is often a spike in antisocial behaviour across the country and sadly this is something that is also seen in Knowsley. Keen to address the issue, the Knowsley Community Safety Partnership is strengthening its efforts to tackle this priority issue and is also urging residents to work with them to ensure safer neighbourhoods for everyone this autumn.

Cllr Shelley Powell, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods and Communities, said:

“We have been very clear that we aren’t prepared to allow anti-social behaviour and crime to go unchecked here. By saying ‘No More’ we are giving a very clear message – something that is particularly important at this time of year.

“Just like towns and cities across the UK, we know that there is likely to be an increase of disruptive behaviour in the coming weeks. But we’re working with our partners including Merseyside Police, Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service as well as Housing Associations, local businesses and community groups to utilise all our skills, experience, and powers to ensure we limit the opportunities for the minority to disrupt the many in our neighbourhoods and communities.

“We also appeal to our residents to work with us and report incidents of anti-social behaviour or any concerns you may have about the illegal sale or purchase of fireworks. Information and intelligence is vital to us creating better and safer communities.”

CATCHING THOSE RESPONSIBLE ON CAMERA 

During this period Merseyside Police will make full use of the 890 CCTV cameras covering locations across Knowsley. Monitored 24/7, Knowsley Council’s security control room have a direct link to Merseyside Police and can work with officers to ensure deployment to incidents as they happen.

Chief Inspector Duncan Swan, Knowsley Local Policing said:

“Thanks to the high-definition cameras located across Knowsley and our direct link to the security control room we are able to respond to incidents as well as effectively investigate anti-social behaviour. With our partners we are committed to tackling crime and antisocial behaviour during this period and throughout the year.”

LET’S MAKE OUR STREETS SAFER THIS HALLOWEEN OR BONFIRE NIGHT: REPORT IT

 In an emergency call 999

  • Report to Merseyside Police via 101 or online here.
  • If there is anything you would like to discuss in confidence contact the Crime and Communities Team by email Safer.Knowsley@knowsley.gov.uk