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Teamwork helping to build safer communities

by Laura Johnston

The coronavirus pandemic and resulting social distancing guidelines has meant that Knowsley’s Crime and Communities Team ‘Walkabout Wednesday’ won’t continue 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. You can see last week’s on Knowsley News

Wednesday 27 May

This week our Crime and Communities Team are supporting residents in Huyton, specifically in the Hillside Avenue, Pennard Avenue and Primrose Court area. Unfortunately they have seen reports of wheelie bin fires, anti-social behaviour including intimidation as well as incidents of fly tipping.

The team are working with Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service, Merseyside Police, LIVV Housing Group, Knowsley Council’s Environmental Health Team, the Police and Crime Commissioner Team, and Knowsley’s CCTV control room to tackle these issues.

Our Crime and Communities team also continue to liaise with residents by telephone, particularly those who have information about criminal and anti-social activity in the area. The team welcome this intelligence, which is providing crucial to support the ongoing work of partners to help enforce action and deploy resources to specific areas.

Thank you Knowsley’s Local Policing Team

Local officers continue to patrol the borough, educating residents on coronavirus social distancing guidelines and encouraging people to follow them.

Over the last week the team have seized illegal and anti-social vehicles off the roads, including a quad bike seen in Huyton and Prescot, as well as a scooters in Stadt Moers Park and Kirkby. These successes follow last week’s announcement of the recent achievements of the team. Following complaints of poor driving, the team have also been conducting road safety operations – including speed checks and other enforcement for those using cars without insurance or using mobile phones.

Knowsley’s policing team continue to take weapons off our streets, this week seizing a knife in Halewood, and a separate incident where a knife and drugs were recovered – both of which resulted in arrests.

It wasn’t just our local officers working hard to create safer communities; Police Dog Yannick from Merseyside Police Dogs Section helped locate males reported to be have stolen a boat engine in Knowsley Village, and the Mounted Section patrolled the Towerhill area of Kirkby following community concerns of incidents of drug dealing and anti-social behaviour, which resulted in the arrest of a young male.

Cllr Shelley Powell, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods and Communities, said: “Partnership working is crucial to us building better and safer communities in Knowsley. The unacceptable reports we’re seeing of incidents in Huyton can only be tackled as a group of organisations who each bring skills, knowledge, and importantly certain powers that ensure we can tackle these issues robustly. I also can’t overemphasise the important role our residents play in tackling these issues by sharing crucial information with us – a special thank you to them for helping us to make positive change in our communities.”

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