Knives found, two arrested and dozens stopped in one area

Knives found, two arrested and dozens stopped in one area

Knives were found by police who arrested two people and stopped dozens of other in just one area of Merseyside on Friday.

Officers were in Sefton throughout the day to tackle antisocial behaviour and drug dealing.

Police were seen around the Stanley Road area of Kirkdale and in Bootle carrying out open land searches, stop checks and high visibility patrols.

During their time in the areas, a knife and a large blade were found, a number of arrests were made, 19 stop searches were performed and 28 drivers were pulled over for speeding.

One person was arrested for drug driving while another was arrested for breaching a court order.

Police also seized a car for no insurance and 200 letters were posted to residents to provide reassurance to the communities.

After the operation, Sefton Community policing Superintendent Graeme Robson said: “We always listen to the concerns of our communities and will act upon them.

“Today’s activity was a joint deployment between officers from the Sefton and Liverpool areas and was aimed around the Kirkdale and Bootle areas.

“The aim was not to stop people going about their lawful business but give a visible presence on the streets of our communities and at the same time disrupt criminal activity.

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“We hope that the public who see our officers out and about will feel reassured and will engage with them.

“I would also encourage people to keep coming forward with information. If you know who is dealing drugs or carrying weapons in your area then please tell us so that we can take action.”

Anyone with information can DM @MerPolCC or @CrimestoppersUK anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Liverpool Echo – Liverpool News