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28 October 2009
RAPE INVESTIGATION - ALBANY APARTMENTS, OLD HALL STREET
Police are investigating an allegation of rape following an incident
at the Albany Apartments in Old Hall Street, Liverpool.
Officers were called to the apartments at 11.45am on Monday, 26
October 2009, by a member of the public reporting that a woman had
been found unconscious in a room inside the building.
An ambulance was called and the victim - a woman from the Merseyside
area aged in her 20s - was taken to hospital with injuries
consistent with having been raped.
She has since been discharged from hospital and officers from the
Force's specialist rape support unit are waiting to interview her.
The apartments have been sealed off while a number of rooms in the
building are forensically examined by crime scene investigators.
Detectives have contacted the owners of the Albany Apartments to
establish who was staying there at the time the alleged offence was
commited and CCTV footage is being viewed to identify who entered
and left the building.
Detective Sergeant Nigel Pimblett from St Anne Street CID, said:- "This was a very serious sexual assault on a young woman and we
are determined to bring those responsible to justice. I would appeal
to anyone who was there or knows who was responsible to come forward
and contact us, before we come to them. The victim is understandably
extremely traumatised after her ordeal and specially trained
officers are waiting to speak to her in more detail about what
happened when she feels able to. In the meantime, enquiries are
being carried out to establish who was in the building at around the
time the offence was commited."
Anyone with information should call St Anne Street CID on:- 0151 777
4065 or Crimestoppers anonymously on:- 0800 555 111.
ROAD SAFETY FOR NORTH WEST BRINGS NIGHTMARES TO LIFE THIS HALLOWEEN
AS the nights
draw in and autumn/winter festivities get under way the temptation
to drink and drive begins to rear its ugly head. An ongoing
issue across the region, Lancashire alone has seen over 276 serious
or fatal accidents over the last 6 years as a direct result of drink
driving, with young drivers highlighted as a particularly vulnerable
Ongoing engagement from the road safety partnerships across the
North West has revealed that young drivers (17-35 year olds) often
consider their worst nightmare to be killing a friend or partner
through drink driving, so with this in mind Road Safety for North
West (RSFNW) has launched an innovative campaign, ‘MY WORST
NIGHTMARE’, to tackle the issue.
In partnership with Odeon, RSFNW will be hosting 3 events across
Halloween weekend. Each region (Greater Manchester, Merseyside and
Lancashire) will show exclusive screenings of classic horror films
including; Carrie, Night of the Living Dead and Poltergeist 2 at
Manchester Trafford Centre, Preston and Liverpool One cinemas
respectively. The events will also show a never before seen,
‘banned in the UK’ road safety trailer, guaranteed to shock even the
most devout horror fan. Tickets for the event will cost only
£2 with all proceeds going towards the North West Air Ambulance, a
charity on the front line of traffic collisions across the region.
Linda Sanderson communications manager at Lancashire Partnership for
Road Safety said:- “The partnerships works tirelessly
throughout the year to combat drink driving, however the national
drink driving campaigns mainly focus around the summer and Christmas
periods. We want to highlight that drink driving is an all
year round issue, compounded by the dark nights. Hosting events such
as these will allow us to engage with this audience in a way that
not only appeals to them but also encourages them to have an open
dialogue with us.” One of the key messages of the campaign is the severity of the
punishments associated with drink driving.
Linda Sanderson continued:- “Offenders caught drink driving
face at least a year driving ban, a fine of up to £5000, a criminal
record and up to 6 months in prison, not to mention the potential
loss of a job and difficulty getting car insurance in the future.
None of this, however, compares to the irreparable damage felt by
the families and victims involved in a drink driving collision.” To spread the word as far as possible, RSFNW has developed an event
allow attendees to purchase tickets
online, as well as discover the
facts about the consequences of drink driving. A specially designed
Twitter feed, Facebook page and YouTube channel has been also set-up
to engage directly with the target audience. RSFNW is also
giving budding actors the chance to win a private registration
plate, courtesy of the DVLA, through the event microsite.
