FOR FORMBY, BIRKDALE AND AINSDALE RESIDENTS
MERSEYSIDE Police are
reminding residents to always lock their homes and vehicles properly
at night after several burglaries and thefts.
A taxi driver had his taking stolen after he left it unlocked on his
parent's driveway in Birkdale overnight. Also a tradesman had his
van stolen, along with his wife's handbag and purse, after a side
door to the family home in Hillside was left insecure.
Local police are investigating the crimes and neighbourhood
inspector Nigel Stewart called on people to take more time to secure
their property and deter thieves.
He said:- "Burglars are opportunistic so it is vital that we
all do everything we can to stop them in their tracks. In recent
incidents, people have left front doors or patio doors unlocked
while they were elsewhere in the house, or their vehicles unlocked
overnight when they went to bed. This, unfortunately, has enabled
offenders to get inside and steal their hard-earned belongings. One
poor man has had his days takings stolen from his cab, another has
had his work van stolen, and people have had handbags, cash, coats
and mobiles also taken. It is an easy thing to forget but so
important to do, especially during the lighter nights and warmer
weather. It doesn't take long to double-check you've locked up your
house or car properly and it could save you the hours of stress and
upset that come with being burgled."
Simple steps to deter burglars and car thieves, include:-
► Lock front and back doors when you
are elsewhere in the house or in your back garden.
► Make sure you lock UPVC doors
properly by lifting the handle and turning the key.
► Make use of your burglar alarm
when you are going out or to bed at night.
► Keep valuables such as laptops,
phones and handbags out of sight and away from windows where someone
peering in can spot them.
► Don't leave valuables on display
in your vehicle - take them with you or, if you can't, at least put
them out of sight in the boot.
► Always lock your vehicle, even if
only leaving it unattended for a few moments, and activate the
SOUTHPORT GOLFER SHOWS WHO'S BOSS WITH A HOLE-IN-ONE AT HESKETH
A Southport golfer has
received a limited edition BOSS watch after scoring a hole-in-one
during a recent competition at his club. Malcolm Dean, 52, scored
his ace on the 183 yard, par-three fourth, in the Saturday
competition at his club, Hesketh Artisans, and the 17 handicapper
was rewarded with membership of the exclusive BOSS Watches H1 Club
and a specially commissioned, commemorative timepiece. The luxury
German brand has pledged to reward club golfers with an exclusive
watch for every hole-in-one recorded during a club competition
between 15 April and 31 October 2013, with nearly 4,000 holes-in-one
recorded annually, BOSS Watches could feasibly be giving away £1m
worth in 2013. The scheme is open to any golfer whose club uses
HowDidiDo - a free to use, web-based social network for golfers; and
anybody playing in official club competitions will be eligible.
Currently, more than 1,800 clubs use the website. Stephen Brydon,
commercial director for MGS Distribution, the official licensed UK
distributor for BOSS Watches, said:- "Congratulations to
Malcolm on what, to most of us, is a once in a lifetime achievement.
To the majority of amateur golfers, recording a hole-in-one will be
the most memorable thing they achieve in golf; yet all many have to
show for it is a dent in their bank balance after buying a round of
drinks in the clubhouse. We aim to make it a lot more memorable for
them by presenting them with an exclusive BOSS watch, only available
to golfers who record a hole-in-one, so they are truly exclusive and
will provide a constant reminder of the sight of their ball popping
into the hole and the emotions attached to that very moment. It also
adds a frisson of extra excitement to club competitions for golfers
who may not be in with a chance of winning the event, for they know
that every time they stand on the tee on a par-three, they are just
one shot away from winning a stunning timepiece."
waste contract decision
THE Mayor of Liverpool Joe
Anderson has hit out at the decision by the Merseyside Recycling and
Waste Authority to award a £1 billion plus contract to a company
based in Teeside.
The "Energy from Waste" contract for disposing
Merseyside waste was awarded to SITA UK Limited working in
partnership with energy and utilities giant Sembcorp UK and
investment firm I-Environment (part of a Japanese Corporation).
The contract is worth over £1 billion and will last for 30 years. It
is expected to create hundreds of jobs during the construction of
the new facility at the Wilton International site in Teeside. A
further 50 permanent jobs will be created at the Teeside site once
the plant is operational.
The Mayor said:- "I feel the City and the wider City Region
has had a massive opportunity for major infrastructure investment
snatched from its grasp and hundreds of potential jobs which we
desperately need have gone to the North East. I want to understand
why the City Region leaders have not been involved in such a huge
decision and why I, as the Mayor of Liverpool, with Liverpool
contributing more to the Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority
than any other authority, had to read about the decision in a press
release after the decision was made. I also want to understand how
it can be more environmentally friendly and more cost effective to
ship the waste of Merseyside all the way to Teeside some 150 miles
away rather than dispose of our own waste locally. Although local
authorities on Merseyside didn't want the facility on their patch a
bid was put in to have it in Ellesmere Port, which would have
allowed people living in the City Region to apply for the jobs
Action Fund launched to help
COMMUNITY groups are being
offered the chance to get their hands on a share of £50,000 thanks
to Lancashire's Police and Crime Commissioner.
Clive Grunshaw is launching his Commissioner's Community Action Fund
in a bid to help those projects up and down Lancashire which need a
cash boost to help their vital community work.
The aim of the fund is to help make the county's communities a safer
and better place to live, and it will be available to organisations
whose work helps achieve that and addresses the key priorities in
the Commissioner's Police and Crime Plan.
Clive Grunshaw said:- "I am delighted to be launching my
Community Action Fund. I am committed to working with local
residents and community groups to support them in making where they
live a safer and better place; whether that is through a project to
reduce anti-social behaviour, tackle re-offending or help the
elderly community feel safer. The fund will offer small grants to
help groups tackle local concerns and deliver my priorities in their
area. It is about helping local people, who understand the needs of
their community, secure the funding they need to implement local
solutions. I know Lancashire's residents are full of innovative
ideas and are determined to make sure their communities are the best
they can be, and I look forward to finding out more about the
projects I can help."
The Commissioner will be looking for applications to address key
areas of his Police and Crime Plan; including protecting vulnerable
people, tackling crime, anti-social behaviour and reoffending; as
well as show they are innovative, will make a difference and include
as many sections of the community as possible.
Lancashire Partnership Against Crime (LANPAC) will administer the
fund on the Commissioner's behalf, and vice-chairman David Smith
said:- "We are delighted to be able to support the
establishment of the Commissioner's fund. LANPAC's aims and
objectives are about making Lancashire's communities safer, which
fits very neatly with what the Commissioner and his staff are
seeking to achieve."
The fund will be open to all Lancashire-based groups and
organisations with a constitution, and it is hoped it will make a
real difference to communities. Terry Hephrun, Chairman of the
Safer Future Communities Network and chief officer at Burnley
Council for Voluntary Services (CVS), said:- "It's been proven
over a number of years that small amounts of money given to local
groups can tackle an awful lot and improve local communities. I'm
delighted to hear the Police and Crime Commissioner is making
£50,000 available for the county."
And Michael Wedgeworth, Chairman of Third Sector Lancashire, said:-
"We organised a hustings during the PCC elections and each of
the candidates gave us an undertaking they would work with the
community. Therefore we are delighted to see the elected Police and
Crime Commissioner has taken an early step to ensure community
organisations of all sorts can bid for this absolutely essential