Mersey Drugs Tsar launches Helpline
A government drugs tsar is to officially launch a ground breaking helpline on Merseyside - and meet former addicts who've got their lives back on track.
ACT is a unique 24-hour drug advice line has been developed by Merseyside's Drug and Alcohol Action Teams.
Peter Wheelhouse, Head of the Drug Interventions Programme at the Home Office, will launch the new helpline tomorrow.
He will also meet former addicts who have successfully broken the drugs and crime cycle. They are part of a training programme in which they are actually helping to cut crime by building and fitting security gates across the city.
Letters To Editor:- Hunting
"Dear Editor. The vote to ban hunting with dogs by MPs last month was a landmark decision for animal welfare. This week the House of Lords will have their chance to debate the Hunting Bill and they have threatened to amend it to a compromise.
But there can be no compromise on cruelty. The Hunting Bill is already in a form that is entirely acceptable to the House of Commons and to the majority of the British public - an outright ban.
Hunting with dogs is a cruel and outdated sport that should have been outlawed a long time ago alongside bear-baiting and dog fighting. MPs have voted time and time again for a ban. Only a vote in favour of the Hunting Bill as it stands will keep the Lords in step with public
opinion in modern Britain. It is time for the ban."
Josey Sharrad, International Fund for Animal Welfare
Freshers Forewarned on Crime
Police has joined forces with
Liverpool's Universities, colleges and student unions to introduce
personal safety week and hand out 10,000 free personal attack alarms
events are aimed at the City's freshers and college students will be
given a leaflet to raise personal safety awareness and prevent them
from becoming a victim of crime.
Safety Week follows the launch of the Be Streetsafe StudentSafe
campaign which was launched during Freshers Week in September.
of mobile phones have been security marked and will continue to be
so. Students have also had the chance to sign up to the new MEND
database, a system designed to allow any member of the public to
register their mobile equipment serial numbers so that if these
possessions are lost or stolen the database will help Merseyside
Police return the items when they are recovered.
partnership working thousands of Real Life Guides offering personal
safety advice are also available to accompany compulsory student
well as Personal Safety Week, high visibility policing around the
student campus and key crime prevention messages will continue
throughout the academic year.
Superintendent Paul Forrester said:- "This is a great
opportunity to re-iterate the information we have given to the
students during Freshers week and to remind them about the things
they can do to prevent them from becoming a victim of crime. As part
of the Be Streetsafe initiative, we are handing out 10,000 personal
attack alarms to any student who wants to come along and pick one
has been proven over recent weeks that such alarms do work as a
deterrent as well as reassuring those carrying them. I'd encourage
anyone who is interested to come along and pick up an alarm. It
could give you piece of mind."