Make Halloween a
treat for Children
PARENTS are being urged by
North West Ambulance Service (NWAS) to follow a few simple safety
tips to ensure this Halloween is a treat for their children.
Traditionally, emergency 999 calls to NWAS soar on Halloween, but the
service believes this could be avoided if the public followed simple
NWAS is urging parents to make sure they always accompany children
when they are trick or treating, to make sure children carry a
torch, glow sick and wear reflective clothing to make them visible
Well-fitting masks, costumes and shoes should be worn to avoid
blocked vision, trips and falls, children should learn how to cross
the road properly as more accidents happen in the dark and face
paints should be tested on a small area of skin first to check for
Director of Emergency Service at NWAS, Derek Cartwright, said:-
"Halloween can be an exciting time for children and young people but
combined with the dark nights and bad weather, children can be
vulnerable to avoidable accidents. Emergency calls to the ambulance
service soar at this time of years. We are urging parents to ensure
their children are safe so they can enjoy the night and ambulances
are free to attend life-threatening emergencies. People should
think before they dial 999, about whether they really need an
ambulance. More appropriate treatment could be available at a minor
injuries unit, walk in centre, GP or Pharmacy."
If you need advice about choosing the right NHS service for your
needs, contact NHS Direct on:- 0845 46 47. Halloween should be
a fun, but remember not all want to take part. Remember to
check with elderly people and anyone vulnerable within your area
that it is ok to let your children trick or treat at their property.
Also their might be religious objections from some, so it is always
wise not to contact strangers and also respect peoples beliefs.
These are a few more simple rules, as suggested by the Royal Society
For The Prevention Of Accidents, that you can uses
in addition to your own...
Plan a local route and stick to it!
Preferably, contact all the householders for permission
beforehand! Always use common sense. Only
visit houses with Halloween decorations, such as a carved
pumpkin in the window. Sadly not everyone welcomes
trick or treaters, so please respect their views!
Be sure and say thank you for your treats! Also never
give out tricks!!!
Always be very cautious of strangers.
Accept treats only in the doorway. Never go inside a house.
Also wait until you get home and your parents to check your
sweets, before you eat them. You might be allergic to
Never trick-or-treat alone. Always ensure
that there is adequate adult supervision. ROSPA
suggests one adult for every 3 children. Young
children should always go trick-or-treating with an adult.
Adults should always do regular headcounts.
DO NOT carry any weapons or other props, as
this might intimidate householders and passersby.
Worse still you could find your self arrested by the Police!
Don't play near lit jack-o-lanterns.
Make sure that you are wearing a flame retardant costume.
Plus, do not carry glass jars with candles in or any naked
Wear costumes with reflective markings, and
bright colours. Costumes should not drag the floor. If you
have a hood or mask, check that it does not obstruct your
vision, or that of a child's! Adults should never
drive wearing a mask or hood, or any costumes that could
hamper your control of a vehicle.
Walk, Do not run! All
members of your group should walk on the pavements and
driveways. Only cross the road at well lit
places, with good visibility of on coming traffic. Do
not go into poorly lit areas! Young children should
hold an adult's hand near any roads.
Carry a torch and take a cellular phone and
watch with you if possible. If you have a torch
you can always hold it under your chin for a scary look, so
it can also be part of your costume, as well as being a way
to light up the dark...
DO NOT cross lawns, flowerbeds or parks, as
their may be hidden dangers, as well as the possibility you
could be damaging property.
SILKY skills and nifty
nutmegs will be on show next week as an exciting new sporting
competition for youngsters kicks off. Liverpool City Council
is launching its first ever Junior Mixed Futsal League on Friday, 26
October 2012, in partnership with the Liverpool County FA and Ash Celtic
Junior Football Club.
The fast-paced game is similar to 5-a-side football, but is played
indoors, on a smaller pitch, with a smaller ball and there is a
heavy emphasis on skill and technique. Around 30 teams have
already signed up to take part in the introductory matches, but
organisers are encouraging more youngsters to get involved and
become part of the new league. The league is aimed at budding
players aged from 7 to 10 years and it costs just £12.50 per team to
enter. The sessions will take place every Friday at the Tennis
Centre in Wavertree, running until the end of February 2013.
