Guilty people spent a total of 280,750 hours doing community service work to pay back for their crimes on Merseyside, according to the latest just-published annual police report. Instead of fines or other measures, courts  sentence offenders to do community work, such as removing graffiti, picking up litter and other worthwhile neighbourhood clean-up and improvement projects.

Other statistics in the Chief Constable's 2009/10 report include:  1,808 fewer cars stolen or broken into compared to the previous year, and more than 13,000 bottles and cans of alcohol seized from underage drinkers.

To contact the Neighbourhood Policing Team about non emergency issues phone 0151 709 6010.  Or visit the website: and type in your postcode to find out up-to-date information about our local neighbourhood officers.