Agencies launch community
campaign across Merseyside for Arson Awareness Week
MERSEYSIDE Fire and Rescue Service is
joining forces with partner agencies to highlight the dangers of deliberately
setting fires as part of Arson Awareness Week.
The initiative, which runs from Monday, 20 March 2017, until Friday, 24 March
2017, will see Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service team up with Merseyside
Police, local authorities across Merseyside and housing providers to highlight
the consequences of setting fires.
Teams of staff, advocates, PCSOs and volunteers will visit homes and businesses
in:- Kirkdale, Everton, Litherland, Kirkby, Speke, St Helens Town Centre and
Egremont in Wirral, throughout the week, to carry out Home Fire Safety Checks,
distribute information leaflets and identify residents who may be vulnerable to
They will also provide skips to remove fly tipped rubbish from
communities, give advice to business owners about waste management, engage with
homeless people to raise awareness of the dangers of fires and provide support
to residents concerned about anti social fire setting in their neighbourhoods.
'Mini' Police Officers from Hatton Hill Primary School in Litherland
will join the teams around Litherland to hand out safety leaflets and give
Station Manager Paul Kay, Arson Reduction Co-ordinator for
Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service, said:- "This campaign will see
organisations from across our county come together to raise awareness of the
dangers of arson and the impact fires have on our communities. Arson is a
serious criminal offence which puts people's lives at risk, causes damage to
homes, businesses and community facilities and impacts on wildlife and the
environment. It can range from mindless criminal damage to a deliberately
targeted attack but, either way, the potentially deadly consequences remain the
same. If fire appliances are called out to deliberate fires this may delay the
response to other emergencies, which could endanger lives elsewhere. We want to
make people aware that deliberately setting fires in a public place is arson
and, if caught, those responsible may face legal action."
Merseyside Police Chief Superintendent Peter Costello, Head of
Local Policing, said:- "Merseyside Police is delighted to be supporting
Arson Awareness Week, and we will be carrying out extensive work alongside MFRS
and our other local partners throughout the week. We will also be using this as
an opportunity to target serious and organised criminals operating across the
county, in order to disrupt their criminal activity. The consequences of arson
can be catastrophic in our communities, putting lives and businesses under
threat and greatly impacting on the response of Merseyside's emergency services.
Educating people about the dangers of arson in all its forms is vital in
reducing this impact. Alongside MFRS, we will robustly investigate incidents of
arson and prosecute all those identified as being responsible."
Cllr George Davies, Wirral's Cabinet Member for Community Safety,
said:- "Arson attacks not only put lives at risk but also people's homes,
businesses and local facilities. In Wirral we have been working closely with
Merseyside Fire Service to combat the problem of fires in fly tipped rubbish. We
would urge residents to report any suspicious activity immediately, particularly
the initial dumping of rubbish as this can give us the opportunity to get it
removed before an even more serious incident happens."
Cllr Trish Hardy, Sefton Council's Cabinet Member for Communities and Housing,
said:- "Sadly, deliberate fires take up a large amount of firefighters'
time which could easily be avoided. Many fires are started deliberately and this
irresponsible behaviour needs to stop so supporting Arson Awareness Week can
really help raise awareness about this. It is great to see pupils at Hatton Hill
Primary School in Litherland getting involved in the project and I hope that it
will have a lasting impression on them and their local communities."
Cllr Eddie Connor, Knowsley Council's Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods, said:-
"We are delighted to be working with Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service to help
raise awareness of this important issue. Arson can not only cost lives, but also
costs a lot of money in repairs and we will do everything we can to support this
Leisure, culture, parks and
library services set for a boost
FACILITIES including:- Leisure Centres, libraries, parks
and the Floral Pavilion are set for a major boost in Wirral following the 1st
Phase of the Council's review of the services.
The Council's cabinet will soon be be asked to approve the development of a
'business case' which will see leisure and culture services throughout
the borough redesigned, with the potential to create a charitable trust to run
the services 1 of the options on the table.
Cllr Ann McLachlan, cabinet member for transformation, leisure and culture,
said:- "We know how important these services are to local people. Having a
library, a leisure centre and fantastic museums and theatres on your doorstep is
1 of things which make Wirral such a great place to live. As Councils up and
down the country are forced into making blunt cuts to these vital community
facilities, as they battle to cope with ever increasing funding reductions, I'm
delighted we are taking such a different, imaginative approach in Wirral. We
have brought in national experts to review what we do, and how we do it, and
help us come up with new ideas to deliver these services in a better, more
modern way; for less money. We're determined to make sure Wirral residents are
able to access leisure, culture and library services of the highest possible
quality and the work which has been d1 so far is a big step forward."
