Flower Streets week of action

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A multi-agency week of action has taken part in the Flower Streets area of Kirkdale as part of the Safer Streets project.

Working alongside Liverpool City Council, Riverside Housing, Mersey Fire and Rescue Service and The Prince's Trust, Merseyside Police officers have been carrying out searches, speaking to the community and carrying out street clean ups.

A mobile police station has also been in the area.

This activity is part of the Safer Streets project in the area – launched in July to tackle crime and anti-social behaviour.

A total of £385,000 was secured by the Police and Crime Commissioner, Emily Spurrell, to focus on improving safety in the ‘Flower Streets’ of Kirkdale, an area which has suffered high levels of crime and been blighted by drug dealing and gang crime in recent years.  The funding will be used to upgrade and increase CCTV in the area, repair and improve alley gates and introduce 70 new street lights to prevent crime and make the area safer for residents.

Merseyside’s Police Commissioner Emily Spurrell said: “It’s fantastic to see another multi-agency Safer Streets project coming to fruition in the Flower Streets, with all the benefits that will bring for local people.

“Weeks of action are a crucial part of this initiative, helping to clean up the area and fix long-standing problems, while giving the police and our partners the opportunity to meet with people living in Kirkdale, listen to their concerns and ensure we are investing this money in the most effective way to make the biggest difference for them.

“This is all complemented by the on-going work to put in place some practical, long-term solutions, such as improving CCTV, street lighting and alley-gates, to prevent crime and improve resident’s quality of life.

“Everyone deserves to feel safe in their home and their area. Through this fantastic partnership initiative our goal is to prevent problems before they occur, significantly increasing people’s feelings of safety, while helping to rejuvenate this neighbourhood.

“I’m grateful to everyone who is helping to deliver this important project and I will continue to lobby government for additional funding so more areas can benefit from projects like this.”

Local Policing Sergeant Amy Crowder said: “Last year, we pledged that we would listen to the concerns of local residents and the activity this week is a continuation of this pledge.

“Alongside partners, we’ve had a productive week – the young people from St John’s primary helped to collect litter,  officers carried out road enforcement, held a boxing sessions and we've even had the gully sucker in the area and recovered knives and number plates.

“By working together, we can make a real difference to the quality of life of local people, helping to rejuvenate their neighbourhood and build a healthier and safer community. Keep passing on information and we will take positive action.”

If you wish to contact the Local Policing Team in Kirkdale [email protected] or call 101.

You can also pass information anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or via any of our partners involved in this activity.