Teenager stabbed, reports of ‘knife fight’ force police crackdown
Police have warned the troublemakers will be forced to leave Liverpool seafront in action triggered by reports of anti-social behavior.
A brawl near M&S Bank Arena, a gang attack at Kings Dock and anti-social behavior have prompted reports to police in recent days.
A knife was also recovered by members of the public, Merseyside police said.
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The most serious incident took place around 9 p.m. on Monday, when the force received reports of a stabbing at Kings Dock.
The victim, only 15 years old, was taken to hospital with reportedly minor injuries.
Five people were involved in the attack, with the injured teenager believing that one of them had a blade.
Four hours earlier, there had been reports that fighting had broken out between a group of teenagers – some believed to be armed with knives – near the M&S Bank Arena.
A 16-year-old boy from Walton was arrested on suspicion of possession of a knife as a blade was handed over to police by witnesses who saw him thrown as some members of the group fled from police .
As of Sunday afternoon, there were reports of kids jumping on inflatables at the Wild Shore Waterpark attraction, then aggressive towards security personnel when challenged, amid concerns of antisocial behavior near Mann Island were also raised over the weekend.
In an effort to avoid further problems, Merseyside Police have introduced a dispersal area covering the waterfront.
The move means officers have the power to order a suspected troublemaker to leave a specified area and not return for 48 hours. Non-compliance is a criminal offense.
The order will run until 1 a.m. Thursday and include the River Mersey, St Nicholas Place, Georges Dock Gates, The Strand, James Street, Lord Street, Paradise Street, Wapping, Queens Wharf, Keel Wharf, Monarchs Quay and Halftide Wharf.
It follows a similar order applied on Monday.
Liverpool Community Police Inspector Charlotte Irlam said: ‘Our beautiful waterfront should be a space for everyone across Merseyside to enjoy the great weather we have, not a place for behavior reckless antisocial that we have unfortunately seen recently.
“This is why we introduced an additional dispersal zone today to prevent similar incidents from happening again and for families and residents to enjoy our waterfront without their day being ruined by antisocial behavior. .
“We understand the impact of anti-social behavior on the community and the vast majority of law-abiding visitors to the area, so I would like to warn anyone who plans to gather in large numbers or cause trouble that we will refer to you.
“The Dispersal Zone gives us the powers we need to deal effectively with people and I urge anyone in the area with information about anti-social behavior or other concerns on the waterfront or downtown to contact us.
“Also, if you are the parents or guardians of young people, make sure you know where they are and discourage them from getting involved in such behavior.”
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