Gun Crime – It’s an almost everyday event these days

The Liverpool Echo has the latest gun crime ‘event’ on its web site (this time in Bootle) see link below:-

www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/shots-fired-bootle-street-children-14971390

Worryingly, there is every danger that we will start to see gun crime incidents as normal every day events as the media relentlessly churn them out. Normalising may creep up on us when we should be treating each event as totally unacceptable in a civilised society.

Formby, Maghull, Bootle, Netherton & Sefton Borough generally – Gun Crime Concerns

www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/fears-liverpool-city-gun-crime-13300452

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

Gun Crime in Sefton – Just in case we wondered if it was under control!

www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/resident-heard-youre-dead-threat-11889794

Yet another depressing headline from the Liverpool Echo – see link above

There is every danger that we are accepting that guns on our streets, here on Merseyside, are a fact of life that we simply have to live with. I hope not as that is the road to ruin.

Children with guns and they are being arrested on Merseyside

www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-35915168

The BBC has the story on its web site – see link above

‘Merseyside Police said 73 children were arrested between 2013 and 2015. Fourteen boys were charged with crimes involving firearms including robbery, possession of a firearm, possession of an air weapon in a public place, sending threats, wounding and false imprisonment.’

This is quite chilling really; makes you wonder how far we are along the road to an American gun culture.

Merseyside Gun Crime – The stats say things are improving

www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/merseyside-police-winning-war-gun-10901101

The Liverpool Echo has the story – see link above

This sadly is an issue oft covered on this blog site – oh how I wish it were otherwise.

At face value Merseyside Police seem to be getting on top of the problem but my feeling is there is still a long, long way to go to get guns off the streets of Merseyside.

Sefton Borough to get funding to help combat gang violence

www.localgov.co.uk/Minister-sets-out-new-policy-to-reduce-gang-violence/40138

The Home Office will work with nine areas to help better understand gang-related violence and exploitation, and share effective ways of dealing with local challenges. See link above for the headline details.

The nine new areas to receive support from experts are: Basildon, Grimsby, Harrow, Hastings/Eastbourne, High Wycombe, Medway, Sefton in Merseyside, Southampton and Swindon.

The injection of Home Office funding to try to help tackle gang related violence must be welcomed of course but we sure wish we did not have to welcome it!

Surely this move must be on the back of the number of gun crimes that Sefton has been suffering from in recent years. This is of course a matter that I have raised many times on this blog site.

I wonder what the detail of this plan will look like?

With thanks to Keith for the lead to this story.