Competition goers simply film themselves saying the iconic line from
‘The Shining’, “Here’s Johnny”, and
The best five in each region will then be shown on the big screen
for the audience to decide the winner.
Ministers call for evidence on the default retirement age
calling for businesses and individuals to submit evidence on the
default retirement age to feed into the review taking place next
The Government is asking for evidence including:-
- The operation of the default retirement age in practice;
- The reasons that businesses use mandatory retirement ages;
- The impacts on businesses, individuals and the economy of raising
or removing the default retirement age;
- The experience of businesses operating without a default
- How could any costs of raising or removing the DRA be mitigated
and benefits realised.
Pat McFadden and Angela Eagle today issued a joint statement calling
for evidence on retirement ages to be submitted by 1st February
Minister for Pensions and the Ageing Society Angela Eagle MP said:-
“As people live and work for longer, it is sensible that we
have the debate on what works for business and individuals. The laws
around employment and retirement need to reflect changes in economic
and social circumstances. That is why earlier this year we announced
we were bringing the review of the default retirement age forward to
2010. Today we are asking for evidence to be submitted by 1st
February to allow that to happen.”
Business Minister Pat McFadden MP said:- “The default
retirement age is a subject that employees, the business community,
trade unions and charities all have a strong interest in. We want to
receive information from all of these parties as it is important
that our review is based on robust, detailed and wide-ranging
Submissions are requested by 1 February 2010 and should be emailed
email@example.com and/or posted to DRA Evidence,
Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, V497, 1 Victoria
Street, London, SW1H 0ET.
Homotopia NOT Homophobia Sunday, 1 November to Monday, 30 November 2009
THIS year the
Homotopia festival programmes a month of the very highest quality
LGBT culture including; 2 international art openings, a theatrical
world premiere, a gala literature weekend, and exclusive documentary
screenings. Artistic Director, Gary Everett describing this year’s
festival said:- “Homotopia has developed a strong social
justice strand this year and we have taken the fight against
homophobia abroad with our youth exchange to Poland. We are proud to
be presenting new work and this year is a celebration of our
community’s talents that everyone can appreciate and enjoy.”
Starting as it means to go on the festival opens with an
international art launch of American artist Laurie Lipton’s latest
work ‘Extraordinary Drawings’. (Contemporary Urban Centre until 29
Nov). Lipton, originally from New York, has been based in London
since 1986. Her provocative, topical images are intensely detailed
and rendered in layers of charcoal and graphite echoing the work of
Bosch, Memling and Goya. This year Lipton has exhibited at the Basel
and Pulse (New York) contemporary art fairs as well as the Saatchi
Gallery London and galleries in California, Ohio and Dusseldorf.
Also creating festival headlines is the appearance of Booker
shortlisted author Sarah Waters in conversation (FACT Fri 6 Nov
7.30pm). With television adaptations of her novels Tipping The
Velvet, Fingersmith and Affinity, Waters work has introduced lesbian
characters to a huge audience. For Homotopia she will discuss her
work with publisher and author Helen Sandler against a backdrop of
clips from the adaptations.
Homotopia celebrates another festival first in its co-commission and
world premiere of Jiggery Pokery a funny and moving new play about
the life and lonely death of Charles Hawtrey (Unity Theatre Weds 11
– Sat 14 Nov 8pm). English comedy legend and known to millions
through his Carry On appearances, Hawtrey was a popular female
impersonator in variety and music halls before his film career. But
his overt sexuality proved controversial in a conservative age and
in this innovative production actress Mandy Lawrence will portray
Hawtrey in all his dark and drunken glory.
Social justice has become a theme of Homotopia’s work and there will
be a screening of a documentary showing this year’s ground-breaking
work through Project Triangle (Unity Theatre Weds 4 Nov 6.45pm).
