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Date:- 14 May 2007

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Bringing respect to Liverpool

THE initiative, which runs until Sunday 20 May 2007, will be under the ‘Respect’ banner. Liverpool is one of 40 ‘zones’ around the country given additional funds by the Home Office to tackle anti social behaviour and other challenges. Safer and Stronger communities money is also being used.

The week-long initiative has been organised by Liverpool First partners including the city council, Merseyside Police, Mersey Fire and Rescue Service and the Primary Care Trust and others. It is
designed to tackle issues of concern for the local community, including:-

• Crime and anti-social behaviour

• Children playing truant from school

• Litter and fly tipping, vandalism and graffiti

• Education, employment and training opportunities

• Derelict and vacant properties

• Substance misuse

Councillor Dave Antrobus, Liverpool city council’s executive member for community safety, said:- “This is the first of a series of major initiatives across the city to improve life for local communities.

It will help to reinforce the broader Respect campaign and show how we can work together in new and imaginative ways to further improve the quality of the environment and people’s lives.

It will add to the excellent work already being undertaken by many public, private and voluntary sector organisations in the neighbourhood.

“his will not be just a one off operation - it is part of a sustainable plan to continually tackle the issues that local people want dealt with.

This is not just about tackling the challenges in the area via targeted enforcement activity, but providing opportunities for the local community through youth projects and education and employment schemes.

The partnership working which has gone in to putting this on is unprecedented and there is a real determination from all the agencies involved to work with local people to improve their lives.”

Merseyside Police will be carrying out crime prevention and road safety initiatives, and working with the city council’s truancy watch officers to pick up children who are skipping school.

Chief Inspector Kevin Johnson said:- "Merseyside Police fully supports the Respect initiative and we are working with our partners to build on the successful work that has already been carried out in tackling anti social behaviour within the Tuebrook and Stoneycroft area.

This week of activity gives us an opportunity to build on the existing partnership working with key partners and complement the work of other agencies in our fight to reduce crime and anti social behaviour.

Whilst this is just one week of concerted action, it is part of a long-term strategy to reduce crime and anti social in our neighbourhoods."

There will also be a crackdown on fly tipping, graffiti, litter louts and dog fouling, while trading standards and licensing officials will also be in the area throughout the week.

And the city council’s youth service will be engaging and consulting with local teenagers during the evening with the aim of creating a permanent facility in the area.

Other activities taking place throughout the week included:-

• Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service issuing smoke detectors and giving fire prevention advice

• The Streets Ahead team knocking on doors offering employment and training advice to people
who are currently out of work

• A jobs café run by the JET (Job and Employment Training) team

• Adult education taster sessions at Newsham Adult Learning Centre

Every home in the area has received a leaflet giving information about the initiative and how to find out more.

Local residents can find out more about events taking place as part of the Respect initiative by calling 0151 233 3018 or email.

Jubilee Sailing Trust Announce...

TNS in full sail...

THE Jubilee Sailing Trust is delighted to be able to announce that it has secured funding to help local disabled people experience their own tall ship adventure, thanks to a kind donation of £1000 from the Liverpool Sailor's Home Trust.

The Jubilee Sailing Trust provides opportunities to thousands of people every year to experience the thrill of a lifetime, sailing one of its majestic tall ships, regardless of physical ability. Our aim is to promote the integration of people of all physical abilities.

The Jubilee Sailing Trust (JST) was established in 1978 and operates under the patronage of HRH The Duke of York. The aim of the charity is to promote integration between able bodied and physically disabled men and women through the adventure of tall ship sailing.

The JST has been in operation for nearly 30 years and in that time has taken over 28,500 people to sea including 11,000 people with physical disabilities and 4,200 wheelchair users. LORD NELSON and TENACIOUS have many special facilities that enable disabled crewmembers to take an active part in the running of the ship.

Facilities on board include wide decks for wheelchair users, a speaking compass to enable blind people to helm the ship, power assisted hydraulic steering for those with limited strength and much more.

Everyone on board the ship has a vital role to play irrespective of ability, disability, age or gender. The success of each voyage depends on teamwork and working with individuals' strengths, not weaknesses. For many people sailing with the JST has been a life changing experience, for others simply a fantastic adventure holiday.

The JST website can be found at

Keep updated with life onboard with our daily web reports, emailed everyday from LORD NELSON and TENACIOUS.

Letters To Editor:- "Lost Dog Info."

"Hi, saw you had a reader who has lost her dog. I am Angie, Angelita Northern Co-ordinator on, if you go on the site can you put her on.

Someone on Doglost suggests contacting the mobile phone company, explain what happened and see if they can forward calls to your new phone number, worth a try?

We were at Ainsdale on Monday afternoon but did not see any dogs, will search again.

Can you let me know of any sightings so I can get helpers out straight away, my numbers with the Southport Reporter.

I have helped get lots of dogs back, go on the site and look in the reunited section at BobbyD, Amadeus, George.. George was stolen from Freshfields and a poster I put in McDonalds got him back. A man had bought him, out of the area, came into Southport and saw the poster.

The posters work, need to get them up all over the town centre, bus stops, pubs, cafes, market, McDonalds, everywhere, I can help poster or search if you want."  

Letter is reply to this story 'Its like losing your daughter!' that we ran last week. The dog below is still lost.

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