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Making our communities safer

by Jonathan Kearney

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 15 July
This week the Crime and Communities Team visited the Primrose Court area of Huyton, joined by Merseyside Police, Merseyside Fire and Rescue as well as Knowsley Council’s Environmental Health team. Here they were responding to recent reports of wheelie bin and rubbish fires, anti-social behaviour and fly tipping. Following a recent closure order completed by the Police in the area, the team also offered reassurance and continued urging communities to share any information or concerns they may have.

Thank you Knowsley’s Local Policing Team
Merseyside Police used Police quad bikes to great effect on their patrols this week. This included seizing a nuisance motor bike being ridden in Halewood Park Triangle, stopping a quad bike rider on Wheathill Farm in Huyton and deterring illegal off-roading in Whiston.

A drugs warrant was executed on a property on Parbrook Road, Huyton, following community concerns around drug dealing. One male was detained and a number of bin bags of cannabis were seized.

Drugs, firearms, cash, weapons and vehicles have also been seized across the borough, with Police targeting criminals and removing the proceeds of their crimes.

Cllr Shelley Powell, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods and Communities, said: “This week’s walkabout demonstrates our truly collaborative approach when it comes to tackling criminal and anti-social behaviour. Despite the current challenges that coronavirus poses, it’s fantastic that these agencies come together; continually working hard to make better and safer communities. Thanks to the Police and other agencies Primrose Court will be a safer and more peaceful place to live.”

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