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Issue:- 27 March 2015

Students acting on crime

STUDENTS from Liverpool schools are producing dramatic interpretations of crime and anti social behaviour issues.  They are taking part in Act Together, an initiative by Citysafe Liverpool's community safety partnership and Merseyside Police, in which they discover more about the impact of crime and anti social behaviour on themselves and their communities through drama.  Their plays are performed to their fellow students and a selection of their feeder primary schools and are seen as a positive way of addressing community safety issues that concern young people.  The finale for this year's Act Together will be on Thursday, 26 March 2015, at St John Bosco Arts College when all the plays will be performed.

The schools taking part and their themes are:-

North Liverpool Academy Drugs

St. John Bosco Arts College Alcohol

Enterprise South Liverpool Academy E Safety

Broadgreen International School Anti-Social Behaviour

University Academy Liverpool Hate Crime

Redbridge High School Environmental Crime

Broad Square Primary School Leaving Primary School

The schools involved in Act Together choose which theme they want to use for their play. They then work with a specialist 'mentor' to develop the subject matter who helps them understand the subject area. The mentors come from different local agencies who have experience in the theme chosen by the school. They work alongside the young people and school drama teacher to ensure that they fully understand the issues associated with their chosen topic.  Councillor Emily Spurrell, Mayoral Lead for Community Safety, said:- "Act Together has been a success story since it started in 2008. It involves about 7,000 students a year. It brings home to them the impact that crime and anti social behaviour can have on individuals and families. As it is based on issues which young people have identified themselves it really reinforces positive messages about community safety in an imaginative way”

Chief Inspector Mark Morgan, said:- "Anti social behaviour can affect whole families as well as young people. The force works with a range of partners, including Liverpool City Council, to make sure Liverpool is a safe and enjoyable place for people to both live and work.  This project is a great way for the force to work with partners and young people to have a real impact on the local area."

Southport firm in court over worker's roof fall

A Southport company has been fined after an employee sustained serious injuries when he fell some 4 metres from a bungalow roof. The 60 year old from Southport, who has asked not to be named, fractured his skull and back, and broke several ribs in the incident on 6 March 2014. Instruments and Gauges Electronics Ltd. was prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) after an investigation found that the employee was not given suitable equipment to carry out the work safely. Sefton Magistrates' Court in Bootle heard that the company specialises in manufacturing and repairing electrical test equipment, but that its managing director is also the landlord for several homes.  The employee was asked to repair a broken ridge tile on the roof of a bungalow on Fylde Road in Southport. He used his ladder to reach the flat roof on a conservatory at the back of the property. The worker then pulled the ladder up onto the conservatory roof and used it to reach the tile at the top of the bungalow roof. He fell around four metres and was found on the ground by the tenant, who called for an ambulance. The employee was in the high dependency unit at the hospital for a week before being transferred to a normal ward, and was off work for 19 weeks as a result of his injuries. The HSE investigation found the work on the roof had not been planned or supervised and the worker had not been given suitable equipment, such as scaffolding or a harness. 

The company also failed to report the incident to HSE despite this being a legal requirement when workers suffer a serious injury. 

Instruments and Gauges Electronics Ltd, of Gravel Lane in Banks, was fined £6,000 and ordered to pay £961 in prosecution costs after pleading guilty to single breaches of the Work at Height Regulations 2005 and the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2013. Speaking after the hearing, HSE Inspector Jackie Western said:- "One of the company's employees has suffered serious injuries that may well affect him for the rest of his life because his employer ignored its legal duty to make sure he stayed safe.  Falls from height are the most common cause of deaths and serious injuries in the construction industry. The work to repair the ridge tile should have been planned properly but instead the employee was allowed to climb up to the roof without suitable equipment. Instruments & Gauges Electronics should have made sure the work was carried out safely or, better still, hired a specialist roofing firm that knew what it was doing.”

More information on health and safety in the construction industry is available at:- HSE.Gov.UK/Construction.

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Deceased estates notice - Lilian May Jackam

Pursuant to the Trustee Act 1925, any persons having a claim against or an interest in the Estate of Lilian May Jackam (also known as Lillian May) Jackam (Deceased), late of Birch Abbey Rest Home, 55 Alexandra Road, Southport, Merseyside, PR9 9HD, UK, who died on 04/10/2018, are required to send particulars thereof in writing, to the undersigned Solicitors, on or before 24/05/2019, after which date the Estate will be distributed having regard only to claims and interests of which they have had notice. Churches Solicitors, 12 High Street, Fareham, Hampshire, PO16 7BL, UK. Ref:- 'T553015.'

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