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Residents help us to make our borough safer

by Laura Johnston

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.

Wednesday 17 June

This week our Crime and Communities Team are supporting residents in Kirkby, particularly in the Overdene Walk area. This week the team have been working with Merseyside Police and LIVV housing to address issues of anti-social behaviour, specifically relating to alleged drug dealing activities. Together, they are appealing to residents to share any information they may have to help better tackle these issues.

Following last week’s Walkabout to the Church Road area of Halewood the team have also continued to work with residents and Knowsley’s local policing team to tackle issues raised there.

Thank you Knowsley’s Local Policing Team

It’s been a particularly successful week for the team, who have seized multiple quad and off-road bikes as well as recovering a stolen vehicle. An open land search in Stockbridge Village was also conducted following resident concerns, as a result a number of items were recovered including weapons and stolen items. Furthermore a cannabis farm was also located in Halewood thanks for resident concerns.

Cllr Shelley Powell, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods and Communities, said: “Together with our partners we are able to directly address the specific issues of our residents and tackle them head on. I continue to urge our residents to carry on sharing your concerns and information and have the confidence that we are listening and importantly acting on what you tell us. ”

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