Bill Esterson discusses Maghull shooting incidents with Police C

Bill Esterson


Sefton Central Labour MP Bill Esterson met Merseyside Police Federation in Parliament this evening and also spoke to Merseyside Police and Crime Commissioner Jane Kennedy to raise concerns about the latest in a spate of shootings in Maghull.

In the latest incident, a house on Parkbourn Square was shot at at 12.15am on Monday. A window at the house was broken in the shooting and a car which was reportedly involved in the incident was found burnt out in Pilling Lane.

This is the fourth shooting in Maghull in 12 months.

Commissioner Kennedy, who was elected in November, has set up two new groups tasked with tackling gun and gang crime in Sefton.

Bill met with representatives of Merseyside Police Federation in parliament to discuss the shootings.

Speaking after the meeting, Bill said he was encouraged that "Merseyside Police was doing everything in its power to tackle gun crime in Maghull".

Bill said: "Merseyside Police is already taking steps to tackle this issue in Maghull and Sefton.

"During my discussions with Commissioner Kennedy and with the Police Federation, they detailed what action is being taken to tackle gun crime in Maghull and Sefton as a whole, this includes the creation of the two new groups specifically designed to combat gun and gang crime.

"They also detailed the new partnership with Sefton Council which sees Merseyside Police having live access to the borough's CCTV network. I am very pleased that Sefton Council and the police are working closely together as it will take all our efforts to combat the worrying developments when it comes to violent crime especially when the police have had 20% of their budget cut and the council have lost even more of the money from government.

"I am confident that measures are being taken, but the police also depends on local intelligence."

Bill urged anyone with any information to come forward.

Bill said: "I, like every other resident in Maghull, am totally shocked that there has been another shooting in my home town.

"I have already had a number of emails from residents who are asking just what is going on. They are concerned about what is happening.

"This is a lovely, quiet residential community, which is a very safe place to live. It is where I've chosen to bring up my young family.

"But we need to get to the bottom of why this shooting happened and make sure it remains an isolated incident.

"We are fortunate that no one has been killed.

"We need to all pull together, to work with the police to make sure this doesn't happen again.

"Anyone with any information must contact the police. We need these guns off the streets. We need anyone who is willing to use a gun off the streets.

"We must all play a part in ensuring our streets are safe."