Large cannabis farm found in
MERSEYSIDE Police Detectives, from
Liverpool, discovered a large cannabis farm, in Southport, on Monday, 16 January
2017. Officers received a report shortly before 8.50am that entry had been
forced to an industrial unit on Blowick Business Park, Crowland Street. Patrols
attended and discovered a cannabis farm containing 480 cannabis plants and
growing equipment, which is in the process of being recovered. The cannabis farm
had an estimated annual yield of £1.9m. The scene was cordoned off to enable
officers to recover the cannabis and forensically examine the scene.
Detective Constable Patrick Kilgannon said:-
"These plants would have been destined to be sold on our streets;
thankfully these drugs will be taken out of circulation and can no longer be
sold on our streets to cause harm and misery. Cannabis cultivation on this large
scale is often done by criminal gangs, who don't care about the dangers growing
cannabis brings to neighbouring properties and in this case surrounding
businesses. The people who set up these farms often tamper with the electricity
meters to steal electricity and there will generally be a number of hot lamps
and this, accompanied by an overloaded electricity system, can be a serious fire
risk. Our communities can help us stop these groups, who are only interested in
making money, from turning houses and industrial units into potential death
traps. Nobody wants to live or work next door to these farms and we would ask
that if you believe someone is using a premises for this purpose, please tell us
so we can take action and find those responsible for setting them up."
Some of the signs that cannabis is being grown
► Strange smells and sounds.
► Frequent and varied visitors to a property, often at
► 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 Police on 101, or Crimestoppers,
anonymously, on:- 0800 555 111.
Mini Police enjoyed a
MERSEYSIDE Police's youngest recruits
of the Mini Police have enjoyed a special lunch with senior Police Officers, as
a reward for all their hard work. The Mini Police dined at Merseyside Police
Headquarters with Deputy Chief Constable Carl Foulkes and Assistant Chief
Constable Ian Critchley.
The pupils from Hatton Hill Primary School, in Litherland and St Monica's
Primary School, in Bootle, have spent the last 4 months helping with speed
awareness events, welcoming VIP guests, and even interviewing the Chief
Constable. After the 2017 February half term, a new intake from both schools
will join up as the new wave of Mini Police recruits.
The Mini Police were introduced in September 2016, at a spectacular launch event,
which took place at Hatton Hill, where the children were visited by the National
Police Air Support (NPAS) Helicopter and given demonstrations.
Deputy Chief Constable Carl Foulkes said:-
"This lunch was the perfect chance to say thank you to our Mini Police for
the brilliant work they have been involved in since September. They have been
true ambassadors for both schools and their communities and we sincerely hope
that for some of them, this is only the beginning of their journey with
Assistant Chief Constable Ian Critchley said:- "We are ever so proud of
our Mini Police, and hope to grow this wonderful initiative far and wide in the
coming years. They have demonstrated such enthusiasm, imagination and are
proving to be a really positive force within our communities."
Mr Kinsella, Head Teacher at St Monica's, said:- "The opportunity to
represent St Monica's beyond the school gate and throughout the city has been
fabulous. They have achieved a huge amount for young people and the experience
will set a culture which they will take into their teenage years."
Mrs James, Head Teacher at Hatton Hill, said:- "We have enjoyed seeing the
children engaging with the public and learning that the police are a force for
good in society."
Suspected arson in Birkdale
A joint investigation between
Merseyside Police and Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service (MFRS) has been
launched a after a suspected arson, that has taken place in Birkdale, Southport,
on Sunday, 15 January 2017. The icident is said to have taken place at around
7pm, after 2 vehicles were found on fire in Stanley Avenue. We are told that a
BMW X5 was found to have been damaged and the fire is reported to have caused
damage to a Renault Kangoo van as well. A house to house has taken place and
both CCTV and forensic enquiries are ongoing. Local Policing Inspector Graham
Fisher said:- "We are keen to speak to anyone who saw anyone acting
suspiciously in and around Stanley Avenue at around 7pm last night, or witnessed
the incident itself. Enquiries will be ongoing today in the area and extra
patrols will be provided for reassurance in the community." Anyone who
witnessed the incident is asked to call:- 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on:-
0800 555 111.
Sefton housing charity
boosted by £65,805 Lloyds Bank Foundation grant
MERSEYSIDE charity Light for Life
Sefton will help vulnerable people find and sustain homes thanks to a £65,805 3
year grant from Lloyds Bank Foundation. The grant will enable the charity to
employ a tenancy support worker who will provide in depth service to those
accessing the charity's Light for Life Bond Scheme, enabling them to maintain
their accommodation and develop the skills to break the cycle of homelessness.
Greta Fenney, CEO at Light for Life, said:-
"We are delighted to have been awarded funds from the Lloyds Bank Foundation to
employ a worker for the Light for Life Bond Scheme. The Bond enables
disadvantaged people an opportunity to secure local rented accommodation,
subject to assessment, in the private sector with landlords with whom we have
developed a positive working relationship. This will result in a number of
individuals and families securing a home who are otherwise reliant on emergency
accommodation and hostels. This scheme complements the services available in the
Borough of Sefton."
Paul Streets OBE, Chief Executive of Lloyds Bank Foundation for England and
Wales, said:- "Cuts to public funding and changes to commissioning mean
specialist local charities are struggling to stay afloat despite increasing
demand for their services. Funding from grant makers such as Lloyds Bank
Foundation can be a lifeline for many such small charities. We are pleased to
get this new year off to a great start by supporting Life for Life Sefton, whose
work in the community is invaluable and will be working even more closely with
all the charities we support in 2017 to make sure their voices are heard."
Small and medium sized charities play a critical, but often unseen role,
offering specialist support to those facing the greatest disadvantage in a way
that bigger charities, businesses and the public sector often cannot. Funding
from independent grant making organisations, such as Lloyds Bank Foundation, are
vital to the survival of many specialist local charities who have previously
relied on income from Government and Councils. Research shows that despite 3 in
4 charities reporting a continued increase in demand for their services, 60% say
they know of 1 or more local groups that have been forced to close in the last
year alone. As well as cuts to public funding, our Commissioning in Crisis
report, published in December 2016, reveals a broken public commissioning system
which excludes small charities from bidding for and winning contracts. Light for
Life Sefton received 1 of 51 new grants made to small and medium sized charities
in the 3rd round of Lloyds Bank Foundation's Invest grants for 2016, worth a
total of £3,210,588. The Foundation made a total of 281 grants worth £12.3m last
Lloyds Bank Foundation for England and Wales
is the largest corporate foundation by spend in the UK and an independent
charity funded by Lloyds Banking Group as part of its Helping Britain Prosper
Plan. Charities interested in applying for grant funding should visit our