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Behaviour orders issued after Rimrose Valley fires

Merseyside Police officers have been working in conjunction with Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service (MFRS) in investigating a series of suspected arson incidents in the Rimrose Valley area of Crosby area earlier this month.

Following enquiries, a group of teenagers aged between 13 and 15 have been identified and issued with Acceptable Behaviour Contracts (ABCs).

This means that officers have spoken to appropriate adults and agreed a course of action with the teenagers.

Officers from the local Community Policing team will continue to monitor the area and will also robustly deal with any breaches of these ABCs.

Station Manager Paul Kay, Arson Reduction Co-ordinator for Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service, said:

“Arson is a serious criminal offence which puts people’s lives at risk, causes damage to homes, businesses and community facilities and impacts on wildlife and the environment. It can range from mindless criminal damage to a deliberately-targeted attack but, either way, the potentially deadly consequences remain the same.

“If fire appliances are called out to deliberate fires this may delay the response to other emergencies, which could endanger lives elsewhere. We want to make people aware that deliberately setting fires in a public place is arson and, if caught, those responsible may face legal action.

Local Policing Superintendent Matt Boyle said:

“This issue was understandably causing worry and distress to the people of Crosby and following some great partnership work involving Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service (MFRS) and ourselves, action has been taken, with the full support of the families of those involved. I would like to emphasise how seriously we treat suspected arson and all anti-social behaviour, and any information will be acted upon, so contact us early on and we can deal quickly and effectively with any problems.

“ABCs are an early intervention which we will look to pursue against individuals who are perceived to be engaging in anti-social behaviour. It allows people to cease and change certain activities they are involved in. Breaches of the order will lead to warnings and if necessary further, more serious action.”

Anyone with information on anti-social behaviour is asked to contact 101.

Fire crews issue advice following suspected Crosby arson

Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service (MFRS) and Merseyside Police are joining forces to tackle the issue of garden fires after a series of suspected arson incidents in the Rimrose Valley area of Crosby during the past week. The incidents have included trees, bushes and rubbish being set alight in gardens and on open land.

Officers from the fire service will be carrying out proactive mobile patrols, supported by local police officers, and residents are being asked to check and clear any rubbish from gardens to ensure that their houses are at a minimal risk of being targeted.

Station Manager Paul Kay, Arson Reduction Co-ordinator for Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service, said: “Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service is committed to tackling incidents of suspected arson and is working closely with officers from Merseyside Police to tackle anti-social fire setting in Crosby.

“There have been a number of suspected arson incidents in the area recently and tonight will see firefighters and police officers work together to reassure residents, raise awareness of the dangers of arson and highlight the impact fires have on our communities.

“Arson is a serious criminal offence which puts people’s lives at risk, causes damage to homes, businesses and community facilities and impacts on wildlife and the environment.

“It can range from mindless criminal damage to deliberately-targeted attacks but, either way, the potentially deadly consequences remain the same.

“If fire engines are called out to deliberate fires this may delay our response to other emergencies, which could endanger lives elsewhere. We want to make people aware that deliberately setting fires in a public place is arson and, if caught, those responsible may face legal action.

“To help protect their properties from arson, residents are encouraged to put their wheelie bins away until the day they are being collected and avoid placing bins, rubbish, or other combustible items against the walls of their home. Sheds and garages should be securely locked and any flammable liquids safely stored away.

Merseyside Police Local Community Sergeant Kate Young said: “I want to reassure people in the local community that we standing alongside the fire service in taking any suspected arson incident extremely seriously, as the consequences of such reckless and behaviour can be catastrophic.

“If you are aware of any suspicious behaviour near to your home, call 999 and the emergency services can respond accordingly. Anyone with home CCTV or passing motorists with dash-cam footage of in recent incidents are also encouraged to speak to us. We will act on all information provided and are determined to identify those responsible and bring them to justice.

