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Issue:- 14 June  2012

The Lancashire Hotpots are in town!

EVERYONE in East Lancashire and Merseyside are being reminded that The Lancashire Hotpots will be performing a free concert in the area on Saturday, 16 June 2012. The much loved Lancashire group are involved in promoting the election of the County's Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC). From midday they will be performing a free, hour-long set on the bandstand in Burnley Town Centre. As well as performing their most popular songs, including 'Chippy Tea', the event will see the band's first live performance of 'Be Part of It!'; a song specially written to inform people about this year's election and why it's so important. Lancashire Police Authority (LPA) is hosting the event, which will include a competition and free giveaways. The event marks the launch of the Authority's 'Be Part of It!' campaign; aimed at ensuring as many are aware of Lancashire's election for a PCC on 15 November 2012. The PCC will replace the current Lancashire Police Authority. The person elected to be PCC will be responsible for the police budget, deciding how crime is tackled in the County and holding the Chief Constable to account. Head of Community Engagement for LPA, Naomi Walker, said:- "We're so excited to have The Lancashire Hotpots on board. We want as many people as possible to come to Burnley on Saturday and join in the fun. Come and meet us, grab some free giveaways and enter our competition to win a goody bag from The Lancashire Hotpots."

Missing From Home - Michael Cawley

MERSEYSIDE Police have confirmed that Michael has been found safe and well.  They would like to thank the public and the media for their help.

Fatal Shooting in Norris Green, Liverpool

MERSEYSIDE Police can confirm that an investigation has been launched after Joseph Thompson, aged 32, was shot dead and another man seriously injured in Norris Green on Thursday, 14 June 2012. The second man is said to have received a gunshot injuries to his upper body. He as taken to hospital by ambulance and remains in hospital in a condition that is described as being serious, but stable. It is also reported that his injuries not thought to be life-threatening. The scene was cordoned off by Merseyside Police and House-to-house enquiries are now underway. Merseyside Police have also said that high visibility patrols have been stepped up in the area. The motive for the shooting is not yet clear and officers are appealing for anyone with information to come forward. "An investigation to establish the full circumstances of the incident is underway. Anyone with information is asked to contact Merseyside Police's Matrix team on:- 0151 777 5699 or Crimestoppers on:- 0800 555111." said Merseyside Police..

Chief Constable Commendations 2012

MERSEYSIDE Police officers and staff were commended by the Chief Constable, Jon Murphy on Monday, 11 June 2012, during a ceremony at Aintree racecourse. The Chief Constable presented each recipient with a Certificate of Commendation to recognise the outstanding work carried out in the course of their duty. These Officers and Opertions where as follows:-

Operation Bexley

D/Constable's Christopher Bromilow and Charlotte Raymer were commended for their part in an operation investigating high value burglary offences across the North West. After investigating over 180 incidents involving theft, 4 people were convicted and received sentences totalling 33 years.

Operation Fumara

D/Chief Inspector Lee Turner, D/Inspector Andrew O'Connor, D/Constable Philip Ryan and 2 other officers who are not being named were commended for their part in an operation focusing on armed robberies that were committed across the Merseyside area. Their work resulted in 5 males being arrested and receiving sentences totalling 35 years. All officers were commended for their professionalism and dedication during the operation.

A/Sergeant Sarah Taylor has been commended for her leadership and commitment in further developing an effective partnership with local transport providers in the role of Mersey Travel Liaison Sergeant from February 2010 onwards. Sarah has set the standard of service provided by Merseyside Police at an extremely high level.

Sea Odyssey

T/Assistant Chief Constable Chris Armitt, T/Chief Superintendent Mike Cloherty, Chief Inspector Paul Levick, Chief Inspector Martin Woosey, Inspector Jonathan Davies and 2 other officers who are not being named were commended for their professionalism and dedication to duty during the planning and implementation of the policing plan for Sea Odyssey in April this year. During the 3 days the estimated attendance at the event was given as over 500,000 and throughout the event only 4 crimes were recorded and 2 arrested made for disorder.

Fraud in a Care Home

D/Constable Jill Fallon was commended for her work in pursuing charges of theft and fraud earlier this year whilst investigating a large scale fraud perpetrated by the managers of a care home in Speke. Her investigation resulted in the offenders receiving sentences totalling 7 years.

Chief Constable Jon Murphy, said:- "These commendations highlight the commitment, courage and professionalism of our officers. They do not take their responsibilities lightly and undertaken their roles with dignity and a quiet determination ensuring they provide an excellent service for Merseyside. I am immensely proud of each of them."

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