Tom Duffy on the Echo web site is reporting that there has been yet another shooting in Sefton today – this time in Litherland.
The Echo goes on to report the views of Detective Chief Inspector Tom Keaton “Our investigation is still at a very early stage, although we currently believe that the victim was targeted. “Patrols have been stepped up in the local area and I’d like to take this opportunity to reassure the local community that a thorough investigation is already underway to identify those people responsible and to bring them to justice.”
I know some may think I am boring them by continually raising my concerns about guns on our local streets but frankly it must only be a question of time before we hear of an innocent person being shot.
If only Merseyside Police and our Police and Crime Commissioner would give us some confidence that they are effectively addressing the menace of guns in our Merseyside communities.
Only days since my last posting on this matter the Liverpool Echo sadly carries yet another horrific lead article about guns on our local streets.
Come on Jane Kennedy just what is being done to rid us of them? We need a firm and clear public line from our Police & Crime Commissioner that gives us confidence that guns are going to be brought under control on Merseyside.
Sadly, gun crime has been a a bit of a running theme on this blog site over the past couple of years and I see little to give me any confidence that it is being effectively managed in Sefton and more widely across Merseyside. Incidents of guns being discharged are now, dare a say, almost commonplace in the pages of the Liverpool Echo.
Above is a link to the BBC web site and at face value the story is good news because the weapons handed in can’t now be used on our streets but it does beg a very worrying question about how many guns are still out there!
Sad to see that gun crime incidents in Sefton are still taking place of the type that Maghull suffered from in the Mad March of 2013.
I would like to see our Merseyside Crime and Policing Commissioner Jane Kennedy say clearly and publicly what is being done to rid the streets of Sefton (and indeed Merseyside) of gun crime because these incidents keep on happening on a regular basis particularly in the south of the Borough.
The BBC has thew story above.
Maghull had its March of madness with guns in 2013, Bootle and Netherton has an ongoing gun crime problem and across Merseyside we hear of guns and gun crime far too often.
Just imagine if that sawn-off shot gun that the kids found in a hedge had been loaded!
It’s all well and good our Police and Crime Commissioner spending scarce public money appointing a party political colleague as her Deputy but what is being done about gun crime on Merseyside? Surely the money spent on the wages of her Deputy would have been much better invested in combating crime?
My thanks to Cllr. Marianne Welsh for this report – my comments are in italics.
Cllr. Marianne Welsh
The event, held at the Atkinson (Previously known as Southport Arts Centre before the recent refurbishment), was not well attended – 6 members of the public, one policeman and 4 Southport councillors. It’s purpose seemed to be to help Jane Kennedy to engage with Southport residents but with so few attending………………………
She introduced herself and in doing so acknowledged that Police Commissioners had many doubters, including the Police, when they first were elected. Frankly, I remain a doubter as for the life of me I can’t see what they really add to effective accountable Policing.
Marianne says Jane referred to the huge Police commitment to help keep safe a NATO type summit to be held soon in Wales and the effect that it and sending Merseyside Police officers over to Northern Ireland for the ‘Marching Season’ will have on the local Merseyside Force. Her tone indicated this was something giving her cause for concern.
Marianne noted that in trying to explain how Police share information, via IT, across differing forces Jane seemed somewhat lost by the IT issues. Like many of us I assume but the public sector often falls down on grand plans because the IT is not as capable as it was promised to be.
When Marianne asked Jane (a former Liverpool Labour MP) what challenges she had come across in her new role she was given an example about Jane going to Marian Square (Netherton – Bootle Constituency), describing the deprivation around the shops and the local talk on the streets about drug dealing. Jane said she had engaged with various partners (an oft used public sector phase that could mean any or many other agencies) but that none were mentioned nor what plans had been drawn up to find solutions for that community.
Out in Maghull I have recently been pushing Jane Kennedy for assurances about the future of the Town’s Police Station but frankly I only got a vague response back after a long wait and having needed to send a reminder. I do worry that her office does not respond to letters promptly despite it costing us all significant amounts of money to run. Sorry Jane I remain to be convinced that you and indeed all the other Police Commissioners are making a difference.