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Issue:- 5 December 2014

Don't kill with kindness

LIVERPOOL people are being asked to support local charities which help homeless people rather than give money to beggars. The “Your Kindness Could Kill” campaign advises people that there is a better way to help beggars than giving money directly to them. This is because many of those who beg are vulnerable people who often have drug or alcohol addictions and the money they receive from passers by goes on feeding these addictions. Instead people are being encouraged to donate to local charities which can provide lasting support and help address underlying issues. 'Your Kindness Could Kill' is supported by Citysafe, (Liverpool's Community Safety partnership), Liverpool Charity and Voluntary Services (LCVS), Merseyside Police and City Central Bid.  Lord Mayor, Councillor Erica Kemp launched the campaign on 4 December 2014.  This is the 2nd year the campaign has been held. Last year a total of £6,400 was collected and handed over to the Whitechapel Centre, the Basement, Young People's Advisory Service (YPAS) and the Liverpool Homeless Football Team.

Councillor Emily Spurrell, the Mayoral Lead on Community Safety, said:- “We understand that people want to help those who are in need, especially as Christmas approaches and it is a hard message to be asked not to give money to them. But we are not saying don't help beggars, we are saying that the best way to help is to give to those charities which can make a lasting effect on their lives. “Your Kindness Could Kill” is not just a slogan; unfortunately it is a reality. All the experience of organisations who work in this field is that money given to beggars largely goes to feed drug or drink addictions. By supporting the charities who will benefit from this campaign you will be helping beggars get out of that lifestyle.”

Area Commander for Liverpool North, Chief Supt Jon Ward said:- "We recognise that many people on our streets need help and we are supporting Liverpool City Council's campaign 'Your Kindness Could Kill.' We work closely with partners in charitable organisations to ensure these people get the help they need and are treated fairly.”

Bill Addy, Chief Executive of Liverpool BID Company, said:- ''Liverpudlians are among the most generous people in the country, but giving money to beggars is not the best way to support those in need. The Kindness Can Kill campaign had great results last year and is a great way to channel that spirit so that we can make the biggest impact on the most vulnerable at the harshest time the year.''

You can donate to the:- 'Your Kindness Could Kill' campaign on your mobile phone by texting:- 'YKCK14' and the amount you want to donate, for example:- £5, to:- 70070.  Information about the campaign is available online.

People who are approached or see people begging on the streets are being advised to contact:- 'No 2nd Night Out' on:- 0300 123 2041 and support will be offered to the individuals to help them get off the streets.

Formby British Legion Christmas Arts and Crafts Fair

ON Sunday, 7 December 2014, (Start time 10AM, finish 4PM) it is the Formby British Legion Christmas Arts and Crafts fair and this one is going to be the best yet.  "We will be having lots of local people with hand crafted things. There will be handmade candles in the shape and colour of drinks; there is wooden ornaments, self portrait painter and so much more.  As it is are Christmas Arts and Crafts Fair we will be having Santa as well for anyone to visit. There will also be the Formby Vikings." said Scott.  DJ Scott Harrison will be there playing all sorts of new and old songs including the best Christmas songs. He added:- "All requests for songs are 50p" with money will go to Scott and Tony's charity Byng House in Southport. Formby Books Shop's Tony said:- "It will be a fantastic day for getting some amazing Christmas presents... Also if you do attened, please pop over anyway and say hi to Scott.  His DJ Stall with be decorated with lots of Christmas lights, so it will stand out!" This is our last Arts and Craft fair of 2014 and the Formby British Legion would like to say:- "We would really like to make it the best one, so please come along and help us do that, we would really like to see you there.  If you don't know our location, we are located on  Whitehouse Lane, Formby, Merseyside, L373LT.  Happy Christmas to your all and thank you to all who have supported us though out 2014!"

Crimestoppers offers reward of up to £5,000 for information on man wanted for kidnap and brutal assault

ON Wednesday, 3 December 2014, the independent crime fighting Charity Crimestoppers announced that it is now offering a reward of up to £5,000 for information leading to the arrest of a man whio is accused of the kidnap and brutal attack of a woman found in Liverpool. Jake Joseph Smith is wanted in relation to the incident, which occurred on 10 October 2014 year and saw the woman kidnaped and beaten, before money was demanded from her. As a result of a search in connection with this offence, a firearm was found and recovered by Police. Smith is also wanted for an alleged tie up robbery in the Preston area in February 2014, whereby firearms were stolen as well as cash and jewellery. The Charity is now offering a reward of up to £5,000 for information passed through Crimestoppers' anonymous:- 0800 555 111 number that leads to the arrest of Smith. Crimestoppers Director of Operations, Roger Critchell, said:- “I cannot begin to imagine what this woman has gone through during this terrifying ordeal that left her bloodied and beaten following her kidnap. This man clearly showed no mercy when carrying out this attack and I am urging anyone who knows of his whereabouts to contact Crimestoppers anonymously, safe in the knowledge no one will ever know you spoke to us. You won't have to speak to the police and you won't ever be called to court, because we won't know who you are.” The reward will only qualify if information is passed to the Crimestoppers:- 0800 555 111 number. Information passed to Police will not qualify for Crimestoppers' reward of up to £5,000. Other rules apply. If you have any information on this crime then please contact Crimestoppers anonymously on:- 0800 555 111 or through our Anonymous Online Form at:-

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