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Issue:- 20 June 2013


THE Merseyside Police Vehicle Crime Group (VCG) has won the National Alan Taylor Award for their 'use of technology to combat vehicle crime'.

The team, led by Sergeant Martin Mayne received the award at the International Association of Auto Theft Investigators (IAATI) annual conference, in Loughborough on 13 June 2013.

The award acknowledges 'teams who have achieved the successful recovery of a vehicle or vehicles by means of modern technology or up-to-date techniques' and was presented by the UK and International president of IAATI - Simon Hurr and John O'Brien.

The award was presented to the team for 'Operation Denham', a joint Operation with Kirkby CID, which identified offenders attributable for over 35 stolen vehicles, mainly from car key burglaries across the region. Sergeant Martin Mayne along with Constables Steve Davies, Gareth Evans, Graeme Watson and Geoff McKeown received the award against stiff competition from other police forces and insurance companies around the UK.

Merseyside Police Sergeant Martin Mayne explained:- "Vehicle crime is a very profitable business for organised criminal groups. Most of the vehicles we identified have come from burglaries across the region which must be heartbreaking for the victims. It is important that Merseysides' VCG is up to date with the latest information to reduce and prevent this type of criminality."

The group is also being considered for the European IAATI award and have since given a presentation on how they achieve their success in tackling vehicle crime.

Mindless Vandalism on Bath Street, Southport damages towns image

MERSEYSIDE Police are investigating after a brick was put through the window of a black, Volkswagen Golf, outside the Homeleigh guest house on Bath Street, Southport. The incident took place over the night of 14 June or the early morning of the 15 June 2013. Police are checking CCTV and are asking for witnesses. If you have any information about this vandalism of a holiday makers car, please call the Crimestopper hotline on:- 0800 555 111.

The owner of the vehicle said:- “I could not believe that this has happened. We went to bed after enjoying a fantastic day in Southport and came out to a smashed window on our car. This is going to cost us a lot to replace, as no one has the window in stock. We are also going to have problems driving it back. This has spoiled our visit to the Town and left us with a bad impression of the area.” The owner of the B&B also added:- “This is shocking! We have never had any problems like this. I just can not see what the point of it was… It is just mindless and it has damaged out towns image badly. I feel so sorry for our guests!”

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