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Issue:- Thursday, 16 September 2016

Headlines and reports on this page = 4 news items.    Page - 2.

MP raises awareness of avoiding alcohol in pregnancy

Picture shows (left to right) Diane Kashrabi (FASD), Bill Esterson MP, Lynne Eastham (Head of Children and Midwifery Services), Janet Calland (Matron, Obstetrics and Gynaecology) and Angi Cullen (Maternity CDOP/Bereavement Lead Midwife)

MP Bill Esterson is supporting a campaign urging women to protect their babies by not drinking alcohol during pregnancy. He was speaking during a visit to the maternity team at Ormskirk hospital to raise awareness of the issue on Foetal Alcohol Syndrome Disorder (FASD) Day.

Mr Esterson is the chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on FASD. He sponsored a Private Members' Bill in Parliament last year calling for better labelling on containers carrying alcohol.

Although the Bill ran out of time, as is often the case with this type of proposed legislation, the Chief Medical Officer changed her advice to mums to be and women trying for a baby, in January, to abstain from drinking alcohol.

FASD is a condition caused when a child is exposed to alcohol in the womb, leaving a baby with a range of physical, behavioural and cognitive difficulties for the rest of their life.

The World Health Organisation estimates that FASD affects 1% of children or the equivalent of 7,000 babies born in England and Wales every year. In some areas the numbers could be significantly higher.

Mr Esterson, who is Labour MP for Sefton Central, said:- "Thank you to Ormskirk hospital for hosting the FASD Awareness Day. The all-party FASD group has heard from health staff about the damage done to children who are exposed to alcohol in the womb. The My Baby's Too Young to Drink campaign is a timely reminder of the dangers. Even small amounts of alcohol at the wrong time during pregnancy, including from very early on, can cause irreversible brain damage. FASD is a hidden problem and the scale of it is really unknown. That is why MPs have called on the Government to have a prevalence study so we can work out how many children are affected each year and just what the true level of risk is. Understanding the true nature of the problem is essential if we are to be able to reduce the damage done and support children who are affected and their families."

Diane Kashrabi, Southport based national link coordinator for the FASD Trust, said:- "It was wonderful to see the excellent work done by the Maternity team in support of the FASD Trust."

Grand finale concert for 'The Jam' exhibition

A SPECIAL concert is to take place in Liverpool to mark the end of the highly acclaimed retrospective of 1 of the most influential British bands of the last 40 years.

"About The Young Idea"
is the popular Cunard Building exhibition dedicated to exploring the music, background, political and social impact of The Jam, and it's set to come to an end on Thursday, 6 October 2016.

As a grand finale to the showcase, Nicky Weller (frontman Paul's sister and co-curator of the exhibition) is organising a gig; "A Celebration of The Jam" - which will feature original band members, bassist Bruce Foxton and drummer Rick Buckler, who will perform alongside The Paul Weller Band and a host of very special guests.

Taking place on 5 October 2016, at the Echo Arena Liverpool, tickets have gone on sale, with a percentage of ticket proceeds going to local charities including Be one percent, and Impact England.

After beating cancer in 2014, Nicky Weller needed a new challenge. Inspired by her brother Paul and the legacy of the music he created with The Jam, Nicky has gone on to curate 2 critically acclaimed exhibitions.

Nicky said:- "I really wanted to give something back to the fantastic fans of the band, and what better way to do it than host this show. The gig at the Echo Arena will be a brilliant conclusion, with Bruce, Rick and Paul's band rattling through all the hits like 'Town Called Malice,' Going Underground,' Down in the Tubestation,' and That's Entertainment."

Assistant Mayor and Cabinet Member for culture, tourism and events, Councillor Wendy Simon, said:- "The success of the exhibition and this charity concert by original members of The Jam just emphasise the City's credentials as a UNESCO City of Music and UK's original music City. It will be a special night and a must see for music fans all over the UK."

Tickets for A Celebration of The Jam are £45 and available from the Liverpool Arena online Box Office.

About The Young Idea is the second exhibition Nicky and fellow curator's Den Davis and Russell Reader have developed dedicated to The Jam, after a smaller version took place at London's Somerset House last summer. Nicky was the founder of The Jam fan club which she set up when she was a teenager.

Police Officer Stabbed in Arrest

MERSEYSIDE Police Deputy Chief Constable Carl Foulkes has spoken out about the risks faced by officers on the street after an Officer was stabbed in Huyton, on Tuesday, 13 September 2016. At around 11.20am, 4 Officers, on foot patrol, spotted a man on Westmorland Road, who they recognised as being wanted on suspicion of rape. They immediately attempted to arrest the Offender who then stabbed 1 of the Officers, a 30 year old constable, several times before attempting to run away. The 2nd Officer chased and apprehended the 18 year old man, from Huyton, on suspicion of rape; following an incident on Slater Street, Liverpool City Centre, on 18 June 2016; and assault of a Police Constable. He was then taken to a Police Station, on Merseyside, where he was interviewed. The injured Officer, who sustained stab wounds to his back, was taken to Hospital for treatment. Deputy Chief Constable Carl Foulkes said:- "This incident highlights once again the dangers Officers face every single day, putting themselves in harm's way to deal with dangerous situations. The very nature of the job means Officers go into challenging situations and acknowledge the risks they face. Despite this, Officers put themselves on the front line protecting our communities every day and any assault on an Officer serves as a stark reminder of the very real dangers that Officers face to keep us all safe day in, day out. After seeing their colleague stabbed, 3 Officers continued to attempt to arrest the man and successfully detained him and I would like to commend their bravery and that of the officer who has been injured."

Anyone with any information on the incident is asked to contact Knowsley CID on:- 0151 777 6225. You can also call the 101 number or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on:- 0800 555 111.

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