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Edition No. 144

Date:- 20 March 2004

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TENS of thousands of people are expected to converge on Liverpool City centre on Grand National Day, April 3, as the people of Liverpool will once again be able to enjoy the biggest day on the racing calendar FREE on a giant screen at Chavasse Park.

Following last year's inaugural Grand National Festival Party In The Park event, which attracted a bumper crowd to Chavasse Park to watch the Grand National races, the event has been given the green light for 2004.

Held throughout the day on Saturday April 3rd, The GNF Party in the Park will generate a carnival atmosphere surrounding the Grand National Meeting.

It includes a day of entertainment and festivities, featuring a live broadcast of BBC Television programmes on the giant screen, the centre-piece of which is full coverage of the Grand National. There will also be music, street entertainment, food and family attractions.

The fun starts at 10.00am and runs throughout the day until the end of the Grand National Meeting.

The Grand National Festival is organised jointly by Liverpool City Council and Summer Pops promoter Chas Cole, and is a week-long celebration of everything that makes Liverpool a world-class destination.

Mike Storey, leader of Liverpool City Council, said:- "Liverpool has a great reputation as a party city, and the Grand National Festival is a way to showcase it at its very best.

The Party in the Park means that even those who can't be at Aintree are guaranteed a view of the race along with a great atmosphere and top quality entertainment." 

Chas Cole said:- "The National and international spotlight is on the City of Liverpool during Grand National Week and this is our chance to show just what an amazing place Liverpool is. Last year's Party in the Park was absolutely brilliant as the people of Liverpool came out and enjoyed a fabulous free day out. We're looking forward to another great day and another great week."

Knowsley Residents Urged to `Rat on a Rat´

POLICE in Knowsley have re-launched their successful "Rat on a Rat" campaign, which encourages the community to come forward with information about drug dealing.

The campaign was first adopted in Knowsley at the end of 2002 after great success in London, and the week-long campaign saw an influx of calls about drug crime from local residents.

The new campaign will be launched by Merseyside Police outside Kirkby Police Station. This is thought to be the first time that a police station in the region has been used in this way to advertise an anti-drugs campaign.

The campaign has been backed by Home Office Minister Hazel Blears who has urged the people of Knowsley and Merseyside to work with their neighbourhood police officers and use Crimestoppers to drive dealers out of local communities.

In 2003, officers in Knowsley arrested over 20 people a month on average for suspected drug offences, with the majority of these arrests made possible as a direct result of information from the community. 

Knowsley Area Commander, Chief Superintendent Simon Byrne, added, "We’ve had tremendous success with the campaign in 2002. We want to encourage local people to come forward and help us again. Information from the community is vital to the success of police efforts to remove drug dealing from our communities."

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