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

Merseyrail Train is shot at

A 507/508 EMU Merseyrail unit at Crescent Road level crossing – Birkdale, Southport.

www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/merseyrail-train-evacuated-after-being-13217678

The Liverpool Echo has the story from Monday night on its web site – see link above.

Goodness me the use of guns on Merseyside becomes a bigger concern each week that goes by. This may have been ‘just’ an air rifle incident but sadly it fits into a much wider picture of gun use locally.

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.

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.

Bootle – Yet another shooting

www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/man-critical-condition-after-being-9236610

The Liverpool Echo has the story – See link above.

There is a depressing regularity about these shootings in Sefton Borough and on Merseyside generally. Will they ever end?

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

www.youtube.com/watch?v=1nAfWfF4TjM

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!