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2 December 2010
DRIVING SAFELY AS THE TEMPERATURE DROPS
WITH Christmas just around the
corner and temperature dropping, Merseyside Police is taking the
opportunity to give advice to members of the public to keep them
safe on the roads.
Officers are asking motorists to follow this simple checklist to
keep safe on the roads this Winter.
Vehicle Safety Advice Tips
► In winter it is even more important to check you vehicle is well
maintained and serviced.
► Keep the lights, windows and mirrors clean and free from ice and
► Add anti-freeze to the radiator and winter additive to the
windscreen washer bottles.
► Make sure wipers and lights are in good working order.
► Check that tyres have plenty of tread depth
► Remember – on cold mornings NEVER leave your car unattended with
the engine running while it warms up
► When driving lock your doors
When roads are icy or slushy
► It can take ten times longer to stop in icy conditions than on a
► To brake on ice or snow without locking your wheels, get into a
low gear earlier than normal, allow your speed to fall and use the
brake pedal gently.
Watch out for fog
► In foggy conditions, drive very slowly using dipped headlights.
► Dazzle from winter sun can be dangerous. Keep a pair of sunglasses
Plan your journey - During wintry weather conditions
► Ask yourself - is your journey absolutely essential?
► Make sure you are equipped with warm clothes, food, boots and a
torch. In snowy conditions, take a spade.
► Always carry a screen scraper and de-icer.
If you get into trouble
► Do not use a mobile phone while driving. Stop somewhere safe or
ask a passenger to make the call.
► On a motorway, it is best to use a roadside emergency telephone,
because the breakdown/emergency services will be able to locate you
easily. If you have to use a mobile phone, make sure you know your
location from the numbers on the marker posts on the side of the
► Stay with your vehicle until help arrives.
► If you have to leave your vehicle to get help, make sure other
drivers can see you.
► Cross at zebra crossings or traffic lights, do not cross between
► Make sure drivers see you before you cross.
► Cross when traffic has come to a complete stop.
► At a traffic light, cross at the beginning of a green pedestrian
light. Do not cross once the red man begins to flash or once the
light has turned to red. Never cross on a red light.
► Watch for traffic turning at junctions or entering and leaving
► Wear bright or light-coloured clothing or reflective strips, when
walking in dusk or darkness.
CIVIC HONOURS COMPETITION FOR DIAMOND JUBILEE LAUNCHED
to create a new city to mark Her Majesty The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee
in 2012 is launched today. Details of the Civic Honours Competition
were unveiled by Mark Harper, Minister for Political and
Constitutional Reform, who is inviting local authorities across the
United Kingdom to apply.
Existing cities are also invited to bid for the award of a Lord
Mayoralty or, in Scotland, a Lord Provostship. The awards are a rare
mark of distinction which are sparingly granted and will be made in
honour of the 60th anniversary of The Queen’s accession to the
Mark Harper, Minister for Political and Constitutional Reform,
said:- “For a town to be given city status or for a city to be
given a Lord Mayoralty is a real honour. These awards are only very
rarely granted and it is fitting they will be given to mark Her
Majesty’s Diamond Jubilee. I am delighted to launch the
competition for the awards today and we look forward to seeing the
Jeremy Hunt, Secretary of State for Culture, with special
responsibility for the Diamond Jubilee, said:- “Marking Her
Majesty’s 60 years on the throne in 2012 will be a great opportunity
for the nation to come together in celebration, just as it did for
her Silver and Golden Jubilees. This competition will be an
important part of this and will ensure that there is a lasting
legacy that will remain long after the festivities are over. I look
forward to hearing who’s won.”
Every application will be assessed on its merits, with local
authorities asked to follow entry guidelines which are published
online today. Local authorities now have 6 months in which to submit
their entries, which will then be considered by the Government
before recommendations are submitted to Her Majesty The Queen by The
Deputy Prime Minister. The results of the competition will be
announced in the first half of 2012.
The awards of city status and Lord Mayoralty or Provostship are
purely honorific and confer no additional powers, functions or
funding. The last civic honours competition was held in 2002 to mark
the Golden Jubilee when Preston, Stirling, Newport, Lisburn and
Newry were awarded city status and Exeter was awarded a Lord
Mayoralty. For the Diamond Jubilee, the competition is on a UK-wide
basis and only one award of city status and one award of Lord
Mayoralty or Lord Provostship is expected to be made.
A PHONE IS FOR LIFE
NOT JUST FOR CHRISTMAS......
MERSEYSIDE Police are now urging
mobile phone owners in Sefton to register their phones this
Christmas on the National Mobile Property Register database (NMPR)
and is giving members of the public the chance to win an Apple iPad
when they do.
