Southport Reporter (R) Online Nespaper for Merseyside

Read our Tracking & Cookie Usage Policy


Terms and Conditions

Southport and  Mersey Reporter -  Your free online newspaper service covering the Merseyside region - (Greater Liverpool).
Covering the news in and around Merseyside


Click on here to email our news room today!



Your free online newspaper for Merseyside
This website is licence to carry news from and UK Press Photography.



Latest Edition



Order Photos  Help Client Admin Advert Options

Updated news stories weekly.  Published online only, every Thursday

Your online newspaper.   Your words.

Issue:- 21 March 2013

Merseyside Police praised for arresting fewer girls

ARRESTS of girls by Merseyside Police have fallen by 35% in 3 years, figures obtained by the Howard League for Penal Reform revealed.  Merseyside officers made 1,393 arrests of girls aged 17 and younger during 2011; a significant drop compared to 2008, when 2,127 arrests were recorded.

It comes after the Howard League launched a campaign aimed at keeping as many children as possible out of the criminal justice system. 

Across England and Wales, Police arrest almost 100 girls a day, although the overall number has almost halved in 3 years.  Police recorded more than 34,000 arrests in 2011, compared with more than 62,000 in 2008.  Several Police services in England and Wales have reviewed their arrest procedures and policies as a result of the Howard League's engagement with them.

Girls' arrest figures for Merseyside Police

2008 - 2,127 2009 - 1,923 2010 - 1,708
2011 - 1,393    

Frances Crook, Chief Executive of the Howard League for Penal Reform, said:- "It is encouraging to see that Merseyside Police are making fewer arrests of girls than they were in 2008, thanks in part to our effective campaigning. A significant fall in the number of children entering the justice system is good news for everyone striving to reduce crime and saves the taxpayer untold millions. Our evidence shows that the Police were arresting girls completely unnecessarily when they were out partying, often with the mistaken intention of protecting them. Now the Police are handing out flip-flops and helping the girls home, a much more sensible response. There are a very few girls who have welfare needs such as poverty and substance misuse, or are victims of domestic violence and sexual abuse. Rather than being criminalised, these girls need protection from serious harm and support to help them mature into law-abiding citizens. The challenge for Police services now is to maintain this trend of arresting fewer children. Only last week the Commons Justice Committee reported that too many children were being criminalised for trivial incidents, so it is remarkable that, although only 50 girls in the whole country are considered to have committed such serious crimes to merit custody, Police carried out more than 34,000 arrests during 2011.  Reducing the number of arrests still further would release resources to deal with real crimes."

14 Police services recorded a fall in arrests of more than 50%. They were Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Dorset, Essex, Gloucestershire, Hertfordshire, Humberside, Lancashire, Northumbria, Suffolk, Thames Valley, Warwickshire, West Midlands and West Yorkshire.  Only one Police service, City of London, recorded an increase.

The statistics were published following a year long inquiry on girls conducted by the All Party Parliamentary Group on Women in the Penal System. The inquiry found that responding to teenage girls' behaviour too harshly or disproportionately can make it more likely that they will be drawn further into the justice system, leading to more serious problems.

Last December, the Howard League published data which showed that the total number of children – boys and girls – arrested by Police had fallen by 33% between 2008 and 2011.

In total, more than 1 million child arrests have been made in England and Wales since 2008.

Commissioner signs Victim Support Pledge

LANCASHIRE'S Police and Crime Commissioner has signed a 5-point pledge committing himself to support victims and witnesses. 
'Five promises to victims and witnesses', created by Victim Support, was signed by Clive Grunshaw on March 18.

Victim Support has asked all Police and Crime Commissioners to sign the document, designed to ensure that victims come first by agreeing to the following:-

► Be open and accountable to victims and witnesses, seeking out and acting on their views;

Ensure that victims and witnesses get the high quality help and support they need, when they need it;

Make the Police more victim-focused and more effective at meeting their needs;

Give victims and witnesses an effective voice in the wider criminal justice system; and Constantly work to develop new ways of delivering justice for victims.

Police and Crime Commissioner for Lancashire, Clive Grunshaw, said:- "I am very pleased to have signed the pledge; this is an important document, ensuring all Commissioners remain focused on the needs of victims. Championing the rights of the victim is a key priority within my Police and Crime Plan. I want to seek out and act on the views of victims; this includes identifying and addressing the causes of dissatisfaction and complaint within services received by victims. A key part of successfully implementing this pledge will be partnership working. I will continue to work with statutory and voluntary agencies to improve support for victims."

Mark Barrow, Divisional Manager for Victim Support Cumbria and Lancashire, added:- "Crime can, and does, wreck lives. All kinds of crime can have a major and sometimes permanent effect on victims and witnesses. We think that society has a responsibility to offer people help and support to cope during these traumatic times. That's what Victim Support has been doing for nearly 40 years. But things are changing and I welcome the Lancashire Police and Crime Commissioner's decision to join Victim Support to improve things further for people affected by crime in the County."


THE Isle of Man Steam Packet Company and Snoozebox are teaming up to boost visitor numbers even further by packaging the ferry operator's 'TT Taster Offer' with spare capaCity in the Nobles Park-based rooms during the quieter Practice Week period.

2 night packages start at just £205 for a motorcycle and rider – which includes ferry travel and accommodation with breakfast. This price is based on 2 people sharing a room, and extra nights can be booked subject to availability. The offer is valid for travel from 23 May to 30 May 2013.

Steam Packet Company Chief Executive Mark Woodward said:- "Many peak sailings have been full for some time and in November last year we again announced the TT Taster Offer which proved very popular. This latest initiative with Snoozebox will help boost visitor numbers during the festival's quieter periods, maximising a vital contribution to the local economy."

Click on here to go back to this week's home page!

Our radio station phone in message line...   Call us now!

Click on this section to see last weeks edition of Southport and Mersey Reporter!

Sign up today for our daily email news service!

Sign up to our Daily Email News Service by clicking here now...

Southport and Mersey Reporter - leading the way for local news.
We where the UK's first online only newspaper!

All email addresses and information is held under the UK's Data Protection Act.

Highlighted events that are taking place this month:-

If you have an event and want to get it noticed, let us know by emailing us to:-

Click on the event title displayed above to find out about lots more events, as well as dates & times!

Our websites in our online series.   Group navigation, information and useful none group links...
Southport TV - Our online video archive. Liverpool Reporter - Our online music station. Mersey Reporter - OUR HUB WEBSITE.
Southport TV Liverpool Reporter Mersey Reporter Formby Reporter

Add to Google

This is what the moon is doing tonight.  Click on to find out why.

See the view live webcamera images of the road outside our studio/newsroom in the hart of Southport.

Our live Southport Webcam.  To see click live, click on image.


Show us your location
Please sign our map and let us know where you are  from....


News Room Phone Number

(+44)  08443 244 195
Calls will cost 7p per minute, plus your telephone company's access charge. 

Calls to this number may be recorded for security, broadcast, training and record keeping.

This online newspaper and information service is regulated by IMPRESS, the independent monitor for the UK's press.

How to make a complaint

Complaints Policy  -  Complaints Procedure  -  Whistle Blowing Policy

© PCBT Photography & PBT Media Relations Ltd. - Southport Reporter® is the Registered Trade Mark of Patrick Trollope