LFC Foundation & PL Kicks relaunch their partnership with Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service

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This October, The LFC Foundation have relaunched their partnership with Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service (MRFS) through our flagship Premier League football programme, PL Kicks.

The aim of the partnership is to educate young people, and to help break down the barriers that may exist between themselves and the emergency services, through the power of football. 

This is in support of a wider campaign, Operation Banger, which is a local initiative by Merseyside Police, MRFS, Liverpool City Council and local businesses, to help stop anti-social behaviour around the Halloween and Bonfire Night period. 

Merseyside’s emergency services are encouraging young people, families and businesses to play their part in keeping our communities safe over this period.

 

Last year, there was a 29% decrease in incidents of criminal damage, compared to the same period in 2019. However, incidents of anti-social behaviour increased by 17%. 

Chief Inspector Peter Clark, from Merseyside Police, said: “We will maintain a common-sense approach during the Halloween and Bonfire night period, but our message regarding anti-social behaviour remains simple – it will not be tolerated and anyone caught committing this type of offence will be dealt with firmly and robustly. 

 “We know the vast majority of young people have respect for other people and their property, but we know the behaviour of some can go beyond fun, and the impact it can have on others can be more than those involved realise.

“There could be serious or even fatal consequences for young people throwing or attempting to light fireworks in public, and throwing objects at houses, cars and shops.'

“The support of parents and guardians is also vital at this time of year. Together, we can minimise the risk - don’t let children hang around the streets with nowhere to go and understand who they are with and what they are doing.”

Several organised public firework displays have been cancelled across Merseyside, and emergency services are urging people not to attempt to hold their own public displays.

Paul Kay, Group Manager from Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service, said: “We would like to everyone to enjoy the bonfire period as safely as possible. If you do have a bonfire at home, make sure there is enough room to do so and ensure that bonfires are well clear of anything that could catch fire. Fireworks should only be used by a responsible adult and they must follow the Firework Code at all times. Only buy fireworks from reputable retailers registered with MFRS.

“Deliberately started fires on the run up to bonfire night are a huge drain on already overstretched fire service resources. What may seem like a bit of harmless fun can have life changing consequences and puts entire communities at risk. If firefighters are responding to a wheelie bin fire or illegal bonfire, it prevents them from attending another incident. Please have a conversation with your children about right and wrong.

“You can help reduce the number of incidents this bonfire period by never giving combustible materials to anyone, especially young people, and making sure your wheelie bin is out of sight – only put it out on collection day and bring it back in as soon as possible.”

Last year, MFRS staff were attacked eight times over the bonfire period.

GM Kay added: “It’s not fun to attack firefighters. An attack on fire crews is an attack on your own community. Don’t ruin your own or someone else’s future. Please think twice and remember, actions have consequences.”

To report a crime, always contact 999 in an emergency. Alternatively, you DM @MerPolCC, call 101 or @CrimestoppersUK.

Keep a lookout on our social channels in the lead up to Halloween & Bonfire night for top tips on how to stay safe!