We are welcoming the sentencing of two men to prison for affray following an incident in Southport last year.
At around 10.20pm on Wednesday 30 May 2018, a man was chased into a shop on Bispham Road by two men, one of whom was in possession of a knife. The victim was assaulted, receiving knife wounds to his shoulder and buttock. He attended hospital for treatment to non life-threatening wounds but did not assist police.
Following extensive CCTV and forensic enquiries, 24-year-old Kallum Rimmer of no fixed abode and 23-year-old Jack Wall of Bispham Road, Southport were charged and pleaded guilty at court.
At Liverpool Crown Court yesterday (Wednesday 17 April), Wall was sentenced to two years and four months in prison for affray and possession of an offensive weapon. Rimmer was sentenced to two years in prison for affray.
Speaking after their sentencing, Detective Inspector Tony O’Brien: “This was a shocking, targeted attack, which will see two dangerous people removed from the streets of Southport. To witness this incident would have been upsetting, and my reassurance to the residents of Southport is that we will continue to do all we can to find those responsible for any threats and violence and put them before the courts.
“If you provide information on where weapons are being used or stored, we will keep taking positive action. The use of knives has no place in our communities, and we work hard alongside our partners to target those who recklessly endanger others.”
Anyone with information on knife crime is asked to contact @MerPolCC, call 101 or the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously, on 0800 555 111. You can also use their online form at: https://crimestoppers-uk.org/give-information/give-information.