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Issue:- Sunday Night, 27 December 2015

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RNLI Tools and others stolen from a van in Formby

MERSEYSIDE Police are currently appealing for information after specialist tools were stolen from a van in Formby, Merseyside.  The theft happened between 7.45pm and 10.30pm, on Tuesday, 2 December 2015, when unknown offenders broke into an unmarked Vauxhall Vivaro van on Cable Street and took tools and equipment including an industrial torque wrench, Facom tool bag and Solus Pro diagnostic machine.  Some of the tools stolen belonged to the Royal National Lifeboat Institute charity and were engraved with the words 'RNLI 8'.

Officers have now issued photographs of some of the items taken in a bid to trace them and track down the offenders.

Sergeant Charlotte Irlam said:- "The RNLI is a charity that provides a very valuable service to Merseyside and across the UK. For them to lose specialist equipment such as this is understandably upsetting. These are very specialist items and we would appeal to anyone who may have seen them, or been offered them for sale, to get in touch."

Merseyside Police have also issued the following general advice to vehicle owners:-

► Most vehicle crime is preventable. It can take as little as 10 seconds for a thief to steal something from your vehicle. If at all possible, leave nothing on view.

► Never leave valuable items in your car.

► Wipe away the Sat Nav mark on your windscreen.

► Never leave your car keys where they can be seen from the front door.

► Always close the windows and sunroof; lock the doors and activate any security devices when leaving your car unattended.

► Park with care, particularly at night or if you are leaving the vehicle for a long time. If possible, park in a busy, well lit area.

Anyone with any information about the theft is asked to contact Merseyside Police on:- 0151 777 3746/3702 or the confidential Crimestoppers line on:- 0800 555 111.

Get Fit and Save Lives!

CHARITY fundraising challenge to help hearts with a lifestyle "makeover"... Has this got your attention?

Banish the guilt of your Christmas indulgence by setting yourself a Healthy Heart challenge in 2016, and help Yorkshire based charity Heart Research UK to help hearts near you in the process.

January is the time of year when we all feel under pressure to make a new start, lose weight and give ourselves a lifestyle "makeover". Yet as life is often so hectic it's not always easy to commit to your new year's health and fitness resolutions, with a tendency to quickly give up.

Heart Research UK has made a pledge in the run up to the New Year; to get more people fit and heart healthy and signed up to its range of fun events and challenges to raise funds for its work.

As heart disease is still the UK's biggest killer with nearly 75,000 deaths a year; claiming more lives among women than breast cancer; the new year is a good time to improve your fitness.

There's a whole range of exciting challenges for you to take on in 2016 such as the iconic Silverstone ½ Marathon in March, the Bupa London 10k in May, the Yorkshire 3 Peaks Day out in the Dales in June, the Morrison's Great North Run in September, and the charity's very own Subway Helping Hearts Family 5k series in 12 locations throughout the UK during the summer.

For the more adventurous there are adrenalin packed skydives or intrepid global challenges such as trekking the mighty Great Wall of China or tackling a London to Paris cycle ride.

Go to HeartResearch.Org.UK/Events to sign up for an event that suits you or call the charity's fundraising team on:- 0113 234 7474 or you can also send them an email to:- Community@HeartResearch.Org.UK.

Heart Research UK will give you a set date to aim for your challenge and lots of helpful advice and tips so you won't want to let yourself or others down by quitting. By doing 1 of the charity's challenges you will have gained a new experience in life, improved your health and probably made some great friends along the way.

The charity is also continuing its Swim the Channel challenge where you have 3 months to swim the distance between Dover and Calais, but in the comfort of your local swimming pool.

For those who want to do their own challenge Heart Research UK has even thought of something to suit you. My Run, My Way is aimed at people who want to create their own run be it a 5k, 10k, half or full marathon. Choose a date, time, route, distance and people to run with and apply for your FREE pack to get started; it's that easy.

