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Partnership continue to tackle bus vandalism

by Alison Cornmell

This week Merseyside Police have continued their operations to tackle issues of vandalism and criminal damage targeted at buses in Kirkby.

Officers have continued to patrol, using both marked and unmarked police cars and travelling on various buses. This comes a week after a 17-year-old was arrested in connection with criminal damage to a bus near Moorfield Shops in Tower Hill.

Last week’s arrest was a result of the fantastic partnership work between Knowsley Council’s Security Team, Stagecoach and Merseyside Police. Knowsley Council’s Security team provided footage of the assailant to Merseyside Police after being contacted by Stagecoach to say their bus had been involved in an incident.

Over the coming weeks Knowsley Council, Merseyside Police, Travel Safe and Stagecoach will continue their work to tackle these unacceptable incidents and ensure residents have access to public transport for their essential journeys.

Inspector Dave Morgan said: “Over the past few weeks we told you that we’d address crime taking place in Kirkby, especially when it comes to buses being targeted.

“Bus drivers are our fellow key workers who, like us, have continued to work and support the needs of others during this pandemic and so it saddens me to see them being victims of crime.

“As a result, we have been working closely with our partners and will continue to do so to ensure all those working on and using the bus are kept safe.

“If you know someone involved in crime, of any nature in Kirkby, please get in touch – it has never been so important that we support our communities and report dangerous and criminal activity as soon as we see it or become aware of it, so officers can take appropriate action.”

Cllr Shelley Powell, Knowsley’s Cabinet Member for Communities and Neighbourhoods said: “It’s fantastic to see the work we’re doing as a partnership to address these issues. These incidents are unacceptable and negatively impacts on our residents, especially those key workers working hard to help in the fight against Covid-19 or those who need to access important medical care such as vaccines.”

If you have any more information or see someone acting dangerously, please get in touch @MerPolCC or calling 101.