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Safety a top priority in lead up to Halloween and Bonfire period

by Alison Cornmell

As we approach the Halloween and Bonfire period, Knowsley’s Crime and Communities Team and key partners continue to appeal to residents for information about those who are engaged in anti-social and criminal behaviour.

This week the team conducted their walkabout alongside Merseyside Police and Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service in Boode Croft, Stockbridge Village.

Here the high visibility walkabout offered reassurance to residents that their safety continues to be a priority as we enter the Halloween and Bonfire period and also appealed to the community to find out who may be buying or selling fireworks illegally.

The team distributed letters to homes in the area, inviting residents to share information or concerns with Merseyside Police via 101 or online here. Residents were also reminded they can contact the Crime and Communities Team by email if there is anything they’d like to discuss in confidence Safer.Knowsley@knowsley.gov.uk.

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

“We work with our partners including Merseyside Police, and Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service throughout the year, however it’s fantastic to see the strength and success of the partnership during periods such as Halloween and Bonfire night. Through shared knowledge, and experience we are able to provide high visibility visits across the borough in order to offer reassurance to our residents and also disrupt and deter possible criminal and anti-social behaviour.”

This week’s successes for Knowsley’s Local Policing Team

While the borough continues to fight the coronavirus pandemic, Knowsley’s local policing team have been working hard to keep residents safe. They are conducting ongoing patrols across Knowsley to engage with the public, encourage people to adhere to the new restrictions, explain why it is so important and where necessary take enforcement action.

The team also continue to patrol areas where there have been reports of burglaries, attempted burglaries and vehicle theft. While the team are successfully tackling this issue, residents are reminded to ensure their vehicles and properties are securely locked. For burglary crime prevention advice please follow this link to more information.

There have been many successes for the team this week with highlights including:

• The recovery of multiple stolen vehicles, prompting a reminder from the policing team to ensure vehicles are secure with no valuables left unattended.

• The seizure of multiple vehicles for reasons including displaying false plates and being uninsured and unlicensed.

• A roadside stop check in Kirkby resulted in the arrest of a male found with Class A drugs and cash on his person and in his vehicle

• A further dispersal order was introduced in Huyton Town Centre to manage and tackle recent incidents of criminal and anti-social behaviour. The Crime and Communities Team continue to offer significant support.

• The location of a cannabis farm in Whiston. Following community concerns a warrant was executed resulting in the seizure of 70 plants. Investigations continue into those responsible.

• As part on an ongoing burglary investigation, the Targeted Team arrested two males in Kirkby following the recovery of drugs during a property search.