The NMPR database is an on-line property search, used by the police
service to search for any identifiable item of property. Once a
phone or other valuable electrical item is registered, officers are
able to look up it’s unique registration or IMEI number, view its
registered owners details, find out if it has been reported stolen
by the police anywhere in the UK, the insurance company and in the
case of a mobile phone, which network it is on. Ultimately it will
mean that you improve your chances of getting your phone back if its
lost or stolen.
In the run up to Christmas, officers will be visiting every area
across the Force to offer members of the public the opportunity to
register their mobile phones via their website, to the NMPR
database. Registering only takes a few minutes and officers will be
able to do this on-site.
Chief Inspector Shaun Holland explains:- "Nowadays mobile
phones are used for more than just making phone calls, in effect
people have their whole lives are on them – family pictures,
important emails, schedules and contact details. We realise that if
your phone is lost or stolen it can have a big impact on your lives.
We want as many people as possible to get their phones registered on
the database this Christmas. It’s simple and free to do, and means
that if a mobile phone is found, or if we stop someone with a mobile
phone that we believe does not to belong to them, we can quickly
check it on the database, and return it to the rightful owner. We
hope that by encouraging more and more people to register their
phones, the message will get back to those who are thinking about
stealing a phone, that it’s just not worth it.”
On Wednesday, 8 December 2010, officers will be in Aintree
Racecource Retail Park and on Thursday, 9 December 2010, in Tesco
supermarket carpark, Hawthorn Road, Bootle with the publicity pod
and an inflatable mobile phone. Officers will be registering items
and will also be giving out crime prevention advice to members of
Also to register your electrical good for free and to be in with a
chance of winning and iPad and for full terms and conditions visit:-
Members of the public are also able to register other mobile
electrical items, such as iPads, net books, laptops and mp3 players
the 'Big Society' is protecting children from sexual abuse
A new report published 2 December
2010 shows that some child sexual abusers can and do seek help to
manage their thoughts and behaviour so as not to harm a child. The
Stop it Now! Helpline report (June 2005 to December 2009) shows that
the Helpline received 11,975 calls from 5,634 callers who were
looking for information, advice and support in connection with child
sexual abuse issues.
The child protection confidential freephone Helpline is for adults
who need advice on all matters relating to child sexual abuse – with
target groups including abusers and potential abusers concerned
about their own thoughts or behaviour, those worried about the
behaviour of another adult, child or young person and professionals
needing case advice.
Over 50% of calls were made by adults concerned about their own
thoughts or behaviour towards children, 25% were made by adults
concerned about another adult and 4% were made by adults concerned
about the sexual behaviour of a child or young person. Other calls
were from professionals (8%) and survivors of child sexual abuse
In most cases the caller had not had any contact with any child
protection agency at the time of calling but wanted to take action
to protect a child. The Helpline operator listens, encourages,
supports and agrees one or more actions for the caller to take
immediately. In some cases this leads to contact with statutory
agencies such as the Police or Children’s Services. In all cases the
agreed actions look to ensure that one or more children are kept
safe from sexual abuse.
Use of the Helpline has increased steadily over the years, with 1834
calls made in 2005 compared with 3182 in 2009. The value of the
service is demonstrated by callers making repeat calls to help
address on-going issues; adults concerned about their own behaviour
call on average three times each, those concerned about another
adult or young person call on average twice. In addition, many
decide to give up their anonymity and come forward for face-to-face
One of the largest increases in calls has been from those concerned
about their own behaviour on the Internet. In 2009 the Helpline
received 1259 calls from this group compared with 267 in 2005 – a
four-fold increase – demonstrating that the Internet is a cause of
concern for a growing number of callers.
Director of Stop it Now! UK and Ireland and Director of Research and
Development, Lucy Faithfull Foundation, Donald Findlater, said:- “Telephone helplines for children are a key part of child
protection services. However, it is ultimately the responsibility of
adults to protect children from abuse and helplines for concerned
adults are a powerful means of protection and prevention. Many
people who contact the Stop it Now! Helpline are not in contact with
agencies or the authorities but want to protect children. To do this
they need advice, support and information. This is the ‘Big Society’
at work. Current public feeling about child sexual abuse,
child abusers and the continuous headlines in the media do little to
make children safe. They imply that child sexual abuse is inevitable
and that the only response to the problem is to identify abusers
after they have offended and punish them. But child sexual abuse is
not inevitable, it is preventable. We need all adults to develop the
skills and knowledge they need to play their part in keeping
children safe. It’s easy to talk tough about known offenders.
