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Safer City Stars Honoured @ Awards
people doing extraordinary work to make Liverpool a safer place are
to be honoured at an awards ceremony.
The first-ever Citysafe Celebration Awards at St George’s Hall on
Friday, 22 January 2010, an evening has been organised by the city’s
Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnership (CDRP).
The event – hosted by BBC Radio Merseyside’s Roger Phillips - will
recognise and reward those who have helped Liverpool become one of
the safest cities in Europe.
Crime in the city centre is at a 10 year low despite a huge increase
in visitors, while car crime and burglary have been slashed and anti
social behaviour has reduced.
Businesses, teams, projects and individuals who have made a major
contribution to the city’s incredible success have been shortlisted
in six categories.
The nominations include:-
► A woman who has dedicated her life to supporting bereaved families
and educating young people about the consequences of violence
following the murder of her son
► Students at North Liverpool Academy who have helped produce
powerful drama productions aimed at persuading young people not to
take part in anti social behaviour
► A Community Payback scheme in Everton which has seen 3,000 hours
of work resulting in the removal of 160 tonnes of rubbish, and a 50
percent reduction in reported anti-social behaviour
Councillor Marilyn Fielding, executive member for safer stronger
communities said that:- “Liverpool has shaken off its image as
a crime ridden city thanks to the hard work of many people in lots
of different organisations. The Celebration Awards are a chance to
officially recognise and thank some of those who have contributed to
the success, and are continuing to work hard at making Liverpool an
even safer city. The quality of the entries is absolutely
outstanding and it has been very difficult to pick winners.”
The categories and the nominees are:-
A local business that has shown commitment to safety and crime
reduction for the benefit of staff and customers
In Places Plus Dane Group
The Inplaces-Safer Homes Initiative which has installed security
measures in 400 homes and created training places for the
long term unemployed
Removing untaxed, nuisance vehicles from neighbourhoods across
Extra Mile award
A member of staff who does more than their key task and is positive
SAMM – Gaynor Bell
Gaynor supports bereaved families who are coping with the loss of a
loved one through manslaughter or murder. She arranges practical
help such as funeral arrangements and mediates between families to
resolve disputes. Gaynor works tirelessly for SAMM (Support After
Murder and Manslaughter) raising funds as well as working with
excluded children and young offenders helping them understand the
consequences of violence
at Puzzle Bar – Paul McQuirk and Liam Shaw
These staff rushed to help following the recent alleged gang
homophobic attack on a young police constable in Liverpool city
centre and prevented it from being far worse.
PC Carol McCartney – Admiral Street police station
Carol has worked tirelessly in Wavertree for four years and has
greatly improved issues such as anti-social behaviour, alcohol
misuse and vehicle crime. She is always cheerful, positive and very
supportive, going beyond the call of duty.
Best Partnership Work
A project that has delivered one of more successful joined-up
initiatives which have achieved outcomes which improve life for
Respect Weeks of Action
This annual programme has provided partners with a focus to address
key priorities in the most deprived communities including crime and
grime, providing activities for young people, opportunities for
employment, education and training and healthier lifestyle projects.
Domestic Violence Multi Agency Risk Assessment Conference (MARAC)
Liverpool has approximately 12,000 domestic violence calls per year,
so the establishment of the Liverpool MARAC posed significant
challenges. It has involved more than 75 agencies city wide and led
to an increase in the number of cases assessed – up from 226
(2007/8) to 379 (2008/9), with 308 cases in the first half of
Best Local Initiative
A scheme that has involved local communities and reflects their
aspirations and goals
Operation Blazer is the dedicated Automatic Number Plate Recognition
(ANPR) team which uses the cameras of the central CCTV Unit. Since
2007, it has resulted in over 1,200 arrests for offences including
robbery and murder; recovery of over £10 million worth of drugs;
seizure of over 400 vehicles and the recovery of over £3 million
worth of property.
Intensive Community Pay Back Scheme
This scheme on the Fountains Estate in Everton has been hailed a
success by residents, offenders, Merseyside Probation Trust and the
Criminal Justice Centre. It puts offenders to work in supervised
teams within 24 hours of being sentenced including cleaning up
communal areas, planting and removing graffiti. A total of 3,000
hours of work between April and September resulted in the removal of
160 tonnes of rubbish, and a 50% reduction in reported anti-social
Street based teams
Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service has been working in Kensington to
engage with young people on the streets during Thursday, Friday and
Saturday nights to address anti-social behaviour and provide
reassurance to the public and local businesses.
