As part of the Lib Dem’s continuing campaign to try to put a stop to gun crime in Sefton we took the fight to the Sefton’s East Parishes Area Committee meeting on 7th February only days after the latest shooting in nearby Netherton (see my 4th February posting). The Maghull Neighbourhood Police Sergeant was present and a couple of hours before the meeting I had also contacted the Neighbourhood’s new Inspector putting down a marker about guns.
Having represented Maghull for 28 years this is a very serious matter to me with 3 shootings in the Town in just the past year. I feel it is vital that councillors make it clear that our communities are simply not prepared to tolerate gun crime in any form.
We realise that our campaign is putting pressure on our hard working Police but if we sit back and do nothing things can only get worse. What we are looking for is clear assurance that Merseyside Police is prioritising gun crime in Sefton and we want to see their and indeed our new Merseyside Police Commissioner’s plans to tackle this community menace.
We await some substantive responses – It’s now two and a half weeks since I raised the matter at Sefton’s last Full Council meeting, there has been another shooting since then (the one in Netherton) but no one from Merseyside Police or indeed the Commissioner’s Office has yet been in touch.