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Merseyside Police weekend of action tackling gun and gang crime in Sefton

Merseyside Police is increasing police resources in South Sefton this weekend, following a rise in tensions between criminal factions, which has resulted in increased violent incidents including firearms discharges.

We have today arrested a man in connection with the most recent of these incidents, in which a 25-year-old man received a serious leg injury after being shot outside his home on Cambridge Road, Bootle on Wednesday night.

An 18-year-old man from Kirkdale was today arrested on suspicion of possession of a firearm in connection with this offence. He has been taken to a police station for questioning by officers.

All weekend, local policing officers will be supported by Matrix officers, intelligence and response staff, and Sefton Council. Members of the public will see our officers carrying out search warrants, open land searches and stop searches as part of this activity. We will be patrolling around key locations in South Sefton and carrying out checks in licenced premises.

A Section 60 order will be in place over the weekend which allows officers to stop and search people in the area, to prevent and detect the carrying of offensive weapons.

Other recent incidents include unconfirmed shootings in Monfa Road, Bootle on Sunday, 12 August and in Hornby Road on Saturday, 18 August.

Over the past six weeks, significant ongoing work has been carried out by local officers, including 20 search warrants, 57 arrests, 377 stop and searches, resulting in the seizure of 20 stolen motorbikes and other items including a handgun (pictured) recovered from a communal garden in Empire Road, Bootle.

We have also received funding from Sefton Council for drugs wipes, to be used when testing suspected drug drivers in the area, and for officers to carry out work on people wanted on recalls to prison.

Active Sefton will also continue their ‘Park Nights’ free sport and activities for young people next week, including Zorb football and climbing, in Bowersdale Park (Tuesday); Derby Park (Wednesday), Marian Square Gardens (Thursday) and North Park (Friday).

Sefton Local Policing Chief Inspector Jerry Harris said: 

“There will be significant resources in place and activity across South Sefton this weekend as a response to these serious incidents, which we are relentless in investigating, working alongside Sefton Council, housing agencies and local community groups.

“We completely understand the impact that serious crime has on the vast majority of law-abiding members of these communities. If residents see this increase in activity, I want to reassure them that we will keep working with you to disrupt and apprehend those people who bring intimidation, threat and harm to your doorstep.

“Key to any success that we have is information from those communities affected, so I would urge anyone with information about where guns or other weapons are being stored, or who is involved in incidents, to come forward, either directly to police or through the independent charity Crimestoppers.

“Sadly, those who are involved in the supply or drugs and other crime will often resort to using firearms and violence to protect this illegal trade, or to resolve petty disputes. We will never tolerate these reckless actions, and are relentless in our resolve to remove those people and their weapons from our streets.

“No-one should have to put up with drug dealing and the associated crime it brings. We will continue to work together with our communities to improve the quality of life in our neighbourhood and make those communities stronger.”

Cllr Trish Hardy, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities and Housing, said:

“We want Sefton residents to feel as safe as possible within their communities and able to access support when it is needed.

“The extra police resources this weekend will be a step towards a better peace of mind for those who have been concerned by recent events.”

Anyone with information on issues affecting your community is asked to contact our social media desk @MerPolCC, call 101 or you can call the independent charity @CrimestoppersUK anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Sefton gives £50,000 to help community groups in Southport and Crosby

Sefton Council has announced the latest projects to be approved as part of the Community Transition Fund.

The fund was established to assist community organisations in developing Sefton’s communities.

In order to qualify for capital from the £1,000,000 pot, any schemes must be linked to the council’s priorities, in particular the support of Sefton’s most vulnerable residents.

The latest projects to be approved are:

£25,000 for Birkdale Community Hub to help towards the cost of refurbishment works.

£25,000 for the Northern Club, Crosby to erect a security fence around an astroturf pitch.

Cllr. Trish Hardy, Cabinet Member for Communities and Housing, said: “Sefton’s Community Transition Fund is a fantastic way for community organisations across our borough to access much needed funds to help kick start their work.

“Community organisations, volunteers and other groups are vital in creating resilient communities and it is important we do everything we can to help them.

“I am delighted that we have been able to support this latest group of projects and organisations.”

For more information visit sefton.gov.uk

Excitement grows for Sefton’s 2018 Allotment Fortnight!

Excitement is growing for Green Sefton’s Allotment Fortnight celebrations 2018!

For the second year running Green Sefton, the Local Authority’s team who look after parks, greenspaces and our coastline, have been busy sprouting plans for a two week celebration of all things allotments between August 27 and September 9.

