FIRST QUALITY SCHEME FOR HORSE RACING
ON 4 August 2010, VisitEngland,
the country's national tourist board, has set up the first quality
scheme in the country for sport. The VisitEngland Quality Assured
Racecourse Scheme will assess 55 racecourses in England and Wales
between now and November 2010. Horseracing is the first sport to be
quality assessed in this way.
In partnership with Racing for Change, the organisation charged with
broadening the appeal of horseracing, VisitEngland will send
independent assessors to racecourses around the country. Areas under
assessment will include pre-arrival information, the website,
journey planning, signage, welcome on arrival, the actual sporting
event, toilets, catering and retail outlets. Having completed a full
assessment, racecourses will be awarded a VisitEngland plaque
illustrated by the organisation's red rose logo.
While enjoying a day at Goodwood races, Lady Cobham, Chairman
VisitEngland, said:- "We know 59% of Brits feel they don't
make the best use of their time. A day at the races is just one of
the many wonderful sporting experiences on offer in England that can
be enjoyed not only by dedicated fans of the sport, but by anyone
looking for a thrilling day out."
In addition to hosting the London 2012 Olympic & Paralympic Games,
England is set to enjoy a decade of sport with major sporting
championships on the horizon such as Cricket World Cup, Rugby League
World Cup and a host of other events including major tennis,
athletics and equestrian events.
Jon Williams, of Racing for Change, said:- "We want to make
racegoing an experience to be enjoyed by all racegoers including
families who may not have previously considered a day at the races
as a family friendly outing. The VisitEngland Quality Assured plaque
will act as a stamp of approval showing visitors that a day's racing
is a quality experience and great value for money."
Top jockey, Frankie Dettori, commented:- "This is a brilliant
idea. Anything that encourages more people to come racing has to be
good for the sport."
CCTV APPEAL - THEFT OF HANDBAGS!
Police have now released CCTV of a man who may be able to assist
officers following a number of handbag thefts in Liverpool City
Centre and Southport.
The first incident took place on Monday, 21 June 2010, at
around 1pm at the Tate Gallery Cafe,
Albert Dock. A woman was seated at one of the tables and she noticed
a man seated near to her. A short time later, her bag is gone. CCTV
shows that a man has taken her bag off the back of her seat and
walked from the cafe in the direction of the Inner Quay of the
On the same date a second
incident took place at the Weatherspoons pub on Lord Street,
Southport. The victim was sat in the pub when she saw a man sit near
to her. A short while later she
noticed her bag had been taken.
CCTV shows that the offender puts her bag under his coat before
walking out of the pub.
A further two incidents take
place on Friday, 4 July 2010, and Saturday, 5 July 2010, in the Lord
Street area. In both incidents, the victims bags are taken while
they are seated in a pub or cafe.
The offender in all cases is described as white male, 5' 10 - 6'
tall, slim build, dark collar length, on a number of occasions he is
wearing a distinctive Burberry style checked baseball cap and a
white t-shirt with vertical striped and a light blue tightly fitted
cardigan. It is thought that the male speaks with an European accent
Constable Jonathan Barnett of Sefton CID said:- "We believe
that someone may recognise the man pictured in the CCTV and we
believe he may have information that could assist with our
enquiries. I would urge anyone in a cafe, bar or club to make sure
they look after their belongings and know where their bag is at all
times. I'd like to remind people keep bags fastened, keep them close
to them and to keep mobile phones safe and hidden."
Anyone who recognises this man, or who has any information
about these incidents is asked to contact Sefton CID at Copy Lane
Police Station on:- 0151 777 3165 or Crimestoppers anonymously on:-
0800 555 111.