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MERSEYSIDE POLICE ADVICE TO RESIDENTS ABOUT ANTI-SOCIAL BEHAVIOUR


23 November 2019

Following the recent spate of anti-social behaviour in New Ferry, New Ferry Residents Assocaation invited our local police inspector to come to speak to residents about what had happened and what residents should do to deter such behaviour.

On the nights of 30th October and 31st October 2019, and again on 5th November 2019 there were multiple reports on the NewFerryOnline and Crimewatch Wirral Facebook pages by residents who were experiencing broken car wing mirrors, smashed car windows, fireworks being launched at householders and passing cars; and later there was a car set on fire, rubbish bins to the rear of Iceland set alight, and on bonfire night, a derelict building torched.

Despite the many Facebook posts where residents were explaining what had happened to their property or was happening in their street, the police received only 13 calls on so-called Mischief Night from New Ferry; just 4 calls on Halloween Night, and just 4 calls on Bonfire Night.

Inspector Georgina Minnery said: "I've seen the Facebook posts from the nights in question, from which it is clear that New Ferry suffered a spike in anti-social behaviour.  Merseyside Police can only respond to problems IF we know there IS a problem.  The number of posts on Facebook clearly suggest that only a handful of people bothered to notify the police of issues they were suffering; whilst the majority - for whatever reason - didn't bother."

Inspector Minnery continued: "Policing has changed from the 'old days'.  We don't have enough officers to be 'on the beat' just walking around the area. They're in cars so that they can get to places much quicker when reports of trouble come in.  If an area has a particular problem, and we receive reports about it, we CAN get additional staff and resources to tackle those issues.  But that can only happen if residents TELL US there is a problem!  If we don't know about it, we can't do anything about it!"

The debate tackled the issue of HOW to contact the police.  It is well known that ringing 101 leaves you waiting for long periods until someone answers.  However, we have discovered a much better way to contact the Call Centre if you have access to the internet and use social media.  If you contact the police on Facebook, search for 'Merseyside Police CC' and send them a message.  Or for Twitter, @MerPolCC.  You will be surprised by how quickly you will get a personal response.

However, Inspector Minnery said that physical damage to cars and property SHOULD be regarded as "significant crimes" in which case you should ring 999, particularly if an individual or a gang is to blame and might still be in the area targeting other peoples' property.

Residents suggested that people wouldn't bother if 'kids' were to blame, as 'the police won't do anything to them if they catch them'.  Inspector Minnery disagreed, and said that they do indeed follow through with actions against young people who commit crimes such as criminal damage.  Working with other agencies, the police have mechanisms which allows them to make interventions to control the whereabouts of young people who commit crimes; control who they can mix with, where they; when they are out.  If the young person continues to behave badly, sanctions and curfews can be imposed on them, increasing in severity each time until the young person realises they are not going to get away with their bad behaviour.

Questions were asked about one young individual who has been named by several people as being involved in some of the recent incidents.  Inspector Minnery confirmed that the young person in question is being spoken to whilst the police continue their investigations.

As for what to do when the period comes around next year: Inspector Minnery advised that all parents should be aware of where their kids are and what they are up to on Mischief Night.  Because New Ferry was targeted this year, it is likely it will have more police officers/patrols the area just to be safe.  There should be no need for residents to form vigilante gangs, and further advice will be issued to public nearer the time (in 12 months).

The reason why so many young people are hanging around in New Ferry was discussed.  We know that several of the troublemakers come from outside of New Ferry; from neighbouring Rock Ferry and Bebington, and Birkenhead.  Several of them come here because cannabis is being openly sold in the streets and the CCTV cameras we have are not necessarily pointing in the right direction.  Inspector Minnery said: "Merseyside Police are already actively targeting drug dealing in this area.  Cannabis farms are being frequently found - but this comes from good intelligence: residents on the ground need to report drug dealing that is happening around them.  If you are worried about repercussions, report them anonymously by contacting Crimestoppers by ringing 0800 555 111 or online at Crimestoppers-org.uk

Some residents posted on Facebook that what the gangs were doing on those nights was "normal teenage behaviour" and that residents who had their cars damaged should "shut up, get their cars fixed and let the police deal with other (more important) crimes".  It was mentioned at the meeting that criminal damage is NOT "normal" behaviour and should never be treated as such.  Teenagers who think it is acceptable to cause so much damage to property or to scare others by firing fireworks at them have little or no respect for others, and grow up to think and behave the same way into early adulthood.  Should we expect and allow them to do this? 

Miscreants' behaviour has a knock on effect for others.  Car insurers have already warned their customers in New Ferry that motor insurance premiums for this area will now go up because it is seen as a "risky" area to live in and own a car .... so we will ALL be paying more insurance because of it. Is this fair?  In the meantime, because the car was set on fire in the car park next to the Village Hall, at least one group has now withdrawn from using the hall, and others may follow suit after reviewing the situation.  The two recent attacks where the toilets inside the Village Hall were vandalised have not helped in this particular situation.

In summary, Merseyside Police appealed to everyone in the community to pull together and REPORT issues of crime and antisocial behaviour - even that which is committed by young children.  If they are able to, they WILL take action against those who they catch, INCLUDING young people.  We - the residents - are the eyes and ears for the police.  If we WANT the police to be here protecting us and our property, we MUST TELL THE POLICE what is happening. If they don't know, they CAN'T do anything about it.

 
 
 


     
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