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Issue:- 15July 2010


MERSEYSIDE Police Detectives in Liverpool North area have released CCTV images of a man who may be able to assist officers with their enquiries following an armed robbery at the William Hill bookmakers on Broadgreen Road on Monday, 12 July 2010.

Shortly after 11am a man entered the premises wearing a multi coloured crash helmet. He produced a handgun and demanded the female member of staff hand over cash. He then left the store with a small amount of cash and joined a second man on a red motorbike.

Detective Constable Andy Bason from St Anne Street CID, said:- "This incident has left the victim extremely traumatised. Although the shop was quiet at the time there were lots of people passing by outside and I am sure they must have noticed the second offender sat outside waiting on a red motorbike. CCTV is currently being checked but we believe that the offenders drove along Aylsford Road before and after the attack. I am confident someone, whether they be passing on a bus, a passer-by or a motorist will have noticed these two men and I appeal to anyone who saw anything at all suspicious to come forward and tell us. Their information could be crucial. Such serious incidents are thankfully rare and I would like to reassure the public that we are doing everything we can to catch those responsible and bring them to justice."

Detectives investigating this armed robbery would appeal to anyone who has any information about this incident, or anyone who recognises the man in the distinctive motorcycle helmet to contact the Robbery Investigation Team on:- 0151 777 4811 or:- 4809, or Crimestoppers anonymously on:- 0800 555 111.

Are you going to the Charity Comedy Night

CHARITY comedy night, Ramada Plaza Hotel, Southport on 19 July 2010. The doors will open at 7.30pm with the show starting at 8pm. The event has 6 great comedians taking part and a raffle with great prizes will also be held. And all money goes to the Make A Wish Charity. Just turn up on night and pay an entry fee of £5 and we sure you'll be laughing all night long. Not advised for the faint hearted.

The children with their awards outside Knowsley Hall

ARRIVA North West presented local children with the Knowsley Citizenship Award at a special ceremony in Prescot last week.

The award was bestowed on 43 schoolchildren who have shown great strength of character and proven themselves to be good citizens, during the presentation at Knowsley Hall.

Phil Stone, managing director of Arriva North West, and Lord David Alton of Liverpool John Moores University’s Foundation for Citizenship were present to hand over the awards.

Phil Stone said:- “All the children who were entered for these awards have shown tremendous strength and they all deserve the recognition that the ceremony offered them. We were very happy to show our support once again for this moving and inspiring event.”

Lord David Alton, Director of the Foundation for Citizenship at Liverpool John Moores University, said:- “We’re delighted that Arriva has supported our Citizenship Awards scheme for ten years now in Knowsley.”

Arriva, which operates buses throughout the North West, has been working with the Foundation for Citizenship at Liverpool John Moores University, to identify young people who are shining lights in their local community. Their achievements range from sporting success to coping with serious illness and often reflect the support young people give to families and friends during difficult times.

The Rt Hon George Howarth MP, the Mayor of Knowsley, Councillor Diane Reid, and Damian Allen, Knowsley Executive Director for Children & Family Services were also in attendance.


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