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

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

Netherton – Yet another shooting in Sefton Borough

The Liverpool Echo has the story – see link above

Well they keep on coming but we have not heard much from our Police & Crime Commissioner about what she and her Merseyside Police Force are doing to get on top of these all too often shootings.

It seems time for some high profile reassurance that Merseyside Police are going top get on top of this appalling march towards an American-type gun culture.

Sefton Gun Crime – It’s becoming an all too regular happening

I know I keep banging on about the worrying gun culture here in Sefton and indeed across Merseyside but the incidents keep on coming. This one is covered by the Liverpool Echo – see link above.

Just how many illegal guns are in circulation locally? Are Merseyside Police going to be able to get on top of these all too regular shootings? What is our Merseyside Police and Crime Commissioner doing to combat gun crime?

Merseyside Gun Crime – The stats say things are improving

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

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.

Sefton & Merseyside – Why guns on our streets have to be got rid of.

This sobering video is well worth looking at – click the link above. I have blogged so many times about the menace of guns on our streets and how we don’t want to become a gun loving country like America.

Who on earth would want a gun after watching this!