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Supporting communities at all levels

by Nicola Appleton

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 19 August  

This week the Crime and Communities Team visited the Waterpark Drive area of Stockbridge Village. This follows a recent walkabout with Merseyside Police in the same area in response to reports of anti-social behaviour. The Crime and Communities Team continue to encourage residents to come forward with any concerns they may have and remind the community that any information they share will be treated in strict confidence.

Thank you Knowsley’s Local Policing Team

The team continue to make a positive difference in the borough, from seizing drugs off our streets to supporting our residents and communities.

A major highlight for the team was the discovery of 300 blocks of cannabis resin & numerous weapons following a vehicle stop check in Kirkby. The arrested male was also found to have several weapons at his home.

This week also saw a 16-year-old male detained following a stop and search in Huyton with officers finding a knife in his coat. As a result of community concerns in Huyton a drugs warrant was also executed, drugs were seized from the property and a 28-year-old female was arrested.

Significantly, this week local officers presented a Kirkby couple with gift vouchers following a burglary from their home earlier this summer. The team applied to the Merseyside Police Federation Charitable Trust for the couple, both in their 90s, who have lived in Kirkby for the last 42 years.

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

“It’s fantastic to see the dedication from our team who are returning to areas in order to address the concerns of our residents. It’s also brilliant to see the results of Knowsley’s policing team as well – not only tackling serious crime but also supporting our communities at a grass roots level and going above and beyond to give back to our residents.”

Talk to us…

Although the Crime and Communities Team may not be available to speak with you on your doorstep, 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.