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.

Southport’s crime and policing problems as seen by BBC Panorama

www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/panorama-investigates-southport-burglaries-traders-14577470

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

With thanks to Roy Connell for the lead to this posting

Maghull – Cheering on the new police station? No, remembering what we lost to rehouse the police!

The former Maghull Police Station in Westway, Maghull.

My letter to the Champion newspaper in response to all the cheering about the Town’s new Police Station

Dear Sir,

So Maghull has a brand new police station within Maghull Town Hall, but please forgive me if I don’t join in the cheering of Maghull Town Council and the local MP.

You see the Town lost a youth facility and a CAB help point to make way for the police to move into the Town Hall from Maghull Square.

Sorry I don’t see Maghull and district’s policing benefiting except that they will have lower overheads in their new premises. But where and when will the CAB facility be rehoused locally, many months after it was closed down in the Town Hall? And where are the youngsters now going that used to use the Youth facility?

This is at best a 2 – 1 defeat i.e. CAB and youth out – police in. You could even argue that it’s 3 – nil defeat as the police already had a home in Maghull and they were originally said to be downsizing to a shop unit.

I despair I really do.

Tony Robertson

Liverpool & Merseyside Gun Crime – Why is it rising?

www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/revealed-toxic-cocktail-led-shootings-14213654

The Liverpool Echo has the most worrying of stories on its web site – see link above

This is a very good article by Joe Thomas and its worth reading it through to gain a better understanding of the worrying and seemingly ever rising gun crime crisis across Merseyside in recent years.

What the Merseyside Police & Crime Commissioner costs Council tax payers

www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/staggering-amount-money-paid-merseysides-14183626

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

When the post of Police and Crime Commissioner was imposed on Merseyside, as indeed with the post of Mersey Metro Mayor, many of us probably said oh no yet more political mouths for our Council tax to feed, or words to that effect. Neither post was requested by local people, neither seemed wanted yet both were imposed.

Since then I think it is fair to say that the majority of us are still scratching our heads wondering what these additional layers of political bureaucracy actually do to make the lives of Merseysiders any better.

Here the Liverpool Echo, rightly in my view, looks at the cost of us having a Policing and Crime Commissioner. Having read what the Echo has uncovered I bet all we can do is to scratch our heads even harder wondering why on earth we are spending out to fund such a post especially when that money could be funding extra police on our streets!

Maghull – Shooting in Parkbourn

Parkbourn Square

www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/police-show-house-damaged-shotgun-14210142

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

If memory serves I seem to recall a previous shooting in Parkbourn from 2013

With thanks to Keith for the lead to this posting