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We are introducing a Section 60 in Woodchurch today, Tuesday 28 June, following recent incidents of violence in the area.
The order runs from 10am today until 3am tomorrow (Wednesday 29 June) and extra officers will be in the area to provide a visible presence and deal with any incidents.
The Section 60 covers the area bounded in the map and includes junction 3 of the M53 motorway to the Upton Road flyover, Upton Road to the junction of Arrowe Park Road, Arrowe Park Road to the junction of Woodchurch Road, Woodchurch Road and all streets and locations found within these areas.
The Order, under S60 of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994, gives officers enhanced stop and search powers to stop individuals in the area (pictured) and is designed to minimise serious violence.
Community Policing Inspector Alan McKeon said: “We’re introducing this Section 60 as an extra response to deal with reports of violence in Woodchurch. This is one of a number of measures we are taking to disrupt those who would consider using weapons in the area.
“Following an investigation launched by our officers regarding an incident at the Arrowe Park Hotel yesterday evening where reports were received that three men ran into the pub armed with weapons this order will give us the powers needed to stop and search people in Woodchurch.
“There have been a number of serious violent crimes in the area including the most recent incident that happened yesterday. This behaviour will not be tolerated and extra officers will be in the area to search any individuals or groups causing such issues, and to provide reassurance to the vast majority of law-abiding people in the community.
“Such action isn’t about bothering anyone going about their daily business or preventing young people from meeting with friends. It’s simply about taking action to reduce violence and make sure that everyone can feel safe where they live.
“Patrols have also been stepped up to reassure our residents so if you have any information on any offences in the area please speak with our officers.”
You can pass any information onanti-social behaviour via our social media desk @MerPolCC on Twitter or 'Merseyside Police Contact Centre' on Facebook with reference number 22000452697. You can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or via their online form at: Give information | Crimestoppers (crimestoppers-uk.org). Always call 999 if a crime is in progress.