Criminal Damage incidents – Southport
Merseyside Police is appealing for information after recent incidents of criminal damage in the Southport area.

At around 9.00pm on Saturday, 23 April, a report was received of three youths on bicycles causing damage to a bus stop on Derby Road. They were described as aged 13-14 and wearing dark clothing. They made off prior to patrols attending and enquiries are ongoing to identify those responsible.

On Sunday, 24 April between 4.00pm and 10.00pm, a woman left her Fiat on Lord Street and returned to find the back windscreen smashed with a brick. Around 9.40pm on the same evening, a brick was thrown through the front balcony window of a home on Viceroy Court, Lord Street. On Tuesday, 26 April around 7.45pm, a brick was thrown through the rear window of a stationary, unattended vehicle parked on Viceroy Court. None of these incidents were witnessed, and enquiries are ongoing to identify those responsible.

Southport Neighbourhood Sergeant Paul Riding said: “We are encouraging people in Southport to call 999 whenever you see this type of criminal damage in progress, as witnesses are often vital to these investigations.

“We are determined to identify those responsible and eradicate this mindless and costly damage, but key to this is continued information from the community. I would like to reassure people that all information provided will be acted on and you may wish to provide this anonymously to Crimestoppers. We will continue to respond to their concerns, to allow us to focus our resources on the right areas.

“Recently, we have been successful in introducing dispersal zones in Southport Town Centre, including Lord Street and Kings Gardens, and will continue to do so when concerns are raised on anti-social behaviour, as such orders allow us to disperse groups who we suspect of causing nuisance.”

Members of the community with any further information are encouraged to speak with officers in the area, their dedicated neighbourhood team on 0151 777 3442, or call 101. Anyone with information who does not wish to speak with us directly can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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