British Transport Police (BTP) Initiative team
This small group of officers has dealt with nearly 500 offenders
largely involved in alcohol fuelled violence, drugs and weapon
related offences. They have worked with partners to achieve an 18
percent increase in people's feelings of safety.
Community safety champion
Someone who is committed to improving the safety and wellbeing of
Michelle has been instrumental in the Armistead Street Project
outreach service which has seen detection rates for rapes against
sex workers increase from 5.6 percent in 2006/7 to 40 percent in the
past year. The figures - the best in the country - send out a clear
message that the police will bring perpetrators to justice and also
increases victims’ confidence and encourages them to use the support
Earl has worked within the Toxteth community for over 20 years and
is Vice Chair of the BRM network, member of the Liverpool Black
Leaders Forum and a Director of Kingsley United Football Club. He
works for the Fire and Rescue Service and in partnership with
Merseyside Youth Association and the Unity Youth and Community
Association. He is a fantastic role model for young people, always
putting other people first showing endless energy and enthusiasm to
support their needs and is truly an inspirational community member.
Penny dedicates her time to tackling hate crime and has supported
Merseyside Police’s new investigation unit. She has been involved in
the roll out of the "Hate Crime on Trial" events which
are designed to boost confidence of community members to report
incidents. Rising star
A young person/people who have made great efforts to improve the
safety and wellbeing of their community/neighbourhood Chelsea
Rutherford, James Welsh, Tom Cain, Jake Flood, Rachel McCardle and
These six young people from Cobalt Housing's Youth Forum held a
'teen takeover' event for 13 to 19 year olds in Croxteth,
Norris Green and Fazakerley. Their aim was to promote community
cohesion through organising a cross boundary event, consulting on
young people's priorities and encouraging their involvement in
resolving neighbourhood issues. The event was fun, educational and
successfully engaged the 160 young people who attended.
Students at North Liverpool Academy
Students from North Liverpool Academy have worked with Citysafe on
numerous initiatives such as Act Together, Inside Justice Week, and
a Schools Parliament Safety Event. They have consistently delivered
top class drama performances to schools across the city and have
actively promoted positive community safety messages, showing young
people that they do have choices in life, and illustrating the
potential impact of making the wrong choices on themselves, their
families and their community.
There will also be a Citysafe Special Award for an individual which
will be revealed on the night.
Spend an hour gazing out of the window and do your bit for
Merseyside’s garden birds
THE biggest wildlife survey in
the world is back. The RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch takes place on
Saturday, 30 and Sunday, 31 January 2010 and it needs your help. Now
in its 31st year, with half a million people taking part annually,
it’s that time of year again to count our country’s garden birds.
In Merseyside last year, over 5,000 people participated across
nearly 3,000 parks and gardens and this year we are hoping for even
Carolyn Jarvis, the RSPB’s People Engagement Manager for Northern
England said:- “Big Garden Birdwatch is a great activity for
everyone, especially in this cold weather as you can take part by
just looking out your kitchen window, cradling a hot drink and some
tasty biscuits. By giving up just one hour of your day, you can make
a real difference to our knowledge of garden birds. From the
results we can tell the ones that are doing well from those that
need our help.”
Why not make a day of it by creating bird feeders from recycled
household goods or bird cakes for the birds in your garden?
The RSPB is also running lots of Big Garden Birdwatch events and
activities across the UK leading up to and over the weekend of 30
January and 31 January 2010.
In and around Merseyside, Eastham Country Park, Ness Botanic Gardens
and Chester Zoo are getting involved, offering visitors guided
tours, bird food making activities and talks on garden birds. To
find out more about these events and others in your area, as well as
how to take part in the survey, visit:-
Alternatively call:- 0300 456 8330 to request a Big Garden Birdwatch
form to be sent to you (calls charged at standard rate). The hotline
number will be in operation until 29 January 2010.
An online results form will be available from Saturday, 30 January
until 19 February 2010.
APPEAL FOR WITNESSES -
STABBING MUIRHEAD AVENUE EAST, NORRIS GREEN, LIVERPOOL
Police Detectives are appealing for witnesses after an 18 year old
man from Norris Green was stabbed on Muirhead Avenue East, Norris
Green, this afternoon of Sunday, 17 January 2010.
The victim was walking along Muirhead Avenue East at about 2.15pm
with a friend when a white Ford transit van pulled up and two men
got out and chased the victim and his friend.
The victim ran across Muirhead Avenue East and was stabbed in the
back, his friend managed to escape. The victim managed to run in to
the Londis supermarket across the road and was chased by the
offenders in to the store, but he managed to jump the counter and
ran in to a back room.
