POLICE say it is “business as usual” as they continue to crackdown on organised crime in Sefton.
Officers want to reassure residents that during these “unprecedented times” they are “working hard to protect our communities 24 hours a day, seven days a week.”
Over the past week, police have made arrests in Netherton and Southport.
In Netherton, a 28-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply a controlled drug following the discovery of a substantial amounts of wraps of white powder. Officers also recovered cash and phones from the Netherton address, and the man was taken to a police station where was interviewed by detectives.
In Southport, a 47-year-old man was arrested after officers were called to reports of a violent male armed with a fire extinguisher and metal.
When they arrived at the property on Scarisbrick Street they found the windows of two cars had been smashed. They located the man in a flat at the address and as they went to arrest him he assaulted the officers.
The male was subsequently arrested on suspicion of a racially aggravated offence, possession of an offensive weapon, three counts of assault of an emergency services worker, possession of a Class B drug, two counts of criminal damage to a motor vehicle and criminal damage to a police vehicle and custody cell.
Assistant Chief Constable Rob Carden, said: “During these unprecedented times there is no doubt that members of the public will be feeling vulnerable and will be worrying about the health and wellbeing of their loved ones and the future weeks and months. I want to take this opportunity to reassure them that our officers and staff will be here 24 hours a day to keep them safe and arrest those intent on becoming involved in criminality.
“We’re not going anywhere and will endeavour to do everything we can to provide and effective and efficient service to our communities at a time when they need us most.”
Alongside their daily duties, officers across Sefton have been visiting local supermarkets and businesses to check that everything was okay and they also visited local licensed premises to ensure that they were adhering to the government’s directive to close their premises to prevent further spread of coronavirus.