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Crime commissioner to offer funding to help victims of crime

The Office of the Merseyside Police and Crime Commissioner is seeking to commission the following support services for 2018-21 (subject to continuation of funding):

  • Victims of hate crime (race or ethnicity, religion or beliefs, sexual orientation, disability, transgender identity)
  • People subject to harmful practices (female genital mutilation/cutting, forced marriage, honour-based violence, modern slavery, emerging harmful practices)
  • Families affected by homicide, including families of crime-related road traffic collisions

Application forms and guidelines for the funds are being finalised and should be available by next week, so check back on our website and Twitter feeds for updates.

LCVS is hosting a free event on Tuesday 9 January 2018, 1-3pm, for Merseyside not for profit organisations interested in accessing these opportunities. The event will give you a chance to find out more about the criteria and application process and get one-to-one advice on planning your project. Book your place here.

Merseyside Police & MFRS Joint Appeal for Information After Suspected Arson in Derby Park Bootle

Merseyside Police and Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service (MFRS) are appealing for information after an suspected arson in a Bootle park on Saturday, 9 December.

At around 5.20pm, MFRS were called to a fire in Derby Park on Fernhill Road, Bootle. A seating area, a noticeboard and a park layout produced by Christchurch Primary School in Bootle were set alight by persons unknown causing significant damage. No injuries were caused and the fire was extinguished.

Local Policing Sergeant Kate Young said: “This type of behaviour is completely unacceptable and clearly dangerous. We will act on all information provided to identify those responsible.

“All members of our community should feel they can visit our green spaces without fear or intimidation, so please let us know if you saw anything suspicious in the park on Saturday which may assist.”

MFRS Arson Coordinator Graham Morgan said: “This fire caused a considerable amount of damage to notice boards and a seating area in Derby Park, an area well-used by the local community.

“Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service is committed to tackling incidents of suspected arson and is working closely with officers from Merseyside Police to investigate the incident.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact 101, speak to local officers or you can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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.”

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