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Merseyside Police join forces with partners for Knife Crime Question Time Panel

Merseyside Police Chief Constable Andy Cooke joined Sue Gregory from Everton in the Community, Chief Fire Officer Phil Garrigan from Mersey Fire and Rescue Service, headteacher Tony Costello the parents of Sam Cook at Salvo Salesian College in Bootle today for a Knife Crime Question Time to discuss the impact on knife crime and what can be done to combat it.

 Schools from all over Merseyside took part including Savio Salesian, Calderstones, Litherland High, Maricourt, Hillside, Penkford as well as Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service’s Prince Trust programmes. The event was organised by Merseyside Police in conjunction with Everton in the Community and hosted by Radio City presenter Pete Price.

 The event came a week after Merseyside Police launched £4.2m Operation Target which aims to combat serious and violent crime, including knife crime.

 The panel answered questions from the audience during a 90 minute session which aimed to understand the causes of knife crime, who is affected by knife crime, what the professionals are doing to target it and what young people can do as part of the solution.

 Questions included “How can young people protect ourselves and feel safe in the city?”, “Do you think the current punishments for having/using knives are harsh enough?” and “What do you think is the most influential factor in kids carrying weapons?”

 Speaking after the event, Chief Constable Cooke said it was important to hear the opinion of young people about what can be done to combat knife crime.

He said: “Sadly we have seen far too many knife crime incidents across the country and over Merseyside in the last couple of years. We need to keep giving out the message about how it wrecks lives. Today we were fortunate enough to hear from Gill and Alan (the parents of Sam Cook). Sadly their son was murdered by a man with a knife 18 months ago. If more people could hear that message it would stop people from carrying knives. The absolute devastation it has caused to their family and all families, that is the message we need to get across. Not only is it the wrong thing to do but the devastating impact on families is incredible.”

 He added: “Importantly [today] we have been getting the views of young people about what we should be doing to tackle knife crime and that is essential because this is not an issue that policing will solve or even police and partners together will solve. The communities will solve this alongside us and young people in communities are crucial to doing that.”

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Police reveal £4.2m plan to target serious violence and put criminals behind bars

A major policing operation which aims to tackle serious and violent crime and put the people responsible for committing it behind bars will be launched across Merseyside today, Monday 1st July.

In May it was announced that Merseyside Police would receive £4.2m from the Home Office’s £100m Serious Violence Fund to tackle issues including knife and gun crime.

The money is being used to fund Operation Target – a forcewide operation which will bring in extra dedicated staff, additional resources and equipment and targeted intelligence in a bid to tackle serious violence head-on.

As well as gun and knife crime the operation will also focus on serious assaults, armed robberies and murder investigations and will look at wider issues such as violence in night time economy areas, County Lines and drugs use.

The new operation will see more high visibility police officers on the streets and the purchase of additional equipment such as hand held metal detectors and metal detecting gloves for frontline officers.

There will be increased disruption activity including stop searches; roadside checks; open land searches and test purchasing.

Work will also be done to develop further intelligence around types of crimes and key areas and tactics in order to directly target those involved in serious violence and we will be working in close partnership with local authorities, the Youth Offending Service and health and social care professionals to share information and good practice.

Early intervention work will also continue in schools and youth groups and communities.

Chief Superintendent Matt Boyle said: “We know what concerns the people of Merseyside and although resources have been put into tackling these issues in the past this additional funding from the Home Office means our response will now be even bigger and better.

“We know issues such as knife and gun crime really impact on our communities and we are committed to tackling these issues head on and really making a difference.

“We now have the funding to put more officers in the places that we need them most – either high visibility patrols in our communities or in our city and town centres at night and peak times.

“It also means that we can develop our intelligence around offenders, pay for additional equipment to assist operations and investigations, engage with our local schools and communities and work with our partners to adopt a co-ordinated approach to tackling serious violence.

“This will be a one team approach with officers and staff from across the Force including roads policing, armed response, investigations, dogs and mounted and neighbourhood officers as well as call handlers, intelligence staff, forensics officers and support staff involved in making Operation Target a success.

