Formby man, Ian Robert
Harris, found guilty of a number of historic sexual offences
MERSEYSIDE Police can confirm that a 46
year old man was sentenced to 4 years in prison at Liverpool Crown Court on
Friday, 7 August 2015, after being found guilty of a number of historic sexual
offences. Ian Robert Harris, 46, from Formby, was found guilty on 15 sexual
offences Liverpool Crown Court on Thursday, 30 July 2015. All of the offences
are historic and date back to the 1980's when Harris was a teenager. The four
victims were boys at the time of the offences. As well as being sentenced to 4
years in prison he was ordered to sign the Sex Offenders' Register for life.
Detective Constable Claire McDonald, said:- "Harris is starting a long
prison sentence after a jury found him guilty of a number of offences carried
out over a 3 year period, in the early 1980's, whilst he was living in the
Formby area. Harris' victims have shown an immense amount of bravery in coming
forward and having to re-live the abuse they suffered at Harris' hands. I hope
his sentencing gives them some sense of closure and also provides wider
reassurance that a dangerous and determined sex offender is now behind bars.
Their adult lives have been deeply affected by these crimes and they have all
found the process of going to court extremely traumatic. Specially trained
officers and lawyers in Merseyside Police's Unity team have been by their side
throughout the investigation and trial to provide support and to ensure their
evidence was presented to the court and to see justice being done. His victims
have found the courage to finally speak out and report his crimes and I would
like to pay tribute to their dignity and bravery. I'd also like to thank
officers and our partners in the Crown Prosecution Service for their dedication
and commitment throughout what has been a long and complex investigation. Time
should never be a barrier to obtaining justice and Merseyside Police takes every
report of sexual offences extremely seriously, whether or not they are recent,
and has dedicated officers within the force's Unity Team who are specially
trained to both thoroughly investigate allegations and make sure that those
reporting them are properly supported. I would like to take this opportunity to
reassure and urge anyone who has suffered a sexual offence that if you can find
the courage to come forward and speak to us, we will deal with you sensitively
and make sure that reports are properly and thoroughly investigated."
People can call officers in the force's specialist Unity team on:- 0151 777
1382. Information can also be passed to Crimestoppers, anonymously, on:- 0800
Foundation trust to take
action over finances following investigation by regulator
THE Wirral University Teaching Hospital
NHS Foundation Trust has said that it will take action to improve its finances,
following an investigation by
Monitor. If you do not know who Monitor is, they are the
regulator for health services sector in England, whose job it is, to protect and
promote the interests of patients by ensuring that the whole sector works for
Monitor has found that there are reasonable
grounds to suspect the trust, which provides a range of acute and community
services, has breached its licence to provide health services. So now the trust
will have to develop and implement plans to improve its financial position. It
will also take steps to ensure it can continue to provide its services on a
financially sustainable basis. Monitor has also added a further condition to the
trust's licence that requires an improvement in the performance of its board in
dealing with the issues the trust faces. This will enable the health regulator
to take further regulatory action in future if necessary.
The regulator also examined the trust's A&E
performance. This part of the investigation has been closed without further
formal regulatory action because of the steps the trust is taking to improve.
Paul Chandler, Regional Director at Monitor,
said:- "Patients rely on the services Wirral University Teaching Hospital
NHS Foundation Trust provides. That's why we have taken action to ensure the
trust improves its finances. It will also take steps to make sure it can
continue to provide services in a financially sustainable way."
The trust will report to Monitor on its progress and the regulator may take
further action if required.
Merseyside Police Netball
Team are celebrating success!
MERSEYSIDE Police Netball Team showed
their opponents they had really 'Met' their match when they beat
their Metropolitan Police rivals in the Police Service UK Netball Final 2015.
Since their success winning the National Police Cup in Nottingham in June 2014,
the team has also gone on to win the:- 'Lily Cup' and 'Fight
For Life' tournaments against teams from all over the North West.
Team manager, Inspector Amanda Fogarty, said:- "It was a tough game and the
Met had some very impressive and strong players. The sports hall was extremely
hot, which is something we are not used to up North! Merseyside ladies pulled
out all the stops and beat the Metropolitan Police 47 to 25. Our team were
overjoyed, as we haven't reached the final for the last 2 years."
The Merseyside Police team have added to their collection of silverware this
season, winning the Liverpool League 2014 to 2015, Cheshire Elite League
(County), Liverpool Cup and the Annual Police Netball tournament which was held
in Exeter, in September 2014.
There are currently 2 teams, made up of
approximately 25 police staff, who play in the Police national cup and the
Liverpool Netball league. The teams have been going for over 30 years, but have
had the most success over the last 5 to 7 years. Inspector Fogarty
added:- "We are hoping to expand to a third team as the interest from
female police officers and police staff have increased over the last couple of
Chief Constable Sir Jon Murphy said:-
"The netball team are fantastic ambassadors for the force. It is great to see
people getting involved in sports and being successful in their interests
outside of policing and playing and practising in their own time."