Our Knowsley team have been in Huyton yesterday (17th June) carrying out a day of action following a number of recent shootings in the area.
We first conducted three warrants on Fincham Road and Salerno Drive where cash and cannabis was recovered.
On the roads, we were stationed on Liverpool Road where we stopped 26 private vehicles and seven private hire vehicles. A number of prohibition notices were issued for a variety of offences including defective lights, failure to display badges and vehicles in poor general condition. During the roadside operation, a driver attempted to evade officers. The vehicle was intercepted by police on Hillside Road and following a search of the vehicle, a lock knife and can of CS incapacitant spray was recovered. The driver was arrested on suspicion of possession of a section 5 firearm and possession of a bladed article.
Elsewhere, we conducted an open land search on Seth Powell Way at its junction with Stockbridge Lane and a meat cleaver recovered.
The rest of the team conducted high visibility patrols around the area.
One male made off from officers on Hatfield Gardens leaving behind a Sur-Ron electric bike, which was suspected of being stolen and seized.
Inspector Dave Harrison said “These days of action are effective and I hope show the public that we will do everything in our power to proactively protect our Huyton communities.
“Recently, we have experienced a number of shootings which have left the public feeling scared for their safety. This is unacceptable. Our communities deserve to feel protected and able to wander the streets knowing that there isn’t someone carrying a gun nearby.
“The people using guns are really stupid – these are lethal weapons that can land you in prison for a long long time. Storing them is also so dangerous; it was only this week that we recovered a loaded gun hidden in near Waterpark Drive – imagine your child had found that. It dreads me to think what could have happened.
“I am thankful for this activity and the hard work my team are continually carrying out to protect the public. We have also been supported by our partners at Environmental Health, Trading Standards, KMBC Road Safety, Licensing and Housing teams as well as the Police and Crime Commissioner and MFRS. This joint up approach adds so much to these days of action and allows us to share information and work together to detect and fight crime.
“Report anyone you know involved in crime so we can take more weapons off our streets and protect all those growing up and living in Huyton – help us ensure your children’s futures are not plagued by criminals.”
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