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Edition No. 143

Date:- 13 March 2004

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120 Merseyside Police officers have be promoted on the 12 March, the largest number to be promoted at one time on Merseyside.

The officers will be promoted to either Sergeant or Inspector level and will based in all areas and in a number of different departments.

During their lunch break at a conference at Aintree Racecourse discussed working practices within Merseyside Police the promoted officers were all photographed , standing spelling out the number 120 on the racecourse.

It is the first time that this new technique of promotion has been used on Merseyside in an attempt to speed up the promotion process. It is hoped that this will encourage people to join the force by showing improve opportunities for advancement through the ranks and higher standards. 

Instead of attending a half hour, panel led interview, officers take part in workplace based assessment. They are assessed over the next 3 to 12 months, eventually being made substantive, if successfully completing their trial period.

The number of police officers taking up positions across Merseyside are:-

18 in Liverpool North, 8 in Liverpool South, 12 in Knowsley, 16 with in Sefton, 5 in the Wirral and a further 5 in St. Helens. The remainder of the officers will be spilt between different departments.

The new Inspector Officers are as follows:- Inspector Timothy Keelan, Inspector Pauline Trubshaw, Inspector Nigel Oade, Inspector John Turton, Inspector Robert Teesdale, Sgt. Gary Cash-Harvey, Sgt. Paul Holden, Sgt. Paul Donaghy, Sgt. Andrew Iles, Sgt. John Wood, Sgt. Michael Barrett, Sgt. Neil Turner and Sgt. Judith Bailey. 

All of us at Mersey Reporter and Southport Reporter would like to say "Congratulations to you all."

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SOME of the fish stocks from Newsham Park Boating Lake are to be removed after a survey found it was overstocked. 

The survey, carried out by the Environment Agency in the winter of 2002/3 also discovered that cat fish -which is not an indigenous species - had been introduced into the lake illegally. 

The council has reported, as it is legally obliged to, the presence of the cat fish to the Department of Environment, Fisheries and Regional Affairs, who have ordered that they be removed from the lake.

Councillor Richard Oglethorpe, Executive Member for the Environment, said:- "The overstocking contributes towards persistent spring algae bloom and occasional fish mortality. We are committed toward the proper management of our park lakes and we have a programme with our partners in the Environment Agency to improve and maintain the quality of the lakes."

Over fifty percent of the fish removed from the boating lake will be used to stock Stanley Park Lake.

Taxi driver crashes with Pedestrian

MERSEYSIDE Police are appealing for witnesses to a road traffic collision that took place at about 11:10pm on March 11 in St Johns Lane Liverpool after a pedestrian was hit by a Hackney taxi and taken to hospital.

The incident occurred when a male pedestrian aged 27, was hit by a hackney carriage. The injured party was taken to hospital where his condition is described as critical.

Anyone who witnessed the incident or who has any information is urged to contact the traffic department on 0151 777 5730.

Liverpool Empire Theatre raises £2,500 for NSPCC

THE Liverpool Empire raised an outstanding £2,500 for the NSPCC over the Christmas period, through bucket collections before and after the phenomenally successful musical Scrooge, starring legendary entertainer Tommy Steele.

Theatre Manager, Stuart Dornford-May, commented:- "Scrooge was hugely successful, bringing thousands of people through our doors, and as a result we were able to collect an impressive sum for the NSPCC. We thank our patrons for showing such generosity, and we are delighted to be able to contribute in this way to such a worthwhile charity."

The fundraising was part of a larger scale Christmas fundraising campaign involving all 22 Clear Channel owned and/or managed theatres throughout the UK during which £45,000 was raised. This total brings the grand total to well over £200,000 since the partnership between the charity and Clear Channel Entertainments began in October 2002.