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Issue:- 8 November  2012


MERSEYSIDE Police have stepped up patrols in Southport and are offering crime prevention advice after several women had their handbags stolen as they walked home.  An operation is in place to catch the offender and detectives are appealing for witnesses after a 69 year old woman was targeted as she waited for a train in Southport on Monday, 5 November 2012.  The woman was walking along Hoghton Street towards the train station from the Little Theatre at around 7pm when a man approached her in the underpass.  The man grabbed her gold and maroon-coloured handbag causing her to fall to the ground. The offender then ran off past the Council building and down Hill Street.  A woman working at the Little Theatre heard the victim shouting for help and went to her aid. She took the victim inside and called the Police.  Patrols, including officers with dogs attended and searched the area to try and trace the offender. He is described as a white man aged between 20 and 25 years, around 6ft tall and of slim build. He was wearing dark trousers, a hooded top which was zipped up, and a beanie hat pulled down low over his brow.  The woman was left incredibly shaken, but did not suffer any physical injury. Her handbag contained a small amount of cash, a digital camera, mobile phone and various bank and store cards.   Detectives at Sefton CID are investigating whether the Hoghton Street incident on Monday is linked to several similar ones in Southport in the past week.  On Wednesday, 31 October 2012, an 87 year old woman was crossing the road at the junction of Beach Road and Westcliffe Road, having got off a bus at around 4.30pm when she had her handbag stolen by a man who pushed her to the floor. The offender was slim and wearing a black waist coat style top and a grey hat. The handbag is described as blue and made from leather and contained cash and various cards. A passing van driver came to the aid of the elderly woman, who hurt her knee during the robbery.  The following day on 1 November 2012, a 73 year old woman was walking home from the town centre along Leicester Street at 5pm, when the same thing happened to her. The offender in that incident is described as white, slim, around 5ft 9ins tall, aged around 25 years old and wearing dark coloured clothing and grey trainers. The victim's black and grey handbag contained a small amount of cash and treasured family photographs. She was uninjured but very shaken.  Then, at around 7.45pm on the same day, a 72 year old woman going home from the shops along Bath Street had her handbag stolen off her arm by a man described as white, of slim build, around 5ft 10ins tall and aged in his early 20s. He was wearing a multi-coloured patterned top with the predominant colour being maroon. Cash, bank cards and photographs of her grandchildren were in the red leather purse that was inside the black handbag. She suffered bumps and bruises after falling over during a brief struggle and was left very distressed.  Detective Sergeant Tony O'Brien from Sefton CID said:- "These are despicable incidents against vulnerable members of our community and we have stepped up patrols in Southport to provide a high-visibility deterent and to reassure residents. In each case a lone, elderly woman has been targeted so one line of enquiriy is that it is the same offender. Extensive enquiries are underway to try and identify and trace him and I would appeal to anyone who has seen anyone acting suspiciously in these areas or elsewhere in the town to call the Police. Street thefts are extremely rare in Southport and I would like to reassure people that we are doing everything we can to catch the person or persons responsible. As always, I would remind people to take very simple crime prevention measures such as not carrying large quantities of cash in their handbags, purses or wallets, keeping valuables out of sight, and where possible walking with a friend or relative when out and about late at night in poorly lit places at night. Anyone who knows who this man is should call us so that we can put a stop to these incidents as soon as possible."  Call Sefton CID on:- 0151 777 3055 or Crimestoppers anonymously on:- 0800 555 111.

ChairMo joins the Squad

THE Executive Chairman Steve O'Connor has pledged his support to the Vikings and will become the 30th member of the MoSquad. In doing so, he will be joining them in their attempts to help raise awareness of prostate and testicular cancer.

The Vikings' boss has agreed to:- ‘Grow a Mo' for 30 days in aid of 'Movember', and is encouraging the clubs followers to join him and the rest of the Vikings MoSquad in their hair-raising exploits, stating:- "Prostate cancer is generally diagnosed in men over the age of 65 and testicular cancer is the most common cancer in the 15 to 44 age bracket. Movember aims to increase early cancer detection, diagnosis and effective treatments, and ultimately reduce the number of preventable deaths. We have an opportunity as a professional sporting organisation to raise awareness to our member base and local supporters of all ages about the importance of spotting the signs early whilst also raising funds for research into these issues. I for one, have always supported initiatives to raise awareness of prostate and testicular cancer. It is important that men of all ages feel comfortable to open up and talk about these issues as early diagnosis will lead to more lives saved. It is also an opportunity to have some fun and I hope that all members of the MoSquad will enjoy being part of the team along with our first team stars. I am sure that it will be a once in a lifetime experience when we sit down for our MoSquad team photograph at the end of the month!"

In the opening 5 days of the campaign, the MoSquad have raised over £500 and are currently ranked #414 out of 18,807 teams in the UK. With YOUR help, we can climb the league table raise even more money.

You can donate to the MoSquad team or directly to your favourite player's campaign by visiting the campaign webpage.

Don't forget, the Vikings are still actively encouraging our members and supporters to join our first team players to form the inaugural Vikings MoSquad. As a reward for doing so, you will be announced in the Official Vikings MoSquad on 7 November 2012.

If you register to the Vikings team and successfully raise over £25 in sponsorship you will then be invited to join the entire Vikings MoSquad including our 1st team stars such as Hep Cahill and Ben Cross for a team photograph at the Stobart Stadium at the end of Movember, where you can successfully show off your collective lip-warmers.

Please visit:- to sign up. Throughout the month of Movember, engage with other members of the team using Twitter #VikingsMoSquad.

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