The report which cabinet will be considered at a meeting, due to take place on
27 March 2017, provides details of initial research and analysis which has been
completed, and will propose 3 options for the future delivery of the services
are explored further:-
► A redesigned set of in house, Council Services.
► The creation of a Council owned community interest
company to deliver the services.
► The creation of a charitable trust to deliver the
Options already ruled out include creating a commercial company to run the
services, and the 'outsourcing' or 'privatisation'
of the services.
Cllr McLachlan continued:- "The outcome of this work is going to provide
Wirral residents with an outstanding set of services to enjoy. Leisure,
libraries, culture and arts are incredibly important; they are 1 of our key
Pledges. Despite the continuing financial challenges we face, through the work
we are doing I am entirely confident we can find ways to improve our services
while making them financially sustainable for the long term."
Subject to Cabinet approval on 27 March 2017, the Council will develop a 'full
business case', exploring the 3 remaining options, before a final
decision is made on how the services will be provided in the future in early
old sentenced for stabbing a Police Officer
ON Friday, 17 March 2017, Callum Ashes, 19, from Huyton,
was sentenced to 9 years detention at a Young Offenders Institution, by
Liverpool Crown Court. His sentence was given to him for the wounding with
intent of Constable Daniel Hughes on Tuesday, 13 September 2016.
The Court had heard how Callum Ashes, who was wanted on suspicion of rape in
Liverpool City Centre on 18 June 2016, had been spotted by a Merseyside Police
Office, on that day in September 2016. The Officer then radioed his colleagues
for assistance to Ashes. Other Officers then respond and 4 Officers, including
Constable Hughes, then to arrest Ashes, on Westmorland Road, Huyton. As they did
this 1 of the Officers was thrown to the ground and Constable Hughes, who was
walking towards Ashes, tried to intervene. At that point a struggle ensued
between Ashes and Constable Hughes and it was during that struggle that
Constable Hughes was stabbed 6 times to the head and body. The 3 other Officers
managed to separate Constable Hughes and Ashes, but he tried to escape, before
Deputy Chief Constable Carl Foulkes said:- "Callum Ashes is an extremely
dangerous individual and the sentencing reflects the danger he presented on the
streets of Merseyside. He didn't think twice when he pulled out a knife and
stabbed Constable Hughes, who had gone to the aid of a colleague who was trying
to arrest him in connection with a serious offence that had occurred in the City
centre earlier in the year. Most Officers join the Police because they want to
give something back to the community and to keep their communities safe. This
incident highlights the dangers Officers face every single day, putting
themselves in harm's way to deal with dangerous individuals. The very nature of
the job means Officers frequently find themselves in challenging situations.
When Officers join the Police Service they know the risks they will face, but
despite this they make the decision to join the job and put themselves on the
front line protecting our communities every day. I would like to take this
opportunity to thank Constable Hughes and his colleagues for the bravery they
showed last September and to thank Police Officers across Merseyside for the
work they do on a daily basis to keep the public safe day in, day out."
The Miss England competition have launched a
new award to their regional heats and final for 2017
THE Miss England Inspiration Award is a new award that is
being introduced across England by the national director Angie Beasley.
The contestants in the Miss England regional heats and final are being invited
to nominate someone who inspires them and why. It might be a parent, family
member or friend or someone they know in the community.
"Many of the Miss England contestants and heat organisers across the country
have already achieved so much charity work in their local community and have
raised thousands of pounds. Now we want to hear who really inspires the
contestants and who deserves to be recognized at our national final this year.
Its also to dispel the myths that the Miss England contest is just a beauty
pageant , parading on a catwalk. We also want to highlight the good work that's
been done over the years in the competition. We continue to encourage
fundraising as part of the competition but it would be great to recognise
inspiring people at our national final." said Angie.
Over ₤1Billion pound has been raised for charity helping disadvantaged children
and causes around the world at the Miss Miss World competitions using the Miss
World slogan Beauty with a Purpose.
The chairwoman of Miss World Julia Morley is one of the few people in history to
receive the Variety Humanitarian award.
How to enter...
Contestants and organisers are invited to submit approximately 100 words of who
inspires them and why with a head shot photo. The regional organiser of Miss
England heats will be selecting a top 5 who will then be invited along to the
local event. Judges will elect 1 winner who will receive the Miss England
Inspiration Award for their region. Each regional Miss England Inspiration
award winners story and their photo will then be submitted by email to the Miss
England HQ for final judging. The top 3 Inspiration Award winners from across
the country will be chosen and invited along to the Miss England Grand final, at
Resorts World Birmingham, on 14 July 2017, to compete for the Miss England
National Inspiration Award. If the nominees are not able to attend or if
they have an illness or disability preventing them , their story will be
featured in a video which will be played about their inspirational story on the
night of the final. For more information visit:-