Thanks to partnership working between Knowsley Council, Merseyside Police and Stagecoach, Police Officers have arrested a teenage boy in connection with criminal damage being committed against buses in Kirkby.
Following recent incidents of criminal damage against Stagecoach buses in Kirkby, resulting in the disruption of some services, partners have been working together to tackle these ongoing issues.
Last week, as part of this collaboration, officers from Kirkby’s new policing team conducted an operation that saw officers accompany bus drivers on their shift, both on and off the bus. The operation utilised both marked and unmarked police cars as well as plain clothed officers travelling on various bus routes.
As a result, yesterday (26th January), officers arrested a 17-year-old in connection with the most recent report of criminal damage.
Officers were called to Tower Hill at around 12:40 in the afternoon, following reports that another bus had been damaged. After analysing CCTV footage provided by Knowsley Council’s security team, a man was identified and stop searched on Ebony Way.
The 17-year-old was arrested on suspicion of criminal damage and taken to custody for questioning. An investigation is ongoing.
Sergeant Sarah Hughes said:
“We will continue to run our joint Operation with Stagecoach and Knowsley Council’s Crime and Communities and Security Team and hopefully the public will see the benefits of our partnership approach to tackling ASB being committed against key workers and key services.”
Cllr Shelley Powell, Knowsley’s Cabinet Member for Communities and Neighbourhoods said:
“This is a fantastic result and testament to our partnership working with Merseyside Police and Stagecoach. We will continue to work collaboratively to take robust action against those whose behaviour is a blight on our communities and negatively impacts on our residents, especially those key workers working hard to help in the fight against Covid-19.”
If you have any more information or see someone acting dangerously, please get in touch @MerPolCC or calling 101.