WIRRAL Chamber of Commerce has appointed a former Merseyside Police detective to help the borough's businesses cut crime.

Arfon Williams says the job can only be done with help from the public.

Mr Williams is designing schemes to tackle criminal and anti-social behaviour, working closely with businesses to define crime and safety issues.

A former Welsh Guardsman who went on to a 27-year career with Merseyside Police, Mr Williams spent most of his service in CID in Liverpool and Wirral.

Since taking up his new role, he has visited dozens of local businesses.

He told the Globe: "The chamber is concentrating very much on addressing crime-related issues, but we can't do that without help from the public.

"I'm currently conducting a perception of crime survey. Once that is completed, we will tackle issues arising from it.

"I want to know what people think. I'd encourage traders across the borough to let us know their concerns.

"There are no quick and easy solutions to the issues which face us all each and every day, but believe that one of the most effective ways to reduce crime and ultimately the financial impacts of crime, is for businesses to work together if finding and initiating solutions."

If you would like to discuss any issues regarding crime reduction or prevention call 0151 650 6940 or email aw@wirralchamber.co.uk