APPEAL - CONFRONTATIONAL BURGLARY, BROADGREEN
MERSEYSIDE Police are appealing
for information about a confrontational burglary at a flat in
Broadgreen earlier this month.
Officers were called to Broadgreen Court in Broadgreen Road on 15
February 2010, following reports that a 79 year old man had been
confronted inside his flat by a masked burglar who assaulted the
victim and stole cash and a set of keys from him.
The incident happened at around 6am last Monday morning and the
victim, who is deaf, suffered injuries to his back, believed to have
been caused by a punch, which required hospital treatment.
The offender is described as white, of a big or stocky build, and
was wearing a mask or scarf to conceal his face.
At this stage it is unclear how the offender got inside the
property, which is part of a block of residential flats for the
Due to the time of day that the burglary occurred, detectives are
particularly keen to speak to anyone who was out in the area early
that morning, such as people on their way to start an early shift at
work, delivery drivers, dog-walkers and joggers, who may have seen
someone acting suspiciously outside the flats.
Detector Inspector Neil Clark of St Anne Street CID, said:-
"This was a despicable and callous attack on a vulnerable, elderly
man in his own home. The offender has left this man with serious
injuries to his back after launching a completely unnecessary and
unprovoked assault on him, all for a small amount of money and a
relatively worthless set of keys. We are absolutely determined to
find this man so that he cannot commit further crimes but we need
the public's help in piecing together what happened before and after
he broke into the flat. There would not have been many people around
at that time of the morning so anyone who was loitering in
Broadgreen Road or running away from the flats may have attracted
someone else's attention. I'd also like to reassure people that
incidents like this are thankfully very rare and neighbourhood
officers will be patrolling this area. I would appeal for people to
cast their minds back to last Monday and if they were out and about
at that time and think they saw anything that in hindsight seems
suspicious, to contact us with that information. Information that
seems trivial to them may turn out to be crucial for us in catching
Anyone with information is asked to call St Anne Street CID on:-
0151 777 4808 or leave information anonymously via Crimestoppers
on:- 0800 555 111.
ARRIVA INVESTS £1.9
MILLION IN SOUTHPORT
ARRIVA North West has invested
£1.9 million in a fleet of brand new buses in the Southport area.
The bus company has introduced 14 single deck vehicles which are now
running on the popular 47/48A route from Southport to Liverpool.
The Springtime investment buses run every 15 minutes during the day,
from Riverside Caravan Park, Crossens, Southport, Woodvale, Formby,
Crosby, and Bootle through to Liverpool. The buses are
all low floor, providing easy access for wheelchairs and prams as
the platform is level with raised curbs.
Debra Mercer, marketing and communications manager for Arriva North
West, said:- "Arriva North West's massive investment means
it's now even more convenient for residents and visitors in the
Southport area to get out and about. Whether you're travelling to
work, going shopping or off to the cinema, you can get on board our
frequent services to avoid the stress of driving, as well as costly
Arriva North West's multi-journey saver tickets offer unlimited
travel and great savings, making it easier and cheaper to travel in
and around Southport.
Day saver tickets are
just £4, Weekly Savers are £15 and 4 Weekly tickets are £57.
For timetables and more information about Arriva North West, please
Stations benefit from cash boost bonanza
THE opening of a new MtoGo retail
outlet and ticket unit at Hooton station heralds an investment of
almost half a million pounds in three Wirral stations this month.
Improvements at Hooton also include a fully accessible toilet, along
with a new waiting shelter on the Liverpool bound platform, due for
completion within weeks.
Rock Ferry and Meols stations are also to benefit from the
improvement scheme which has been jointly funded by Merseytravel and
the National Stations Improvement Programme (NSIP).
At Rock Ferry the project will bring back into use a building
located on the island platform, with the installation of a fully
accessible toilet and waiting room, plus the booking hall and
entrance will benefit from improved security and lighting.
At Meols station improvement work involves new glazing to the
footbridge windows and staircase, redevelopment of existing
buildings to provide enclosed passenger waiting shelters, a new
passenger toilet and automatic entrance doors to the booking hall.
Councillor Mark Dowd, Chair of Merseytravel said:- ”The
investment in these stations is long overdue and we are pleased to
finally be able to provide updated services for our passengers. This
scheme is another example of how partnership working can reap huge
benefits for our customers.”
Councillor Chris Blakeley, Chair of Merseytravel’s Rail Committee
added:- ”For many Wirral residents the trains offer a
lifeline, be it for commuting to work, shopping or just getting out
and about, so these improvements will be very welcome”
Peter Morton, Merseyrail’s Finance and Commercial Director said:-
“I want our stations to be as good as they can be and I am
delighted that together with Merseytravel we have been able to
secure the necessary funding to benefit our passengers on the
Wirral. Ideally, I want all stations to be of similar high standards
with decent facilities for our passengers. This investment means
that we are plugging the gaps right across the network to make this
into a reality”
Hooton and Rock Ferry stations will also benefit from the provision
of secure cycle parking later this year, funded from a successful £1
million joint bid by Merseytravel and Merseyrail to become a
National Cycling Demonstration Train Operator.
The money was awarded by Cycling England, an organisation supported
and funded by the Department for Transport and will benefit nine
stations on the Wirral line and 18 stations on the Merseyrail
In all, seven stations on the Merseyrail Network have received
funding through the NSIP, other stations benefitting are Hall Road,
Huyton, Liverpool Central and Waterloo.
The National Stations Improvement Programme is a joint industry
initiative funded primarily by the Department for Transport. It was
introduced in 2007 as part of the Rail White Paper.
Earlier this year, Ormskirk station was the first station in the
country to benefit from NSIP with an investment of £500,000, plus
£200,000 from Merseytravel, as part of an overall £1.6m
NEXT OF KIN APPEAL -
SEFTON Coroners Office are
appealing for the next of kin of a man who died on Monday, 1 March
2010, in Southport. David Casey, 69, died at his home on Lytham
Road, Southport. There are no suspicious circumstances surrounding
his death. The Coroner's Office has been unable to trace Mr Casey's
next of kin and is appealing for any relatives to come forward. Any
next of kin, or anyone who has information about Mr Casey's next of
kin, is asked to contact the office of H M Coroner on:- 0151 934
2746 or the Coroner's Officers at Southport police station on:- 0151