By Faye Wasilowski.
Residents of West Kirby have shared concerns about the growing nuisance youths who are causing havoc in some areas.
Groups of youths have also smashed parked cars in the street.
Ashton Park, in the Wirral, is a hot spot for teenage drinking at the weekends, and is frequently left in an unfit state. This has become an increasingly worrying concern for locals.
The local Labour MP, Margaret Greenwood, held a meeting at West Kirby United Reformed Church, with the aim for residents to express their concerns.
She said: “Given the limited resources that the police have, it is important that all relevant agencies work together with the local community to find constructive solutions to this problem.”
Since 2010, the Central Government has cut more than 20,000 police officers from service. This has made an impact on the neighbour hood policing in some areas, including West Kirby.
Deputy Merseyside Police and Crime Commissioner Cllr Emily Spurrell was also present at the meeting. She commented on the police numbers in the area. “We do not have the numbers we would like in terms of being able to police Merseyside as much as we would like.”
The recent disturbances in the seaside resort in Wirral may have been part of the challenge facing police across Merseyside, as, since 2010, their force has been cut by 1,500 officers.
Merseyside Police have been working closely with Wirral Anti-Social behaviour team, Youth Outreach and Wirral Community Patrol.
The community police team in the Wirral, which is one of two, has only 3 police sergeants, 13 constables and 20 Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs).
Since January, police have put dispersal zones in place in West Kirby. This descends power to the police to order anyone suspected of causing crime or anti-social behaviour to leave the area for 48 hours.
Two persistent offenders have already been handed Criminal Behaviour Orders (CBO) and have been banned from the area. Police also think that the seasonal weather increases crime in the area.
Wirral West Member of Parliament, Margaret Greenwood said: “People should be able to enjoy public spaces in their community without the fear of encountering harassment or offensive behaviour.”
She continued: “The police have made concerted effort to tackle anti-social behaviour in West Kirby. Actions have included the implementation of dispersal zones, arresting key suspects and increasing the police presence in the area at crucial times.”
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