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Crime Prevention Advice Issued in Blundellsands After Burglary Offences

Sefton Council and Merseyside Police have been visiting Blundellsands, to give local residents crime
prevention advice after recent burglaries in the area.

Blundellsands Cllr Diane Roscoe joined Merseyside Police officers and PCSOs this morning (Wednesday, 15 March) in talking to members of the community and giving out crime prevention leaflets.

Community Sergeant Kate Young said: “We have seen recent incidents where unfortunately access has been gained through insecure doors and windows. Everyone can take some simple steps to stop your home being an easy target.

“Information on how to do this is available on the force website or you can speak to our local officers to get further advice.

“We also have numerous successful Neighbourhood Watch schemes in existence across Merseyside, which make a big difference to the way we police local areas. I would encourage anyone who is able to spare some time to get in touch.”

Blundellsands Labour Cllr Diane Roscoe, added: “Time spent with Merseyside Police and local residents in this capacity has been really positive and worthwhile.

“Local residents need to be aware that opportunists have been operating in the area and will take advantage of unlocked doors and windows left open.

“These types of burglaries are preventable so please be as vigilant as possible.”

Crime Prevention Advice

· Opportunists may try dozens of handles in a street and it won’t be long before they find one that opens if people forget to lock their doors properly
· Improve any security features like locks and alarms, and making sure your house always looks occupied
· Always be vigilant about anyone suspicious in your area and report any concerns to police

For more information about keeping your home and property safe please visit https://www.merseyside.police.uk/advice-and-protection/ or call Merseyside Police on 101.

Industry leaders flock to Sefton

Yesterday Sefton Council, in partnership with Edge Hill University held a Child Criminal Exploitation conference, at Bootle Town Hall.

Industry leaders across Merseyside came together to share their thoughts, ideas and experiences about gangs, violence and exploitation.
The conference was a huge success and has continued this valuable conversation with the many partner organisations involved.

Three arrested for handling stolen goods

Merseyside Police can confirm three men have been arrested following a traffic stop in Formby yesterday afternoon (Thursday, 6 January.)

At around 4.30pm, officers stopped a Transit van on Elbow Lane and following a search of the vehicle, found what is believed to be either stolen or counterfeit designer clothing including labels such as North Face and Jimmy Choo.

Three men aged 64 years, 46 years and 21 years, all from the Formby area have been arrested on suspicion of handling stolen goods. They remain in police custody at this time.

Detective Chief Inspector Gayle Rooney said: “Handling counterfeit or stolen goods is a serious offence and not a victimless crime with legitimate businesses losing out.

“If you are offered cheap goods, no matter how good the “bargain” appears to be, please don’t buy them. Call the Police via 101 or Crimestoppers and tell us where and when you saw them.”

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