“Some of this work will take place behind the scenes but I hope that the public will recognise our continued commitment to making Merseyside an even safer place to live, work and visit.
“I also hope that it will give confidence to people and reassure them that we will continue to take positive action to protect all victims of serious crime and bring criminals to justice.”

Merseyside’s Police Commissioner Jane Kennedy said: “Tackling serious and organised crime has always been a priority, but by securing this additional ‘surge’ funding from the Home Office, Merseyside Police can now allocate more resources to tackling the issues that matter most to our communities and carry the greatest risk to people living in Merseyside.

“This money will be concentrated on preventing crime, particularly that which has the capacity to cause most harm. It will also enable the Force to invest more in the really important proactive and prevention work used to put the criminals on the back foot that has suffered from years of budget cuts.

“I hope this increase in high visibility police patrols and operations focussing on reducing and reacting to street violence will provide reassurance to the public, prevent more young people from becoming involved in a life of crime and make a genuine difference in the lives of people in some of our most troubled areas, making Merseyside a safer place for everyone.”

Next of kin appeal: Kenneth Statham

Sefton Coroner’s Office is continuing appealing for information to find the next of kin for a Southport man who was found deceased earlier this month.

67-year-old Kenneth Statham was found on Tuesday 11 June at his home address in Stamford Road. His death is not being treated as suspicious.

Extensive enquiries are ongoing and further information now suggests that Mr Statham may have a daughter and used to reside in the Waterloo area. Statham may have family in Ireland, although it is unknown exactly where at this stage.

Anyone who may be able to assist information is asked to contact Coroners Investigation Officer Clair Sajewicz on 0151 777 3754 or via email at Sefton.coroners.office@merseyside.pnn.police.uk

Appeal for information following theft of scooter in Southport

Police are appealing for help in finding a distinctive orange Vespa scooter which was stolen in Southport on Tuesday 18th June.

The bike was stolen from outside Dunes Splash World on the Esplanade at around 3.40pm. At approximately 4.30pm the same day it was caught on dashcam footage on North Road flanked by two other motorcycles. All three bikes were then seen to turn right onto Rufford Road.

The pillion passenger on one of the motorcycles was carrying a pair of crutches.

We are appealing for anyone who saw the three bikes after 4.30pm on Tuesday, or who has dashcam footage of any of the motorcycles after this time, to contact us.

Inspector Graham Fisher said: “Enquiries are ongoing to trace the scooter and return it to its rightful owner and I would ask anyone with information to get in touch.

“I would also advise anyone who owns a motorbike or scooter to ensure they secure their vehicle with a good quality chain, D-lock or brake disc lock to immobile it. I would also ask that if a member of public sees any suspicious activity around car parks or where motorcycles are parked up to contact us.”

Anyone with information is asked to DM @MerPolCC, call 101 or contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 quoting log 787 of 18th June.

Appeal for witnesses following robbery at Supersaver in Bootle

Police are appealing for witnesses following a robbery in Bootle tonight, Wednesday 18th June.

We were called at 5.55pm following reports that a quantity of cigarettes had been stolen from a shop.

Staff reported that two males in a blue Ford Fiesta had stolen the cigarettes from a delivery van outside the Supersaver shop on Linacre Lane.

It is believed that during the incident the car mounted the pavement and was in collision with three males. The males suffered cuts and bruises and an ambulance was called as a precaution.

The car was also in collision with a Vauxhall Viva car before it was driven off towards the junction of Hawthorne Road.

The males in the Ford Fiesta are described as being white, aged between 20-25 and wearing black hooded tops with their faces covered.

An investigation is underway and CCTV enquiries are being carried out in the local area.

Detective Inspector Tony O’Brien said: “Linacre Lane is a busy road and I believe there would have been a lot of pedestrians and motorists in the area at the time this took place.

“I would ask anyone who saw the blue car, saw anyone or anything suspicious or thinks they may have captured something on their dash-cam to contact us as they may have information which is vital to our investigation.”

Anyone with information is asked to DM @MerPolCC, call 101 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 quoting log 846 of 18th June.

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