Heart Research UK's Head of Fundraising, Fran Shilton, said the New Year was a good time for people to have a lifestyle "makeover" and set themselves new challenges. "Knowing that up to 80% of heart disease could be prevented means that by making changes right now you could be protecting your heart for the future. Taking part in our fundraising challenges will not only keep you fit but will help other peoples' hearts as well."

Signing up to a challenge is for many people, the only way to keep focussed on getting fit; and staying fit.   Sign up online today for a Heart Research UK Healthy Heart 2016 Challenge...

UK Government failing on litter in our seas says UK's leading marine charity

THE Marine Conservation Society (MCS) says it's extremely concerned that nothing new in the fight against marine litter in UK seas has been proposed as part of measures designed to restore them to a healthier state by 2020.

The UK Government has published the measures it will take to restore UK seas to:- "Good Environmental Status" by 2020 as required by EU legislation known as the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD).

Carrie Hume MCS Director of Conservation and Campaigns says the Directive offers a wonderful opportunity to ensure that our seas can be restored to their former healthy state, but the UK Government has missed an opportunity when it comes to reducing marine litter:- "Only existing measures regarding tackling marine litter are listed with none of the new measures required to achieve Good Environmental Status (GES) explored or endorsed. This is despite thousands of people writing to Defra to ask for more action on the issue."

Our seas are very degraded; the European Environment Agency reports that less than 20% of EU marine habitats and species are in a healthy state. In UK seas alone, 28 species of mammal and fish are considered to be threatened; a key threat is the high level of litter found in the seas around the UK. MCS says its beach litter surveys have shown a doubling of litter found per kilometre of UK beaches surveyed over the last 20 years, and this is continuing to increase year on year.  The charity says new measures to address the issue of litter are crucial. "To suggest that no new measures are needed to address the issue of litter is astonishing. It's inconceivable that current measures, such as such as existing legislation, the majority of which have been place for many years and have thus far failed to achieve a downward trend in marine litter, will be sufficient to reverse the increasing trend and achieve GES by 2020. The 5p charge for single use plastic bags; 2% of beach litter in 2014, is a step in the right direction. But much more is needed. A nationwide deposit scheme for drinks containers like plastic and glass drinks bottles and aluminium cans; 10% of beach litter in 2014 and better disposal and recycling facilities for both commercial and recreational fishermen; 11% of beach litter in 2014, are just some measures that should be considered to improve the situation in the next 5 years." says Sue Kinsey, MCS Senior Pollution Policy Officer.

Merseyside Police thank public for being on their best behaviour

MERSEYSIDE Police have made the unusual move to thanking the public for being on their best behaviour during 1 of the busiest nights of the festive season. In total 22 arrests were made in the City Centre area between 11pm, on Friday, 18 December 2015 and 7am on Saturday, 19 December 2015, with no serious incidents reported. High visibility patrols were out across the City Centre overnight with officers carrying out a number of routine visits to bars and clubs. Officers were also deployed to the Bold Street/Central station area to oversee the large number of revellers leaving the City Centre.  Superintendent Mark Wiggins who oversees the City Centre and South Liverpool said:- "Thousands of people regularly visit bars and clubs in Liverpool City Centre at the weekend, with the number increasing during the busy festive period. The number of arrests is similar to a normal Saturday night and it was pleasing to see that the vast majority of people who visited the City Centre were on the best behaviour. It is nights like last night that show why Liverpool is 1 of the best and safest places to visit for a night out. We would continue to remind people to take responsibility for themselves and watch what they drink so that their behaviour does not let them down and ruin an otherwise great night out. Police officers will be a regular sight around the City and Town Centres of Merseyside at peak times this Christmas and we are there primarily to keep people safe while they are having a good time. My message to people on their Christmas nights out is this: enjoy yourselves, pace yourselves, take responsibility for your own behaviour and ensure you wake up the next morning with memories of a great night out with friends rather than regret and a sore head. I want to reassure people who visit the City and the night time economy that our officers will continue to work to help keep the City the popular and vibrant place that it is renowned for."

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