Brookdale's results in 176 seizures and 59 people arrested
MERSEYSIDE Police Officers are
hailing another successful summer crackdown on dangerous scrambler bikes and
off road bikes, with 176 seized and a total of 59 people arrested as part of
2015's 'Operation Brookdale.'
The campaign, which has
run since the start of July 2015 and was dedicated to putting the brakes on
people who use off road bikes in an illegal, dangerous or anti social way.
It has become apparent over the last few years that many riders don't give a
second thought about the consequences of their actions and the misery they
bring to decent, law abiding members of communities across Merseyside. As a
result, Operation Brookdale has been concentrating on areas where people
have told us they are suffering because of the way scrambler and quad bikes
are being ridden and used.
The operation has included high visibility
Patrols, the use of information from the community to target known hot
spots, education in schools and visits by officers and PCSTOs to petrol
Superintendent Jenny Sims has led the
operation and she told the media that:- "We are delighted with the
success of this year's operation. 176 bikes which are believed to have been
stolen or used anti-socially have been taken off the roads and Merseyside is
undoubtedly a safer place as a result. The number of bikes seized during
this year's operation should mean that our communities are subjected to less
incidents like this 1 in the future and I also hope it makes people who use
off road bikes illegally or anti-socially think very carefully about their
behaviour. Despite these successes however, we are not complacent. We know
that many communities continue to be blighted by scrambler bikes being
ridden dangerously and I want to reassure people that although Operation
Brookdale may have finished for this year, our work targeting scrambler
bikes definitely isn't over. We will continue to be out on patrol and to
take action whenever the community tells us there are problems. I would
appeal to anyone with information about illegal or nuisance scrambler bikes
in their areas to get in touch with us and I can assure them that we will
Anyone with information can call Police
via the:- 101 number, or dial:- 999 in the event of an emergency or if there
is a crime in progress. Alternatively, people can pass information
anonymously to Crimestoppers, 24 hours a day, on:- 0800 555 111.
Final Operation Brookdale figures:-
► 176 stolen vehicles were recovered.
► 59 Arrests.
► 1079 OSCO's issued by Roads Policing
► 49 Section 59 Warnings issued.
► 5 Section 59 Vehicle seizures.
► 62 section 165 vehicle seizures.
► 5 search warrants executed.
Edge Hill success in
Sunday Times University rankings
EDGE Hill University has risen up the
rankings in yet another university league table. The University has been
named in the top 4 in the North West, in:- 'The Sunday Times Good
University Guide 2016', improved four places nationally and also scored
highly for graduate prospects and degree completion rates. 'The Times' and 'The Sunday Times Good University Guide
2016' is published over the course of 3 days, beginning with a 56 page
supplement in the newspaper on 20 September 2015, and provides the most
comprehensive overview of Higher Education in Britain.
A separate analysis of student satisfaction with the quality of the teaching at
each institution is also published for the 1st time this year.
The University's success in the:- 'Sunday Times' table adds to a
year of achievements which started with being awarded the:- 'Times Higher
University of the Year' accolade and also saw it rise in the:-
'Guardian University League Table' and achieve great results in the
'National Student Survey.'
The National Student Survey (NSS) is the most important measure of student
satisfaction and at institution level Edge Hill has sustained last year's record
performance with of 4.2 out of 5.
Based on the responses to all 23 questions in the Survey (which cover teaching,
assessment and feedback, academic support, organisation and management, learning
resources, personal development, overall satisfaction and satisfaction with the
students' union) Edge Hill occupies a top 10 position amongst all English
Dr John Cater, Vice Chancellor at Edge Hill University said:- "From being
awarded University of the Year, to consistently rising through national league
tables, a top four position in the North West in the Sunday Times University
Guide shows that we are being recognised for our great student satisfaction
scores, our commitment to research and providing life changing opportunities for
our students. With our continuing commitment to the student
experience, strong levels of graduate employment and social mobility and over
£30m of investment in new sporting and residential accommodation this year, I am
confident these positive results will be maintained and further enhanced."
The Sunday Times league table is made up of 9 indicators including student
satisfaction with teaching quality and their wider university experience,
research quality, graduate prospects, entrance qualifications held by new
students, degree results achieved, student/staff ratios, service and facilities
spend and degree completion rates.
Letters to the Editor:-
"I'm writing to invite your readers to
join me in turning unwanted items into life saving research this month for the
British Heart Foundation's Bag It. Beat It. campaign. Over 18,700 people die
each year with cardiovascular disease in the North West, but with donations to
Bag It. Beat It. campaign this September, the BHF will be able to fight harder
to reduce this figure. I've donated to my local shop and I'd encourage everyone
to get involved this September and do the same. Simply fill a bag with unwanted
clothes, shoes, books, handbags, DVDs, CDs, bric-a-brac and children's toys, to
Bag It. Beat It! For more information and to find your local BHF shop go
to book a free collection call:- 0808 250 0024." Arlene Phillips,
Director and Choreographer and former Strictly Come Dancing judge.