East Sefton Labour Action Teams warn residents to be vigilant fo

Steve Kermode and Bill Esterson


Maghull Labour Action Team is warning residents to be extra careful in the run-up to Christmas following reports of a spate of burglaries in the town.

 
The team has been made aware of a number of incidents in Claremont Avenue, as well as in other parts of Maghull.
 
Maghull Labour Action Team leaders Steve Kermode, Lynn Gatherer and Maurice Byrne are now warning people to be extra vigilant.
 
Steve, who is also a Labour councillor on Maghull Town Council, said: "We have now received a number of calls from people in Maghull reporting a spate of burglaries in the last couple of weeks.
 
"We are fast approaching Christmas and this is a time when burglars will b thinking that there will be newly purchased present ready for the taking in people's homes.
 
"We all need to make sure that our homes are fully secure during the day, when we are out and also when we are in. Burglars will think nothing about gaining entry to a property through an insecure door or window when people are at home. It's better to be safe than sorry, particularly at a time when we know there are burglars and thieves about."
 
Lynn Gatherer also warned homeowners to be extra careful at Christmas time.
 
Lynn said: "People are starting to put up their Christmas trees now. It is well known that thieves are on the look out for opportunities. That includes looking through people's windows to see what is under the Christmas tree. We need to bare this in mind when putting presents under the tree.
 
"They will particularly target vulnerable people, so I urge people to keep vigilant on behalf of elderly relatives or neighbours. We need to make sure that people throughout our communities in East Sefton are safe and are not inadvertently giving heartless burglars the opportunity to strike."
 
Maghull Town Council's Labour leader Cllr Maurice Byrne said the police were already aware of the burglaries.
 
Cllr Byrne said: "The Labour Action Team immediately informed the police with regard to the reports of burglaries. The police were already aware of the incidents.
 
"The Labour Action Teams in East Sefton are now warning people throughout the area about these incidents.
 
"We don't want to see any residents in Maghull, Lydiate, Aintree or Melling having to go through the heartbreak of having to deal with the aftermath of a burglary, particularly in the run-up to Christmas.
 
"Most burglars are opportunists. If you take precautions to ensure your home and the homes of your elderly residents are secure then you reduce the chances of falling victim.
 
"We all need to be extra vigilant and report anything suspicious directly to the police."