A Section 60 stop and search order has been authorised for the Kirkby area following recent incidents.
The order began running at 2pm today (Tuesday, 24 September) and will conclude at 3am tomorrow. It gives officers powers to stop and search people in the area shown on the attached map.
Section 60 is a power under the Criminal Justice and Public Order 1994 that allows police officers to stop and search. Where a Section 60 is in place, it means we can search anyone in a certain area, for example, when there is evidence that serious violence has taken place or may take place.
Community Policing Chief Inspector Phil Mullally said: "Following recent incidents in the Kirkby area, including a firearms discharge on Saturday evening, this Section 60 order has been put in place to target those involved in serious and organised crime.
“The aim of the order is not to disturb the local community but to reassure them that we are dedicated to eradicating criminal behaviour in the area and pursuing those involved.
"Anyone with information on criminal activity in the area is asked to contact @MerPolCC, call 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111."