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New Sefton base for Police Community Support Officers

A team of Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) from Merseyside Police has moved in to a new base at Magdalen House as part of Sefton Council’s move to locality-based working.

PCSOs Emma Cooke, Anthony Holden and Helen Holt will work from the ground floor of Magdalen House alongside a range of council services focusing on early intervention and prevention.

Magdalen House PCSOs Emma Cook Anthony Holden and Helen Holt

This way of working will allow the council and its partners to share information, resources and data more collaboratively. The PCSO team will also be able to work from agile suites at Netherton Activity Centre and Southport Town Hall.

Formerly based at Marsh Lane Police Station in Bootle, the PCSO’s relocation to Magdalen will see them collaborate with colleagues across the council to help children, families and vulnerable adults in Sefton tackle problems at an early stage.

Their immediate focus will be to identify people who regularly contact Sefton Council and Merseyside Police for help.

Emma Cooke, who has served as a PCSO for 10 years, says the team are already seeing the benefits of working at Magdalen House after moving in eight weeks’ ago.

PCSO Cooke said: “It’s great to be part of a big team and be able to share information immediately with partners. The aim of the Early Help plan is to work together to help our communities become more resilient, and having a base at Sefton Council means we take a more joined-up approach.

“Everyone at Sefton has been really welcoming and we are looking forward to getting to know everyone in the different teams.”

PCSO Helen Holt said the move will help all partners focus on the needs of local partners and communities more cohesively. She said: “Working together will help us identify areas of demand and allow us to share that information quickly with teams at Sefton Council.

“We’ll be able to cooperate and offer a service that is structured, focussed and tailored to the needs of the community.”

Anthony Holden, who has served as a PCSO for three years, says he is enjoying being in the new environment and is looking forward to closer partnership working. He said: “We already feel at home in Magdalen and it’s great to working with colleagues at Sefton as part of a ‘one-team’ approach.

“We hope our work will help reduce demand and allow us all to work smarter together for the benefit of individuals and families across Sefton.”

Cllr Trish Hardy, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities and Housing, said:” This move will really help us work as one team with partner agencies, to share resources and information to make us more resilient and effective.

“Having the PCSOs in Magdalen House means we can easily work together to help vulnerable people across Sefton, getting them help at an early stage to prevent their problems from escalating and ensuring they are well supported.”

Sefton welcomes Criminal Behaviour Order for nightmare Maghull neighbour

Sefton Council and Merseyside Police have welcomed a five year Criminal Behaviour Order for a Maghull man who made his neighbour’s lives a misery. 

Charles Robert Wall, 48, of Eastway in Maghull was handed the order at South Sefton Magistrates Court on October 29, banning him from using threatening behaviour, causing an obstruction to neighbouring properties and from revving his motor engine after 6pm.

The judge’s decision was welcomed by Sefton Council’s Localities team after neighbours said they had been put under a great deal of emotional stress by the actions of Mr Wall. 

Cllr Trish Hardy, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities and Housing, said: “This nightmarish anti-social behaviour had gone on for a considerable amount of time and we have had cause to deal with Mr Wall on numerous occasions to try and mediate this behaviour.

“We are resolute in protecting a good quality of life for all of our residents and we will always, along with our partners, work hard to tackle all forms of anti-social behaviour.

“We believe this court case sends out a strong message to everyone that appalling behaviour will not be tolerated and we would like to thank those residents who have found the strength and courage to speak out about their ordeal.”

Community Policing Chief Inspector Jerry Harris said: “Criminal Behavioural Orders are an extremely effective tool in tackling persistent offenders.

“The successful application for a Criminal Behaviour Order for Wall shows our commitment, working alongside Sefton Council, to dealing robustly with repeat offenders who have a negative impact on the community.

“In this case, Wall is the definition of a nightmare neighbour and we are pleased he has been dealt with accordingly.

“We are committed to ensuring the people of Maghull and across Sefton are able to live, work and visit the area free of any harassment, distress and abuse.

“Any breach of this order will result in further action being taken against him, and we will robustly act on all information provided should Wall breach any of these conditions.”

