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Date:- 03 March 2007

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Irresponsible dog owners brought to heel

LIVERPOOL city council patrol and response officers and Merseyside Police are patrolling parks and cemeteries in Liverpool to crackdown on anti-social behaviour.  In particular, they are targeting irresponsible dog owners who let their animals roam free, causing danger to others.  The city council and Merseyside Police are working together concentrating on people who cause fear among other park and cemetery users.

Councillor Dave Antrobus, executive member for community safety, said:- “We are determined to make sure that our parks and cemeteries are safe places for everyone to use.  This initiative provides reassurance for people who use parks, and gives us the opportunity to tackle the small minority of dog owners whose thoughtless actions put individuals and families off visiting their local park.”

The joint patrols are initially taking place at parks and cemeteries across the city until the end of March.

Assistant executive director for community safety, Nick Phillips, said:- “These high visibility patrols are part of our commitment with the police to tackle anti social behaviour in parks and cemeteries.  Everyone has a right to enjoy their local area of open space. Dog owners need to understand that allowing their animals to run free can cause real problems.

It’s important to stress that any dog can cause danger or injury – it’s not just about those breeds that people popularly classify as dangerous.  Owners must understand that not everyone else is a dog lover, and they can be easily intimidated by an animal that isn’t under close control.  Most owners act responsibly, but there are a minority out there that we’ll be focusing on in terms of education and enforcement.”

The city council’s patrol and response team work closely with Merseyside Police to patrol parks around the clock.

Mersey Ferries ticket changes

TICKETS for the Mersey Ferries are now only available at the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company offices.

The desk is open Monday to Friday between 7.30am and 7.30pm and 8.30am and 7.30pm at weekends (shown on map, marked "X").

The move is intended to help passengers using the ferries, which are currently arriving and departing from the Isle of Man landing stage on the Liverpool side of the Mersey.

The changes are also intended to support the move of the Mersey Ferries ticket office from Pier Head Ferry Terminal to a temporary facility on Canada Boulevard while major regeneration works are underway at the Pier Head.


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Fitness bus scores with kids

LIVERPOOL kids are teaming up with an international goalkeeper to give unhealthy eating the boot.  7-year-old pupils from Lawrence Community Primary School, Wavertree, are being put on the spot by Everton FC and England women’s football star Rachel Brown.

The challenge is to score past her from the penalty spot, and the prize up for grabs is tickets to see Everton FC play at Goodison.  It’s all part of a special event celebrating Liverpool’s Healthy Schools bus reaching a very special landmark.  The bus, a unique partnership between Liverpool City Council, Arriva and Everton FC, has visited almost 80 schools across the city since it 1st hit the road last October to educate pupils about healthy eating and exercise.

And when it rolls into Lawrence Community Primary school tomorrow, it will officially pass the 3,000-pupil mark. Youngsters at the school will enjoy a day of fitness fun, including taking part in Rachel Brown’s penalty challenge, learning about the benefits of healthy eating and hopping on-board the bus to find out what all the fuss is about.

Liverpool City Council Leader Warren Bradley said:- “Liverpool’s healthy schools bus is bringing health education direct to our schoolchildren, and teaching them about fitness and nutrition in a fun, accessible way.  To have already helped 3,000 pupils on their journey to healthier futures is a wonderful achievement. The bus has been a real hit with all the young people it has visited, and I’m looking forward to it connecting with thousands more children over the next year.”

The healthy schools bus is an Arriva vehicle which has been transformed into a hi-tech, mobile classroom. Emblazoned with colourful images of children tucking into fruit and veg, the bus is kitted out with laptops, an electronic whiteboard and a sound system. It is also stacked to the brim with sports equipment and fresh fruit.

The lessons are led by Rachel Brown, who as well as being part of the England women’s World Cup team, is a qualified teacher. Rachel is supported by members of the city’s ‘Sportslinx’ team. The sessions at each school are divided into one hour of physical activity in the playground and a one-hour interactive healthy eating lesson on board the bus.

Pupils at each school are weighed and measured on the bus to provide anonymous information which will help the team evaluate how successful the project has been. They are also given a healthy ‘goody bag’ containing a toothbrush, a 5-day diary and a pedometer to record the number of steps they are taking each day. Following the bus’ visit, they fill in the diary every day, supported by their teachers, to record how well they are doing.

School Sport Co-ordinators visit the children the following week to look at the diaries and offer them all the help they need to continue with their healthy regime. And the bus will return one year later to see the same children and reinforce the healthy lifestyle message. The children will also be weighed and measured again to see if there has been a general improvement in overall body mass index.

The city council’s executive member for children’s services, Councillor Paul Clein, said:- “The Liverpool Healthy Schools Bus is a major part of our drive to reduce child obesity levels in the city and improve the health, fitness and well-being of all our young people.  It’s a really innovative project, led by a skilled and enthusiastic team, and it’s making a real difference to thousands of young people’s lives.”

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