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07 April 2010
THEFT OF METAL
AS you may
have seen in the national press, due to the increased value of metal, thieves
are now targeting many types of metal, typically lead and copper but
increasingly also steel. Whilst roofs are the most likely
targets, particularly on churches, other sources of metal such as
garden statues can be at risk. There have also been incidents
whereby thieves have broken into Electrical Sub-Stations to steal
the metal cabling from inside.
"If you see anyone acting suspiciously around your local churches or
sub-stations please ensure that you inform the local police.
The police nationally and locally are aware of this issue and are
mounting a number of operations to intercept materials.
There are several ways in which you could reduce your risk of
becoming a victim of this sort of crime (as stated, often aimed at
churches for lead and also empty properties for copper
Maximise surveillance level of your property, including cutting back
tall trees and vegetation around buildings which could provide a
screen to hide criminal activities. Consider the installation
of security lighting, particularly at roof level where metal roof
coverings are present.
I would encourage the local community to remain vigilant and report
any suspicious activity to the police, particularly the unexpected
arrival of workmen.
Make the thieves' job more difficult be removing any easy access
onto building roofs, such as water butts, waste bins and tall trees
located in close proximity to the building.
Prickly planting can be used in a variety of ways. Most commonly
they are used to reinforce existing boundaries, for instance by
growing alongside perimeter fences. They could also be used more
strategically and make access routes onto roofs less attractive.
Apply anti-climb paint to drain pipes and roof guttering to restrict
access to roofing. The paint should not be applied below a height of
2m and a warning notice indicating it has been applied should be
Remove any easy means of transporting stolen goods, such as
wheelbarrows and wheelie bins, to a secure storage area.
Please remember it is not usually domestic houses that are targeted
for these metal thefts and thieves concentrate more on industrial
premises/churches. As such I would ask that you all remain vigilant
about the buildings around you and report any suspicious activities
to the police." said
Inspector Tony Jones of Merseyside Police.
mural to bring communities together
street artist Mohammed Ali – also known as Aerosol Arabic – is
joining young people from Liverpool to create a mural aimed at
bringing communities together.
The concept of the mural, at Tunnage Square in Ropewalks, has
involved pupils from Calderstones School and the Liverpool
Supplementary School run by the Muslim Enterprise Development
Service and has been developed by Mohammed.
The themes of his work include learning, brotherhood, tolerance and
understanding and this project aims to use street art to bring
people from different backgrounds together to create an attractive
piece of art which will not only have a real impact but a lasting
It is a key community cohesion project organised by Citysafe –
Liverpool’s community safety partnership.
Mohammed Ali said:- "Decorating our urban grey spaces with a
bit of colour, but also bringing something meaningful is important
to me, using art as a means to bring about social change, which is
crucial in the times we live in.”
Alison Stathers –Tracey, assistant director for community safety,
said;- “Mohammed is a world renowned artist akin to Banksy and
we are very pleased that he is doing this work with us.
It is an imaginative way of bridging cultures and bringing different
communities together through street art.
The exact nature of the work will be shown as the mural takes shape
but it is bound to be thought-provoking and prompt debate about art
in a multi-cultural society.
We have consulted with the Ropewalks Stakeholders Group and they
feel it is appropriate that this mural should be created in an area
which is a creative hub.”
Maritime extravaganza Springs to life
TALL Ships, a
Shanty Festival, Regattas and historic canal boats will all be part
of a maritime spectacular on the River Mersey. Spring on the
Waterfront is a FREE 10 day festival running from Friday 29 April
211, until Sunday 8 May 2011. It is packed full of more than 100 events for
the whole family on land and on water.
Liverpool City Council has announced the programme for the maritime
extravaganza with highlights including:
A special visit by some of the world’s most famous Tall Ships
including Astrid, Pelican of London, Oosterschelde and STA Stavros S
Niarchos which is the first new tall ship built in Britain for more
than 12 years. Visitors will be given the chance to board the ships
as well as square-rigger Zebu and Ruth, to watch demonstrations of
sailor skills and to meet the crew.
A Shanty Festival where performers will take to a floating stage in
Salthouse Dock and the quayside will be filled with songs and music
from Liverpool’s golden age of sailing ships. Local acts will be
joined by performers from the USA and Europe.
Yachts from all over the North West will compete in two exciting
regattas on the Mersey – the Liverpool Kindred Clubs Regatta 29
April to 2 May 2011) and the Royal Mersey Spring Regatta 7May to 8 May
will both see multihulls, nobbies and yachts compete for first
Canal boats will take over Salthouse Dock, giving everyone the
chance to tour some of the historic vessels and see the canal boat
Water lovers can make the most of free taster sessions of dinghy
sailing, windsurfing, wakeboarding, kayaking, canoeing and
paddleboards at the Watersports Centre.
A special food and
drink festival located at the Pier Head will showcase the very best
Street theatre will
add an element of maritime madness to the occasion with
entertainment ranging from mime and clowns to jugglers.
Many bars, restaurants and shops on the Albert Dock will be offering
free special activities for customers, including Gusto which will be
giving children the chance to create their own pizzas.
walks will explore the UNESCO World Heritage Waterfront, and
visitors can discover how Liverpool transformed from a tiny fishing
village to the second city of the Empire. And, as the event
launches on the same day as a very special wedding, organisers have
made sure visitors will not miss out, with a Royal Wedding salute
performed by the historic canal boats between 11.30am and midday.
The Royal Wedding will be shown on a giant screen at Liverpool ONE,
which will also host a street party.
Liverpool City Council’s Head of Events, Judith Feather, said:- “Spring on the Waterfront is set to be a fantastic event and it’s
a real credit to the maritime industry and other regional
organisations who have worked with us at short notice to make it
The number of free activities on offer means there really is
something for everyone, and it’s a great way of keeping everyone
entertained without breaking the bank!
The event is also a taster of what to expect in September when the
hugely popular Mersey River Festival returns. Our iconic waterfront
will be showcased at its very best and we’re looking forward to
thousands of people converging on the Pier Head for what will be a
The city council has been working in partnership with Liverpool
Vision, the city’s economic development company, to organise Spring
on the Waterfront.
Chief Executive of Liverpool Vision, Max Steinberg, said:-
“We’ve had fantastic support from Liverpool businesses and the city
is making the best of its main attractions. Spring on the Waterfront will not only be a great day out for
families, but it will also provide a valuable injection into the
economy and showcase our World Heritage Site and magnificent
waterfront in the best possible way.”
For full details and times of all the events taking place during the
Organisations supporting the event are Liverpool City Council,
Liverpool Vision, Decade of Health and Wellbeing, Liverpool ONE,
Inland Waterways, European Regional Development Fund, Merseytravel,
Tate Liverpool, National Museums Liverpool, Comedy Festival,
Liverpool Marina, British Waterways, Sail Training, Gower Street
Estates, The Mersey Partnership, the Albert Dock Company, Geraud and
the Watersports Centre.
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