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Issue:- 9 May 2015

Delayed Edition - Published on Saturday, 9 May 2015  -  Sorry, due to Election coverage commitments we had to delay publication of this edition.

4 arrested after spate of bike thefts and robberies in the North Merseyside area

4 teenagers have been arrested in connection with a spate of street robberies in the Sefton area of Merseyside. The arrested teenagers who are said to have conducted the spate of thefts and robberies within Formby and Southport area are reported to have targeted children on mountain bikes.

The 3, 2 aged 15 and 1 aged 14, are from South Sefton and had been arrested following a joint investigation by Sefton CID and Neighbourhood Officers in the 2 areas.  It follows several incidents in March and April 2015 where teenaged boys were approached and threatened before having their mountain bikes stolen from them.

In 1 incident in Freshfield Road, on 21 April 2015, a 14 year old boy had just said goodbye to his friend when he was approached by 4 other boys who pulled him off his bike and assaulted him. The offenders also reportedly stole the boy's phone and damaged his glasses.

In another incident on Southport Pier, the evening before, 2, 14 year old friends were approached by 4 offenders and pushed over and punched before having both their bikes stolen and a mobile phone was also taken.

Other incidents have included mountain bikes stolen from outside houses and shops.

Officers involved in investigating the crimes have recovered several suspected stolen bikes during the search of a house in Aigburth, south Liverpool and efforts are being made to trace their rightful owners.

Neighbourhood sergeant Ian Allum said:- "These kind of crimes will not be tolerated by the Police and we have carried out operations to stop them happening in the 1st place and catch the perpetrators when they do. Young people rightfully expect to be able to enjoy riding their bikes where they live without fear of intimidation or having them violently taken off them. We will continue to do what we can to tackle this issue and I would urge bike owners to help us by ensuring their bikes are security marked and registered at This will help the Police reunite any bikes we find that we believe are stolen with their rightful owners."

A 15 year old from Bootle has been charged with 4 counts of robbery and 1 count of theft. 3 others remain on Police Bail pending further enquiries.

Formby Photographic Group (FPG) Annual Competition to be held

ON 14 May 2015, the FPG will be holding it's final meeting of the season 2014 to 2015, which is The Annual Competition. The best images for 2014 to 2015 season will be presented for assessment by an external judge now confirmed as Sheila Tunstall from Halton Photographic Society. Images for will cover all sections colour prints, mono prints and DPIs it promises to be a great evening with useful feedback on images presented. Visitors welcome to attened. Cost for attening as a visitor is just £2, that including refreshments! Venue is:- 193 Church Road, Formby. For more information call Alan Thomas on:- 01704 871 376.

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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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