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Publication date:- 2017-03-10

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Steven Baxter was jailed for 8 months for pointing laser pen at aircraft

MERSEYSIDE Police have confirmed that Steven Baxter has been jailed for 8 months after shining a laser pen in the direction of 2 planes and a helicopter flying over Merseyside.

Steven Phillip Baxter, 33, of Bradmoor Road, Bromborough was sentenced at Liverpool Crown Court, on Thursday, 2 March 2017, to 8 months in prison, after pleading guilty to 3 counts of endangering the safety of an aircraft. The judge also ordered the forfeiture and destruction of the laser pen.

Baxter directed the laser pen at 2 commercial planes and a National Police Air Service (NPAS) Helicopter between around 7pm to 11pm, on 23 October 2016.

The Tactical Flight Officer (TFO) of the NPAS Helicopter directed Officers to the address where the laser was being shone from and Baxter was arrested, producing the laser pen and admitting the offence in interview.

Merseyside Police Inspector Bob Daly said:- "Merseyside Police treats the shining of laser pens at aircraft extremely seriously. I hope this sentencing sends a clear message to anyone considering such a reckless and dangerous act that the consequences for them are severe. I also want to stress that while thankfully no 1 was hurt on this occasion, the consequences could have been far worse for the wider public and we would appeal to anyone with knowledge of people engaging in this behaviour to contact us."

Ollie Dismore, Director of Flight Operations for the National Police Air Service (NPAS) said:- "Laser misuse, such as this, is a 21st Century threat not just to aviation but the wider travelling public and it is a positive step to see this reflected in sentencing in this way. NPAS and the police forces it serves take this offence very seriously and will continue to pursue prosecutions against its own aircraft, as well as supporting airlines and airports in protecting those travelling by air."

A Liverpool John Lennon Airport spokesperson added:- "The aviation industry, the Police and the Courts all take this issue very seriously and this sentencing sends a clear message to anyone using these devices that this will not be tolerated and that custodial sentences will be handed out."

Anyone with information about individuals who use laser pens illegally are asked to contact Merseyside Police on:- 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously and for free, on:- 0800 555 111.

Man charged with attempted murder after an incident in Southport

MERSEYSIDE Police have charged Ryan Quigley, 22, from Southport, with attempted murder following an incident in Southport on Saturday, 4 March, in which a 19 year old woman suffered a facial injury.

We are told that the incident which occurred at around 11.30am, on a footbridge off Marine Parade in Southport. A knife was recovered close to the scene and has been seized for forensic enquiries.

Detectives are keen to get the details of a man and woman who found the knife, via asking them to call:- (0151) 777 3075.

Detective Sergeant Tony O'Brien said:- "We are looking to identify and confirm the details of a man and woman who located the weapon on Saturday close to Marine Parade; in addition to anyone else who witnessed the incident, as we know that members of the public were close by. Your details could be vital in the investigation."

Quigley has been remanded in custody to appear at Liverpool Crown Court, on Monday, 3 April 2017.

Merseyside Police also want to speak with anyone who was in the area at the time, who may have information which could assist them with the investigation, via calling Crimestoppers line, for free, that can also be done anonymously:- 0800 555 111.

New Parking Meters in Southport ready to accept new Pound coins

GOOD news for those parking in Southport for a change, well goodish… Southport's new ticket machines have all been now been updated again to take the new ₤1 coins as well as the old ₤1 coins. The new 12 sided, ₤1 coin will enter circulation, on Tuesday, 28 March 2017 and the old coins will be fully withdrawn, on 15 October 2017. After 15 October 2017, the round ₤1 will no longer be accepted, as it will no longer be legal tender.

Ever since Sefton Council scrapped the old parking meters, the new meter machines which were installed throughout Sefton have been reportedly working well. We are told that motorists can be rest assured a repeat of the errors of the past will not happen. Unlike events in 2014 and 2015 when the then outdated parking meters left both tourists and locals alike, frustrated as the old machines could not accept the then new coins, such as the "new" 5p. In some ways, free parking would be a better headline, but it's good to know that Southport is now ahead of many other areas, in preparing their machines.

Please let us know your views on this topic by emailing us to:- News24@SouthportReporter.com.

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