To mark the inaugural games in the City, Wavertree ward Councillor
Jake Morrison will meet teams making up the new league and may even
try out his futsal skills!
Councillor Morrison, said:- "Liverpool is a city with sport
running through its veins and we want to do as much as we can to
encourage future generations to get active.
The futsal league is a first for the city but with so many teams
already signed up it already looks like it will be a great success
It gives young people the chance to try out different skills, and is
an opportunity for them to be part of something new, exciting and
Ricky Heywood, Ash Celtic Junior Football Club Secretary and Welfare
Officer said:- "The Ash Celtic Futsal league was an idea of
Tommy Walsh who coaches several of our age groups and his idea,
which is shared by all at the club, was to provide a platform for
the young footballers of our city on which they can develop their
Futsal is ideal for this with the fast pace and heavier ball along
with the emphasis on skill and passing, it is our belief that the
players will improve if they are brought up on this game from an
early age - just like Messi, Iniesta, Ronaldinho and many others
from South America and Spain.
We believe it is time we were developing players with this type of
technical skill and Futsal will give them every chance to achieve
For more information about the Junior Futsal League contact:- Ricky
Heywood on:- 07547617427.
APPEAL FOR INFORMATION - MARK
Police, on Friday 12 October 2012, had asked people on Merseyside to
keep a look out for Mark Pease, aged 33. It was one of their
possibilities that he may be in the Merseyside area, where he was
thought to have friends. Mark Pease was missing since Thursday, 11
October 2012, but following the discovery of a man's body in the
River Waveney, Aldeby, Norfolk, on Monday, 22 October 2012, Police
have now confirm that they now believe his body. Police were called
to Aldeby at 9.45am to reports of a body in the river. Suffolk
Police, fire and ambulance all attended and the body was removed
from the water at Burgh St Peter. Formal identification of the man
has not yet taken place. A post mortem examination will be carried
out later in the week to ascertain the cause of death. As is
standard procedure the death will be treated as unexplained at this
stage, but there are no suspicious circumstances. The matter has
been referred to the coroner. Suffolk Police would like to thank the
media and the people of Merseyside for their help. They still ask
that should anyone have any information to contact Suffolk Police
cooks up a haunted feast on Celebrity Come Dine With Me
psychic Sally Morgan is back once more on her nationwide tour,
performing in theatres across the country including a date at the
Liverpool Empire on Tuesday, 12 March 2013. Sally Morgan is an
ordinary woman with an extraordinary gift; she can deliver messages
from beyond the grave. Since a young girl Sally has experienced
paranormal experiences sighting her 1st ghost at the age of 4. Over
the years she has dedicated her life to developing her ability and
thanks to her warm, bubbly and down to earth personality she has
attracted a whole new audience to the spiritual world. Sally's
hit Sky LIVING TV show Psychic Sally On The Road showcasing Sally on
her gruelling tour schedule has become a huge success with people
all around the country. People have fallen in love with Sally's
endearing nature and of course her husband John as the series gives
a glimpse into Sally's personal life as a wife, mother and
grandmother. Now this Halloween Sally will be hoping to
transfer her skills to the kitchen and cook up a haunted feast for
her three celebrity guests on Channel 4's Come Dine With Me on
Wednesday 31st October at 8pm. Sally's passion for food was
highlighted in her TV series as she used to cook up treats for her
family; but how will she handle cooking for three complete
strangers? Sally says of the experience:- "It was an
incredible week which I will certainly never forget! Each day was
absolutely hilarious although I have to say it was much harder than
I ever imagined it would be. Who would have thought that eating and
socialising could be so stressful! I hope the viewers enjoy watching
the show as much as I enjoyed filming it. It was somewhat a novelty
as I am not often able to cook for other people these days as I
never get time to do it - I'm always on tour! Mind you John was a
bit upset that I don't make this much effort to cook his meals every
day so I am making more of an effort. Maybe I could be the next
Nigella Lawson! I can't wait to hear what Dave Lamb, the voice over
of the show will say about me…or maybe I should be worried?"
