Thanks to local community feedback and information shared with Knowsley’s Crime and Communities Team and Merseyside Police, a full closure order has now been granted on a property in Huyton.
A closure order prohibits access to a property for a period of time and aims to stop criminal, disorderly or offensive behaviour at the premises that has, or likely to result in, serious nuisance to members of the public.
Community Policing Inspector Peter Rexwinkel said: “We can confirm that a full closure order has been put in place at an address on Hillside Avenue. The order was applied for by the local policing team in response to issues with continuing criminal and anti-social behaviour, drugs, stolen property and community intimidation.”
This positive result comes after Knowsley’s Crime and Communities Team conducted multiple walkabouts, home and reassurance visits in the local area, gathering information crucial to assist Merseyside Police in securing the closure order at Liverpool Magistrates Court last Friday 26 June 2020.
Inspector Rexwinkel continues: “We used this power in an effort to reduce the level of crime reported in the area and to allow the local residents of Huyton to enjoy the quality of life they are entitled to.
“I want to express my thanks to our communities for coming forward to our Crime and Communities with this information. We hope this sends a clear message that criminal behaviour won’t be tolerated, we are listening to our communities and working with partners to take robust action and address your concerns.”
Cllr Shelley Powell, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods and Communities, said: “This is yet another example of the invaluable partnership we have with Merseyside Police and our residents. It is only by working together that we are continuing to address resident concerns which is making such a positive difference in creating better and safer communities. Put simply our community spoke, we listened and then we acted to make a difference.”
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. Residents can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously, on 0800 555 111 or via their online form at: https://crimestoppers-uk.org/give-information/give-information