24 year old woman injured in
an assault in McTucky’s, St Helens
MERSEYSIDE Police have a released CCTV
stills of a man officers would like to speak to in connection with the assault
of a woman in St Helens Town Centre on Sunday, 5 July 2015. At about 2am, a 24
year old woman was ordering food inside McTucky's on Westfield Street when she
and another male customer got into verbal altercation resulting in the 24 year
old being punched in the face. The offender has then left the premises. The
woman suffered soft tissue injuries to her lip, mouth, jaw and cheek. Officers
would urge the man pictured or anyone who recognises him to get in touch as they
believe he may be able to assist them with their enquiries.
Sergeant Michael Jackson, said:- "A 24
year old woman sustained injuries to her face and has been left very shaken
following her ordeal. Prior to the assault there was a verbal altercation
between the woman and the offender. At this time the takeaway was extremely busy
and someone will have seen what happened. We take incidents of this nature
extremely seriously and we are appealing to anyone with any information about
the person responsible for this attack to call us so we can take action against
An investigation into the full circumstances
of the incident is on going. Anyone with information is asked to call Merseyside
Police on:- 0151 777 6065, or call:- 101. You can also call Crimestoppers,
anonymously, on:- 0800 555 111.
Arrest follows a cannabis
farm being found in Ainsdale
MERSEYSIDE Police arrested a 48 year
old male after the discovery of a cannabis farm in Ainsdale on Thursday, 14
August 2015. At about 8pm, a Misuse of Drugs Act warrant was executed at a
premises on Briar Road, Ainsdale, following information received from the
community. Officers found 37 cannabis plants; with an estimated annual yield of
around £148,000; in a bedroom and greenhouse at the property. Sophisticated
hydroponic growing equipment was also seized. A quantity of white powder was
also discovered in the address. The 48 year old from Ainsdale was then arrested
on suspicion of cultivation of cannabis and possession of Class A drugs.
Neighbourhood inspector Jim Atherton said:- "Cannabis cultivation often
brings dangers to other nearby properties. Cannabis farms are a serious fire
risk. Those who set up these farms often tamper with the electricity meters to
take electricity, and there will generally be a number of hot lamps hooked to
overloaded electricity sockets and an extensive watering system. Electricity and
water are never a good combination and the fire service have seen an increase in
the number of fires they have been called to as a result of fires caused by the
crude systems put in place by the people who set up these farms. In this case,
vital information was provided by the community and we acted on it immediately.
Our communities can help us stop these groups, who are only interested in making
money, from turning houses and flats into potential death traps. Nobody wants to
live next door to these houses and we would ask that if you believe someone is
using a property in a street for this purpose please tell us so we can take
positive action and find those responsible for setting them up."
Some of the signs that cannabis is being grown are:-
► Strange smells and sounds.
► Frequent and varied visitors to a property, often at unusual times.
► Gardening equipment being taken into a property, such as plant pots,
fertiliser, fans and industrial lighting.
► Windows are sealed and covered or the curtains are permanently closed.
► Heat from an adjoining property.
► Birds gathering on a roof in cold weather.
► Individually these activities may seem commonplace, however, together may
indicate something more sinister.
Anyone with any information can call Merseyside Police on:- 101 or
Crimestoppers, anonymously, on:- 0800 555 111.
3 years behind bars for man who threatened to
stab stranger at train station
A man who threatened to stab a stranger
at a Merseyside rail station has been jailed for 3 years at Liverpool Crown
Court following a British Transport Police investigation. Jeffrey Paul Black,
36, from Litherland, pleaded guilty to attempted robbery at an earlier hearing
and was sentenced at Liverpool Crown Court on Tuesday, 11 August 2015. The court
heard how Black’s victim, a 20 year old man, from Berkshire, encountered him at
Ainsdale Station, at around 6.30am, on Sunday, 9 March 2014, when he asked Black
which was the correct platform for London bound trains. The pair briefly chatted
before the victim moved to the end of the platform and settled down to sleep. He
was woken around 15 minutes later by Black, who was holding a dart in his
clenched fist and threatened to 'puncture his lung' if the man did not hand over
£50. After initially refusing to hand over the cash, the victim, believing he
may actually be stabbed, offered to use his cash card to withdraw the money.
Black shouted at a passer by for directions to the nearest cash machine. At this
point the victim took his chance and explained what was happening to the passer
by who called the Police and helped the victim escape from the station and away
from Black. Black was picked up in a nearby bus shelter after he approached a
Police car asking if Officers were looking for him. Investigating officer DC
Martin Melia said:- "This was a violent incident which Black's victim
believed would result in him being seriously injured if he didn't comply with
his demands. The assistance of a passing member of the public helped the victim
to escape; had he not, the outcome may well have been different. The sentence
reflects the severity of the incident. Thankfully violence on the rail network
is rare, but will not be tolerated in any circumstances. British Transport
Police will continue to do everything in its power to make the rail network
safe, but when incidents of this nature occur the Force will use all means
available to bring offenders to justice."