MISSING FROM HOME APPEAL - CHRISTOPHER LYDALL
Nottinghamshire are appealing for information to help trace a 47
year old man, who may have travelled to Liverpool. Christopher
Lydall was last seen in the St Ann’s area of Nottingham on the
morning of Monday, 14 March 2011. Since then none of his family or
friends have spoken to him and police are now growing increasingly
concerned for his welfare. It is understood Mr Lydall has links to
Liverpool and may have travelled there in the last couple of days.
Mr Lydall is described as white, around 5ft 8ins tall, clean shaven
and with short dark hair. It is not known what clothing he was
wearing. He is also understood to be a keen cyclist. Anyone who
believes they may have seen Mr Lydall is asked to contact
Nottinghamshire Police on:- 0300 300 9999. Alternatively, they can
call Crimestoppers anonymously on:- 0800 555 111.
Citysafe’s year of success
Liverpool’s community safety partnership, has recorded a year of
significant achievement with major reductions in crime and disorder.
Its annual report for 200/11 shows that overall crime in the city
has been cut by 10% with big reductions in priority areas of serious
crime. Serious Acquisitive Crime burglary and robbery; is down by
17% reduction compared with the previous year and serious violence
fell by 26% while gun crimes were cut by 21% and knife crime by 21%.
There was also a 19% reduction in recorded cases of anti-social
“These are very encouraging figures and underline the fact that
Liverpool is one of the safest cities. However, we can never be
complacent about crime and we will continue to work to male
Liverpool even safer. As well as helping reduce crime we have also
been involved in a number of initiatives to improve our communities.
Citysafe is a great example of effective partnership working.”
said Councillor Ann O’Byrne.
Among the work Citysafe has been involved in during the year were:-
► Ten Respect Weeks of Action throughout the city which tackled
crime, anti-social behaviour, as well as cleaning up environmental
grot spots, and providing community activities.
► Liverpool's Anti-Social Behaviour Unit handled about 950 calls and
obtained 50 Anti-Social Behaviour Orders and more than 120
Acceptable Behaviour Contracts
► 750 victims of domestic violence were supported during the year by
services provided by the Partnership
► 571 hate crime referrals were made to the Hate Crime Advisory
Service between April and November 2010; and action has been taken
► More than 220 Merseyside victims of sexual violence have been
supported by the Sexual Assault Referral Centre in Liverpool.
► The Partnership's comprehensive DISARM Strategy and services
continue to be provided to prevent young people from getting
involved in gun, gangs, knife crime.
► 180 target hardening programmes were delivered– helping to keep
vulnerable people safe in their own homes.
► 50 alley-gating schemes were approved to protect residents’
properties from crime and anti-social behaviour.
Croxteth pupils go back to the future!
PUPILS are to
celebrate the start of work on their new £4.6 million school in
Liverpool on Thursday, 17 March 2011. Croxteth Community Primary
School will provide state of the art facilities for more than 300
children, replacing the worn out existing building. To mark the
start of work by construction firm Morgan Sindall Plc, pupils will
be singing a special song, helping with the ground breaking and
planting a time capsule which will be opened in 50 years, so that
future generations are reminded of the significance of the day.
Councillor Jane Corbett, Cabinet member for education, said:-
“This is a significant investment in a new community facility and is
not just a momentous day for the school, but the entire local
community. The new school will provide a first class education for
generations of young people, as well as being available for local
residents to use. It marks the dawn of a new era for the whole area
and will help support the already excellent teaching at the school.”
The school has been designed by the city council’s design joint
venture partnership - 2020 Liverpool - with classrooms arranged
around three central court yards, with direct access to outdoor play
areas. One of the most distinctive features in the school will be a
high tech room featuring a projector which can transmit images and
film across an entire wall. Combined with special mood lighting, the
“immersive learning space” enables teachers to literally
transport pupils to anywhere in the world. There will also be
library, art and music rooms and a synthetic area for sport and
games, a large community room and a crèche. Outside, there will be
an allotment for growing vegetables, playing fields and space for
children to eat outside.
Head Teacher Karen McBride said:- “This is a fantastic day and
everyone associated with the school is tremendously excited that our
dreams are starting to turn into reality. The new building will be a
fantastic place for children to learn and make sure they get the
best possible start to their education. Our pupils have been able to
have a say over the new building and we have been very keen to get
them involved in the start of the work.”
Items in the time capsule include photos of children learning, items
of school uniform, a newspaper from March 2011, coins and
photographs and drawings of the current school.
John Pass, senior site manager for construction firm Morgan Sindall
Plc, said:- “We are always keen to involve pupils in our
projects and are thrilled to have head teacher Karen McBride and the
pupils burying the time capsule on site. The ground breaking marks a
momentous first step in the construction of the new school and we
hope everyone in the community enjoys watching our progress over the
The building will be environmentally friendly, with a ‘green’
roof to absorb rainwater and provide insulation. The school
will be heated using ground source energy, in which pumps use pipes
buried in the ground to extract heat.
Ian Weir, Technical Director of architects 2020 Liverpool said:-
“It's designed to be an organic building, from the green roof
which will change colour with the seasons, to the flexible learning
spaces and the environmental features which will help support
education as well as saving energy. It's going to be an inspiring
place in which to work, to learn and to grow."
Work is expected to
be completed in October 2011, after which the old school will be
The whole project,
including new grass playing pitches, will be completed by spring