The Criminal Behaviour Order will now be in place until 2023 and breaching this type of order can result in a custodial sentence.

For more information, help and advice on how Sefton Council can help tackle anti-social behaviour, please visit www.sefton.gov.uk.

Anyone with information on anti-social or abusive behaviour is asked to speak to local officers, contact @MerPolCC, call 101 or 999 if a crime is in progress, or you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Youngsters make waves at anti-scrambler fun day

Pupils from schools across South Sefton have once again been shown how to have fun without dangerous scrambler bikes, thanks to Sefton Council and its partners.

Schoolchildren from Hatton Hill, The Grange, St Oswalds and Lander Road donned their all-weather gear and took part in an exhilarating inter-school sports day at Crosby Lakeside recently.

This is the third activity day by Sefton Council, Merseyside Fire & Rescue and Merseyside Police which is designed to highlight the effects scrambler bikes have on local communities and how children can have tons of fun away from the dangerous bikes.

As well as learning about the vehicles, children took part in a host of activities including raft building, sailing, fencing, teamwork, and problem solving.

Cllr Trish Hardy, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities and Housing, said: “This was a fantastic day out for all involved despite the weather!

“Around 150 schoolchildren took part in the day and our partnership with both Merseyside Police and Merseyside Fire & Rescue continues to work extremely well to highlight the dangers associated with scrambler bikes and how they can affect local communities.

“By getting involved in the campaign we hope all the young people have learned some valuable lessons and they have now been rewarded with a great day out using our amazing facilities at Crosby Lakeside.”

Next the schoolchilden will be playing the role of emergency services in a live re-enactment of a scrambler bike crash later this month.

During this re-enactment they will come face to face with the dangers of becoming involved in scrambler bike activity.

Sefton Neighbourhood Chief Inspector Jerry Harris said: “Education and engagement is such an important part of the work we do alongside Sefton Council and our other partners.

“This inter-schools activity day is a brilliant way for children to channel their energy and creativity in a positive way.

“During our yearly scrambler bike initiative, we not only want to show young people the serious dangers and nuisance that scrambler bikes cause across the community, but also encourage them to learn different activities, skills and pursuits.

“The enthusiasm we saw from everyone was great, and this autumn term will see them get involved in all sorts of competitions and activities.”

Police launch dispersal order to tackle anti social behaviour in Sefton

Merseyside Police is increasing police resources in the Copy Lane area of Sefton this weekend to combat anti social behaviour

A dispersal order will be in place until 9pm today (Friday September 7) giving powers to Police Officers or Police Community Support Officers to allow them to  direct any person to leave the area if they suspect they are causing or likely to cause crime, nuisance or anti-social behaviour.

They will have the power to demand names and addresses and it is an offence to fail to comply (Police Reform Act 2002).

If directed to leave then an offence is committed if you fail to comply or return within the specified period (Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014).

The area covered, as shown on the map, is bounded by Buckley Hill lane, Fleetwoods/Glovers lane, Browns lane, Copy Lane and Northern Perimeter Road.

Police ask for dashcam footage to help find missing Adam Seaton

Officers appealing for help to trace missing 20-year-old Adam Seaton are asking drivers who used a Southport car park to study dashcam footage.

Adam is believed to have gone missing from his home address in Melrose Avenue on Thursday 9 August.

He is described as a white male, 6ft 2in tall, of slim build with brown hair, pale complexion and brown eyes.

When last seen he was wearing a burgundy tracksuit top with ‘France’ embossed on the arm, black and white T-shirt, blue jeans and burgundy Puma trainers.

Adam is known to frequent the Churchtown area of Southport.

Merseyside Police Inspector Allan Pennington said: “We are appealing directly to any drivers who used the car park at the junction of Marshside Road and Marine Drive in Southport between 12.25pm and 6.10pm on Thursday 9 August.

“If you used that car park and have dashcam footage, we would ask that you check for a red Ford Fiesta car with the registration MK59 GHA. If you do not have a dashcam but believe you may have seen this vehicle we would also be very keen to hear from you.”

Anyone who has seen Adam or knows of his whereabouts is asked to DM @MerPolCC, call 101 or contact Missing People on 116 000.

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