Knife wands rolled out in town’s bars and clubs in new weapons crackdown
THE government’s police minister has praised Southport MP Damien Moore for successfully lobbying for knife wands to be introduced in the town’s bars and clubs.
Venues across Sefton will now be equipped with the metal-detecting wands in a bid to help prevent people entering the premises with dangerous weapons.
Funding has been made available to the Sefton Safer Communities Partnership, after a similar scheme was launched in December in Liverpool city centre.
The issue of weapons being carried by individuals on nights out was brought into sharp focus after the killing of Sam Cook in Liverpool last year.
Sam was stabbed to death in the city centre when celebrating his 21st birthday in the Empire Bar in October.
After learning that venues in Liverpool were to receive special metal detecting knife wands, MP Moore contacted the Sefton police team to see if they could be introduced across Southport as well.
Sefton Policing Area Commander, Superintendent Matt Boyle, wrote back to ensure the MP that funding would be made available for the wands for local police teams as well as licensed premises across the borough.
Nick Hurd, Policing and Fire Service Minister said: “Knife crime can have devastating consequences on the lives of victims as well as their families. I am pleased that Damien Moore has taken a stand and contacted the police team in Sefton to help introduce increase security measures. The government is doing all it can to crack down on knife crime, to protect everyone in our communities.
“We must send out a clear message that it is not acceptable to possess a dangerous weapon and across the country, we have encouraged more police forces to take part in targeted action.” Mr Moore said: “Whilst crime in Southport is down and Merseyside has the highest numbers of police per capita of any area outside London, we need to ensure confidence in public safety remains high, during both the day and evening.
“This is why I contacted the Superintendent to request that knife wands, as requested by club and bar owners, become a priority here.”