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17 June 2009
Ernest Jones Jewllers - CCTV Appeal
Police have release CCTV images of a man officers want to speak
to about two thefts from jewellers in Southport.
The first theft took place a H.Samuels in Lord Street on 6 May 2009.
A man walked into the jewellers and asked a member of staff to see a
diamond ring which was on display in the window.
After looking at that ring, he handed it back before asking to see a
second ring. The staff member handed him the second ring - a
'Forever Yours' diamond ring worth several thousand pounds - and the
man left the shop without paying.
He is described as white, around 5ft 7ins and of slim build with a
shaved head and slight stubble, wearing a white or grey top, blue
jeans and white trainers.
The second theft happened at Ernest Jones in Lord Street on 21 April
2009 and was carried out by a man of a similar description to the
offender in the H.Samuel theft.
A diamond ring worth several hundred pounds was stolen after a man
asked staff to remove it from a window display so he could look at
it, claiming he was looking to buy a ring for his girlfriend.
Southport police are appealing for anyone who recognises the man in
the CCTV footage, or has any other information relating to these
incidents to contact them.
Southport town centre neighbourhood
inspector, Gary Fairbrother, said:- "We are very keen to
identify the man captured on CCTV in the jewellers where the thefts
occurred and would appeal for the public's help in this. I would
like to reassure busineses that we will not tolerate thefts like
this in the town centre and we are confident that, with the public's
help, we can identify and trace the man responsible for these
thefts. If anyone recognises this man or has been offered rings
matching these descriptions in suspicious circumstances, we would
like to hear from you."
A local bus
company is appealing for children in Bootle to design an
environmentally friendly shopping bag for bus passengers.
Arriva North West, which runs a network of bus services around
Bootle, is looking for local children and schools to get creative
and design a shopping bag that will be put into production and given
away to 500 lucky shoppers at a special event to be held in Bootle
later in the year.
The bag will be made of cotton, providing people with a substantial,
reusable bag that is friendly to the environment. Arriva hopes that
by producing a ‘bag-for-life’ it will help people think about how
they can help the environment – like leaving the car at home and
making their journey by bus.
Debra Mercer, marketing and communications manager for Arriva North
West, said:- “We are looking to produce 500 new Arriva
shopping bags and as we know that children are often the most
passionate when it comes to the environment we thought it right that
they get the chance to design the bags.
We want children aged 10 and under across Bootle to take part and
create a design which illustrates environmental issues and the ways
in which people can be ‘greener’ – like catching the bus! To request
an application form all they have to do is send an email to
The designer of the best entry will see their image printed on all
the new Arriva shopping bags as well as being invited to the launch
event and receiving their own Arriva eco bag full of art and design
goodies as a thank you for their efforts.”
If you would like to take part or request further information
contact Arriva at
deadline for entries to be sent to Arriva is Friday, 17 July 2009.
RE-APPEAL - MISSING
FROM HOME - STEPHEN THOMAS HOUNSLEA
MERSEYSIDE Police is re-appealing
for Stephen Thomas Hounslea, 65, to get in contact with them.
Stephen has been missing from his Rawlins Street home in Fairfield
since last week. He was last seen at 2pm on Prescot Road on
Wednesday, 10 June. He has not gone missing before.
He is described as white, 5ft 7in tall, of thin build with receding
grey hair, a moustache and a Liverpool accent. He was last seen
wearing a black padded Nike jacket, a cream T-shirt, a cardigan and
dark trousers and shoes. He is known to frequent the Albert
DCI Tim Keelan said:- "We are becoming very concerned for
Stephen's welfare. I would ask Stephen to get in contact with us as
soon as possible so we know he is safe and well. I would also
like to appeal to anyone who recognises Stephen's photograph and who
may have seen him to get in contact."
Anyone who has seen Mr Hounslea or who knows of his whereabouts is
asked to contact police on:- 0151 777 4429 / 4564 or National
Missing Persons Helpline on:- 0500 700 700.
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