We are specifically targeting criminal activity being committed on Merseyside’s Loopline, a disused railway mainly used by walkers and cyclists.
The Loopline is a popular and scenic route, however sometimes criminals seek to use this popular cycle way for their own gains at the detriment of others. Therefore, with the ease of lockdown and the warmer summer months, we want as many people to feel safe to use this line and prevent criminality on the Loopline. We will have dedicated teams patrolling the area, whether that’s on foot, bikes, quads or horseback – to ensure the area is safe for all.
Inspector Andy Lloyd said: “The Loopline should be a place to enjoy nature and relax, not be feared. Our patrols will be stepped up to specifically focus on making the area safer.”
In addition to multiple patrols, the Loopline will also be subject to regular open land searches to find any dangerous weapons that might be hidden. Our #OpTarget team are also responsible for undertaking stop checks as well as setting up bike marking points along the 10 mile route.
Insp Lloyd continued: “Going into the summer and with the ease of lockdown restrictions, we expect to see the number of people using the Loopline increase but we mustn’t let the crime rate rise with it.
“By having regular patrols and also encouraging the public to download the What3Words app, we can start to ensure that criminals do not see the Loopline as a place to store weapons, commit assaults and generally cause fear amongst others.”
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