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Issue Date:- 10 February 2009
SECONDARY SCHOOLS SIGN UP TO INITIATIVE AIMED AT REDUCING GUN CRIME
designed to show the stark reality of becoming involved with gangs
and guns, will be watched by more than 1500 secondary school
children from Liverpool and Knowsley, between Tuesday, 10 February
and Friday, 13 February 2009.
"The Terriers" is a play which shows the consequences of becoming
involved with guns and gangs and the difficult decisions that young
people can face. It has been written by Maurice Bessman, a local
writer, and been produced by Miriam Mussa. The play is part of
an initiative aimed at educating children and will be followed by a
seven-a-side football tournament in March which has been organised
by Merseyside Police.
The Matrix Challenge Shield is part of an anti-guncrime initiative
put together by the Force's specialist Matrix team.
The football tournament - supported by Liverpool City Council,
Knowsley Borough Council, Liverpool County FA, Merseyside County
Schools FA, Liverpool Schools FA, Liverpool Football Club, Everton
Football Club, Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service, Merseytravel,
Liverpool Active City and Rhys Jones Memorial Cup Trust - will kick
off on Tuesday, 3 March 2009, when 15 teams of boys will battle it out on
the pitch in a bid to become the first time winners of this
prestigious trophy. This will be followed on Wednesday, 4 March
when the girls teams will be taking part in tournament.
The contest will involve 30 teams of children, aged between 11 and
13, and the games will take place at the Soccer Centre on Walton
Hall Avenue. the 3 group winners and the best overall runner up on
each day will qualify for the semi-finals and final to be played in
May. All the children who take part in the tournament will receive
participation medals and the Challenge Shield and individual
trophies will be awarded in May 2009.
Chief Superintendent Steve Moore, who heads up the specialist Matrix
team, explained:- "This tournament has taken a number of
months to bring together with the help of our partners and I'm
delighted that these schools have chosen to take part. The
tournament is part of a wider campaign aimed at educating young
people about the consequences of becoming involved in gun and gang
crime. It's great to see these young people participating.
Nationally we have seen more and more young people becoming involved
in firearms offences and we want to work with young people to warn
them of the potential consequences. Sadly when we have dealt with
teenagers involved with gun crime they tend to have a complete
disregard not only for their local community, but also for
themselves and their families. They don't see the consequences of
getting involved in gangs and guns.
We want to work with young people so that they are well aware of the
devastation they can leave behind, not only in the local community,
but for their own families. It's not like a video game where you
fire and people get up and walk away. If you use a firearm there is
potential that someone may be seriously harmed, or killed.
It should be remembered that the majority of
teenagers are not involved in criminality, or guns and gangs. The
wider the audience we get this message across to the more likely we
are to prevent some young people from becoming involved. Young
people do talk to each other and hopefully the good sense of some
will transfer to others who may be more easily led."
Councillor Marilyn Fielding, Liverpool’s executive member for safer,
stronger communities, said:- “This fantastic football
tournament will help develop lasting friendships between pupils from
many schools across Merseyside and break down barriers between
different communities as well as police officers and young people.
Using football and drama as a hook to educate children about the
dangers of getting involved in gun and gang activities will help
prevent them being tempted into activities which could put them at
risk of harm in the future.”
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The hunt is on for 'Facebook fugitive'
Greater Manchester Police have issued a warning to women as they
hunt a murder suspect who has been dubbed the "Facebook
fugitive" by the media. The murder suspect is 40 year
old, George Appleton, who is described as a serious threat to women,
is known to prowl online dating and social networking sites
including Facebook looking for women.
Detectives spoke to
the media to issue a warning. Appleton might attempt to
communicate with women via the internet following the murder of his
ex-girlfriend, 36 year old, Clare Wood, whose badly-burnt body was
discovered at her home in Salford, Greater Manchester on Friday, 6
February 2009. His car, a red Ford Escort estate car
(registration N554 HYG), has since been recovered from Greengate,
close to Manchester City centre. It has been seized for
have told the media that Appleton is known to have links in the
Warrington area and in Leicestershire and Gloucestershire.
Anyone with any information about his whereabouts should contact
police on 0161 856 7878, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555
Greater Manchester Police have stressed that if members of public
see or hear from him, but not to approach Appleton, but to contact
Detective Superintendent Pete Jackson, who is leading the
investigation into Clare's murder, said:- "George, if you are
hearing this message, please listen to me. I want to speak to
you and I want you to get some help. Please phone your
solicitor or the police. Please tell us where you are and
whether you are ok, so we can get you some proper help."
INTERNET SAFETY DAY
Police are marking Safer Internet Day by visiting schools
throughout the area and providing pupils with practical advice and
guidance to help keep them safe whilst online.
The day, coordinated nationally by the UK’s Child Exploitation and
Online Protection (CEOP) Centre, aims to raise awareness of online
safety issues, encouraging parents everywhere to become more
involved in understanding what their children are doing online.
The internet is integral to the lives of children of all ages. It
opens up new opportunities and is now an essential part of their
every day world whether they are using it for homework, to talk and
share materials with their friends or for a multitude of other uses
that are legitimate and beneficial in so many ways.
Detective Sergeant Geoff Conway, Merseyside Police's Hi-Tech Crime
Unit said:- “The internet is becoming more and more important
in our daily life and we should encourage children to use it safely
whilst always being mindful that there are associated dangers.
That's why we all need to know how to use it safely and responsibly.
We want to raise awareness of how to use the internet safely as a
means of communication and to highlight to parents that they need to
be aware of what their children are doing on the internet. Together
with our Local Safeguarding Children partners we hope to provide
young people with a toolkit that will help them stay safe when
As part of Internet Safety Day dedicated schools officers will be
visiting schools in the area delivering Think-u-know leaflets that
contain practical and simple advice for pupils and parents. The
leaflet explains different terminology, explores some of the
specific dangers that children could face and provides practical
advice and guidance that should make the online experience safer for
Jim Gamble, Chief Executive of the CEOP Centre said:- “There
are many resources out there aimed at helping young people stay safe
online – software and other tools which can feel reassuring. But
none of these will help unless people take notice of what the threat
really is. This is where CEOP comes in, providing information
on what children are actually doing online and how offenders are
using online environments to target young victims.
That is why we are encouraging all parents, teachers and anyone
working or caring for children or young people to use the Think-u-know
resources: they’re there for you and they’re free. Critically, Think-u-know is informed by what our own work in tackling this
horrific crime is telling us. It helps break down some of the
mystique, is realistic about what children are doing and gives very
practical and often simple advice to help children stay safe
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