More shootings in Sefton and Liverpool

The Liverpool Echo has the story. Is there no end to this utter madness?

For what it is worth and despite trying to raise the profile of this Sefton and Merseyside gun problem I am yet to hear how Merseyside Police and the Police Commissioner are actually going to tackle this menace on our streets.

Merseyside Police Commissioner comes under fire over decision making figures

The Southport Visiter has the story.

MERSEYSIDE Police Crime Commissioner Jane Kennedy has come under fire after making just six decisions in five months.

The figures released in a national survey led two Southport councillors to question the role of the woman charged with tackling local crime.

Simon Shaw, a member of Merseyside Police and Crime Panel and a Birkdale councillor, led the criticisms at Southport’s Area Committee meeting last Wednesday. The complaints stemmed from an article written by Lib Dem leader Iain Brodie-Browne based on the survey’s findings, which posed the question ‘what does our Police Crime Commissioner do, exactly?’

Cllr Shaw said: “According to their own official websites some commissioners had taken 40, 50, or even more decisions in their first five months in office. In contrast Jane Kennedy had made just six reported decisions.”

Editor’s comment – From my perspective the fact that our Merseyside Police Commissioner has appointed a press secretary on £45K per year in the financial times that we find ourselves is simply wrong.

No shooting (a challenging sign for South Sefton!) and no motorcycles sign


Thanks to Keith Page for this shot of a warning sign in one of the forestry areas to the west of Maghull.

You just know that a sign saying no shooting is going to be shot at but taking into account Maghull and district’s gun crime wave of March this year and the fact that the sign was photographed well before then clearly it was not just the sign that was being shot at!

By the way I hear that we have a problem with birds being shot in an around the canal area through Sefton. Is there no limit to the cruel activities of some folk.

Merseyside Police Commissioner – This must be a concern

The Liverpool Echo has the story which had been doing the rounds before they made it public.

I met Jane Kennedy at the crisis meeting held in Lydiate a few weeks ago when Maghull was being used for target practice by criminals. She came across as a decent sort but knowing some of the people on the watch dog committee I fear that there could well be a significant issue to address here.

I must say that having asked in public for the Police and the Commissioner to say what they are jointly going to do to tackle gun crime I have heard nothing much in the way of reassurance to date. Sadly shootings in Sefton continue to be a problem.

Shootings in Sefton for example – Is our Police Commissioner making a difference?

Two more shootings in Bootle this week mean that Sefton’s gun crime problem is still sadly very much alive and well but who is doing much/anything decisive about it?

Obviously we look to two major figures on Merseyside to lead the battle against violent crime – The Police Commissioner and the Chief Constable – but what game changing moves are they making?

I can’t really judge what the Chief Constable is doing but I can look at what the Police Commissioner is doing since she was elected 5 months ago. At face value not a huge amount can be the only conclusion as she has seemingly only made 6 decisions since being elected! Just look at my colleague Iain Brodie-Brown’s Birkdale Focus Blog for all the relevant stats about what Police Commissioners across England are doing.

In the East Parishes part of Sefton we had a ‘mad March’ in 2013 when shootings and fire bombings were happening almost daily! Things have calmed down considerably now and yes I did thank our Police Commissioner for attending a public meeting in Lydiate in March when things were at their worst. But what is Jane Kennedy doing to try to make that big difference to gun crime? If we are simply seeing a lull in shootings in say Maghull, because of a significant Police presence, but that shootings continue to be a problem in Bootle, what has been gained?

I think it is time for our Police Commissioner and indeed the Chief Constable to make some game changing decisions and make us all feel a little more confident that the war on guns is being taken to the streets.

Sefton is not America; we hate guns, we don’t measure our social status by how many we have at home.

Maghull & Lydiate Homewatch Association – April/May newsletter in colour!


The other day my letterbox rattled with the delivery of the 262nd edition of this excellent community organisation’s newsletter. What’s more it is their first edition in colour!

It is nice to see them going from strength to strength but the demise of Southport Homewatch Assn, mentioned in the newsletter, is a sobering reminder of how voluntary organisations can struggle when the volunteers run out of steam due to age in particular.