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Merseyside police to close stations as part of £130m revamp

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Merseyside police have revealed plans to close a number of stations as part of a £130million revamp. Announcing the plans Crime Commissioner Jane Kennedy said many of the currently buildings 'aren't fit for purpose.' The scheme which will take 10 years to complete means opening 'community' police stations in each neighbourhood, as well as a dedicated serious and organised crime centre. It's claimed the plans would save £2.5million every year which in turn would protect 65 police officer jobs.

  • New or refurbished area headquarters in the five local authority areas
  • Community police stations developed where old police stations are currently closed.
  • Each community will have a neighbourhood team of officers and PCSOs
  • Creation of a new serious and organised crime centre in Speke.
  • A £44million Operation Command Centre will bring together all the teams that form the Matrix Serious and Organised Crime team (MSoC) under one roof.
  • £26million refurbishment of Merseyside Police Headquarters in Canning Place for essential repairs.

Following today's announcement, the Commissioner, Jane Kennedy, will start a two-month consultation inviting the public to have their say on the proposals.

Austerity has forced us to review every aspect of the police estate. Merseyside Police has been harder hit than most. By 2018, we predict government cutbacks will have forced Merseyside Police to lose 29% of its people - officers, PCSOs and staff. Already 60% of our buildings are empty or under used and this is only going to increase.

"We simply cannot lose so many people without also looking at the buildings and facilities that they use. The current police estate is unsustainable. It is ageing and becoming increasingly expensive to run.

"While these drastic and devastating cutbacks have presented us with significant challenges, we also believe this is a really exciting opportunity to transform the estate - making Merseyside Police even more accessible for the people of our region.

"Merseyside Police's buildings desperately need to be upgraded. Our stations and facilities are no longer fit to serve the public or fit for the officers, PCSOs and staff that work in them.

"By transforming our estate, creating more efficient and effective buildings, we will be protecting frontline policing and putting officers where the public want to see them - in the communities they serve.

"By opening up these modern Community Police Stations, officers and PCSOs will be more accessible to the public and we will be saving money and protecting jobs.

"These are the right steps to take and this is the right time to take them."

– Jane Kennedy

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Merseyside Police conduct anti-gun raids

Merseyside Police, and colleagues from the National Crime Agency (NCA), and other agencies are conducting a day of action against gun crime in Liverpool.

Officers and the NCA executed ten warrants in Liverpool North area, three in West Derby and seven in the surrounding area, at 7am this morning.

Merseyside Police say they've already recovered firearms and cannabis.

Man held after body found in Southport

Linaker Street, Southport. Credit: Google Street View

A 31-year-old man has been held by police after the discovery of a man's body at a house in Southport last night.

Merseyside Police were called to Linaker Street in Southport at about 7.45pm, after a woman called police to advise she had found the body of a 33-year-old man at the address.

Officers attended and the suspect, from Skelmersdale, who was present at the address, was arrested on suspicion of murder.

The police said the death is being treated as unexplained.

A Home Office post mortem examination to establish the cause of death will be carried out.

Detectives are appealing for anyone who may have information to contact Sefton CID on 0151 777 3460, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

CCTV appeal after burglary

Police have issued CCTV footage of two men officers would like to speak to in connection with an aggravated burglary in Newton-le-Willows on Monday.

Officers were called to a property on Alder Street, at around 8.25pm on September 1, following a report from a woman living there that two men had knocked on her front door.

One of the offenders forced his way into the house armed with what's described as a cosh, Merseyside Police said.

He then used a knife from the kitchen to threaten the woman and demanded cash.

Both offenders escaped on foot, a short time later, with two mobile phones and a few cigarettes.

Officers believe the two men shown in the footage may have vital information which could help them with their investigation.

They are appealing to the men, or anyone who recognises them, to get in touch as soon as possible.

Anyone with information can contact detectives in St Helens CID on 0151 777 6811 or speak to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Murder arrest in St Helens

Homes on Beacon Grove, St Helens. Credit: Google Street View

A man has been arrested after a man was found dead following reports of an assault in St Helens.

Officers were called to a house on Beacon Grove at about 2.20am today.

Officers found the body of a 35-year-old man in the house.

He was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics.

The victim has not been identified.

A post-mortem examination will be carried out to establish the cause of death.

A 33-year-old man from St Helens was arrested on suspicion of murder and remains in police custody for questioning.

The house was cordoned off for forensic examinations and officers are carrying out house-to-house enquiries in the area.

Anyone with information about the incident is urged to call St Helens CID on 0151 777 6811 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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Witness appeal after 'targeted' Liverpool shooting

Police in Liverpool are appealing for witnesses after what's being described as a 'targeted' shooting on Saturday night.

Officers were called to Crawford Close in West Derby just after 2200 after reports shots had been fired and a group of men had run from the area.

A short time later a 22-year-old man went to hospital with a gun shot injury to his hand.

A Merseyside Police statement said:

"At this early stage of the investigation the motive is unclear, but it is believed to be targeted.

Crime Scene Investigators are carrying out forensic examinations at the scene and house-to-house inquiries are underway.

Patrols have been stepped up in the area to reassure the local community.

Officers are appealing to anyone who may have information which could help them with their inquiries to contact the Matrix Serious Organised Crime team on 0800 230 0600, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111."

Video badges to fight hate crime

This shop worker welcoms the badges. Credit: ITV News

The cameras are worn by a worker around their neck and, if they feel threatened or intimidated, can be activated by the press of a button.

The incident can be captured in full and used as evidence to support a police investigation.

In February, police in Knowlsey secured the first detection in the country using footage from the 'video badges' when they traced a 16-year-old student from Huyton who had racially abused a local shopkeeper.

How the badges look. Credit: ITV News

The incident was captured by the camera, which was being worn around the shopkeeper's neck, and within days the offender's face had been circulated among local police officers.

A school liaison officer recognised him and his parents were informed.

The boy initially denied having been part of the group that had been in the shop but when he and his mother were shown the footage.

The badges work alongside more common security measures such as CCTV. Credit: ITV News

ID badge cameras to help shop workers fight crime

Shopkeepers in Merseyside are being offered ID badges containing video recording devices in the fight against hate crime.

Dozens of tiny video cameras with crystal clear picture and sound quality are being offered to businesses suffering from anti-social behaviour.

The cameras are the size of an ID card holder and Merseyside Police say they have proved a big success during a recent trial in Knowsley.

The force says it helped officers investigate hate crimes and given local shopkeepers greater peace of mind.

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