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Edition No. 228

Date:- 28 November 2005

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MUPPET the cat is latest victim of Fazakerley shootings.  A 4 year old cat is just one of the latest victims of air rifle shootings in the Fazakerley area of Liverpool.

Muppet, owned by Jan Collier from Whitewood Park, was found in her neighbour’s garden crying out in pain and suffering from the cold on Sunday afternoon. Muppet’s eye was visibly damaged and it was initially thought that she had been in a road traffic accident.

Jan called her vet and the answer phone advised her to call Vets Now, the dedicated Out Of Hours emergency care clinic in Huyton. She was advised by Vets Now to take her cat to the clinic as soon as possible and, when examined by the vet and X-rayed, they were shocked to find 7 air gun pellets – including 1 in each hind leg, 3 in the head (2 of which were embedded deep in the skull which had possibly travelled through the left eye), 1 in the tail and 1 in the jaw.

Following surgery at Vets Now on Sunday night, Muppet’s left eye and 5 of the 7 pellets were removed. 2 of the pellets, however, remain lodged in her leg and her jaw. Muppet was kept at the clinic overnight for observation before being transferred to her own vets, the Warbeck House Vet Surgery in Orrell Park, on Monday morning where they continued to monitor her.

Muppet initially had problems eating due to bruising from the lodged bullet in her jaw, but she was discharged on Tuesday night and she is gradually regaining her appetite.

Muppet’s attack is just the latest in a series of shootings in the area, which have included 3 cats, 1 of which subsequently died from its injuries. And pets are not the only victims, Jan’s son has also been targeted.

“Fortunately, Muppet is now well on the way to recovery, but we are concerned that the shootings may escalate and who or what the perpetrator may target next,” comments Jan. “We would advise everybody in the area to be vigilant.”


USDAW seeks MPs' support for campaign to stop extension of Sunday shopping hours.  MPs from across the political divide are being asked to sign an Early Day Motion supporting retail union Usdaw's national campaign to stop the extension of Sunday shopping hours.

The EDM has been put down by Tamworth MP Brian Jenkins asking MPs from all parties to consider the impact on their constituencies if the present six hour limit for large stores to open on a Sunday is extended.
MPs are being asked to consider the detrimental impact deregulation of Sunday hours will have on Britain's 2.7 million retail workers, the extra stresses that will be put on organisations like the police and health service if shops are open longer and the serious threat to the livelihoods of neighbourhood and community stores who might go out of business if large stores are open longer

"This EDM is not about opposing Sunday trading but pointing out to MPs the serious impact an extension of opening hours will have on constituencies like mine across the country," Brian Jenkins said. "Usdaw have taken a typically sensible and pragmatic approach to this issue and I am happy to support their campaign to keep Sundays as a collective day for family activities and worship.  Usdaw have conducted an independent NOP opinion poll that shows 62% of the public do not want any extension to Sunday shopping so MPs need to make sure they listen to the views of millions of shoppers. That is what this EDM is all about."

Usdaw General Secretary John Hannett welcomed the support of MPs from across the House of Commons as the Department of Trade and Industry conducts a cost-benefit analysis on deregulating Sunday trading hours.
"We're grateful for Brian's help in tabling this EDM. MPs need to appreciate that Britain's army of retail workers want one shorter working day to spend time with their families.  Our survey proves there is no appetite from shoppers for longer hours, there is certainly none from shopworkers and even the retailers themselves can't agree if they actually want longer hours.  This EDM replaces emotion with hard facts. Shoppers already have 150 hours a week to spend their money. There are on average 4,000 shopworkers in every constituency and MPs across the political spectrum will recognise the massively detrimental impact any extension of Sunday hours will have on literally thousands of their constituents.  The support of backbench MPs will send a very clear message to the DTI that millions of shoppers across the country recognise the negative impact of this proposal on retail staff and their communities."


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