Mayor made OBE
in Queen’s Birthday Honours
MAYOR of Liverpool, Joe
Anderson, has been awarded the OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.
The 54 year old, who was previously Leader of the Council, has been
given the honour for services to local government.
Mayor Anderson said:- “I am very surprised and humbled to
receive this honour and regard it as much for the people of the city
as for myself.
I think it is a recognition of the many great achievements Liverpool
has made in recent years, and for all the determined and talented
people of the city.
It is particularly pleasing that it should be made during the
Queen's Diamond Jubilee Year.”
Joe Anderson left school at 16, and joined the Merchant Navy and
later P&O Ferries, spending 12 years at sea. Aged 20, he was a
steward of the National Union of Seamen and became the youngest ever
His subsequent career brought Joe back to Liverpool, where he
studied for a degree in social work at Liverpool John Moores
University, and then went on to become a social worker for Sefton
Council in 1992.
He moved into education welfare and was appointed to lead a social
inclusion unit for young people with behavioural and emotional
difficulties. Joe also studied Labour History at Liverpool
He was elected to Liverpool City Council for the Abercomby ward (now
Riverside) in Liverpool in 1998, the place where he grew up. He
became Leader of the Labour Group on the council three years later,
and Leader of the Council in 2010.
In May 2012, Joe stood in the first ever direct elections for the
city-wide Mayor of Liverpool.
Joe is married to Marg and has 4 children and 2 grandchildren.
Two arrested following firearms
A mother and her son where
arrested by detectives investigating an incident where shots were
fired at a house in Norris Green, Liverpool on Monday, 11 June 2012.
The 38 year old woman and the 17 year old male were arrested after
Matrix officers found a loaded sawn-off shotgun and a live 9mm round
of handgun ammunition at an address in Holmrook Road on Friday, 15
June 2012. A search warrant was executed at the house by
officers investigating a shooting on Monday night in nearby
Haselbeech Crescent in which a window on the front of a house there
was shot at by a gunman on a motorbike. A 19 year old local
man was also arrested in connection with that shooting, in which
no-one was injured. The 19 year old man arrested in connection with
the incident has now been released and no further Police action will
be taken against him at this time in relation to this matter.
The arrests follow extensive and high profile police activity in the
Norris Green area following the fatal shooting of a 32 year old
local man in the early hours of Wednesday. No one has been arrested
in connection with the murder of Joseph Thompson, however a murder
investigation by the Major Incident Team remains ongoing.
The mother and son have been bailed, on Saturday, 16 June 2012,
pending further enquiries. DCI Lee Turner from the Force's
anti-gun and gang crime Matrix unit, said:- "These are
significant seizures. Sawn-off shotguns are lethal weapons and we
are pleased we have taken one out of circulation so that it cannot
be used by criminals to wreak havoc in their own community. The
police will continue to work with, and on behalf of, decent, law
abiding residents to take as many guns and the criminals who use
them off our streets."
marked in Liverpool
CARERS in Liverpool will
get the opportunity to find out how the internet can make their life
easier at a special event this week.
As part of National
Carers Week, an information day is being held at St George’s Hall on
Thursday, 21 June 2012, from 10:30am to 3pm for people who care for friends,
relatives and neighbours in Liverpool.
There are an estimated 50,000 carers in Liverpool, and the event is
organised by Liverpool Carers Centre in partnership with Liverpool
At the event, members of the Go ON it’s
Liverpool campaign, which is working to get more people online, will
be showing how life for carers can be made easier, such as by
shopping online, keeping in touch with other carers by email and
using Skype to contact family and friends.
Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) staff will also be on hand to
provide advice and guidance on the new Universal Credit which is
being introduced from 2013 and will see many benefit applications
being available online only.
The theme this year is ‘In Sickness and In Health’, and the
event will be opened by Lord Mayor Sharon Sullivan. It is a subject
which is close to her heart; she is a carer herself and looks after
her elderly mum.
The Lord Mayor said:- “I know from personal experience that
there are so many people in Liverpool who give up much of their free
time to help and support those who need looking after. This
event is a chance for them to find out about the help that is
available to them to make sure they get support and respite
There will also be demonstrations, advice, free therapies and pamper
Councillor Roz Gladden, Cabinet member for adult services and
health, said:- “Many people don’t even realise that they are
classed as carers and could well be missing out on vital benefits
and other types of support.
Although the council is having to make tough choices due to
reductions in national spending, we are committed to providing
support to the most vulnerable. This event is part of our commitment
to making sure people get the help they are entitled to.
We are encouraging anyone who cares for another adult to take up
their right to a carer’s assessment. This gives you the chance to
talk about what you do as a carer and to find out about what support
you can get and the rights that you have.”
To find out more about carer’s assessments, please visit:-
or call Careline on:- 0151 233 3800 for an information pack.
Also you can find out more about Carers Week log on to:-