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Issue:- Sunday, 24 January 2016

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Holocaust victims to be remembered in Liverpool

LIVERPOOL'S Lord Mayor, Councillor Tony Concepcion will join faith leaders in special services to mark Holocaust Memorial Day, on 27 January 2016.  Wreaths in memory of all victims of persecution will be laid at the memorial stone in St John's Gardens before a special service at Liverpool Town Hall which will be attended by civic and faith representatives as well as members of the local community.  The day marks the 71st anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz Berkenau and ,as well as being the national day of remembrance for all the victims of the Holocaust , will remember victims of more recent genocides such as Cambodia, Bosnia, Rwanda and Darfur.  The theme for this year's day is "Don't Stand By.".

Councillor Concepcion, said;- "Holocaust Memorial Day is not only a time to remember those millions who died in the Holocaust and subsequent genocides but is also a call to action for the present. The theme of "Don't Stand By" urges us to consider our own responsibility over issues such as hate crime and prejudice to ensure they have no place in our society. The service will be moving and poignant and it will also encourage us all to help to build a safer future."

At the service Rabbi Dan Lieberman will join the Lord Mayor in lighting a memorial candle. Rabbi Lieberman will lead those attending in prayer and a blessing will be given by the Rector of Liverpool, the Reverend Dr Crispin Pailing.

Pastor Michael Fryer from Father's House Congregation will address the service at which King David High School Choir will sing.

Ann Frank Trust UK Ambassadors from Alsop High School and St John Bosco Arts College will give a presentation of poetry specially composed for Holocaust Memorial Day.

Also it is worth noting and playing a visit to an exhibition which aims to raise awareness of the Holocaust.  It will be staged at Liverpool Town Hall (based in the Hall of Remembrance), between Tuesday, 26 January 2016 and Thursday, 28 January 2016, from 10am to 4.00pm.

Appeal for witnesses after bike stolen - Southport

THE British Transport Police (BTP) are investigating the an incident that took place sometime between 1pm and 2pm on Thursday, 14 January 2016, after a bike had been taken from cycle racks, at Southport's Merseyrail Station. Police now seek witnesses to the theft.  Investigating Officer Sergeant Stephen Lawman said:- "We're looking to trace anyone who may have witnessed a bike being stolen from cycle racks at Southport Station sometime between 1pm and 2pm, on Thursday, 14 January 2016. The bike is very distinctive, a yellow/gold coloured Mongoose Otero Elite Mountain, which is valued at £600. Bolt croppers had been used to break the lock securing the bike to the cycle racks. We are appealing to anyone who might have been at the Station around the same time and may have seen someone acting suspiciously or even saw them in the act of stealing the bike."

If you have any information about the incident, please give us a call on:- 0800 40 50 40 or text:- '61016' quoting reference:- 'PSUB/B7 of 20/01/2016.' Alternatively, information can be passed to the independent charity Crimestoppers on:- 0800 555 111.

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