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

Litherland shooting

www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/residents-report-scrambler-bikers-firing-13226609

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

Here we go again, yet more shootings on Merseyside this time in Sefton Borough. Is it just me or are we fast losing a semblance of being able to control guns on our streets as these incidents are now an almost daily occurrence?

Worrying times indeed.

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.

Scrambler Bikes and Shotguns on Merseyside

www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/shotguns-scrambler-bikes-scourge-merseyside-11157842

The Liverpool Echo has the story – see link above

And on the very same day the Echo web site ran this Litherland shooting story:-

www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/shots-fired-homes-litherland-stoneycroft-11161658

You know our gun problems here on Merseyside, or at least the reporting of them, seem to be getting worse. Now don’t I recall a recent Echo article based on Merseyside Police saying they were winning the gun war, or words to that effect?

It’s only a question of time until another innocent person gets caught up in the revenge gun violence amongst the criminal fraternity, is it not?

Litherland Shooting

www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/neighbours-shock-frightening-shooting-park-11065851

The Liverpool Echo has the story about the latest local/Sefton shooting in Litherland – see link above.

And the shootings go on and on, this time in Hapsford Road Recreational Park in Litherland.

Not so long ago we were being told that Merseyside Police were winning the battle to get guns off our streets but frankly the streets of Sefton don’t seem much safer when things like this are going on in a children’s play area.