This Homotopia project brought partners together across the city
including Merseyside Police to empower young LGBT people and
challenge homophobia. This innovative film shows some of those young
people visiting Auschwitz, learning about the holocaust and meeting
gay youths in Warsaw all with representatives of Merseyside Police.
Caretakers a gripping and powerful new play by Billy Cowan also
tackles prejudice as it looks at the sensitive issues around anti
gay bullying in schools (Unity Theatre Thurs 5 & Fri 6 Nov 8pm).
Alongside Laurie Lipton’s work at CUC Homotopia will also be
showcasing the work of digital French artist Chris Von Steiner (4 –
29 November). His work combines the pop icons of his youth with bold
colours, elements from movies, music, books and television. He draws
on dreams and desires to create digital nightmares. He has
participated in group shows alongside artists such as Banksy, Tracey
Emin, Blek le Rat and Sam Taylor Wood.
To complement Sarah Waters the festival is working with Liverpool
Libraries to bring popular award winning authors Charlotte Mendelson
and Joanna Briscoe to meet their readers. Following appearances at
reading groups at community libraries the authors of ‘When We Were
Bad’ and ‘Sleep With Me’ will be at FACT on Saturday 7 November
No Homotopia would be complete without lesbians proving they can
laugh at themselves so Clare Summerskill returns to Liverpool in her
new show ‘In No Particular Order!’ (Unity Theatre Sat 7 Nov 8pm).
Clare always sells out and this year will be no exception.
So for anyone missing the first funny woman Lavender Girls will more
than make up for it. (Unity Theatre Weds 11 Nov 9.45pm) Rosie Wilby,
once described as “an amiable, Kylie-sized, pocket Venus who packs a
punch” brings her hilarious brand of weirdness back, alongside
locals Jane Townend (Nivea Funny Women finalist) and Emma Bowley who
delighted audiences last year.
Further exclusive screenings all shot by Re:Dock will include;
Memories of Yankel (Unity Theatre Weds 4 Nov 6pm) – a short film
made in 2007 when Liverpool artist Yankel Feather was interviewed
for the Our Story history project. Sadly Yankel died in April this
year but this extraordinary artist and brave, outspoken man is not
forgotten. The Invisible Death of Michael – a short film looking at
the under reporting of the death of Michael Causer and what this
says about societal attitudes to homophobic hate crimes. Includes
interviews with Peter Tatchell and Paul Burston.
The Grand Vogue Ball – The Movie (Unity Theatre Fri 13 Nov 9.45pm) –
a film of the night everyone still talks about. An opportunity to
relive the costumes, the make-up, the glamour.
Also there’s the Striptease! Spanish dancer and performance artist
Pere Faura performs a video/lecture for the audience gaze and the
sexual gaze exploring striptease as performance (The Bluecoat Sat 14
Finally Homotopia TV is back with over 15 new features created
especially for the festival. The web based TV station has attracted
over 175,000 viewers from around the globe. 2010 will also see an
expansion of the popular digital project with dedicated new
Capital of ‘Gay’ Comedy @ The Slaughterhouse – Fri 20 – Sat 21
November. Leading MC Jonathan Mayor described as ‘a Christmas tree
exploding over the campest Bollywood star you know’ introduces
headline Phoenix Nights star Janice Connolly as Mrs Barbara Nice,
goth, lesbian and post-op transsexual Bethany Black and I.F Comedy
best newcomer nominee Zoe Lyons.
Is A Fire Brigade Strike On The Cards For Merseyside?
Brigade Union on 29 October 2009 has set a deadline of 7 days before
it will ballot for industrial action unless the fire authority meets
its demands. The fire authority is planning to axe about 68 posts to
save £5m because of reduced government funding, but the FBU wants a
sacked union official re-instated and a cuts package withdrawn. A
Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service spokesman said he was
"disappointed" that the FBU has registered another dispute.