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Issue:- 27 May - 26 May 2009

Missing From Home - 14 year old - ALLAN KELLY

Allan Kelly

MERSEYSIDE Police are becoming increasingly concerned for the welfare of 14 year old, Allan Kelly who has been missing from his home in Finch Lane, Knotty Ash since Monday, 18 May 2009.

Allan was last seen at his school in Woolton at around 3.30pm by friends and has not been seen since.

Allan is described as white, 5ft 2" tall, slim build with short ginger hair. He has blue eyes and freckles. He was last seen wearing his Lower Lane school uniform of black trousers, a white polo shirt, blue jumper and a red fleece, all with the school logo of trees and a yellow circle on the left hand side.

Allan is known to frequent to Walton area of Liverpool.

Merseyside Police would urge Allan, anyone who knows of his whereabouts or who may have seen him since 18 May 2009 is asked to contact police on:- 0151 777 5330 or Crimestoppers on:- 0800 555 111.

Free long-term parking at hospitals

FOLLOWING the introduction of the new car parking system at both Southport and Ormskirk hospitals a number of unforeseen issues have a risen which we have either resolved or are in the process of resolving.

However, one issue that has been raised is the cost for anyone who has to attend the hospital several times a week over a prolonged period of time. Although we offer a weekly parking permit for £10 (plus a £5 deposit) which can offer considerable savings, this can still be expensive over a long time.

In view of this we have decided that if someone has purchased a weekly permit for four consecutive weeks and still needs one, they can renew it free of charge for a further four week period, and for periods of four weeks subsequently if necessary. The passes can be renewed either at the General Offices or by phoning 01704 704831 during office hours.

Timmy’s coming to Town...

ON Sunday, 19 July 2009, at Riversdale Police Club, in Aigburth, Liverpool, Children Today is bringing you a version of that hugely popular classic television show “It’s a Knockout”, hosted by the “utterly brilliant” Timmy Mallett.

Timmy is looking for teams of volunteers to join in the fun with him. So if you are game for a laugh and don’t mind getting soaking wet and covered in foam, why not take up the challenge?

This event is for teams of up to 10 people with a minimum sponsorship of £1000 per team. The money raised will help Children Today provide specialised equipment for children and young people with disabilities in the local area.

Local fundraiser Elizabeth Oakes commented:- “We believe the provision of these pieces of equipment has a direct and immediate impact on their quality of life and independence and is vital in helping them to overcome obstacles to live a life of greater independence.”

So if you fancy joining Timmy, give Children Today a call today. Please contact Ceri on:- 01244 335622 or you can also email them for further details.


MERSEYSIDE Police's Total War on Crime has seen the force arrest 284 people and seize 30 vehicles in its latest operation.  Officers were out in force on Friday, 22 May 2009 across the region to crackdown on burglary and robbery. The forcewide operation has involved over 700 officers over the ten hours. They have targeted key nominals for acquisitive crime and named offenders. Officers also executed a number of search warrants obtained on the basis of community intelligence.

To achieve these results, the operation mobilised resources from across the Force. Officers made use of all available technology including Automatic Number Plate Recognition, safety arches and metal detecting gloves.

During the operation a 36 year old man was arrested whilst in the act of committing a burglary on Wirral. Eric Chesters, 36, of Old Chester Road, Birkenhead, was charged with three counts of burglary and remains in custody.

Assistant Chief Constable Colin Matthews:- "We are delighted with the results of this operation. The work we have carried out reinforces our commitment to our Total Policing approach. Merseyside Police has arrested more that 6,400 people sincethe start of the Total Policing Operations in July 2006. Through targeted policing raids and operations, we aim to build on these successes in the future."

Did you know?

On two out of every 28 days, the whole Merseyside Police Force focuses on a particular theme, employing tactics that work best when the force carries them out at the same time across Merseyside.  These operations began in July 2006 and have targeted:- Drug related crime; Vehicle crime; Named offenders; People wanted on warrant; Anti-social behaviour; Acquisitive crime; Breaches in licensing regulations; Crime in or against the transport network; Rogue security companies.

Romans walking with giants this weekend

TWO city icons are coming together across the centuries as part of the roman festival of Minerva. The free festival will take place on Sunday, 31 May 2009 from 11am to 5pm, with a whole day of events taking place at Minerva’s Shrine in Edgar’s Field, Handbridge just over the Old Dee Bridge. As well as a Military and Giant parade through Chester starting at the cross at noon there will be a dedication to Minerva’s Shrine, the only one in the UK, at 1pm.  Chester’s Giants are getting ready for the summer by taking part in the unique festival in celebration of the Roman Goddess Minerva. Minerva was the goddess of the River Dee. She is also said to be the goddess of arts and crafts.  The festival promises to be a fun action packed day out, with a great deal to entertain both adults and children alike with a military parade, Ya Raqs dancers, ancient crafts, and a unique chance to meet Minerva’s owl. As well as the main festival, there will be family activities taking place throughout the day at Grovesnor museum.  Kristine Szulik from ChestertheGiantCity said:- “BiG Storage and ChestertheGiantCity are working together to encourage community groups to build giants; to get involved in Chester’s heritage and culture; and to take part in our own BiG Giant Parade on 20 June & 21 June 2009.  One of the groups taking part in our parade, some young people from the Blacon Adventure Playground, decided to create a Minerva Giant so we thought it would be a good idea to bring Minerva and a few of her Giant Friends along to the dedication of the shrine. One of the great things about creating a giant is to get involved in community activities, and when the giants are not in use they are stored at BiG Storage, on Sealand Road, ready for next time. Anyone can build a giant and you can either build a traditional 14’ giant or a Giant-Littler, a smaller version.”  More information on the Minerva Festival celebrations from:- and:-

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