The offenders then left the scene and the victim was taken to
hospital where he is being treated for a stab wound to his back, his
injuries are not believed to be life threatening. At this stage of
the inquiry it is believed that the victim was targeted.
The offenders are described as white and it is believed they are in
their 20s. One of the offenders was wearing a light coloured top
with two distinctive dark coloured hoops on it.
Crime Scene Investigators have attended at the scene and carried out
forensic examinations and house-to-house inquiries have been carried
out. High visibility patrols have been stepped up in the area to
reassure the local community.
Detectives are appealing for anyone who may have information which
could help them with their inquiries to contact Lower Lane CID on:-
0151 777 4565, or Crimestoppers on:- 0800 555 111.
Want to be on
LAST series saw some of the most
diverse range of inventions and business ideas receive offers of
investment from the multi -millionaire investors. All the Dragons
were won over by entrepreneur Sharon Wright and the simplicity of
her cable wiring
device; Rupert Sweet-Escott went into business with James Caan who
was impressed with his unique range of aviation designs and
prototypes; and Carol Savage chose to accept Deborah Meaden's offer
of a cash injection into her tasty new food networking website. In
fact, when the Den finally closed for business an incredible 15
entrepreneurs had managed to convince the fearsome financiers, they
were worthy of their cash.
2009 saw Londoner Jason Roberts ask for a £150,000 investment in his
innovative range of mobile phone and laptop protection products.
After some tense negotiations, Peter Jones and Theo Paphitis joined
forces to secure a stake in the company. Post investment, Jason says
that he gets up to 5000 visits to his website every day, and the
current range is available in eight nationwide chains. Agreements
are in place with the major phone and computer manufacturers, and
he’s now planning to launch a range of own-branded cases, across the
Previous success stories in the Den include Brixton based Levi Roots
who secured an investment of £50,000 for his secret recipe, Reggae
Reggae Sauce. Just 4 weeks after his appearance on the programme his
Dragon investors helped him launch his sauce in a major supermarket
all over the country. Now Levi has increased his product range to 8
sauces, produced a Caribbean cook book, and won Best New Product at
the World Food Awards 2009, even going on to present his own
successful BBC Television series - 'Caribbean Food Made Easy’.
Having also successfully licensed his sauce to one of the world’s
frozen food manufacturers and to an international fast food chain,
Levi says that thanks to the Dragons he has a business empire that
is now valued in the millions.
Of course, not everyone secures investment in the Den, but that
doesn't stop the most tenacious of entrepreneurs from achieving
success. After a gruelling time in front of the Dragons in 2008,
inventor Natalie Ellis failed to convince them to back her Road
Refresher. But one year on, her product became the fastest selling
dog bowl on Amazon USA. Natalie says her company now has a million
pound turnover and that her range is currently stocked in 32
countries. Likewise Shaun Pulfrey wanted the Dragons to invest
£80,000 in his rework of the hairbrush – the Tangle Teezer.
Unsuccessful in his bid he claims he is now stocked nationwide in
high street stores and top hair salons, with sales approaching
The rules are simple: entrepreneurs ask for a cash investment in
return for equity in their business. However, they must get at least
the amount they ask for or they will walk away with nothing. The
Dragons are prepared to listen to a pitch for any kind of business
but they must be convinced that it will make money.
As demonstrated by the investments in the last seven series, ideas,
businesses and products that meet some or all of the following
criteria stand a good chance of securing the Dragons’ interest:-
► A Unique Selling Point: a product that serves a need like nothing
► Scalability: something that can be up scaled to make real money.
► Route to Market: the clear way the product can be sold and
► Mutually Beneficial Arrangement: just what will the Dragons get
out of it?
► Exit Strategy: a plan of how the entrepreneur/Dragon will exit and
The BBC is currently searching for Britain’s best entrepreneurs and
will be auditioning throughout the coming months. We want to hear
from anyone who thinks they’ve got what it takes to enter the
APPEAL TO TRACE NEXT
OF KIN - THOMAS WILLIAM CORLETT
Coroners Office are appealing for the next of kin of Thomas William
Corlett to come forward following his death last month.
Mr Corlett was found dead in his home in Cromarty Road, Old Swan, on
14 January 2010. There are no suspicious circumstances surrounding
the 64 year old's death.
The Coroner's Office has been unable to trace Mr Corlett's next of
kin and is appealing for any relatives to come forward. It is
understood that he may have had a brother in law with links to the
L7 and L12 postal areas but no other details are known.
Anyone who has information is asked to contact the Coroners office
on:- 0151 233 4703.
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