Catch Sally Morgan on the Halloween special of Come Dine With Me
where she will be joined by a movie character from your childhood
nightmares, a fighter turned druid and a model that has turned to
the dark side for the week. Tickets cost £24.50 and are
available now from the Liverpool Empire Box Office, or call:- 0844
871 3017 or online at:-
Charity Gets Used Cooking Oil Boost
IT may not seem like the
most obvious way of raising money for charity, however Merseyside
residents have raised a huge £750 for local Alder Hey Children's
Charity; all by recycling their used cooking oil. The
campaign, which ran from July to September, saw residents recycling
a staggering 6500 litres of used cooking oil, all of which will be
recycled into renewable electricity for the National Grid and used
to power UK homes and businesses. The appeal was championed by
eco-firm Living Fuels, alongside Veolia Environmental Services and
Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority in a bid to reduce the
improper disposal of cooking oil. When disposed of down drains,
cooking oil costs the UK an average £15 million per year in
blockages, caused by oil sticking to pipework and clogging our
Victorian drainage system. When sent to landfill, it fares no
better, often leaking into local watercourses and harming wildlife.
Paul Smyth, Contracts Manager of Veolia Environmental Services
Merseyside and Halton said:- "We are pleased we could assist
Living Fuels in this fantastic promotion. Together, with the help
from residents of Merseyside and Halton we have raised the profile
of Cooking Oil recycling and made a donation to the Alder Hey
Chris Done, Head of Fundraising at Alder Hey Children's Charity
added:- "We are delighted to be one of the beneficiaries of
this innovative scheme. Not only did we receive a welcome
contribution to our funds we've been part of something that is also
beneficial to the environment and could ultimately save money. At
Alder Hey we are helping children achieve the best possible health
outcomes and this sort of promotion forms part of the bigger
picture. It is a perfect partnership for us."
The used cooking oil disposal tanks, placed in August 2011 at each
of Merseyside and Halton's 16 household waste recycling centres,
enable residents to dispose of their oil in a safe and
environmentally conscious manner. When full, the oil is collected
and taken to Living Fuels' state of the art recovery facility, where
it is naturally recovered into renewable electricity for the
National Grid. Just one litre of used cooking oil provides enough
clean electricity to produce 240 cups of tea and one full tank can
power the average home for 1 year. Rob Murphy, Operations
Director of Living Fuels said of the positive response to the
scheme:- "We are absolutely delighted with the effort that
residents made with recycling their cooking oil. Not only are they
helping to save carbon emissions and reduce dependence on fossil
fuels, but they're helping the patients and families of Alder Hey at
the same time."
To find your nearest used cooking oil recycling
centre, please visit:-
CRIME FALLS AGAIN IN MERSEYSIDE -
Crime Statistics that have been released by the Home Office on
Thursday, 18 October 2012, show crime has fallen again in Merseyside
for the 6th consecutive year since 2005/06. Overall crime has
dropped by 5.9% for the period June 2011 to June 2012, from 99,437
offences to 93,522 equating to 5,915 fewer victims. The figures show
Merseyside Police has achieved significant reductions in drug
offences, robbery, burglary, violence against the person, vehicle
crime and criminal damage. The Force has continued to see a
significant reduction in the number of anti-social behaviour
incidents in the last 12 months from 68,327, to 61,312; a fall of
10.3%. In a recent HMIC report victim satisfaction in Merseyside was
rated as'outstanding' at 97%; 1 of the highest
satisfaction rates in the country. However, the Force is not
complacent and continually looks at ways to improve responses to
victims' needs. Assistant Chief Constable Andy Cooke said:-
"The latest crime statistics published show our ongoing
determination and dedication to reduce crime, tackle anti-social
behaviour and protect the public. I am pleased to say that crime
continues to fall on Merseyside and this is testament to the
dedication and professionalism of our officers and staff as well as
our work with partners and communities. For the past 6 years we have
seen continual reductions in crime amounting to 80,357 fewer victims
and we remain committed to doing all we can to provide the best
possible policing service to the people of Merseyside. Despite
facing the ongoing financial challenge, the Force is determined to
continue to build on the good work reflected in these statistics, to
tackle crime and bring offenders to justice while supporting victims
and protecting communities across Merseyside."