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Huge strides made to build safer communities

by Lisa Bennett
From drug and cash seizures to closure orders, there have been huge successes over the last week thanks to the partnership work between Knowsley’s Crime and Communities Team and Merseyside Police.

This week a Merseyside Police operation saw 7 warrants executed in Kirkby, as well as 1 in Huyton, resulting in multiple arrests and the seizure of drugs, thousands of pounds in cash, a shotgun, a crossbow, and quad bikes.

The operation targeted individuals suspected of being involved in firearms, drugs and other serious crime. Following the early morning warrants on Thursday 2 July, a day of action continued with Merseyside Police mounted team and quad bike officers patrolling and engaging with residents while maintaining social distancing guidelines. Significantly, Knowsley’s Crime and Communities Team worked with Knowsley’s community policing team to deliver letters to addresses across Kirkby with a direct link to a crime survey which gives the community an opportunity to tell Merseyside Police in complete confidence what is concerning them.

Superintendent Jennifer Wilson, Knowsley Policing Team said:

“The action we took yesterday will make our communities safer – as a direct result there are now less drugs in circulation to harm our most vulnerable, less money to line the pockets of criminals, and less weapons to cause serious injury or worse.

“Significantly we were also able to offer reassurance to our residents with Knowsley’s Crime and Communities Team following the execution of the warrants. Together we carried out high profile patrols across Kirkby, demonstrating our partnership and dedication to building better and safer communities.”

This week has also seen:

The arrest of a young male 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.

A full closure order secured on a house in Huyton. Thanks to local community feedback and information shared with Knowsley’s Crime and Communities Team the closure order was put in place at an address on Hillside Avenue in response to issues with continuing criminal and anti-social behaviour, drugs, stolen property and community intimidation.

The latest Walkabout Wednesday offered reassurance to residents in the Castlewell area of Whiston with reports of anti-social behaviour from groups of young males.

News of the new CCTV camera system in Prescot. The investment will allow policing and council staff to be pro-active in its approach to preventing crime and incidents occurring.

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

“The huge successes we have seen in such a short space of time is fantastic. It’s testament to the hard work and dedication of our council officers and Merseyside Police, and the partnership we have.

“The message to our residents is clear – criminal and anti-social behaviour in our borough will not be tolerated and, with our partners, we will take strong and robust action against those who impact negatively on our communities.”

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