Robbery at Prestige Diamonds, Southport,
results in staff has been taken to Hospital
MERSEYSIDE Police Detectives are investigating following reports of a
robbery, at Prestige Diamonds, on Lord Street, Southport, at around 9.35am, on
Wednesday, 31 May 2017. Merseyside Police was contacted with reports that
2 men had entered the jewellers and in what is reported to be an attempted
robbery. 1 of the men is described as white, aged between 40 and 50 years of age
and of slim build. He was carrying a dark grey rucksack. Both men were wearing
light coloured clothing. It is believed that staff were concerned about the
behaviour of the 2 men and activated a fogging device.*
An unknown substance was then sprayed in the shop. The men then left the
shop through an alleyway in the direction of Stanley Street. It is not believed
at this stage that anything was stolen. A member of staff has been taken to
Hospital as a precaution after the substance was sprayed. They are not believed
to be badly injured. An investigation is underway to establish what the
substance was and CCTV and forensic enquiries are ongoing in the local area.
Detective Chief Inspector Gayle Rooney said:- "I would appeal to anyone
who was in the vicinity of Lord Street who may have seen anything suspicious to
contact us. It would have been busy in the area at the time and members of the
public may have seen the 2 men either close to the shop prior to the robbery or
leaving the area afterwards."
This incident has left locals and visitors to Southport shocked, as well as the
local business community. Anyone with information is asked to contact Merseyside
Police on:- 0151 777 3847 or the Crimestoppers line anonymously on:- 0800 555
* Fogging devices are security devices used helping to foil offenders and act as
No Brainer earns coveted spot in UK's top
100 start ups
A pair of Cheshire based entrepreneurs who launched a creative PR and
communications agency in 2015 have seen their company leap into a list of
Britain's 100 best start ups.
Gary Jenkins and Lee Cullen formed No Brainer in Warrington less than 2 years
ago and since then have seen their PR, social media and content marketing
business grow rapidly, garnering a clutch of national clients and top industry
Independently judged, The Startups 100 2017 Index highlights the UK's most game
changing and pioneering new businesses. Compiled by:-
and AXA Business Insurance, the list reflects the country's thriving start up
community and innovative concepts which demonstrate:- "innovation, solid
financials, economic impact and ability to scale." Only 21 businesses outside of London have been acknowledged with the accolade,
with 'No Brainer' being 1 of only 3 businesses in the North West
to feature in the index.
Gary Jenkins, director and co-founder of No Brainer, said:- "This is a
huge achievement for No Brainer and the team are thrilled to have been
recognised on a national scale. We've worked incredibly hard over the past 2
years, establishing ourselves as a credible and innovative option for
businesses, whether household names or SME's, who want support when it comes to
telling their story in the most effective way possible. In a short space of time
we've enhanced our abilities and employed new and innovative practises to
strengthen our offering. We've got huge growth plans for the future and look
forward to building on this success going forward."
The agency currently works with a roster of national clients, including
HomeServe, Northern Powergrid, Sale Sharks and MBNA. It also works with a range
of Cheshire based clients including Aaron and Partners, Reaseheath College,
CH1ChesterBID and Results Through Digital.
No Brainer was also recently crowned:- 'New Agency of the Year' at
the PRmoment north awards and last year picked up the 'New Business of the
Year' title at the Warrington Business Awards.
Local cancer heroes urging others to join
their fundraising fight
A group of fundraisers from the Sefton area are looking for local people
to pledge their support and help them raise money for life saving cancer
Each year around 148 people in the Sefton region will be diagnosed with cancer
and 1 in 3 of those will die from cancer or cancer related diseases.
The Sefton based fundraising group for the charity North West Cancer Research is
now looking for volunteers to join its group, to act as regional cancer heroes
and raise money for cancer research.
Jim Brown set up the group earlier this year after working with local cancer
support group:- 'The Daisy Chain' for 12 years. Wanting to widen
his support for cancer based charities, he set up the fundraising group for
North West Cancer Research, with his two friends Kevin Dunne and Hilda Boyd.
Jim who has lived in the Sefton area all his life, was 1st inspired to work with
local cancer charities after his wife Joan was diagnosed with breast cancer 5
years ago. Jim said:- "When we got Joan's cancer diagnosis, it was a
shock for us all. , but thanks to treatment, which included surgery,
chemotherapy and radiotherapy, she's now doing much better; although she still
suffers from post treatment health problems today. Watching her go through her
treatment was hard, but she has been so brave throughout it all. It was
then that I knew I wanted to do something to help others and offer support for
them and their loved ones. Research is an incredibly important part of the
cancer journey. It's more than just finding a cure for cancer, but it's
also about developing treatments which not only kill cancer , but are easier for
patients to cope with and do not have the horrendous side effects that many
treatments do today. I've been to the research labs at the North West Cancer
Research Centre in Liverpool and spoken with the researchers the charity
supports. It was great to see what the money we raise will be spent on and
encouraging to hear some of the advances that their researchers are already
The Sefton based group is inviting volunteers to join them as they help raise
money for this life saving cancer research. They are looking for people to help
organise fundraising events in the local community. Jim added:- "Our
aim is to have a group of around seven volunteers; although more are always
welcome. We are looking for people who can generate fresh and exciting
fundraising ideas, people who have a genuine desire to help support cancer
research. You can give as much or as little of your time as you like and any
contri, bution no matter how big or small goes a long way in helping the fight
North West Cancer Research is one of the biggest independent funders of cancer
research in the Sefton and Merseyside region. It has committed to funding more
than ₤13million worth of research over the next 5 years.
Money raised by fundraisers like the Sefton group will support research such as
a 2 year project looking at the role of a protein in causing drug resistance in
the treatment of melanoma, and a clinical trial which will help improve the
treatment of bile duct cancer.
To find out more how to become a volunteer for North West Cancer Research you
can contact Jim Brown via
email or by calling:- 01704 574787. You can
also visit:- NWCR.Org
for more details.