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12 August 2010
BURGLARY ADVICE LIVERPOOL NORTH
Police Officers in Liverpool North are inviting residents to attend
a community event at the Mecca Bingo Hall, East Prescot Road, West
Derby on Tuesday, 17 August 2010.
Officers will be offering crime prevention advice and they will be
given the opportunity to see how to maximise security of their homes
with a new giant interactive model house.
The 8ft tall model is part of Merseyside Police's ongoing commitment
to tackling burglary and the initiative aims to show people how to
keep their homes secure.
Residents will also have the opportunity to meet with officers from
the Liverpool North Burglary team and discuss any concerns they have
about burglary in their area.
In certain areas of Liverpool North, officers will also be carrying
out Operation Handle, whereby officers will try the handles of doors
in the late evenings and through in to the night, in burglary
hotspot areas. When a home is found insecure the officers alert the
residents to highlight the vulnerability of their premises and
advise them of security measures they can put in place to ensure
they don't become victims of burglary.
Neighbourhood Inspector Steve Povall said:- "A large
percentage of crime is committed by the opportunist thief - when a
window is left open or a door unlocked. We hope that by holding
these community events and carrying out operations, people are
reassured that we are focussed on tackling the issue of burglary and
that they are reminded to make their homes as secure as possible.
Burglary will not be tolerated and we will continue to work with
residents to drive down this type of crime."
Officers from Merseyside Police are reminding householders of basic
security advice which may reduce their chances of becoming victims
► Ask yourself the question – if you were locked out how would you
get back in your house? Chances are if you can work it out so can a
► Always lock your front door from inside - in particular UPVc front
doors are often left unlocked when people are in their house and
offenders know this and will try UPVc doors to check if they are an
easy point of access.
► If you can, try and leave a light on or use a timer switch during
the evening if you are going to be out of your house
► Only have ground floor windows open if you are to be in that room
for a period of time.
► Do not leave back doors open or unlocked if you are to be upstairs
for any length of time as burglars often gain access to people's
property from rear gardens.
► Do not leave upstairs windows open when you are going out.
► Lock away all your garden tools including ladders as burglars
could use these to enter your property.
► Try not to leave valuable items such as TV, hi-fi systems, video
or DVD where thieves can see them.
► Post mark your property your belongings visibly and permanently
with your postcode and house
► When going on holiday make sure milk deliveries are cancelled,
post is collected and if possible get friends or family to check on
your property. Always check your front and back door are secure even
if you are in, burglaries can often occur via insecure back doors
whilst residents are at home watching television.
► Secure your shed and garage properly. Don't leave tools lying
► Phone Merseyside Police if you see anything or anyone suspicious
who you do not recognise or who you are not expecting such as a
window cleaner or builder. The chances are they are genuine trades
people but if you are unsure make a note of the date, time,
description of the person (s) and report it to us.
If you have any c;-oncerns or issues you would like to speak to us
about then please call us on 0151 709 6010 and ask to speak to your
local neighbourhood team. Alternatively you can call Crimestoppers
anonymously on:- 0800 555 111. For further crime prevention
information or details on how to contact your local neighbourhood
policing team please visit:-
Southport solicitors urged to demonstrate their talents and enter
the Law Society Excellence Awards
date for entries to the most prestigious awards in the legal
calendar is fast approaching. Teams and individuals now have just
under two weeks to submit their nominations by 20 August 2010, to
gain recognition for their achievements as outstanding practitioners
in the legal sector.
BBC Broadcaster Mishal Husain will present the awards at a
prestigious celebration dinner on 21 October 2010 at Old
Following the outstanding success of the Excellence Awards since
their inauguration in 2007 they are now established as the leading
awards for the profession in the legal calendar.
The awards recognise and reward the most outstanding practitioners
in the legal professions and are open to individuals and teams
across the entire legal sector, not just solicitors.
The wide range of categories reflect the diverse work of the
profession. Individuals are invited to enter one of six categories
to win the title of legal executive, solicitor advocate, junior
lawyer or solicitor of the year 'in-house' or
Teams are encouraged to compete for awards in client service,
innovation, equality & diversity, environmental responsibility,
marketing & business development, practice management, exporting
legal services and community investment.
The Excellence Awards reward and promote excellence across the legal
profession and celebrate outstanding achievement in areas that are
central to the profession today. They demonstrate that lawyers
continue to innovate and to deliver work of the highest quality
despite the challenging economic climate.
Law Society Vice President Linda Lee said:- "Winning a Law
Society Excellence Award is a huge achievement and brings great
recognition for individuals and firms. I would encourage
practitioners from all types of practices and backgrounds to submit
a nomination and demonstrate their talents. Winning an award is more
than recognition from their professional colleagues, it is also a
symbol of quality to members of the public."
Nominations are open until 20 August 2010. For details and to
download a nomination form Law Society's
Mobile Phone Thefts -
Centre has been targeted by a pickpocket who has been stealing
mobile phones. Merseyside Police have been made aware of quite a few
thefts over the last few weeks. If you know any information that
could help capture the pickpocket, call Crimestoppers anonymously
via calling:- 0800 555 111. It is thought by local businesses that
the pickpocket is known to police and lives locally. It has also
been reported to us that other areas in the vicinity of Southport
have also been targeted. If you do find your phone has been stolen,
contact your phone provider and cancel the sim and block the phone,
then contact the police with your phone’s model and serial code.
SENTENCING OF TAXI
DRIVER FOR DRINK DRIVING
Police have issued a warning motorists who drink drive they will not
avoid prosecution by consuming alcohol after they have been caught.
The warning follows the sentencing of a Southport taxi driver on
Tuesday, 3 August 2010, at North Sefton Magistrates' Court.
Michael Gavin, aged 60, of Shaftesbury Road, was arrested on
suspicion of drink driving after he was involved in a RTC on
Liverpool Road in Birkdale on 26 April 2010.
Prior to the arrival of police, Mr Gavin left the scene and returned
home where he was found by officers who believed he was under the
influence of alcohol and subsequently arrested him.
He claimed the alcohol in his system was consumed after the incident
but analysis revealed he was at least one and a half times over the
legal drink drive limit at the time of the collision.
Mr Gavin was given a three-year driving disqualification, an 18
month supervision order, told to attend a drink impaired driving
course and ordered to pay £85 costs.
PC Sean Bennett, from the Roads Policing team, said:- "A
common attitude taken by drink drivers is that if they manage to
have a drink after the incident they will get off with it and not
face prosecution but that is simply not true. We take all cases of
drink or drug impaired driving extremely seriously and will seek to
take drivers to court to face justice in every possible instance.
Ultimately drink driving can kill and maim innocent people. It can
have a huge impact on victims and their loved ones as well as
offenders whose lives can also be ruined as they face the loss of
their jobs and possibly a custodial sentence."
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