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Date:-  15 May 2006

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Man arrested on suspicion of FA Cup ticket theft

IN the afternoon of 11 May 2006 a 36 year old man from Anfield was arrested on suspicion of theft. The arrest follows the theft of FA Cup final tickets last Friday (5 May 2006). He is being was held at a police station on Merseyside and questioned.  Officers also executed two search warrants at two other addresses in the Anfield area of Liverpool, where a postal uniform, CS gas canister and a machete were recovered.

Trust Midwives support National Breastfeeding Awareness Week

AS PART of National Breastfeeding Awareness Week, midwives from Southport & Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust will be giving advice to new mothers at Mothercare at Aintree Retail Park. They will be at the store on the afternoons of Monday 15 May and Friday 19 May.   National Breastfeeding Awareness Week will run from Sunday 14 May to Saturday 20 May.

Carole Brazier, Maternity Co-ordinator at the Trust said:- "National Breastfeeding Awareness Week, which has been running since 1993, aims to help raise awareness with potential mums and dads on the benefits to both mum and baby of breastfeeding. It also hopes to raise public awareness and make breastfeeding more acceptable and for public places such as shops and public buildings to be more accommodating to mums who breastfeed. The public toilet is not an acceptable place to have to feed a baby, more changing facilities are now provided for dads as it is accepted that they take a part in bringing up baby, but the same level of facilities aren't always provided for mums to feed. Breastfeeding can reduce the risk of breast and ovarian cancer in women and help prevent infections, obesity, diabetes and dental cavities in babies and children."

There are currently breastfeeding support groups in West Lancashire in Burscough, run by the health visitors and Midwives, and in Skelmersdale facilitated by Sure Start*. The one in Burscough opened last week and new members, both postnatal and antenatal mums, are very welcome. It is held on a Tuesday at 11 am, at Burscough Health Centre, Stanley Court, Burscough. Mums, health visitors and midwives offer support to each other in an informal setting. Our midwives are also involved with teaching the junior doctors through the West Lancashire Breastfeeding strategy group.

* Sure Start is the government programme to deliver the best start in life for every child. We bring together, early education, childcare, health and family support.

Moores Statue on the Move

THE statue honouring the founders of the Littlewoods empire has been move to its new home.  The bronze memorial to Sir John and Cecil Moores is to be moved from Church Street to Old Hall Street.

Its move is in advance of the major work starting to improve Church Street and Lord Street as part of the £73m City Centre Movement Strategy which is improving the roads and public areas of the city centre. The strategy is being implemented by partners Liverpool City Council, Liverpool Vision, and Merseytravel.

The Moores statue, designed by Tom Murphy, was unveiled in 1996 outside the Littlewoods shop. It was commissioned by Littlewoods to mark the centenary of Sir John Moores' birth.

On Friday 12 May a large crane hoisted it to its new location outside the Littlewoods head office at 100 Old Hall Street.

"There is an enormous amount of work which is taking place and due to take place in Church street.  It will make the main retail area a far more welcoming and attractive place to visit.  However, clearly this statue cannot stay in place while the work is taking place. It has to be moved to avoid any damage and to allow the work to go unimpeded.  We thought about putting it in storage and then putting it back in Church Street but the reason why it is in its current location has disappeared with the closure of the Littlewoods shop. It is far more appropriate that it moves to somewhere with a link to Littlewoods and the Moores family and Old Hall Street is the ideal place." said Councillor Mike Storey, Executive Member for Special Initiatives.

Work on Church Street and Lord Street will cost £5.5 million and has been funded by Liverpool City Council, the NorthWest Development Agency, the European Regional Development Fund, and Cityfocus.

It will provide new high quality granite paving, new street lighting, new benches and litter bins and tree planting.

It is based on a theme - 'The Ribbons of Life' - representing the social, cultural and economic aspects of Liverpool and its people. The ribbon theme will be visible in the paving and the street furniture. Sculptural elements will also reflect this theme.

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