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by Nicola Appleton

The coronavirus pandemic and resulting social distancing guidelines has meant that Knowsley’s Crime and Communities Team ‘Walkabout Wednesday’ haven’t been operating as usual.

Ordinarily the team, ward councillors and partners would visit specific areas and streets to knock on doors and speak with residents, face-to-face. However, the team are still tackling the issues that matter to residents and continue to visit areas in smaller numbers, while adhering to social distancing guidelines.

Every Wednesday we are sharing updates on what the team have been doing, and you can see last week’s here.

Wednesday 1 July

This week the Crime and Communities Team visited the Castlewell area of Whiston with reports from residents of anti-social behaviour from groups of young males. Incidents included reports of noise, fights and alleged drug dealing and the use of weapons. During the Walkabout with Merseyside Police, the team issued letters to residents to offer reassurance that their concerns are being addressed and urging the local community to share any information they may have that can help the team and Merseyside Police take robust action.

Thank you Knowsley’s Local Policing Team

Thanks to the continued work of the Crime and Communities, Merseyside Police successfully secured a full closure order on a property in Huyton.

Further results include the arrest of a young male this week for attempting to break into cars in Swanside. Following reports from the public, officers worked with Knowsley Council’s CCTV control room to track and locate the male behind a shed.

This week has also seen the recovery of a large quantity of drugs following the execution of a warrant in Huyton, the seizure of a vehicle involved in criminal damage, and the arrest of three males for burglary following a pursuit in Haydock.

Cllr Shelley Powell, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods and Communities, said: “Together, with Merseyside Police and partners, we are continually and consistently making huge strides in improving the safety of Knowsley for our residents. Thank you to our Crime and Communities Team and Merseyside Police for their dedicated work, particularly during these challenging times.”

Talk to us…

Although the Crime and Communities Team may not be available to speak with you on your door step they encourage you to continue sharing information with them.

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 online here. However if there is anything you would like to discuss in confidence with our Crime and Communities Team please email Safer.Knowsley@knowsley.gov.uk