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Issue:- 21 November 2014

Merseyside celebrities get ready to be locked up for 'Good'!

WITH just over a week to go until the event, Merseyside Police is getting ready to 'lock up' celebrities as well as business leaders as part of an event to raise thousands of pounds for the Princes Trust. Samantha Giles (Bernice Blackstock from Emmerdale), actor Paul Barber (Only Fools and Horses, the Full Monty and One Night in Istanbul) and Philip Olivier who's appeared in Brookside, Hollyoaks and Benidorm, amongst other things, will all be spending time in the cells in a bid to raise as much money as possible for the Trust. The trio will be joining business leaders from across Merseyside and will be subject to the full custody experience from being transported in a Police van, fingerprinted and questioned to locked up in the custody suite. The more money that everyone raises for the Trust, the longer people will stay in the cells. The event is taking place on Friday, 28 November 2014. Inspector Steve Richardson said:- "This promises to be a fantastic event where people will raise money for a great cause. We're delighted that Samantha, Paul and Philip have agreed to take part. They all have close ties to Merseyside and hopefully they will all enjoy the experience whilst, at the same time, helping us to reach our fundraising target. There are still four cells left and if anyone wants to take part they can register their interest or get more information by visiting the Merseyside Police website or by email. You can also follow all the action on Merseyside Police's twitter account, using the hashtag, #LU4G."

Life changing support for the Armed Forces Community!

THE National charity Veterans Council is unveiling AFCOM Directory, a revolutionary new website that has the potential to provide life changing choices for members of the Armed Forces Community. As a result of Covenant funding and effective stakeholder engagement Veterans Council has worked with a team of specialists to completely revamp The Armed Forces Community Directory (AFComD). AFCOM Directory provides a single point of contact into Health, Mental Health, Education, Employment, Housing, Welfare and Legal. Each and every service provider listed on the site has been assured to ensure they are aligned to the Armed Forces Covenant and understand the issues faced by serving personnel, veterans, reservists and their families. In the case of healthcare, all registered organisations must comply with the relevant NHS, NICE or CQC guidelines.

AFCOM Directory offers an assurance process for service providers and an excellent customer journey that makes it easy for members of the Armed Forces Community to find the support they need. Qualified staff behind AFCOM Directory are on hand to support people through this process to ensure the Armed Forces Community gets the right support from the right service, at the right time.

GPs, professionals and organisations from the public, private and 3rd sectors working with the Armed Forces Community are being encouraged to register their services on AFCOM Directory. Visitors to the AFCOM Directory website can search for assured services or contact a selection of service providers committed to assisting them. Just one click on the 'I need support' button will start the search. AFCOM Directory will be presented to a selected audience of stakeholders, trustees and members of the Armed Forces Community at Veterans Council's prestigious Centre of Excellence Awards, Thursday, 27 November, 2014, Manchester Imperial War Museum.

Des White, Veterans Council Chairman, said:- "The Centre of Excellence Awards is the biggest event in our annual calendar, so it seemed fitting to use the Awards as a platform to show our unique AFCOM Directory, one of our most exciting projects to date. This Directory fulfils a dire need within the Armed Forces Community - the need to connect with assured service providers who understand their needs."

AFCOM Directory will be launched at the Centre of Excellence Awards on Thursday, 27 November, 2014. Interviews and photo opportunities are available with the Veterans Council and at the Centre of Excellence Awards. For more information, please contact Shelley O'Neill on:- 01565 632 112 or email:-

Witness appeal after bag stolen from Sandhills train - Merseyside!

THE British Transport Police (BTP) are appealing for witness after a bag was stolen from a train travelling between Sandhills and Maghull. The incident happened at around 1.30pm on Saturday, 25 October 2014. Investigating officer PC Rahim Ithnin said:- "A passenger had left his black holdall on at the train at Sandhills. He checked with lost property but nothing had been handed in. A woman later boarded the train at Sandhills, but left the train Ormskirk, with the man's holdall. We believe the woman in the CCTV could have vital information that could help us with our investigation. If anyone recognises her, we would urge them to come forward. If anyone has any information please contact British Transport Police on:- 0800 40 50 40, or text 61016, quoting background reference:- PSUB/B5 of 21/11/2014. Information can also be passed anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on:- 0800 555 111."

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