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Edition No. 168

Date:- 18 September 2004

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MARKS & SPENCER'S new 9,500 sq ft Simply Food store was this week by local Olympic hero Bronze Medallist Steven Parry.

Returning home from his success in the 200-metre butterfly race in Athens, Steven joined Store Manager Richard Williams to open the store with a traditional ribbon cutting ceremony. Customers were invited to enjoy food and wine tasting in-store.

Located at New Mersey Retail Park in Speke, close to Marks & Spencer's recently opened fashion store, the Simply Food store has created 70 new jobs for the area. 

The store features over 2,600 of the finest quality food products and select grocery items, including ready meals and fresh produce. 

For those customers who enjoy the sweeter things in life, the store has an in-store bakery. Neat and compact, the bakery will offer a mouth-watering range of freshly made pastries, cakes and bread baked in-store each day.

Richard Williams said:- "We have had a fantastic opening day today and it has been great to see so many customers enjoying our fabulous store environment. 

I look forward to welcoming many more customers to the store over the coming weeks." 


GUN crime is one of the major issues facing Britain today and Crimestoppers will therefore be unveiling its Anti-Gun Crime campaign to launch this year's annual Crimestoppers Week - September 20 - 26 2004.

Whether you live in the city or in Britain's rural communities, Crimestoppers, the independent charity which provides the number through which people can report details of crime anonymously, can offer everyone a vital opportunity to help take guns off the street without fear of reprisals - Crimestoppers never asks for callers' names and never records or traces calls.

Crimestoppers will be launching a UK-wide series of posters, direct mail postcard leaflets and educational resources for schools highlighting the widespread impact of gun crime and how Crimestoppers provides a safe, secure means for everyone to help create a safer community. 

The campaign will be launched on Friday 17 September at Capital FM who regularly supports Crimestoppers, with short presentations from Michael Laurie CBE, CEO of Crimestoppers and Maureen Lynch and Lucy Cope of Mothers against Guns.

Crimestoppers Director of Communications Jane Reay comments:- "Gun crime in Britain has increased dramatically over the last five years and many of those closest to danger are often afraid to go to the police for fear of violent repercussions. Crimestoppers offers people a safe and unique outlet in which they can help save lives and make their communities safer without endangering themselves."

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