The Liverpool Echo has the story on its web site as written from the perspective of Formby’s Independent Councillor Maria Bennett – see link above.
I lose track of how many times I have blogged about gun crime in Sefton Borough and indeed across Merseyside and yes it does seem to be a worsening problem that is before us on an almost daily basis.
I recall only too well how Maghull found itself in the middle of an outbreak of gun crime in 2013 which led to Merseyside’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Jane Kennedy, being brought in to speak directly to concerned locals at a meeting held in Lydiate Primary School. To be honest she spoke well in trying to calm local fears and thankfully the spate of Maghull shootings has not been repeated. However, shootings and gun crime are an almost every day event in some Merseyside communities and I think it fair to say that many folks will feel, with some considerable justification, that the situation looks to be almost out of anyone’s control.
Maria Bennett is right to raise this issue once again because gun crime is an issue that will one day be an every day event in virtually every community if ways to effectively combat it are not found soon. And quite obviously a fully resourced Merseyside Police Force is required to lead that fight.
My thanks to Roy Connell for the lead to this posting