Stuart wins national award
for outstanding service
CONGRATULATIONS go to Stuart Rankine, NWAS vehicle and
equipment manager, who was awarded a prestigious award at this year's Ambulance
Leadership Forum (ALF), hosted and run by the Association of Ambulance Chief
The annual event is designed to recognise ambulance service staff who have shown
particular commitment to helping improve and deliver patient care during the
past year. Stuart was recognised in the Support Services category for his
efforts in delivering thousands of pounds of savings across the Trust.
Derek Cartwright, NWAS Chief Executive, said: "Stuart moved from
Operations to managing a small, but significant team, delivering everything from
vehicles to equipment to uniform, to keep services running smoothly. Stuart and
his team have delivered thousands of pounds of savings across the Trust. They
have set up excellent audit tools, been actively involved in vehicle design and
frequently produced business cases to the Board detailing proposed improvements
and efficiencies that ultimately support frontline services. Stuart is a credit
to the Trust and a true unsung support services asset. I am proud to
receive this award and I very proud of the team that I work with who have helped
to make it all possible. I would like to thank Derek for nominating me and
appreciating my work over the years. I will continue to enjoy my role within the
Trust and look forward to future challenges."
This year's Ambulance Leadership Forum (ALF), hosted and run by the Association
of Ambulance Chief Executives, was held at Chesford Grange in Warwickshire, on
7 February to 8 February 2017.
ALF brings together award recipients from right across the UK's Ambulance
services to be recognised for 'Outstanding Service' and representing a wide
range of delivery areas from administration right through to volunteering and
Tradesmen sentenced in ₤300k
9 construction industry tradesmen, from
Widnes and Liverpool, have been sentenced for trying to steal ₤300,000 in an
organised Tax fraud. The men, who had mainly worked as subcontractors including
painters, decorators, builders, and roofers, submitted false claims for Tax
James Roberts, of Widnes, was at the centre of the conspiracy, which was
uncovered by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) investigators. He was found to have
made multiple fraudulent amendments to his own Tax Returns and allowed his bank
account to be used by other members of the gang.
Roberts' partner, Natasha Sinnott, 22, of Bootle, helped the fraudsters by
allowing the stolen taxes to be laundered through her bank account.
The fraud was uncovered by the Income Tax Self Assessment Repayments Taskforce
which targets individuals who submit false Income Tax Self Assessment claims.
The false claims were made under the Construction Industry Scheme (CIS).
HMRC withheld the majority of the Tax repayments when suspicious activity was
detected and will now look to recover any remaining stolen Tax using civil and
Those sentenced at Liverpool Crown Court, on 20 February 2017, were:-
► James Lee Roberts, 27, of Widnes, jailed for 3 years.
► Steven Peter Jones, 28, of Widnes - 8 months jail suspended for 2 years.
► Stephen Edwards, 32, of Widnes - 10 months jail suspended for 2 years.
► Patrick Molyneux, 31, of Maghull - 11 months jail suspended for 2 years.
► Kieran Rigby, 28, of Widnes - 8 months jail suspended for 2 years.
► Stephen Yemm, 34, of Widnes - 9 months jail suspended for 2 years.
► Gregg Carter, 26, of Widnes - 4 months jail suspended for 2 years.
► Ashley Hughes, 26, of Widnes - 11 months jail suspended for 2 years.
► Scott Keegan, 27, of Widnes – 5 months jail suspended for 2 years.
► Natasha Sinnott, 22 of Bootle, sentenced to 4 months jail suspended for 12
months for money laundering on behalf of others in the fraud.
2 other men are due to be sentenced next week - James Rutherford, 31, of Kirkby,
and Vincent Mccluskie, 45, of Seaforth.