A call that I made at Sefton’s last Full Council meeting for action to stem rising gun crime in the area has met with a response from Sefton Council Leader Peter Dowd who told the Council’s Cabinet meeting last Thursday, “Following the Councillor’s question at the Council Meeting, I thought it would be useful if the Police and Crime Commissioner could address us on the subject and wider policing concerns”.
Police Commissioner Jane Kennedy attended the meeting flanked by Chief Supt Nikki Holland, Sefton’s Area Commander. She informed the councillors that, although crime, and particularly gun crime, was on a downward trend nationwide, the Liverpool, Knowsley and Sefton Area was in a different category.
“Last year, there were fifteen Gun discharges in Sefton, of which five resulted in injury”. she said. “This year, there have been eighteen of which eleven have involved injury. One of these was a suicide.”
Commissioner Kennedy explained that the agencies concerned with gun crime had been meeting at both strategic and operational level.
I am pleased that my concerns about the Gun situation have been taken seriously. The people of Maghull, for example, are not at all used to this type of violence on our streets and need firm reassurance that there will be appropriate action to prevent recurrence of these gun incidents if at all possible. I am grateful to Cllr. Dowd for inviting the Commissioner.
I would have been even more grateful if I and other Maghull residents had been informed beforehand of her appearance at the meeting so we could have had the opportunity to go and hear what she was saying.