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Issue:- 26 December 2014

Letters to the Editor:- "A big thank you to your readers!"

"I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of your readers in the Merseyside area who have supported the work of the NSPCC during 2014. Without the backing of local people the NSPCC would not be able to help abused children rebuild their lives, or be there for parents who desperately need advice and support. As we move into 2015 I would like to appeal to your readers to make a very special kind of New Year's resolution for the NSPCC. 'Just One Day' is a call for people to come forward and volunteer some time to support our work even if people can only spare one day, it will be a massive help. There are many different ways that people across Southport can get involved, including fundraising, donating time, resources or facilities, joining one of our fundraising groups, or volunteering in one of the many roles on offer at the NSPCC, including becoming an NSPCC ChildLine Schools Service volunteer. Why not join an existing fundraising group, form your own group, or participate in a wide range of fundraising activities from balls, to auctions, to outdoor activities where you can meet and make friends with people of all ages and backgrounds. You could even together with family, friends work colleagues and neighbours and organise your own event like a bake or jumble sale. Your support can help raise much needed funds to support children across the region. Abuse ruins childhood, but it can be prevented. That's why the NSPCC is here. That's what drives our work, and that's why; as long as there's abuse the NSPCC will fight for every childhood. Please join us in the fight for every childhood by volunteering some time to support the NSPCC, whether you can spare a day a week or just one day. To find out more call me on:- 0844 892 0253 or email us via:- or log on to:-" Louise Stimson, Head of Community Fundraising - North West and Cumbria.

E-fit issued to following Bogus Police Officer thefts...

MERSEYSIDE Police, on Monday, 22 December 2014, issued an e-fit of a man who is believed to be one of a group of offenders who have posed as police officers to steal cash from elderly people. The offenders have targeted at least 5 people in St Helens this month, calling them on the telephone and then telling them to withdraw money from their bank accounts. In 2 of the cases, the victims went to withdraw substantial amounts of money from their bank accounts. When they got home, the offenders called them again and told them a courier was waiting to pick up the cash so it could be subject to examination. 1 of the victims, a 76 year old woman, has helped to compile an e-fit of the bogus courier, who is described as an Asian man. Detective Inspector Paul Unsworth, St Helens CID, said:- "First of all, I'd like to re-iterate our advice that genuine officials will never ask people for cash or bank details. If anyone does, people should never hand anything over and if they have been called on the telephone they should hang up immediately. As part of an extensive investigation into these incidents, we have now released an e-fit of the man who was posing as a courier and is believed to have knocked at two of the victims' doors to collect the cash. I would urge people to have a really good look at the image and get in touch if they think they recognise him." People with information can call detectives in St Helens CID on:- 051 777 6804 or 6811 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on:- 0800 555 111.

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