But talking tough is not solving the problem. At best, the
authorities deal with only 25% of abuse. Responding to offenders
after the abuse has taken place does not impact on those not
reported or convicted. We need a range of solutions and a broader
vision to tackle this problem. One of the key findings from
our report is that only 4% of calls were made by adults concerned
about a child or young person. Yet research suggests that one third
of all offences are committed by those under the age of 18. Parents
need to be able to pay attention to their children’s behaviour,
recognise issues when they arise and be confident enough to take
action. If it goes unaddressed, there could be disastrous
consequences for the child and other children down the road.”
Key findings from the
Adults concerned about their own behaviour – Summary:-
► Year-on-year the number of calls from this group increased
substantially and almost doubled over the period of the report (304
in 2005 and 584 in 2009). 98% (1921) of these callers were men who
made 5925 calls to the helpline. 2 % were women who made 111 calls
to the Helpline.
► The most notable increase was from
people who had offended on the Internet. In 2009 the Helpline
received 1259 calls from Internet offenders, compared to 267 in
Adults concerned about their own behaviour – offline:-
► 804 callers were abusers or potential abusers, with behaviour or
concerns unrelated to the Internet. They made 1916 calls to the
of these had previously abused one or more children and wanted help
to manage their behaviour. 368 had not yet abused a child but were
troubled by their sexual thoughts and wanted help to manage their
81% of offline abusers or potential abusers had not been arrested
and were not in contact with the authorities prior to calling the
Adults concerned about their own behaviour – online:-
► 1156 people had concerns about their behaviour on the Internet.
They made 4071 calls to the Helpline.
► This group of callers increased four
fold over the period of the report. (In 2009 the Helpline received
1259 calls from adults concerned about their own behaviour on the
Internet compared to 267 in 2005).
► 1080 callers had already committed
offences on the Internet. 15% (162) of these callers were not in
contact with the police but wanted advice about ways of combating
their illegal behaviour.
Family and friends concerned about another adult’s behaviour
► 1497 people contacted the Helpline because they were worried about
another adults behaviour. They made 3013 calls.
► The volume of calls from this group has steadily increased with
846 calls received in 2009 compared to 506 in 2005.
► 80% of callers were women.
► 89% stated their relationship to the person of concern. Partners
(35%), parents (18%) and ex-partners (9%) made the highest number of
calls in this group.
Parents and carers concerned about a child or young person’s sexual
► 311 people contacted the Helpline because they were worried about
the sexual behaviour of a child or young person. They made 533
majority of callers were parents concerned about their child. Other
callers included carers or close family members, teachers,
neighbours and child minders.
► 79% of these callers were women.
► In 2009, 76% (74) callers were not in
contact with any child protection agency, statutory or voluntary at
the time of calling.
Adults concerned about a child or young person who may have been
► 332 people called the Helpline because they were worried a child
may have been abused. They made 550 calls.
► We estimate that over half called with
concerns that the child was being sexually abused by another child
(52%, 173 callers, based on a 15% sample of callers in this
► 862 professionals called the Helpline. They made 974 calls.
► Most callers were from Children’s
Services or Health. Social workers were seeking advice when working
with families who had been affected by child sexual abuse. Callers
from the Health Service included GPs, mental health workers,
psychotherapists and those providing services to people with drug or
alcohol issues. Many called because the people they were working
with had disclosed that they had committed a sexual offence or were
concerned about their thoughts or behaviour towards children.
► 316 survivors called the Helpline. They called 406 times.
► 63% were women whilst 37% were men.
► This group included those who needed
to talk about their own experiences of being abused and to gain
access to survivor services. Others were concerned that the person
who abused them might still pose a risk to children.
► 5% (16) of callers had suffered
abusive experiences in their past and were now struggling with
inappropriate thoughts towards children.
Findings demonstrate that:-
► Some individuals who have sexually abused a child want help in
managing their behaviour.
► Some people recognise their thoughts
about and behaviour towards children as potentially harmful and will
seek help to manage them.
► Some adults are able to recognise
inappropriate sexual behaviours and attitudes in those close to them
and will seek help and support in protecting children and holding
other adults accountable for their behaviour.
► With accurate information and support,
adults can be effective agents of prevention within their family and
► Some adults are able to recognise
inappropriate or harmful sexual behaviour in children and young
people and they will seek help to address this.
► The Internet has become a major
vehicle for harmful behaviour by adults, but it is also a place
where some offenders and those close to them will seek help to
ensure responsible online behaviour in the future.
► Where a sexual offence may have been
committed or a child may be at risk, anxiety about repercussions,
for themselves and loved ones, causes many people not to report
concerns or seek help from relevant agencies.
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