Labour Councillors invite Police Commissioner Jane Kennedy to Ar

Jane Kennedy

 

Maghull Labour Councillors have invited Merseyside Police and Crime Commissioner Jane Kennedy to attend Thursday's Sefton East Parishes Area Committee in Lydiate to hear 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.

She will be attending the Sefton East Parishes Area Committee (SEPAC) meeting which will be held at Lydiate Primary School on Lambshear Lane, from 6.30pm.

SEPAC chairman, Labour's Cllr Tony Carr, said: "People are really concerned about these shootings in Maghull.

"Maghull is a quiet community. So there is clearly an issue which needs to be addressed.

"That's why we have invited Commissioner Kennedy to attend Thursday's SEPAC meeting, to hear concerns from residents and to also hear feedback on what steps Merseyside Police are taking to tackle the issue of gun crime in Maghull and wider afield in Sefton."

Sefton Labour Cabinet Member Cllr Trish Hardy has also today authorised Merseyside Police to 'piggy-back' on Sefton's CCTV network.

The news means that Merseyside Police will now be able to access images produced by the Sefton cameras at the force's Lightning Suite Control Room in real time.

Cllr Hardy said: "Commissioner Kennedy has stated that gun and gang crime are among her top priorities.

"The linking of Sefton's CCTV cameras to Merseyside Police's control room means that we are working hand in hand to tackle all crime in Sefton."

Cllr Carr said Commissioner Kennedy has already addressed the issue of gun and gang crime in Sefton with councillors and he welcomed news of the new Merseyside Police and Sefton Council partnership.

Cllr Carr said: "Commissioner Kennedy spoke to councillors a few weeks back to highlight what steps Merseyside Police have already taken and what they are doing to tackle the problem.

"Thursday evening will give her the chance to hear concerns directly from local people and let everyone know what Merseyside Police is doing to clampdown on gun crime.

"I would urge anyone with concerns about the discharge of firearms in east Sefton to come along to the meeting."

The SEPAC meeting will be held on Thursday (March 14), at Lydiate Primary School on Lambshear Lane, starting at 6.30pm.