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Vandals target The Kirkby Centre

by Jonathan Kearney

Police are appealing for information after vandals caused significant damage to The Kirkby Centre.

The damage took place between 12 and 14 June and involved a number of males repeatedly targeting the building.

Dozens of windows and a door were smashed at The Kirkby Centre, with thousands of pounds worth of damage caused.

The current Kirkby Centre, which opened in 2014 following £5m of investment, is home to a library, gallery, One Stop Shop, local history archive and community meeting rooms.

The Centre also houses the Adult Disability Day Service, supporting some of our most vulnerable adults, and is currently home to The Big Help Project charity who are supporting the Borough’s response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Cllr Jayne Aston, Knowsley Council Cabinet Member for Resources, said: “This mindless vandalism has caused significant damage to a much-used community asset and put further financial pressure on the Council. In an already challenging time when the Council already has a budget shortfall of over £20m this damage will divert funding away from supporting some of our most vulnerable residents. We would urge anyone who saw anything or can help identify those responsible to contact the police.”

Cllr Sean Donnelly, Knowsley Council Cabinet Member for Health and Social Care, said: “I am appalled and disappointed that individuals have thought it acceptable to cause such damage to a community asset that is used by some of our community’s most vulnerable residents. The Kirkby Centre is currently being used to support the Borough’s response to the coronavirus pandemic, ensuring those residents most in need are supported. There is no justification for this damage and to target a community asset which supports so many at this time is disgraceful”.

A spokesman for Merseyside Police said: “We can confirm that an investigation is underway following criminal damage in Kirkby Town Centre yesterday, Sunday 14 June.
“Around 2.45pm, a report was received of windows and a door being damaged at The Kirkby Centre on Norwich Way. Patrols carried out an area search and witness and CCTV enquiries are ongoing.”

Anyone who witnessed the incident can contact @MerPolCC or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 with reference 20000345490.