Liverpool launches first ever Pedal it Pink
Police are asking the public for help in tracing a man, who we
urgently need to speak to in relation to a murder.
Merseyside Police would like to speak to Gary Finlay in connection
with the investigation into the death of Graham McKenna.
Gary Finlay, pictured here, is considered dangerous and should not
be approached by the public. We would urge anyone with
information about his whereabouts to contact Merseyside Police or
Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
On Saturday, 10 January, Merseyside Police have told the media that
they received a report of a fight at around 12.45pm in Speedwell
Road, Claughton, Wirral.
Merseyside Police have said that:- "At this stage of the
investigation it is believed that Mr McKenna, 45 years, and his son
were walking towards a bus stop on Upton Road. Mr McKenna was
attacked in Upton Road and was found collapsed in Speedwell Road.
He was taken to hospital where he later died.
Mr McKenna's 14 year old son was also attacked in Upton Road and was
found collapsed in Speedwell Road. He was taken to hospital,
where his condition is described as serious but stable. Both
males were attacked with a knife and received stab wounds to the
It is thought that the offender then got into a Honda car and drove
towards Bidston Hill. The car has since been recovered.
Enquiries have led us to believe that this was a domestic and
Forensic examinations were carried out at the scene and
house-to-house inquiries were conducted in the area.
Detectives investigating the murder are keen to trace the
whereabouts of 46 year old Gary Finlay, who has links to the Prenton
area but also to the South West of England."
Gary Finlay is described as a white, 5ft 8in tall, stocky build,
with blue eyes.
He is balding and was
last seen wearing a black and dark grey padded jacket.
Merseyside Police stress that members of the public are advised not
to approach Mr Finlay, as he is considered to be dangerous, but if
anyone does see him they should report the sighting to their nearest
They can also contact
officers at the dedicated incident room on:- 0151 777 2263 -
immediately or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on:- 0800 555 111.
McDonald’s wrappers worst brand for shaming Liverpool’s streets
Tidy on Tuesday 13 January 2009 has names McDonald’s as the number
one source of branded fast food litter strewn across the streets of
Liverpool. Its customers were found to be responsible for more
than a quarter of the wrappers, cartons and uneaten food dropped in
the city following a survey by the environmental charity.
While 58% of the fast food litter was classed as unbranded local
chippies/ kebab shops, McDonald’s (28%) was well ahead of the next
brand, Greggs (4%), in the investigation which looked at both
Liverpool city centre and a suburban location in Woolton.
Across England, Keep Britain Tidy again found McDonald’s litter most
prevalent with a 29% share while unbranded local chippies/ kebab
shops (21%) and Greggs (18%) were second and third respectively.
The findings come as university research reveals the damaging impact
litter can have on a brand. Academics said that fast food businesses
could be suffering financially due to their association with litter.
Keep Britain Tidy has delivered the results of its survey to the
chief executives of all the outlets named and demanded that they
accept more responsibility for what happens to food and packaging
taken away from their premises. Phil Barton, Keep
Britain Tidy chief executive, said:- “This is the first time
we have looked at which brands are littering Liverpool and the
results are very revealing. The branded litter causing problems in
the city is also a significant eyesore across the country. We
condemn customers for dropping fast food litter in the first place
but also believe the findings have pertinent messages for the
industry itself. Fast food companies have to play a more
active role in delivering an anti-litter message at the point of
sale and also reduce unnecessary packaging to make it easier for
customers to do the right thing.”
Keep Britain Tidy surveyors spent two days in ten city centres and
surrounding areas investigating which brands were most commonly
appearing as litter. It is the first time that litter has been
looked at in terms of brands, an area the environmental charity
intends to put more focus on in future. Academic research
carried out by Dr Stuart Roper of Manchester Business School,
University of Manchester and Professor Cathy Parker at Manchester
Metropolitan University reveals the damaging impact fast food litter
can have on brands. Professor Parker said:- “There
is clear evidence that seeing litter with a company’s brand on can
negatively affect the public’s perception of that brand.
There is, therefore, a good commercial reason why fast food
operators should take more of an interest in what happens to their
packaging once it leaves their premises.”
Keep Britain Tidy is launching a Dirty Pig campaign to target fast
food customers and urge chains to take more responsibility.
As part of its
challenge to fast food businesses to improve both the environment
and their own image, the charity is calling on the companies to:-
► reduce unnecessary packaging
► tell “eating-out” customers to use a bin once
they’ve finished their meal
► increase anti-litter signage in restaurants and drive-thru’s
► offer money-off vouchers or incentives to customers who return
► put more bins at strategic points - not just directly outside
► work with Keep Britain Tidy
We will try and get a responce from McDonald’s about this study.
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