Knowsley’s Crime and Communities Team begin work to tackle criminal and anti-social behaviour throughout the Halloween and Bonfire period and is appealing to communities for their support.
Across the year the team work in collaboration with key partners including Merseyside Police, Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service, and housing providers to tackle such incidents across the borough. Their collaborative work increases as we get closer to the Halloween and Bonfire period when, much like other towns and cities across the UK, there is an increase of criminal and anti-social behaviour.
However, this year, residents are reminded to Stop. Think. Do the right thing and limit interactions with others as much as possible as Knowsley continues to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. It isn’t over, our cases are continuing to rise and the best way to protect yourself and others is to stay at home.
Cllr Shelley Powell, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods and Communities, said: “Our message is clear – we will not tolerate criminal and anti-social behaviour at any time of the year. Incidents of anti-social behaviour particularly tend to increase around the Halloween and Bonfire period, but we will continue to work with our partners to tackle those who are behaving anti-socially and we will take robust action against them.”
The Crime and Communities team is appealing to residents across Knowsley for any information about where people may be buying fireworks illegally and who is behaving anti-socially in their communities.
Cllr Powell continued: “By speaking out, the team and partners can make people accountable for their actions and help protect the community. Any information shared will be acted on and all reports will be dealt with in confidence. So, I urge you to come forward and help us to create better and safer communities.”
Halloween/Bonfire period and Coronavirus
Knowsley along with the wider Liverpool City Region is in the ‘Very High’ alert level of the Government’s three-tier system of interventions. As a result, further restrictions have been imposed to try and contain the increasing spread of COVID-19 locally. You must not meet socially with friends and family indoors in any setting unless they are part of your household or support bubble. This includes private homes and indoors in hospitality venues, such as pubs. You must also not meet with people outside of your household or support bubble in a private garden or in most outdoor public venues. There are a number of further guidelines and restrictions that you can read about here.
The police will be able to take action against those who break these rules, including asking people to disperse and issuing fixed penalty notices starting at £200 for those who participate in illegal gatherings.
People aged 18 or over can be fined:
- £200 for the first offence, lowered to £100 if paid within 14 days
- £400 for the second offence, then doubling for each further offence up to a maximum of £6,400
The government has also introduced fines for those who hold illegal gatherings of over 30 people – you can read more about this by following this link. Holding or being involved in the holding of an illegal gathering of more than 30 people is an offence, and police may issue fines of £10,000 to those who break the law.
Knowsley Council urges residents to Stop. Think. Do the right thing and avoid making plans with people outside their household/support bubble. We know that our positive cases relate to people from different households interacting with each other so everyone has a part to play in stopping the spread of the virus by following the restrictions that are in place. In the coming weeks we will be sharing ideas of how you can celebrate the Halloween and Bonfire period safely with your household. Keep an eye on www.KnowsleyNews.co.uk.