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Sefton fund knife wands to make nightlife safer

Knife wands are the latest piece of equipment being funded by Sefton Safer Communities Partnership to ensure the local night time-economy in the borough is as safe as it can be.

Thanks to the funding, Merseyside Police Community Officers and Targeted Police Teams, as well as local bars and clubs in the Sefton area, will be supplied with knife wands to help them identify people carrying dangerous weapons and keep club-goers from harm.

The wands will go towards enhancing safety in the area and cracking down on the number of serious and fatal stabbings that happen on our streets.

Councillor Trish Hardy, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities and Housing, said:

“I’m delighted that through the Sefton Safer Communities Partnership we have acquired these extra security measures.

“The purchase of knife wands will help reassure our residents and visitors that Sefton is not only an enjoyable place to experience our vibrant night time economy, but also a safe one too.

“Many of our wonderful bars and nightclubs already have very good security in place but these wands will be of great benefit as both a deterrent and a symbol of reassurance.

“These wands and the wider Op Sceptre national campaign will compliment tactics already in place including weapon sweeps, knife arches, test purchasing and high visibility police patrols.”

Superintendent Matt Boyle said:

“These wands will act as a deterrent to those carrying weapons and a reassurance to the community that we’re doing everything we can to prevent knife related crime in the area.

“Liverpool City Council have already funded a roll out of the wands towards the end of last year following the tragic death of Sam Cook. Reports show these tools have been received really well and are key in keeping our communities safe.”

Merseyside is one of a number of police forces across the UK taking part in a week-long operation (Op Sceptre) aiming to highlight the work regularly being done across the county, and nationally, to combat the issue of knife crime.

As a police force, we’ll continue educating the public on the dangers of carrying knives in the hope this ensures people can safely enjoy being out and about in the Sefton town centre and surrounding areas. I’m proud to be supporting Sefton Safer Communities Partnership as they roll out a further 45 wands and I hope this gets the message across that it isn’t acceptable to carry a knife.”

 

•Anyone that would like to report any forms of knife crime is asked to contact us via our social media desk @MerPolCC or call 101. You can also call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Appeal launched to find missing Southport man

Merseyside Police are urgently appealing for information to help trace a missing 72-year-old man from Sefton.

 

James Hall, also known as Jimmy, from Bretton Fold, Southport was last seen in the early hours of this morning (Monday, 12th February) at around 2am.

 

Extensive enquiries and a search of the nearby area have taken place overnight, however officers have been unable to locate James.

 

He is described as white, around 5ft 8in tall, slim build with grey hair and a grey beard.

 

He is wearing a dark coloured bomber style jacket, blue jeans and black trainers. He is also believed to be walking his dog, a white Bichon Frise.

 

James, who is from the Southport area of Sefton, has links to Maghull and Ormskirk. He is also known to frequently visit the Scottfield (Oldham) area.

 

We are making extensive efforts to find James and return him home safely. Anyone with information on his whereabouts is urged to get in touch by calling 101.

 

 Alternatively information can be left with the independent charity Missing People by calling 116 000 or by emailing 116000@missingpeople.org.uk.

Appeal for information after Ainsdale collision

Merseyside Police is appealing for information following a collision in Ainsdale on Monday (5 February 2018).

Officers were called at about 7.20pm to a report of a collision involving a gold Volvo S70 and a blue Range Rover on Liverpool Road between Orchard Lane and Meadow Lane.

The driver of the Volvo made off from the scene on foot in the direction of Sandbrook Road.

A 28-year-old man was later arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving, drink driving and failing to stop after a collision. He has been released under investigation.

There were no reported injuries, but the road was closed for a number of hours following the incident due to extensive damage caused to the cars.

Sergeant Phil Mitchell said: “We are keen to speak to any members of the public or drivers that may have witnessed this incident. I would urge drivers to consider their whereabouts at this time and check any DashCam footage or CCTV footage they may have showing the collision or the vehicles being driven shortly before the incident.”

Anyone with information on the collision is asked to contact Merseyside Police on 101 quoting incident reference 18200031522, by emailing 8506@merseyside.police.uk or via 01517775747. Alternatively, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Maghull residents warned of card skimming scam

Merseyside Police is warning the public in Maghull to be extra cautious when using ATM machines following claims that one in the area has been tampered with.

It has been reported that criminals are using skimming devices in the cash machines to steal people’s credit and debit cards.

The offenders have reportedly glued small devices into the card entry point which allows the card to be put into the machine and the transaction to appear to have been processed but when the user tries to get the card back, it gets caught by the device.

The criminals come back later on, remove the device and steal the card which is then used to make withdrawals at other machines.

Inspector Susan Stribling said: “We’re doing everything we can to spread this message and ensure that the public are protected against these crimes.

“We’d like to thank those who have already contacted us to report suspicious activity and similar crimes and advise anyone who thinks they may have also been a victim, to please get in touch.

“If you use a machine and it appears to have retained your card, you may have been a victim, so please urgently notify us and the branch.

“If you have any specific details or you’re simply worried then call us on 101 quoting crime ref: 0518208538. We’d much rather come out and investigate something that doesn’t seem right than not be told and see someone suffer the consequences. “

Anyone with information is encouraged to speak to officers in the area, call 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Merseyside Police Dismantle Cannabis Farm Worth Over £1 Million a Year at House in Bootle

Merseyside Police have discovered a cannabis farm worth more than £1 million per year in Bootle today, Friday 12 January 2018.

At around 7.10pm yesterday (Thursday, 11 January), officers were called to a house on Hawthorne Road after reports of squatters in the premises.

Officers from the force’s specialist Cannabis Dismantling Team (CDT) attended and made the property safe. A large cannabis farm with 271 plants was found across four floors of the property. The electric supply was found to be have been bridged. Enquiries are ongoing to identify those responsible.

Sergeant Gary Sorrell from the CDT said: “The excellent result shows the scale and organisation that some criminal groups are capable of. But more importantly, it demonstrates that we can and do identify such significant farms on a regular basis, taking away the harm and risk that they bring to our communities.

“If anyone has seen suspicious activity in or close to the South Park end of Hawthorne Road in recent days, please pass the information on, which may prove vital in tracking down those responsible and bringing them to justice.

“Criminals who set up these farms cause considerable misery for hard-working people who just want to earn an honest living, and attract violence including knife and gun crime to those communities in which they operate.

“Nobody wants to live near a magnet for crime. And as in this case, electricity is often bypassed, causing a huge fire risk to neighbours. If you are aware of cannabis being grown in your communities, please let us know and we can remove these potential death traps. If you recognise some of the signs, you can report any concerns and we will do the rest.”

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 common place, however, together may indicate something more sinister

Anyone with information on the cultivation of cannabis can call police on 101. You can also call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously and for free on 0800 555 111 or via their online form: https://crimestoppers-uk.org/give-information/give-information-online.

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