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Weekly Edition - Published 12 September 2015


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Operation Abbeyville - a day of action against serious and organised crime

MERSEYSIDE Police have arrested 4 people as part of an operation against those believed to be involved in serious and organised crime in Sefton in the past 24 hours.

The operation has been organised in response to information received from the community regarding criminality in the area.

Operation Abbeyville has seen officers execute 5 warrants in the Netherton and Litherland area in the last 24 hours, arresting four people on drugs and other offences.

► A 17 year old male from Netherton has been arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply Class B drugs. He has been bailed pending further enquiries.

► A 33 year old man from Litherland has been arrested on suspicion of possession of a controlled drug of Class B.

► A 44 year old woman and a 45 year old woman from Litherland have been arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply a Class B drug, money laundering and possession of a controlled drug of Class A.

► An 18 year old man from Bootle was given a warning for possession of a Class B drug (cannabis).

Searches were carried out at the properties and officers have already recovered quantities of what are believed to be Class A and Class B drugs, as well as a quantity of cash.

While travelling from one of the warrants, at 3.20pm, on Thursday, 10 September 2015, officers arrested 4 men who had been subject to a stop check on Northway, Maghull and seized a quantity of cash and Class B drugs.

A 23 year old man from Bootle, a 23 year old woman from Melling Mount, a 21 year old man from Walton and a 23 year old man from Litherland were arrested on suspicion of being concerned in the supply of a Class B drug. The 23 year old from Litherland was also arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply Class A and B drugs. All were taken to police Stations in Merseyside to be questioned.

Working alongside partners including Sefton Council, the force has co-ordinated a range of supplementary action and initiatives aimed at improving the local area and engaging with the community, while targeting those believed to be involved in drugs and gang crime.

Some of the operational activity taking place will include:-

Police Community Support Officers visiting businesses and properties throughout the area to inform people of the action being taken

► High visibility patrols by officers from mounted, dogs and Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) to reassure members of the local community

Superintendent Claire Richards, said:- "The activity shows the community what can be achieved when we work together. This is about disrupting criminal activity and showing the many decent people, who live in areas where gun and gang crime has been an issue, that we are there for them. Information from our communities is vital in helping us to build up evidence and take robust action against those who are causing misery on our streets through fear and intimidation and the use of firearms. It is vital that the local community provides us with information about those involved in serious and organised crime and the dealing of drugs. We are determined to send out a message to those involved in drugs crime that we will work hard to build up an evidential picture and we will arrest you and put you before the courts. It may take time to build up that evidence, but we will not rest until those involved in drug dealing are brought to justice. We are totally committed to tackling serious and organised crime and will relentlessly pursue those we suspect are involved in it. We will continue to work with other agencies to make life as difficult as possible for those involved in this type of criminality. Clearly the dealing of drugs is of great concern to the community, as it is to us. There will be an increased uniform presence in the area and I would encourage anyone with concerns to talk to those officers, or their dedicated neighbourhood team. We remain committed to disrupting all illegal activity and organised criminality, but cannot do this without the help of the local community. Information from the public is vital for us in the fight against organised criminality and drugs crime and I would appeal to anyone who has information to talk to us. If you do not wish to talk to us directly you can always call Crimestoppers anonymously on:- 0800 555 111. We can't do this without the community and we need you to continue to give us information. We do not care how the information is provided only that it is provided."


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