PCC joins officers on gun and gang crackdown

Liverpool / November 26

Merseyside’s Police Commissioner joined more than 50 officers last night on a dedicated initiative aimed at putting offenders in gun and gang crime on the back foot.

Merseyside’s Police Commissioner joined more than 50 officers last night on a dedicated initiative aimed at putting offenders in gun and gang crime on the back foot.

The operation, which began last Thursday, November 21, had already seen 43 people arrested on a suspicion of a variety of offences including violent disorder; possession of controlled drugs; possession with intent to supply; assault and money laundering.

A further ten arrests were made by officers overnight during a crackdown which was watched by Merseyside’s Police Commissioner Jane Kennedy.

During the night, officers also executed two warrants, in Kirkdale and Toxteth. At the Kirkdale address a sophisticated cannabis farm with approximately 60 plants and an estimated street value of £60,000 was uncovered.

She said: “I’m proud to see the hard work being done by Merseyside Police to reassure our communities. The icing on cake has been the discovery of this significant cannabis farm.

“Cannabis farms are one element of organised criminal activities that can blight the whole community. Young people are manipulated and drawn into getting involved in criminal activity, while the whole peace of the neighbourhood is disturbed.

“We are absolutely committed to stopping this activity and breaking up the gangs.

At the address in Toxteth, officers seized a quantity of what is believed to be Class A drugs, along with a quantity of cannabis.

Throughout the evening officers also carried out a number of stop checks on people believed to be involved in gangs and seven bail/curfew checks were carried out at a number of addresses to ensure that offenders were abiding by the conditions imposed upon them.

Officers from the specialist Matrix team worked alongside neighbourhood officers, the Roads Policing Unit, and officers from the mounted and dog sections.

The extra officers out on the ground also acted as a deterrent to those intent on committing gun crime and has provided reassurance for our communities.

Merseyside Police'sSuperintendent Paul White, said: "Merseyside Police is committed to tackling and disrupting gun crime on the streets of Merseyside.

"The Force has made significant inroads in to disrupting gun crime and taking guns off the streets. Last year we saw an increase in the number of discharges on our streets, but so far this year we have reduced the number of discharges by 35%.

"We know that we cannot be complacent in our fight against gun crime and will continue to build on the foundations we have put down. There is still a significant amount of work to be done and proactive initiatives like this one will keep offenders on the back foot and give us the opportunity to disrupt criminal gangs involved in the use of firearms."

He added: "There is a small number of people who are causing fear in our communities through the use of violence and firearms and Merseyside Police is not prepared to stand by and let them rule the roost.

"The majority of our residents on Merseyside are decent, law abiding people, who are sickened by the complete and utter disregard shown by these people who have no concern for the safety of others.

"I would like to take this opportunity to appeal to our communities for information which could help us to take positive action against those involved in gun crime and make our streets safer. If you have any information about those involved in gun crime , or where these people are storing their weapons call the specialist Matrix team on 0151 777 5687, or Crimestoppers (which is anonymous) on 0800 555 111, no-one will know that you have made that call. We will act on all information."

Watch footage of last night's raids on the Commissioner's YouTube channel