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Issue:- 02/03 June 2010


MOTORISTS are being given the chance to drive away with a prize of a hands-free car kit at a road safety event in Southport on Saturday, 5 June 2010.

Officers from Merseyside Police's roads policing team have joined together with Halfords to promote road safety advice. In particular, officers will be warning drivers of the dangers of not wearing seatbelts and using their mobile phones while behind the wheel.

The roads policing team will be at Halford's car park on Meols Cop Retail Park from 10am to 4pm to give people road safety advice and answer any questions about roads policing issues.

Members of the public will also have the chance to take a close-up look at a car and motorbike used by the roads policing team.

As part of the event, officers will be looking to video people's views on roads policing. Halfords have offered to supply and fit the prize of a hands-free kit for those who take part in the short survey in the video diary room in Merseyside Police's publicity pod.

Sgt Paul Mountford, who has helped to organise the event, said:- "This is part of our ongoing work to help keep the roads of Merseyside safe and collision free. With the forthcoming World Cup officers will be out in force as a deterrent to those thinking of flouting the rules of the road and events like these help us to promote our message of safe driving. The number of people killed or seriously injured on the roads of Merseyside during the last World Cup was double that we normally see in June and July and we will do all that we can to ensure people remember the World Cup for all the right reasons and not for carnage on the roads."

Celebs Support the North's First Barnardo's Children's Store in Liverpool

THE Barnardo’s shop at 42 Whitechapel, Liverpool, which specialises in top quality babies’ and children’s clothes, toys and accessories is expecting donations from celebrities across the UK, all keen to show their support.

Barnardo’s has called on its celebrity supporters to trawl through their children’s wardrobes and donate quality used and un-used items that belonged to their little ones.

Actress and Barnardo’s supporter Tina Hobley was one of the first to answer the call.

Mother-of-three Tina has just become mum to baby Orson. Tina said:- “This is a fantastic idea, one that I’m sure will be a great success with parents. The shop is already an Aladdin’s cave of quality clothes and accessories for babies and children that shoppers can buy at a faction of high street prices.  By donating to the shop or buying one of the top quality items, people are helping to support vulnerable children in Liverpool. That’s surely got to be worth a visit.”

Barnardo’s Head of Retail North, Paul Guest, said:- “Liverpool people have shown fantastic support for Barnardo’s over the years so it makes perfect sense for us to open the north’s first children’s store in the city. The shop is offering top quality items for newborns right up to early teenage years – come and have a look you won’t be disappointed!”

The shop needs a regular supply of donations of quality goods for children. Volunteers are also required to be part of the new venture. Please drop donations into the shop or contact the store on:- 0151 707 9247 for more information.

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