CCTV Appeal after possible
hate crime incident in Southport
CCTV images has been sent out to the
media by Merseyside Police of 2 people the Officers believe may have vital
information following an incident at a convenience store in Southport, on
Thursday, 12 March 2015. During the incident, officers were called to:- Daly Mart,
Duke Street, at around 10.50pm, by the owner of the shop reporting that he had
asked 2 youths to leave the premises at around 9pm. He then is reported to have
suffered racist abuse and the youths, who are believed to have then thrown
objects at him outside the shop. No one was reported injured during the
incident. Patrols attended and witnesses have been spoken to. CCTV opportunities
from the area have been located and reviewed and regular patrols are now
visiting the shop to provide support and reassurance to the owner.
Detective Inspector Jimmy Belmar from the
specialist SIGMA hate crime unit in Sefton said:- "This was a frightening
and distressing incident for the shopkeeper and I want to reassure the community
in Southport that a thorough investigation is continuing. Small business owners
provide a vital service which people appreciate and we won't tolerate anyone who
uses threatening behaviour or racist language towards them. The force's
specialist SIGMA unit has dedicated officers who are specially trained to deal
with all forms of hate crime. These officers are there to listen to victims,
support them and make sure that they have the confidence to report any
incidents. As part of our inquiries into this incident, we have issued CCTV
stills of 2 people who we believe may have important information which could
help us with our investigation. I would appeal to the people shown, or anyone
who recognises them, to get in touch with us as soon as possible."
An investigation into the full circumstances surrounding the incident is
continuing. Anyone with information can call officers in Sefton's SIGMA team
on:- 0151 777 3020 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on:- 0800 555 111.
Railway trespassers are
dicing with death!
"RAILWAY tracks are not playgrounds"
– that's the message from British Transport Police (BTP) ahead of the Easter
school holidays. The warning comes following increased reports during previous
school holidays of youths congregating near lines. Not
only do youngsters risk their lives playing near the tracks, but their actions
can result in severe delays for passengers. British Transport Police is
calling on everyone to do their bit to cut the number of life endangering
incidents of railway trespassing:-
► Parents; do you know where your children are playing
during the holidays? Make sure you know their whereabouts.
► Public and passengers; if you see trespassers near
the lines you can use our discreet:- 61016 text service to report route crime.
► Children; stay off the lines, they are not a safe
environment and you are risking your life!
There are 25,000 volts running through the overhead cable on the railway network
and you only need to be 3 metres away to cause serious injury or death.
Not only is playing near railway lines dangerous, but it is also costly. If
trespassers are seen on railway lines, it can mean trains are held, the current
switched off and staff diverted from their duties. Similarly, vandalism
can cause massive disruption and it is expensive to repair. Instances of vandals
putting obstructions in front of trains, hanging concrete blocks from bridges
and throwing stones also historically increase during school holidays. These
crimes can lead to serious injury or death and can even derail trains. Inspector
Steve Bromfield, based in Liverpool, said:- "Please stay away from the
tracks. Playing there really is dicing with death and there are much safer
places to spend time during the holidays. By messing around near the tracks, you
are putting your own lives in danger as well as the lives of all the staff and
passengers travelling on the trains. The railway is a dangerous environment,
with high speed trains and electric currents, and it should never be treated as
a playground or somewhere to hang about. Parents and adults must also take
responsibility and emphasise the dangers to their children, making them aware
that these areas are off limits. They should ask themselves do they know where
their children are playing?"
Officers see too many cases of life changing injuries and death caused by
trespassing on railway tracks, and I want to reinforce the message that anyone
caught trespassing may be prosecuted through the courts. Inspector Bromfield
added:- "If you are caught deliberately obstructing the railway or
trespassing on the tracks and endangering other people's safety, we will not
hesitate to prosecute you. We do not want to have to tell any family that their
son or daughter will not be coming home. The message is simple: railways are not
playgrounds; stay off the tracks."
To report a crime to British Transport Police, please call:- 0800 40 50 40, or
text:- 61016. In an emergency, always call:- 999.