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10 February 2009
WITNESS APPEAL - ROBBERY, CORONATION ROAD, CROSBY
Police Detectives are appealing for witnesses after an elderly woman
was robbed while sat in her car in Crosby Village.
The 74 year old had just returned from shopping and started the
engine of her green Renault Scenic, which was parked in Coronation
Road, close to the junction with Moor Lane, when an unknown offender
opened the door and tried to grab her handbag.
During a brief struggle verbal threats were made and the offender
managed to steal the handbag, which contained cash and other
personal items, before leaving on foot down Coronation Road towards
The victim was not physically hurt during the robbery but has been
left very shaken by her ordeal.
The incident happened at around 4.30pm on 27 January 2010 and
detectives believe there would have been many people passing by in
cars queuing at the roundabout in Moor Lane as well as pedestrians,
who may have witnessed the incident or seen something suspicious.
During the robbery the victim did manage to sound the horn of her
car to try and attract help and officers would like to hear from
anyone whose attention was drawn to the incident by this.
Detective Inspector Neil Blanchard, of Copy Lane CID, said:-
"This was a very disturbing, if thankfully rare, kind of robbery in
which a woman who had simply been out shopping in Crosby Village was
targeted as she loaded shopping into her car. She has been left very
upset by her ordeal and unfortunately is now very wary about going
out as this happened during the day when many people were around. We
are determined to catch the culprit and I would appeal to Crosby
residents to think back to where they were two weeks ago on
Wednesday and if they were in this part of Coronation Road at that
time and saw anything untoward, to contact us. Their information,
however small, could be important in us catching this man."
The offender is described as a white man in his late teens or early
twenties, with light-coloured hair and of thin build.
Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Constable Emma
Forshaw at Copy Lane CID on:- 0151 777 3168.
You can also leave information
anonymously via the charity Crimestoppers at:- 0800 555 111.
KNOCKING DOWN THE OLD PLEASURELAND ENTRANCE
Inn, on Pleasureland, which was the last remaining ride of the old
Pleasureland, was burnt down on the 30 January 2010. Over 8 February
to 10 February 2010, the entrance way that was one of the last
buildings to be built on the site was pulled down by the new
tenants. New Pleasureland now has only a few remaining buildings,
including the old Ricks Bar - Casablanca Restaurant and some
offices, remaining. It is rumoured, but not yet confirmed, that the
site is being cleared to make way for some very big rides and new
attractions to be added for the 2010 season. We will keep our
readers posted as soon as we get confirmation.
Cameron's Euro MPs
vote against plans to tackle tax dodgers and target tax havens
IN a vote in
the European Parliament, Wednesday, 10 February 2010, British
Conservatives voted against proposals supporting the automatic
exchange of information to crack down on those seeking to hide their
money from the tax authorities. Vice Chair of the Economic Affairs
Committee, Arlene McCarthy MEP, said:- "Tory Euro MPs' actions
make a mockery of George Osborne's pledge at Tory Party Conference
to target tax evasion and offshore tax havens. We should judge the
Tory Party by their actions not by their words. Weakening proposals
which seek to crack down on tax dodgers using tax havens shows they
are not serious about tackling tax cheats. The Tories cannot be
trusted on tax, time and again they protect and prioritise the
wealthy and privileged minority over law abiding taxpayers. If we
have learnt one lesson from the financial crisis, it is that reforms
must be based on more transparency and increased access to
information on all financial transactions. Labour Euro MPs support,
alongside 25 out of 27 EU member states, the introduction of
automatic data-sharing in the fight against tax evasion. With an
estimated 18.5 Billion Pounds lost to the UK every year tax evasion
robs our schools and hospitals of vital resources. The wider public
can judge for themselves whether the motivation for weakening global
and EU efforts against tax evasion and tax havens is linked to the
fact that major Tory party donors themselves have non-transparent
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