Operation Vermont with Merseyside Police

Council supports major police operation

Liverpool City Council has supported Merseyside Police in a major operation which has led to the arrested of a man on suspicion of conspiracy to commit murder.

Ten other people were also arrested yesterday as part of Operation Vermont, a proactive policing operation that uses various tactics and resources to find criminals and protect those living in the Liverpool 8 area.

During a warrant an 18-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit murder and possession of an offensive weapon in relation to the shooting of a teenage girl on Upper Warwick Street, Toxteth earlier this month.

The man was taken to a police station in Merseyside for questioning and has been released under investigation.

High visibility police were placed on patrol in the community and three other warrants on premises were executed where suspected drugs were recovered.

Open land searches were also carried out at Toxteth cemetery and Crown Street Park by officers and roadside operations were carried out throughout the day on main roads into the city.

Operatives from Liverpool City Council’s Streetscene Services also assisted in fly tipping clearances, cut back overgrowth, gulley suckers, street cleansing, enforcement of waste.

Councillor Abdul Qadir, Liverpool City Council’s Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods and Community Safety, said: “It’s vital that we work in partnership with Merseyside Police on operations such as this to keep residents safe and to improve their neighbourhoods. We want to reassure our residents that crime and anti-social behaviour will not be tolerated in our communities.

“This has been an emotional time for the Toxteth community and these targeted environmental works are part of a much wider strategy to address the feelings of safety and wellbeing in the area.

“I’d like to thank residents for their support over these past few weeks. Their feedback is crucial to helping us make the improvements that when you add them all up over time will make a big difference to their quality of life.”

Community Policing inspector David Uren said: “Following yesterday morning’s warrants, searches and work with the council a large quantity of drugs and weapons have now been removed from our streets that could have been used to cause harm to families or residents in our communities.

“Since the shocking incident on Upper Warwick Street, Toxteth on Tuesday, 1 March where a 15-year-old girl, was shot and injured a number of measures have been emplaced to reassure residents which includes an increased police presence in the area.

“We know how important it is to work with Liverpool City Council in order to target such issues such as gun and knife crime and we know, from public feedback, that our communities welcome seeing officers on the street carrying out this type of activity.

“Proactive work such as this is carried out by officers every day to ensure Liverpool and the rest of Merseyside remains a safe place for our communities to live, work and visit and we will continue to listen to the public’s concerns and act on any information given to us.

“Information from the public plays a vital part in bringing offenders to justice, so if you are aware of any suspicious activity involving weapons or drugs in your area please come forward to us, or speak to Crimestoppers anonymously, so that we can take action.”

If you have information on criminality in your area, please contact @MerPolCC or Crimestoppers, anonymously on 0800 555 111. Always call 999 if a crime is in progress

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