Working along side self-managed sites, Allotment Fortnight will highlight various community projects, activities and food bank donation schemes across a number of allotments in the borough.

Community open days will take place at 14 allotments, including Altcar Road in Formby, Scape Lane, Crosby, Beach Road, Litherland and Gardener Avenue, Bootle.

Cllr Ian Moncur, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, said: “Last years Allotment Fortnight was a huge success and we want this year to be even better.

“The event is a great way for us to really celebrate our fantastic communities and the work they do at allotments all across Sefton.

“We have more than 1,100 allotment plots over 14 sites across Sefton so they really are the cream of the crop!

“During Allotment Fortnight residents are invited to come down between 10.30am and 2.30pm on each open day and learn more about the sheer wealth of what we do at our sites.

“Council staff will be on hand throughout all the sites to meet with tenants and those interested in getting more involved with our allotments scheme.

“We’ll also be running a number of food bank collection points during each open day where we encourage anyone with spare fruit, vegetables and produce they may have grown to donate to a local good cause.

“Our allotments are not just about growing fruit and veg. They are a brilliant community resource.”

If you are a resident of Sefton and would like to rent an allotment call 0151 934 2943 for more information. Spaces are currently readily available at Browns Lane in Netherton.

Altcar Road, Formby – August 27
Blundell Lane, Southport – August 28 
Dunningsbridge Road, Bootle – August 29
Scape Lane, Crosby – August 30
Birkdale Irrigation, Birkdale – August 31
Hatton Hill, Litherland – September 1
Hoggs Hill, Formby – September 2
Sherwood Road, Crosby – September 3
Netherton Community Garden. – September 3
Browns Lane, Netherton – September 5
Town Lane, Southport – September 6
Beach Road, Litherland – September 7
Queensway, Crosby – September 8
Gardener Avenue, Bootle – September 9

August Bank Holiday: All you need to know about #MySefton

Thousands of people are expected to visit beautiful Sefton this Bank Holiday weekend (August 24-27) and we’ve put together a list of helpful tips to make the most out of the borough.

Transport

People are strongly advised to plan their journeys as roads are expected to be much busier than normal and we are urging as many people as possible to consider using the wealth of fantastic public transport options 

If you are driving through #MySefton, make sure you plan ahead and allow extra time for your journeys and some queues can be expected.

Shopping

A visit to Sefton is not complete without sampling the shopping and restaurant delights of the borough. 

After taking in the fantastic sights each day, why not explore the fantastic array of shops, restaurants and bars which Sefton has to offer? 

From the quaint and quirky offerings of Wesley Street and Lord Street in Southport to the hustle and bustle of South Road, Sefton has it all.

The borough’s nightime scene comes alive after 6pm with an array of wine bars, bespoke beer shops and clubs, while Sefton is also renowned for its tasty restaurants and thirst quenching bars.

Beaches

Unfortunately due to high tides and predicted wind conditions, Southport Beach car park MAY be closed between August 25 and September 1.

Rubbish

Sefton is home to many beautiful and picturesque spots and we want to keep it that way. We actively encourage both visitors and residents alike to make sure they are responsible for their own rubbish and dispose of it in a sensible manner. 

If you cannot find a bin to dispose of your rubbish responsibly, please take it home with you.

 

Tips for looking after your health in Sefton this bank holiday

However you are planning to enjoy the long weekend, the local NHS has some useful information for how to take care of yourself in case of illness or injury.

Debbie Fagan, chief nurse for NHS South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS Southport and Formby CCG, said:

“Most minor illnesses and ailments can be effectively treated at home with a well stocked medicine cabinet at any time of year but remember to store things like painkillers and antihistamines safely and out of the reach of young children. Your local pharmacist will be happy to advise you about the over the counter preparations that can help.”

She added:

“If you’re out and about over the bank holiday weekend, you could add a small first aid kit to your bag or the boot of the car, just in case. Drinking plenty of water and protecting yourself from the sun are also simple ways to take care of yourself.”

Although GP practices will not be open on Monday 27 August, some local pharmacies will be open if you do need help unexpectedly. Pharmacists can give advice and suggest treatments for a range of minor illnesses and injuries. With no appointment necessary, you can get back to enjoying your weekend rather than waiting to see a GP.

You can visit the CCG websites to see which pharmacies will be open this bank holiday:

You can also find details of other services that can help if you’re unwell, including walk in centres and NHS 111, which is available anytime and for free by calling 111 and also now available online at www.111.nhs.uk.

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