BOLD STREET 'RESPECT WEEK'
Merseyside Police worked with Liverpool City Council, the Liverpool
City Centre Business Improvement District (BID), Trading Standards,
the UK Border Agency and the Department for Work and Pensions to
tackle anti-social and drunken behaviour in Liverpool city centre's
The week-long operation was carried out after businesses in Bold
Street voiced concerns about begging, drinking and alcohol-related
crime in the area.
High visibility and plain clothes officers patrolled the streets to
provide reassurance. They issued five people with directions to
leave the area - a relatively new power which can lead to the arrest
of anyone who returned within 24 hours.
The results of the operation are:-
► 14 arrests in total - four arrests for public order offences, four
arrests for begging in a public place, one arrest for being drunk
and disorderly, two arrests for possession of controlled drugs and
three arrest warrants were executed
► 25 stop checks were carried out which resulted in five alcohol
► 25 fixed penalty notices were issued for traffic offences
► Five notices to leave were issued
► Two penalty notices were issued for selling alcohol to a person
aged under 18 years in a test purchase operation with Trading
The off-licences that sold alcohol to people under 18 were spoken to
and Trading Standards will follow-up the breaches by looking at
their licensing conditions.
Leaflets were issued to encourage homeless people to seek help from
a variety of agencies working in the city centre.
People busking outside designated zones were told they could legally
busk in the city centre without causing obstruction to businesses.
Acting Sergeant Stacey Ellison said:- "The success of this
operation is due to the cooperation and support of all the partners
involved. We have collectively combined our resources to create an
effective approach to tackle many concerns of the community in this
area. This is a neighbourhood priority and we will continue to work
together to maintain the standards achieved this week. We will keep
addressing the needs of the community to improve public confidence
and satisfaction and make the area a safer and more pleasant place
to work and visit."
Ged Gibbons, acting chief executive of Liverpool City Central BID
said:- “We have listened to the issues raised by our Bold
Street businesses within the BID and welcomed the opportunity to
work with in partnership with Merseyside Police, Liverpool City
Council and other city centre agencies to tackle many of these
problems. Respect week has been a great success, strongly supported
by the businesses on Bold Street and this positive work will
continue in the future.”
Councillor Marilyn Fielding, the city council's executive member for
community safety said:- "Crime in the city centre has dropped
by 40 percent in the last three years thanks to our strong
partnership work with Merseyside Police, the BID, the Chamber of
Commerce and local businesses. This Respect week of action has not
only tackled the issues that matter to business and shoppers, but
also provided reassurance that the city centre is a safe place to
live, work and visit."
Bold Street was also cleaned and many of the businesses and shoppers
commented on the tidiness and cleanliness of the area.
Allan Whiteside, owner of Minskys Hair, said:- "A police
presence is always welcomed. It is nice to see the improvements it
brings and it gave confidence for all concerned."
Ben Prescott, manager of SIZE?, said:- "It's good to feel that
staff are safe in the store. The street is more pleasant as a
Dalip Matta, manager of Matta's, said:- "I have noticed the
presence of the police and there was support if needed. It is safe
for the customers as well."
Come Join the Croaking Chorus on a Night Time Natterjack Walk
Dunes National Nature Reserve is hosting a series of Natterjack
Night Walks throughout April 2009 and is inviting local people to
come along and experience the most wonderful cries of nature and
learn more about these rare and impressive amphibians.
Not only are the natterjack toads the loudest amphibians in the
Sefton coast area at this time of year, they are also a very rare
species found only in a few places around the country. As an
amphibian, the natterjack toad needs a habitat of open sand and
short vegetation on which to hunt, and in which to burrow, and
shallow pools in which to breed. These favourable natterjack
habitats have become increasingly uncommon throughout the UK and the
Ainsdale Reserve is proud to host this rare and interesting species
In April, adult natterjacks emerge from
the burrows in which they will have spent the winter hibernating.
Males head for spawning grounds where they advertise their presence
to females by emitting a loud, rasping, after-dusk call. It is this
spectacular chorus that has earned the natterjacks at Ainsdale the
local name of ‘Birkdale Nightingale’.
Alice Kimpton, Senior Reserve Manager at Ainsdale Sand Dunes
National Nature Reserve says:- “Hearing the chorus of the
natterjacks during the breeding season is a fantastic and unique
experience. These guided walks through the sand dunes offer a great
opportunity to find out more about the rare natterjack toads and at
the same time witness why the Reserve is such a special place. Come
along and join us for an experience that you will never forget, but
don’t forget your torch!”
The events are being held on Friday, 24 April 2009 and Saturday, 25
April 2009 starting at 9pm and are free of charge, but booking in
advance is essential to secure a place as numbers are limited. So
don’t delay and call today to find out more information about this
special event and many others throughout the year.
All visitors to Ainsdale are kindly requested to follow the Country
Code, ensuring that they take all litter home with them and follow
safety instructions throughout the site. The Reserve has no public
car park and visitors are encouraged to arrive by public transport,
on foot or bike where possible. For more details and to book a
place on one of the walks please contact the National Nature Reserve
Office on 01704 578774.
NOISE – THE HIDDEN
International Noise Awareness Day just around the corner on 29 April
2009, the British Tinnitus Association (BTA) is reminding people to
be aware of the impact noise can have on their hearing.
Exposure to high, persistent noise levels at either work or home can
have an irreparable effect on hearing. Indeed, according to a recent
study for the European Union, listening to an MP3 player at its
highest volume for five hours a week is enough to cause serious
damage. The report claims the high-volume settings expose listeners
to more noise than permitted in the noisiest factory or work place.
Tinnitus is typically characterised by a persistent ‘ringing in the
ears’, and can be a debilitating condition that causes great
distress to sufferers and their families – and there is currently no
cure. Roy Bratby, Chairman of the BTA said:- “Being
exposed to loud music can lead to people getting tinnitus, one of
the most common health problems facing the UK today. Almost five
million people in the country, a staggering 10% of the adult
population ( ), suffer with the condition. Tinnitus can have a
detrimental effect on people’s lives – however it manifests itself.
There is advice and information available to help reduce the level
of noise. We have a trained team of advisors to help anyone
suffering.” For advice, support and information about
tinnitus call the BTA freephone helpline on 0800 018 0527 or visit
the BTA online at:-