Mirror, mascara, manoeuvre
ALMOST 20% of
women admit they have put on make up whilst driving, putting
themselves and other road users at risk, a new poll has revealed.
Women’s car insurance specialist, Diamond quizzed more than 4,000
women on their driving habits and discovered surprisingly high
numbers of them take unnecessary risks by applying their make up
behind the wheel. 18% of the women questioned said they had
have applied make up while driving, while more than 3% said they had
also crashed their car as a result of it.
Diamond managing director, Sian Lewis said:- “It’s worrying
that quite so many women admit to this. With more than 15 million
women drivers in the UK*, this could be as many as 2.7 million women
regularly applying their make up whilst driving on UK roads.
We all have busy lives but applying your make up when you’re driving
means your full attention is not on the road ahead. Is your mascara
more important than yours and other road users’ safety? Even if
you’re lucky enough to arrive at your destination safely, you could
be charged with careless driving if spotted by the police.”
The Diamond survey found that women aged between 17 and 21 are the
most likely to apply make up and drive and unsurprisingly, are also
the most likely to have crashed their car as a result of it.
27% of those aged 21 and younger admit to putting make up on behind
the wheel, and are three times more likely than average to have
crashed their car as a result.
The over 50s are the least likely to apply their make up on the road
and as such, are the least likely to have crashed as a result.
Sian Lewis continues:- “Women are generally great at doing
more than one thing at once but this is definitely one area where
multi-tasking should not be practiced.”
*Mintel Motor Insurance UK May 2009 report
Know your rights!
A NEW helpline
to inform workers of their rights on pay, deductions and working
hours has been welcomed by the North West TUC.
The confidential Pay and Work Rights Helpline:- 0800 917 2368 (textphone:-
0800 121 4042) enables workers and employers to call for information
and advice on the minimum wage and working hours, as well as
information on employment agencies or gangmasters.
The Helpline, set up by the Department for Business Innovation and
Skills, is open between 8am and 8pm, Monday to Friday and 9am to 1pm
Further information is also available
for workers and at
businesslink.gov.uk for employers.
NW TUC Regional Secretary Alan Manning said:- “This is a
welcome new initiative from the Government – it will ensure workers
at risk of mistreatment by their employers have a phone number to
find out about their rights to the minimum wage, working hours and
agency standards and also to ask for help in enforcing these rights.
The helpline should help enforce legislation and ensure rogue
employers who flout the law do not get away with it.
It will promote fair competition and prevent good employers from
being undercut by bad ones using unlawful practices.”
Police are appealing for witnesses to a robbery at Nobles Amusement
Arcade, Broadway in Liverpool on Saturday, 3 October 2009.
Just before 7pm, three men wearing dark coloured hooded tops entered
the amusement arcade and threatened staff. They stole a substantial
amount of cash, before getting into a silver coloured car, thought
to be a Volvo, and heading in the direction of Broad Lane.
Detective Constable Andy Bason said:- “This incident occurred
at a busy time of the day on a main road and I am sure someone must
have noticed these men or the car. Thankfully no one was injured,
but it must have been very traumatic for the staff. Merseyside
Police is determined to identify the offenders and bring them to
justice and we would appeal to any member of the public who
witnessed this incident to come forward.”
Anyone who has any information about this incident, is asked to
contact the robbery team at St Anne Street on:- 0151 777 4808 or
Crimestoppers anonymously on:- 0800 555 111.
TEMPORARY CHIEF CONSTABLE TAKES UP THE BATON
ON 5 october
2009, Mr Bernard Lawson took up the baton as Chief Police Officer in
Merseyside following the departure of Mr Hogan-Howe. Deputy Chief
Constable, Mr Lawson, will take up the rank and role of Temporary
Chief Constable until a permanent posting is made early next year.
On taking up the rank Mr Lawson said:- "It is an honour to
take up the rank of Temporary Chief Constable and to have the
opportunity to lead one of the most successful Forces in the
country. During the last 25 years of my policing career I have come
to know and understand the issues that really matter to our
communities and I am determined to continue to tackle the issues
that matter most. I believe that it is very important that the
public feel they can have confidence in their police force and I
will be continuing to ensure that this Force listens to and acts on
the priorities set with our local communities. We have seen huge
reductions in crime over the last 3 years with 57,000 less people
becoming a victim of crime. Working alongside our partner agencies,
including local authorities, the Fire and Rescue Service, criminal
justice agencies and others, I am committed to continuing to drive
down crime and anti-social behaviour in Merseyside to make the
region a safer place to live, work and visit. I am very proud to
work for Merseyside Police and I look forward to the challenges that
leading the organisation over the next few months will bring."
POLICE RAID SUSPECTED BROTHELS IN LIVERPOOL AND HALTON
have been arrested following police raids on two suspected brothels
in Liverpool and Widnes in a joint operation by Merseyside and
The raids took place at premises in East Prescot Road, in Old Swan
and Victoria Road in Widnes, at around 4pm on 6 October 2009,
following a three-month surveillance operation by officers in north
Two residential addresses in Norris Green, Liverpool and
Palacefields, Runcorn were also searched by officers with warrants.
Large quantities of cash and a blank-firing pistol were recovered
during the operation, along with paperwork and other evidence
suggesting that the two premises have been used for prostitution.
A total of four people were arrested on suspicion of being involved
in the managing of a brothel and money laundering. They are: a 61
year old man from Norris Green, a 29 year old man from Runcorn, a 50
year old woman from Norris Green, and a 61 year old woman from
The two men have since been bailed by Cheshire Police. The two women
remain in the custody of Merseyside Police where they are still
The surveillance was carried out by officers acting on information
supplied by the local community. Residents had voiced concerns to
neighbourhood police about regular suspicious activity at the
premises during the daytime.
PC Carl Winrow of Merseyside Police's dedicated neighbourhood team
for Old Swan, said:- "The operation was successfully carried
out by officers from Merseyside and Cheshire police forces acting on
information given to us by the public who were concerned at the
comings-and-goings at these two premises. The venues have now been
closed down, which is obviously a positive thing for local
residents. Information from the public is often crucial to police
investigations and I would urge people to call their neighbourhood
policing team if they have any concerns about things going on in
Inspector Sharon Case, of Widnes Neighbourhood Policing Unit, said:-
“Officers from Widnes and Runcorn Neighbourhood Policing Units
assisted Merseyside Police officers with the execution of these
warrants, the arrests of two men and the seizure of a large amount
of property. This was a successful operation and the premises are
now closed. Members of the local community had raised concerns about
the premises and we hope that residents are reassured by the
positive action that has been taken. We also hope that it reinforces
the message that we take information from the public extremely
seriously and will seek to act on that information where possible.
We are committed to tackling suspected criminal activity and
anti-social behaviour within the local community. We will not
tolerate any sort of behaviour, which has a negative impact on the
quality of life of others."
Anyone with any information about any form of suspected criminal
activity should contact Merseyside Police on:- 0151 777 4441 or
Cheshire Police on:- 0845 458 0000. Information can also be passed
on via Crimestoppers, anonymously, on:- 0800 555 111.