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Weekly Edition - Publication date:- 2017-08-07

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400 people have been arrested during operation to disrupt serious and organised crime

OVER 400 arrests have been made since Friday, 9 June 2017, for a variety of offences including:- firearms, drugs, motoring and warrant offences, theft, criminal damage, assault and possession of offensive weapons. In the past month a total of 27 search warrants have also been carried out and suspected stolen property and offensive weapons recovered.  High visibility patrols have been carried out in key communities, shopping areas and public houses. A number of firearms have also been recovered during a series of open land searches in the past week. A Tech 9 machine pistol with a silencer was recovered in an area of woodland around Higher Lane/Brookfield Drive together with an air rifle.

Since Monday, 3 July 2017, Officers have recovered four knives from the Rice Lane area, carried out reassurance patrols in areas including:- Fazakerley, West Derby and Norris Green and spoken to partner agencies to address the issue of antisocial behaviour. Checks have also been carried out in alleyways around Breck Road and the Everton area to recover stolen motorbikes.

On 1 day alone this week 35 people were arrested for a number of offences including:- theft, recall to prison, possession with intent to supply drugs, assault, driving and warrant offences. The disruption operation was brought in last month following a number of firearm discharges across Merseyside.

Chief Superintendent Peter Costello, who is head of local policing, said:- "Merseyside Police has kept up a relentless campaign of activity directly aimed at disrupting those individuals who are involved in serious and organised crime. We know these people are a minority and that the majority of law abiding people do not want them in their communities. Our communities are at the heart of everything we do as a Police Force and their support, together with that of our community partners, is vital in assisting us in our efforts to make all our communities safe and pleasant places to live and work. Our work is ongoing and, together with our partners, we have had some great successes so far but we can't do it alone. We need everyone to come together."

If you have any information about those involved in gun crime on Merseyside, or think you know where these groups are storing guns, please contact the Merseyside Police gun crime hotline on:- 0800 230 0600.  Information about drugs and criminal activity can also be given to the Crimestoppers line anonymously on:- 0800 555 111. Information can also be given online.


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