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Issue:- 20 February 2013

CCTV released after man is reported as illegally touching himself in front of teenage girls on Chester to Spital train

POLICE Officers from British Transport Police have released the CCTV image of a man they want to speak to after 2 teenagers said they witnessed someone touching themselves on a train. The 15 and 16 year old girls were travelling from Chester to Spital when they are said to have became aware of a man acting strangely in the carriage. As the journey progressed BTP say that they realised the man was touching himself inappropriately. PC Henry Thompson said:- "The incident happened just before 4pm on Saturday, 8 February 2014 and though the man had no direct contact with the teenagers, left the girls extremely distressed." Following local enquiries BTP officers have managed to isolate the image of a man they would like to speak to about the incident. PC Thompson added:- "I am certain this man has key information about the incident it is imperative we speak to him as soon as possible. If you recognise him please get in touch." If you can assist the investigation in any way please call British Transport Police on:- 0800 40 50 40 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on:- 0800 555 111. In all calls please quote log:- NWA/B4 of 18/2/14.

Witness Appeal following a theft and assault in Bootle

MERSEYSIDE Detectives are investigating an assault and theft in a supermarket in Bootle have released a CCTV image of a man they would like to speak to in case he has information to help their enquiries.

The incident happened in Asda on Strand Road on Saturday, 11 January 2014, at around 9.55am, when a man attempting to steal a digital set top box ran into a security guard who challenged his behaviour.

The 36 year old security guard was knocked to the ground and sustained a serious injury to his shoulder.

The man ran out of the shop with the set top box hidden in a dark ruck sack he was carrying.

Officers are investigating the incident and appeal to anyone with any information in relation to the case, or who may recognise the man in the CCTV to come forward.

DC David Barr said:- "This was a brazen theft in the middle of a busy supermarket so we are confident that someone will have witnessed the incident. The security guard was carrying out his duties at work and as a result of this offender's actions sustained a nasty injury to his shoulder that he has been told will cause him permanent problems. We ask anyone who may have seen any part of the incident to contact us in case they have information that could help us bring the man responsible to justice."

Anyone with any information is asked to call Merseyside Police on:- 0151 777 3055, or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on:- 0800 555 111.


MERSEYSIDE Police have issued a warning to young people and students after 3 people were taken to hospital on Sunday, 16 February 2014, in a critical condition after taking a substance believed to be known as GEEBS.

Officers were called to student accommodation at Bordens Court, Liverpool City Centre, at about 7.30am following reports of a concern for safety for 3 people who had collapsed in a communal area of the building.

On arrival officers found 3 people, 2 men aged 20 years from Kensington and 22 years from Huyton, and a female aged 16 years from Clubmoor, who were being tended to by paramedics. All 3 were taken to the Royal Liverpool University Hospital where they were placed in intensive care. The conditions of all 3 have improved significantly during the day and the all are now recovering have now been discharged from hospital.

Although the investigation is in its early stages officers believe that the 2 men and the teenager had been to a party in Lawrence Road, Wavertree, and a number of clubs in the City centre prior to returning to the accommodation at Borden Court where they collapsed.

On the day Detective Superintendent Chris Green, said:- "As a result of our investigations we believe that the three people who collapsed in Borden Court this morning had taken a product called GEEBS, which is actually a chemical used to clean alloy wheels. We have consulted with the Royal Liverpool University Hospital and established that if taken this substance can have side effects, but at the end of the day this substance is a chemical used to clean car wheels and even in small doses can kill. We believe that the three people who are currently in hospital had been to a number of clubs in the City and a party in Lawrence Road, Wavertree before they returned to Borden Court. We have spoken to a number of people who were at the party at Lawrence Road but we know that there were other people who were at the party and we would like them to come forward for two reasons. The first to check that they are safe and well and secondly to see if they have any information which could help us with our inquiriesn. We will be working with universities in the City in the coming days to warn students about the dangers that drugs and chemicals can have when taken, particularly if mixed with alcohol, or other substances. We understand that the three people involved may have taken other substances and as a precaution checks are underway to establish what those drugs were and to ensure that they have not taken drugs that are part of a bad batch."

Since the incident a 19 year old man from the Worsley area has been arrested on suspicion of supplying a Class C drug, and later released on Police Bail pending further inquiries.  Anyone who was at the party in Lawrence Road, or who has any information which could help the Police with their inquiries can contact detectives at St Anne Street Police station on:- 0151 777 4064, or Crimestoppers on:- 0800 555 111.


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