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Appeal following anti social behaviour in Maghull

Merseyside Police officers working in Maghull alongside our partners and schools are appealing for information after recent incidents of anti-social behaviour in the area.

In the last few months, there have been reports of anti-social behaviour, mainly around the areas of the KGV Park and Maghull Town Hall on Hall Lane. This has included damage to the Christmas tree outside Maghull Town Hall last week and damage being caused to a local bus.

Local Policing Inspector Ian Jones said:

“Although we are not seeing a significant rise in incidents of anti-social behaviour in Maghull, there has been recent damage caused in the area and I want to make it very clear that we will not tolerate any forms of anti-social behaviour and nuisance.

“My team is working closely alongside partners and all local schools to deter youths from becoming involved in this unacceptable behaviour. We know the vast majority of young people have respect for other people and their property but we know the behaviour causing annoyance and distress to the local community, and in some cases can be extremely dangerous.

“I want to make it clear that is not acceptable to throw objects at vehicles, commit criminal damage or abuse or intimidate people. My message is think about what you are doing and how you may make other people feel. How would you feel if a member of your own family was frightened by incidents such as these?

“The support of parents, guardians and other responsible adults is vital. They can minimise the risk by not letting children hang around the streets with nowhere to go and know who they are with and what they are doing when they go out.

“Anyone involved in criminal behaviour could be arrested and receive a fine, a criminal record or even jail time. If your child is under 16 then you will be liable for payment of any fine.”

Anyone with information on anti-social behaviour is asked to call 101, speak to local officers, or you can call Crimstoppers anonymously and for free on 0800 555 111.

Cannabis farm discovered in Seaforth

Merseyside Police discovered a cannabis farm in Seaforth with nearly 450 plants and cropped cannabis.

A warrant was carried out at the property on Sandy Road at 2pm on Friday 8 December.

Officers attended and 447 cannabis plants plus bags of cropped cannabis plants which were ready for distribution were located and recovered by police. The estimated annual yield of the 447 plants would be nearly £1.8m.

Sergeant Gary Sorrell said: “Cannabis cultivation by criminal gangs can cause serious harm in our communities. Criminal groups involved in the cultivation of cannabis are usually involved in other serious organised crime and they often rent residential properties such as this.

“Our communities can help us stop these groups, who are only interested in making money, from turning houses and flats into potential death traps. Nobody wants to live next door to these houses and we would ask that if you believe someone is using a property for this purpose, please tell us so we can take positive action and find those responsible for setting them up.

“The people who set up these farms often tamper with the electricity meters to steal electricity, and there will generally be a number of hot lamps hooked to overloaded electricity sockets as well as an extensive watering system.

“Electricity and water are never a good combination, and the fire service have seen an increase in the number of fires they have been called to as a result of fires caused by the crude systems put in place by the people who set up these farms.”

Some of the signs that cannabis is being grown are:

• Strange smells and sounds
• Frequent and varied visitors to a property, often at unusual times
• Gardening equipment being taken into a property, such as plant pots, fertiliser, fans and industrial lighting
• Windows are sealed and covered or the curtains are permanently closed
• Heat from an adjoining property
• Birds gathering on a roof in cold weather
• Individually these activities may seem commonplace, however, together may indicate something more sinister

Anyone with any information can call police on 101, or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

Appeal following theft of shotguns in Formby

Merseyside Police is appealing for information following the theft of two licensed firearms in Formby.

A report was received at about 10pm on Thursday, 7 December that a Browning shotgun and a Beretta shotgun had been taken from a car parked outside the Sparrowhawk Hotel, Southport Old Road in Formby. The owner discovered they had been taken from the Isuzu D-Max 4×4 vehicle at 6pm that day, and they are believed to have been taken between 5-6pm.

Detective Inspector Robbie Moss said: “I would like to reassure the local community that we are doing everything we can to investigate this theft and recover these stolen firearms. The weapons were legally-owned shotguns which belong to someone who had correctly registered them with the police. However in the wrong hands they are clearly dangerous and getting them back is our top priority.

“The people who have stolen them may not fully appreciate the danger they may be putting themselves and others in by handling these weapons so I would appeal for them to come forward so we can take back possession of them safely.

“I would also urge anyone who knows the people who have got them to think carefully about the risks and implications of handling a firearm. We do not want anyone to come to any harm due to these weapons being misused or falling into the wrong hands so please, do the right thing and call the police.

“If you remember seeing anything suspicious around 5-6pm on Thursday close to the Sparrowhawk Hotel and haven’t yet spoken to the police then please call us on 101 quoting incident reference 0517314995. Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”

Appeal for Information following Assault outside Asda, Derby Road.

Merseyside Police is appealing for information following a reported assault in Southport last night (Monday, 4 December).

A call was received at around 9.45pm that a group of youths had attacked a man in his 30s outside Asda on Derby Road, leaving him with leg and facial injuries.

The number of offenders is unknown however they were described as both male and female.

The youths dispersed across London Road and the victim was taken to hospital for further treatment. CCTV enquiries are on-going.

Local Policing Inspector Graham Fisher said: “This was a shocking attack outside a busy supermarket close to a main road. Anyone with any information is urged to contact the police.

“I’m sure people living in the area will be disgusted by this incident so I would appeal for them to help us bring the offenders to justice.

“If you remember seeing anything suspicious, or have heard any information since it happened, then please call us on 101 quoting reference number 0517311954 or leave information anonymously with Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”

Next of Kin appeal for Bootle man with Scandinavian links

Liverpool and Wirral Coroner’s Office is appealing for the family of a man who recently died in Liverpool.

Alexander Jan C Winter-Hall was 45 years old and died on Thursday, 23 November. He previously lived in Milton Street, Bootle. Mr Winter-Hall lived in Liverpool and previously in Norfolk. He is also believed to have family in Sweden.

There are no suspicious circumstances surrounding Mr Winter-Hall’s death.

Anyone who can help the coroner identify and trace any potential next of kin should call 0151 233 0132 or email karen.gregory@liverpool.gov.uk

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