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Safer Bonfire Night welcomed by PCC

Knowsley / November 06

Merseyside Police Commissioner Jane Kennedy has congratulated the Force and their partners following a fall in the number of reported incidents on Bonfire Night.

Merseyside Police Commissioner Jane Kennedy has congratulated the Force and their partners following a fall in the number of reported incidents on Bonfire Night.

November 5th is traditionally one of the busiest nights of the year for the Force, but following months of careful planning by police, other emergency services and local councils there was a 23.4% reduction in reports of anti-social behaviour and criminal damage compared to the same period last year.

There was even a reduction of 16% in all calls to service when compared to the same period last year.

Merseyside Police Commissioner Jane Kennedy said: “I congratulate Merseyside Police, Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service, all the Local Authorities and all the partner agencies. Between them they have achieved a real reduction in anti-social behaviour and criminal damage from last year and helped people on Merseyside to have a safe and enjoyable Bonfire Night.”

The Commissioner attended a full safety briefing carried out by Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service before a spectacular fireworks display at Simonswood Lane playing fields organised by the Safer Knowsley Partnership.

The Force’s Chief Superintendent Rowland Moore added: "Merseyside Police and our partners have put in a lot of effort planning this operation and it is very encouraging to see a fall in the number of incidents.

"It would appear that the vast majority of young people took advantage of the numerous activities that were on offer to them across Merseyside and enjoyed the evening safely and responsibly.

"I would like to thank parents who have clearly listened to our advice to make sure they know what their children are doing for Bonfire Night and the young people themselves have taken advantage of all the things put on for them.”

See more pictures from the event on the Commissioner's Facebook page