By Aimee O’Callaghan
Merseyside Police joined forces with a host of partners to deliver a crackdown on anti-social behaviour and gun and gang crime in North Liverpool today (Thursday 15 January 2015) as part of a week of action.
Officers executed six warrants at homes in and around the Fazakerley area of people linked to serious and organised crime seizing Class B drugs. A cannabis farm containing 60 plants was also discovered inside a property on Fieldton Road. The estimated street value of the farm is £60,000. As part of this action seven males, aged between 17 and 47, have been arrested for a variety of offences including drug, theft and serious violence.
Other activities being undertaken included:
Community payback – convicted offenders working to clean up unsightly public spaces in Warbreck Park and around Carnarvon Road
Court Service Fines Department recovering outstanding fines
Police Community Support Officers will be visiting businesses and properties throughout the area to inform people of the action being taken.
Neighbourhood Sergeant Phil Cowin, said: “The aim of this operation was to reinforce the message that Merseyside Police, our partners and the local community will not tolerate anti-social behaviour and serious organised crime.
“We will continue to work tirelessly towards reducing organised criminal gang activity and make them pay back to the community that which they have taken through their criminal behaviour.
“Serious and organised crime is an issue that causes particular concern to local communities and Merseyside Police is committed to tackling this issue head on.
“We hope that this action has demonstrated our drive to reduce this type of crime and will reassure those communities affected by it that help is at hand.
“Today’s action is a direct result of information we’ve received from the public. The community are our eyes and ears and they are key to helping us tackle the issues that matter to them. I hope that today’s activity demonstrates we will act, whenever we can, on information that is given to us”
Members of the public who have any information about those involved in Serious and Organised Crime, are urged to contact the Matrix Serious Organised Crime Team on 0800 230 0600. Alternatively people can call the independent charity, Crimestoppers, anonymously on 0800 555 111 – Merseyside Police will act on all information provided in relation to gun crime.
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