APPEARANCE AT HALTON MAGISTRATES COURT BY PEOPLE ARRESTED IN TITAN
AN investigation that was led by Titan (North
West Regional Organised Crime Unit) has led to the biggest drug
seizure since the unit started in 2008, after officers recovered,
what is believed to be cocaine, with a potential street value of £12
Supported by the South East Regional Crime Unit, SOCA and Border
Policing Command a co-ordinated operation led to a van being stopped
in Chelmsford, Essex, on Saturday, 6 April 2013.
2 men aged 50 and 25 years from the Urmston area of Manchester were
detained with the vehicle and a subsequent search led to recovery of
what is believed to be 80 kilos of cocaine with a potential street
value of £12 million.
Following this recovery, with support from the Police Forces of
Merseyside, Greater Manchester, Lancashire and Cheshire,
co-ordinated arrests took place across the North West.
Police later confirmed that all those charged with drugs offences at
Halton Magistrates Court in Runcorn on Monday, 8 April 2013, will
next appear at Warrington Crown Court on 29 April 2013 for a pre-liminary
Of the 8 who were arrested on Saturday, 6 April 2013, 7 have
appeared before magistrates to be formally charged with conspiracy
to supply Class A drugs (cocaine).
► Steven Harwood, aged 35, of Valley Road,
Urmston, Manchester - charged with conspiracy to supply Class A
► Richard Brookhouse, aged 45, of
Coronation Avenue, Grappenhall, Warrington, Cheshire - charged with
conspiracy to supply Class A drugs (cocaine)
► Diane Brookhouse, aged 41, of Coronation
Avenue, Grappenhall, Warrington, Cheshire - charged with conspiracy
to supply Class A drugs (cocaine)
► Andrew Wilde, aged 52, of Wood Lane,
Partington, Manchester - charged with conspiracy to supply Class A
► Gerrard Garner Mooney, aged 30, of
Denstone Avenue, Aintree, Merseyside - charged with conspiracy to
supply Class A drugs (cocaine)
► Carl Wall, aged 36, of Poplar Close,
Halewood, Merseyside - charged with conspiracy to supply Class A
► Karl Peter Glennon, aged 46, of
Davyhulme Road, Urmston, Manchester - charged with conspiracy to
supply Class A drugs (cocaine)
► Of those 7 people, all were remanded in
custody except Diane Brookhouse, who was granted court bail.
► A bail application hearing for Steven
Harwood will took place on Wednesday, 10 April 2013.
► An 8th person, a 60 year old man from
Urmston, Manchester, was taken ill during the charging process and
was not well enough to attend court. He has therefore not been
formally charged at this time.
of Operations for Titan, Detective Superintendent Jason Hudson
said:- "These arrests come as a result of a thorough and
intensive 6 month long investigation by officers from Titan. It also
represents the largest seizure of Class A controlled drugs from a
Titan led investigation and delivers a massive blow against
organised crime in the North West. This continues our ongoing
efforts to tackle the top echelon of organised criminals in the
North West and I hope this sends a message out of others involved in
this type of criminality, that we act on all information we receive
and work hard to take you off the streets and bring you to justice."
For more information on the Titan operations why not visit the
operations website at:-
DOESN'T ALWAYS MEAN AN AMBULANCE OR A TRIP TO HOSPITAL
NORTH West Ambulance Service (NWAS) are
launching a new campaign to show how it helps patients get the right
care. On road, on foot, over the phone and in the sky; there are a
number of ways the Service can help to make sure patients get the
right care, at the right time, in the right place.
NWAS saw a 5% increase in the number of 999 calls received (during
the period 1 April 2012 to 31 March 2013) - 1,170,154 compared to
1,113,398 the previous year. Yet only a 3rd of these calls were
categorised as life-threatening.
The campaign aims to raise awareness of the variety of ways in which
the Service can help, including how it seeks alternatives for those
patients whose conditions are deemed less serious; keeping
ambulances free for those who need them most.
From Thursday 11 April 2013, a film featuring ambulance staff and
volunteers will be available to watch on the Trust's social media
website. The film shows how the
ambulance service endeavours to get the right care for each
patient's specific needs and this won't necessarily be an ambulance.
In the case of non-life-threatening incidents, the Service can do
various things to help before an ambulance is dispatched – it
utilises Specialist Paramedics to call back patients whose
conditions are less serious; they can put patients in touch with
their GP or a community specialist, advise them to visit their local
Urgent Care Centre, book them an emergency appointment with a
dentist or give self-care advice over the phone.
If an ambulance response is appropriate, there's more than the
traditional ambulance crew available to help. The Service uses
paramedics in cars and on cycles, air ambulances and trained
After assessment, ambulance staff have more options available than
Emergency Departments; they can take patients to urgent care
centres, refer them to a healthcare professional in the community or
leave them at home with self care advice.
Derek Cartwright, Acting Director of Operations at North West
Ambulance Service, said:- "The aim of this campaign is to
raise awareness of what people can expect when they call on us for
help. Not all patients are taken to the nearest emergency
department; instead, they are assessed or treated by highly skilled
clinicians who work out the best place for them to get help for
their specific needs. This is all about getting the right care, at
the right time, in the right place. 999 should always be called for
an immediately life threatening or serious incident and an emergency
ambulance will always be dispatched to those patients who need one.
What we want to do is raise awareness of all the routes to care
available to the public, and to highlight that if you go to the
right place 1st, you could be on the route to recovery much more
quickly. In addition to the film, NWAS's website boasts an
interactive quiz so you can see how much you know about calling
MERSEYSIDE'S TOURISM BUSINESSES
ARE URGED TO 'LISTEN UP!'
MERSEYSIDE'S tourism businesses are being
urged by national tourist board VisitEngland and charity Action on
Hearing Loss to pick up 'Listen Up!' a free guide
launched to help businesses become more accessible for visitors with
1 in 6 residents in Merseyside have some form of
hearing loss, and 'Listen Up!' is packed with
information, advice and examples of best practice for providing
customers who are deaf or hard of hearing with a warm welcome and an
excellent visitor experience.
To get a copy of 'Listen Up!' please
here. The guide highlights
key issues for owners of attractions, accommodation operators and
other tourism businesses when accommodating visitors with hearing
► Safety – How to put adequate evacuation
procedures in place to alert guests with hearing loss in case of an
► Communication – Advice for staff when
speaking to someone with hearing loss, and information on disability
awareness and sign language training courses.
► Facilities – Information on equipment
that can assist guests with hearing loss (available
online), such as hearing loops
and text phones, as well as advice on completing an Access
Statement; a written description of a venue's facilities and
services, to inform people with access needs.
Chief Executive of Action on Hearing Loss, Paul Breckell, says:-
"We are delighted to be working with VisitEngland to publish the
Listen Up! guide. It will help tourism businesses in Merseyside to
improve the accessibility of their services for visitors who are
deaf or hard of hearing, invest in hearing loss support and generate
Ross Calladine, VisitEngland's Head of Business Support, says:-
"Visitors who have a health condition or disability – and their
companions; spend over £2 billion a year in England, so it is vital
that we integrate the needs of visitors with physical and sensory
access requirements into our everyday service provision. Listen Up!
is designed to help tourism businesses in Merseyside become more
deaf aware, and attract even more of these loyal and valuable