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Edition No. 171

Date:- 16 October 2004

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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Hunting with dogs is a cruel and outdated sport that should have been outlawed a long time ago alongside bear-baiting and dog fighting.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

Merseyside 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

The 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.

Personal Safety Week follows the launch of the Be Streetsafe StudentSafe campaign which was launched during Freshers Week in September.

Thousands 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.

Through partnership working thousands of Real Life Guides offering personal safety advice are also available to accompany compulsory student safety talks

As well as Personal Safety Week, high visibility policing around the student campus and key crime prevention messages will continue throughout the academic year.

Chief 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 up.

It 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."

Log On Today!  Hear the local bands, pop, rock, classical, jazz and more... also going out soon will be phone ins and other talk events that will keep you entertained.

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