Maghull Labour councillors tackle anti-social problem at Deyes L

Patrick McKinley and Lynn Gatherer


Police have stepped up patrols around a busy shopping parade in Maghull after residents complained to Labour councillors about a spate of anti-social behaviour.

Sudell Ward Labour councillors Cllr Lynn Gatherer, Cllr Patrick McKinley and Cllr Rob Owens were contacted by residents complaining about "unruly" behaviour at Deyes Lane shops.

The Labour councillors took the issue up with Maghull's Neighbourhood Police who have assured the councillors that they will increase police patrols in the area to tackle the problem.

Cllr Gatherer said while she was pleased the police were taking action, the Maghull Labour Action Team would monitor the area and speak to residents to ensure the problem had been resolved.

Cllr Gatherer said: "These kinds of complaints always increase during the summer months, when we have better weather and lighter nights.

"But we are obviously really pleased that the police are taking action and will be targeting Deyes Lane for increased patrols by officers.

"Deyes Lane is a very well used parade of shops. It is used by people of all ages, particularly older people in our community. It is not acceptable that anyone should feel intimidated when all's they want to do is go shopping.

"As well as the police action, the Maghull Labour Action Team will continue to regularly canvas the area to ensure that the problem is fully resolved."

Cllr McKinley said police have informed the Maghull Labour Action Team that they are in the process of speaking to Deyes Lane shopkeepers.

Cllr McKinley said: "As well as patrolling the area, the police are also sending officers around to speak to the shopkeepers so they can get a full picture of the issues. Are there regular offenders? When are the problem times? 

"While this police action is to be welcomed, I also urge parents to ensure you know what your children are doing.

"We are into the summer period now. you don't want your child to be involved in anti-social behaviour and causing problems.

"You don't want your child to be brought home one night in the back of a police car and facing a criminal record.

"Please speak to your children and let them know that what they may consider to be harmless fun, can cause misery to many, particularly the elderly and more vulnerable members of our community."


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