LOCAL LAD ‘CRAFTS’ A NEW CAREER FUNDED BY BRITISH ARMY
ARMY Craftsman Scott O’Neill has
just completed his phase 1 training with the British Army, after
being sponsored through the Army’s Further Education Bursary Scheme
at Southport College. The scheme funds students through
college who are interested in pursuing an Army career after
graduating from College.
Scott, aged 19, from Southport, who attended Stanley High School
then went on to study at Southport College where he was accepted on
the Further Education Bursary whilst studying Vehicle Maintenance,
has now joined as a soldier with the Royal Electrical Mechanical
Engineers (REME). This was marked by a passing out
parade with 71 fellow soldiers at the Bassingbourn Barracks in
Hertfordshire, where they completed their challenging 14 weeks of
the Army’s Phase one training to bring him and his fellow recruits
up to the basic standard required to be a soldier.
Scott excelled during this training, awarded not only the Best Shot
award for his troop but also the Soldier’s Medal as well.
Major John Miller, an Army Careers Adviser, who coordinates the FE
Bursary in Merseyside, said:- “It is a great opportunity for
young people who want to eventually join the Army, to get support
whilst continuing their studies at FE Colleges, where they can be
awarded up to £5,000 for four years study”.
Scott will now go on to his phase 2 training where he will be
equipped with the technical knowledge and skills required to help
maintain heavy vehicles as part of his role when he joins his
regiment as a fully trained soldier.
enthusiast, who also intends to take his bike test before returning
for his next phase of training, said:- “I’m making plans on
how to use my £1,000 bonus for completing the FE Bursary – I now
have two weeks leave and I’m going to put the money and time to good
or visit your local Army Careers Information Office on James Street
or call:- 0151 2361566, for more information and to find out further
details of the FE Bursary Scheme.
WITNESS APPEAL - INJURY SHOOTING, DEYSBROOK LANE, WEST DERBY
Police Detectives are appealing to the public for help after a man
was shot outside a pub in Deysbrook Lane, West Derby, on 16 February
The 37 year old was outside the Deysbrook public house at, around
7.20pm on 16 February 2010, when he was approached by a lone gunman
who shot him in the abdomen before leaving the scene on foot.
The victim, who had been attending a wake being held at the pub
following the funeral of a friend earlier that day, remains in a
critical condition in hospital having undergone surgery.
No-one else was injured during the incident and the offender, who
left the scene in the direction of a nearby housing estate, is still
being sought by the police.
Detective Chief Superintendent Tony Doherty, who is in charge of
Merseyside Police's anti-gun and gang crime Matrix unit, is
appealing for anyone who was either inside the pub at the time of
the shooting, in the Deysbrook Lane area, or outside the nearby
supermarket, and saw anything suspicious to come forward and help
officers with their investigation.
He said:- "This is a very serious incident which we are
treating as attempted murder and it is only thanks to the
intervention of paramedics and other emergency services at the scene
and the doctors at hospital that this man is still alive. He remains
in a critical condition hospital and we are doing all we can to
trace the offender but we need the public's help because at this
stage we are not aware of why he has been targeted in this way. He
is a family man who had attended a private funeral of a friend
earlier that day, and had gone outside the pub where the wake was
taking place when he was shot, possibly several times. We believe
the offender left the scene in the direction of a nearby houses and
I would appeal to anyone who was in Deysbrook Lane between 7.10pm
and 7.30pm and saw something unusual or suspicious to contact us,
anonymously if need be, and help us piece together what happened.
The pub is close to a large supermarket and there will have been
people doing their shopping there last night who may have seen or
heard something that they think is trivial but could prove crucial
to our investigation. The victim had been at the wake in the pub for
most of the afternoon and there were lots of people inside it when
he was shot outside so we would also like to hear from them."
Det Ch Supt Doherty added:- "Merseyside Police is determined
to take guns out of the hands of criminals and put those who use
them before the courts. I would like to reassure residents that the
police will remain in the area in the coming days and weeks and any
information people have will be taken seriously by officers and
Call the Matrix team on:- 0151 777 5699 or leave information
anonymously via Crimestoppers on:- 0800 555 111.