Police arrest 22 in anti-social behaviour blitz
TWENTY-TWO people were arrested for off-ences ranging from drug dealing to firearms and drink-driving, during a week-long anti-social behaviour crackdown.
The operation by Merseyside police targeted Wirral under the Respect agenda.
Officers raided 10 addresses and made 13 arrests for the supply and or possession of controlled drugs, as well as for firearms offences, assault, burglary, handling stolen goods, theft and drink driving.
They also seized drugs including what was believed to be heroin, crack cocaine, cannabis and nandroline.
A truancy sweep saw seven children referred to educational welfare, alcohol seizures were made from under-age drinkers, and three new acceptable behaviour contracts were issued to young people.
The work also led to 27 new members of the Vehicle Watch scheme being recruited to help reduce car crime, and a graffiti clean-up was held in Laird Street, in Birkenhead.
Caroline Laing, manager of Wirral anti-social behaviour team said: “It is fantastic that the police whole heartedly embraced ‘Respect Wirral’.
“We very much look forward to building upon that success with the police and our partners in our continuing efforts to make Wirral a safer place.”
Police from Wirral also teamed up with Port of Liverpool officers to carry out raids in Seacombe.
More than 50 officers joined forces and travelled in convoy to Demesne Street, Seacombe, where they raided three houses and the Leasowe Castle pub. Six people were arrested for the possession of controlled drugs and the pub was closed.
It is still shut and the police licensing team are in discussions about its future .