Stop and search – the top ten lo­ca­tions across Sefton

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YOU are more likely to be stopped and searched by po­lice in Lither­land than any other part of Sefton, ac­cord­ing to re­cent fig­ures.

Be­tween May 1-July 31 this year, of­fi­cers con­ducted 767 stop and searches in the bor­ough.

A po­lice of­fi­cer has the power to stop and search you if they have rea­son­able grounds to sus­pect that you are car­ry­ing: il­le­gal drugs a weapon stolen prop­erty some­thing that could be used to com­mit a crime e.g a crow­bar.

The grounds the po­lice of­fi­cer must have should be based on facts, in­for­ma­tion or in­tel­li­gence or could be be­cause of the way you are be­hav­ing.

Most of the searches in Sefton dur­ing this three-month pe­riod were con­ducted in the south of the bor­ough.

The ar­eas with the high­est num­ber were:

Pen­dle Drive (Lither­land) - 24

Gorsey Lane (Lither­land) - 19

Howard Close (Lither­land) - 16

Daniel Close (Lither­land) - 15

Thorn­ton Road (Boo­tle) - 11

The vicin­ity of Botanic Gar­dens (Church­town) - 10

The vicin­ity of Co-op Food in Ains­dale - six

The vicin­ity of Sil­cock’s Fun­land and South­port Pier - six

Lon­don Street (South­port) - five

In­for­ma­tion on Mersey­side Po­lice’s web­site sug­gests there are 35 po­lice of­fi­cers who cover South Sefton (Boo­tle, Seaforth, Lither­land, Crosby, Blun­dell­sands, Thorn­ton, Maghull, Nether­ton and Melling) and 26 who cover North Sefton (South­port, Birk­dale, Ains­dale, Formby and Hightown).

Pen­dle Drive has had the great­est stop-and-searches of any street in Sefton

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