Huyton sees officers taking to the streets to tackle serious violence
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Officers were in the Huyton area today (Friday, 7th January) carrying out a day of action following reports of serious violence taking place in the area.
“Merseyside police and our local partners are dedicated to tackling serious violence in and around Huyton as we continue to proactively do everything in our power to protect our communities and ensure they feel safe in their own homes and neighbourhoods.” said Sgt Naomi Turner from the Knowsley Community Policing Team.
The day of action started with two warrants taking place on Hillside Avenue and Lordens Road. As a result, a large quantity of suspected Class A and Class B controlled drugs were recovered. One man was dealt with at the scene for possession of Class A drugs.
Following this, the mobile police station parked up on Hillside Avenue where officers spoke to a number of residents and offered a visible reassurance to the wider community.
Elsewhere on the streets, high vis and plain clothed patrols were deployed to disrupt criminality utilising stop search powers and vehicle stops, alongside an open land search on Hillside Avenue.
Sgt Turner continued “The timing of this day of action is particularly important as it comes prior to the national Neighbourhood Policing week of action starting on 17th January which will see officers across the force, including from our own Community, Prevention and Targeted teams working together to showcase what they do and the benefits they bring to the public.
“I am thankful for all those involved in this day of action and their dedication to continually put the community first, striving for increased reporting and reassurance within the area and consequently lower crime levels.
“We will continue to work hard and deliver these proactive deployments throughout the year and urge the public to report incidents of serious violence to us, whenever they can. If you know someone involved in crime, we want to know about it.”
A Knowsley Council spokesperson said: “Today’s day of action conducted by Merseyside Police demonstrates the work being done in the area to address the issues that really matter to our residents. We are dedicated to working closely with partners, including Merseyside Police as well as with landlords and home owners to tackle issues of crime and antisocial behaviour in the area.
“As well as exploring solutions to the tackle the issues being experienced, we are also bidding for additional funding to carry out work in the area. Only last year, we pledged an extra £1 million of funds specifically to tackle crime and anti-social behaviour across the Borough – which is a key issue here.”
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