“We will be parking a mobile police station in the Rimrose Valley area tonight and would encourage anyone to speak with us to report incidents or concerns. If you know who is responsible for these incidents do the right thing and call police or speak to us anonymously via the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”

Commissioner reopens fund to help communities prevent crime

Organisations which help to reduce crime and protect communities in Merseyside are being invited to apply for a share of a fund aimed at helping building stronger, safer communities.

This is the third year that Merseyside’s Police Commissioner Jane Kennedy has opened the Crime Prevention Fund which is used to help charities, community groups and social enterprises stop problems before they occur, by reducing the opportunities for crime and by deterring people away from becoming involved in anti-social and criminal behaviour.

A total of £135,000 is available from the fund and the Commissioner is inviting groups to submit bids of between £5,000 and £25,000 for innovative community safety projects or schemes that will be run between now and April 2018.

This year, the Commissioner is specifically urging organisations that are working to tackle the causes of serious and organised crime to apply for funding.

Jane said: “Serious and organised crime is, for many people, their greatest concern. It blights our communities, bringing misery and suffering and causing lasting harm.

“Merseyside Police allocates extensive resources to tackling this issue, but they cannot succeed alone. Local people understand their communities better than anyone and know what will work best to improve their area. We are fortunate to have a wealth of voluntary and community groups which are working hard to prevent people, especially young people from getting involved with this type of crime and I want to hear from them.

“Through the Crime Prevention Fund, I want to see what more can be done to tackle this issue and with these grants I hope I can give organisations which are trying to address the root causes of this issue a valuable cash boost which will help to make a difference to communities across Merseyside.”

Last year, 12 grassroots organisations were chosen to share £132,000 from the Crime Prevention Fund from a total of 116 bids submitted. Many of the projects focused on preventing young people from getting involved with crime.

Council respond to Killen Green Park vandalism

Sefton Council are shocked and disheartened by a spate of vandalism in Killen Green Park, Netherton.

Officers discovered more than 13 trees had been severely damaged with some even set on fire.

Contractors were also called to carry out repair work to the Killen Green skate park after vandals set a wheelie bin on fire, causing further damage.

Cllr Trish Hardy, Cabinet Member for Communities and Housing, has condemned the vandalism. She said: “Not only is this extremely disappointing for us, it ruins it for genuine park users and we hope the public feel our frustration over this stupid act of destruction.

“It’s such a pity as local volunteers have been doing some great work in the park of late to make sure it looks its best.

“The site was recently highly commended by judges during the Green Flag Awards in June and we’ve had a lot of feedback from residents about how lovely the park is.

“As always we will continue to work closely with the police and other partners to discourage further acts of vandalism and if anybody has any specific information about this, please contact Merseyside Police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”

Merseyside Police Community Inspector Ian Jones said: “Vandalism such as this is not a victimless crime. This is a valued and much loved park, the enjoyment of which has been spoiled by these mindless acts.

“We are maximising our resources in the area with partner agencies and will use all of our joint powers to take any necessary action against those responsible.

“We are very keen to speak to anyone who may have information that can help us identify those responsible and would urge anyone who saw any suspicious behaviour in the park on Wednesday and Thursday to contact us. We would also appeal to any parents whose child was out on those days and returned home with clothes smelling of smoke to get in touch.

Police launch appeal after Thornton collision

Merseyside Police is appealing for witnesses after a road traffic collision in Thornton left a motorcyclist with serious leg and chest injuries today (Sunday 6 August 2017).

The 35-year-old man was on a black Harley Davidson Sportster bike when it collided with a grey Suzuki car on Lydiate Lane at around 2.35pm.

The rider has been taken to hospital with serious injuries to his leg and chest. His condition is described as critical.

The driver of the car was uninjured but badly shaken.

Officers have closed Lydiate Lane form its junction with Water Street to its junction with Runnells Lane in both directions to carry out investigation work. CCTV enquiries are also being carried out to see if the collision was captured on camera.

Anyone with information on this incident can call MSOC Roads Policing Officers on 0151 777 5747. Alternatively, call the 101 number or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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