Balaclava-clad youths armed with golf clubs are stopped and searched by police

Balaclava-clad youths armed with golf clubs are stopped and searched by police

by Tom Martin (August 2022)

A GANG of youths armed with golf clubs, baseball bats and metal bars sparked concern among residents when they were seen roaming the streets of Freshfield and Birkdale.

Merseyside Police say they were told about a “large number of youths”  in the Freshfield area on Thursday, August 4 carrying weapons and wearing balaclavas.

Police arrived in the area but the youths had boarded a train to Birkdale railway station.

When officers were sent to Birkdale, the gang had fled, but a number of them were stopped and searched.

A police spokesperson said: “On arrival at Freshfield, the youths had boarded a train and got off at Birkdale Railway Station, which generated more reports from members of the public of a large group of youths armed with golf clubs and with their faces covered.

“On the arrival of patrols the group splintered off into smaller groups and made off from officers. A number of these youths were located and stopped and searched.

“Weapons in the form of golf clubs and metal bars were recovered, stashed in bushes and over garden walls in Birkdale village. A car believed to be involved was stopped and searched and balaclavas were seized.

“British Transport Police have since recovered more weapons that had been discarded close to Formby railway Station.

“Local CCTV enquiries are ongoing to confirm the involvement of any individuals and an investigation has been launched.”



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