Merseyside Police response to change in UK
ON Saturday, 27 May 2017, following an assessment by Joint Terrorism
Analysis Centre (JTAC), the Prime Minister announced that the UK threat level
from international terrorism has reduced from critical to:- 'SEVERE,'
meaning an attack is highly likely. Following the announcement Chief
Constable Andy Cooke, who told the media that:- "During the past five days
and in response to the heightened threat level members of the public have seen
an increased policing and security presence at key sites and other crowded
places across Merseyside to help protect our communities. The Prime Minister has
indicated today that the threat level has reduced from critical to severe. I
want our communities to be reassured that the safety of our communities is
paramount and we are continually reviewing our resources as part of a range of
measures to reassure communities and make sure we are well protected during
these times of high alert. People will continue to see Firearms Officers
patrolling Liverpool and other locations across Merseyside for the foreseeable
future. Officers from our event planning team and protective security experts
will also continue to work together with event organizers to ensure that venues
have appropriate security measures in place for events planned in the near
future. We urge the public to remain alert, but not alarmed as the Police
Service and our partners are doing everything we can to help protect the
security of our communities, public institutions, critical national
infrastructure, and businesses and places of interest. Our security measures and
activities are under constant review to reflect where the threats exist and the
level of threat we are facing. The latest guidance on recognizing the terrorist
threat and remaining vigilant can be accessed via:-
Be vigilant. If you suspect it, report it. Nobody is better placed to detect
something that is out of place in their communities than the people living in
them. We would encourage you, if you do see any suspicious activity, to call the
Anti-Terrorist Hotline on:- 0800 789 321 , or in an emergency the public should
always call:- 999. For further information about reporting suspicious behaviour
Act.Campaign.Gov.UK If you get caught up in the rare event of a
weapons attack we urge you to follow the Run, Hide, Tell advice
Terrorists want to create discord, distrust and to create fear. The Police stand
together with all communities in the UK and we will take action against any
criminal behaviour which seeks to undermine society, especially where crimes are
motivated by hate. Communities defeat terrorism, which is why we need to work
together, the public and Police. We depend on information from the public, who
at times like this are our eyes and ears, to keep us all safe. Acts of terrorism
and hate crimes are committed by a small minority of people and are not
representative of the public at large. At times like this it is vital that all
communities pull together and support each other. Everybody, from law
enforcement, to businesses, to the general public, has a role to play in keeping
the UK safe from terrorism."
Man found dead in Hesketh Park Lake
THE formal identification has yet to take place of a 50 year old male,
who was found in a lake within Hesketh Park, on Park Crescent, Southport, on
Monday, 29 May 2017. We are told that Officers were called to the Park, at
around 8.15am, following reports that a body had been found within the lake. The
park was then temporarily closed to allow an investigation to be carried out and
so that the body could be recovered, by Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service.
Merseyside Police have told us that:- "At this stage the death is being
treated as unexplained, but not suspicious." An investigation is
currently underway to establish the cause of his death.
Jo Brand to kick start the
'Great Big Walk' on 29 May 2017
THE 'Big Lunch' is doing something different this year in the run
up to 'Big Lunch' day. Starting on Monday, 29 May 2017, 10 walkers
will set out on 'The Great Big Walk,' an adventure that spans the
UK, connecting people and celebrating community all along the way. The walk will
be launched by comedian and charity walk fundraiser Jo Brand.
'The Great Big Walk' is funded by the National lottery and will
highlight the rich diversity of communities that make up the backbone of the UK
and celebrate all we have in common.
The 2 Northern Ireland walkers are Olivia Cosgrove, the founder of Row the Erne,
and volunteer with Refugee Rescue, and Noel Johnston, who holds the record for
walking the Ulster Way in 28 days, to raise money for charity and needy
Olivia Cosgrove explained that she was inspired to walk by her experiences
working on The Big Lunch in her area. She sees The Great Big Walk as 'a
storytelling pilgrimage' with communities in Northern Ireland.
Olivia Cosgrove said:- "I am excited about walking through England and
Northern Ireland to meet 'battery chargers', all passionate about what they do,
people who … are now having an impact on their communities. Their work is often
a quiet, but constant pulse steadily recharging the batteries of others. I want
to meet, acknowledge and become inspired by these people. I want to carry their
story to the next town, I know it will feed my journey."
Jo Brand said:- "I know these guys are going to have an incredible time on
The Great Big Walk and I urge anyone who sees them to beep, honk, wave and clap
to show you care. From all the way up in sunny Scotland right down to the coast
of Cornwall, let's see which town can give them the friendliest welcome (and the
odd biscuit!). And if like me, your dog ate your trainers and your Lycra shorts
are in the wash, then you can always plan a Big Lunch, invite your neighbours
and just eat cake!"
The teams will travel home, finishing simultaneously, on Sunday, 18 June 2017,
in:- Scotland, Northern Ireland, Wales, Cornwall and London. Every day, the
walkers and their supporters will visit different community projects and
initiatives and will spend time with the extraordinary people who go the extra
mile to bring communities together.
Peter Stewart, Eden Project Executive Director, said:- "The Great Big Walk
will shine a light on the ordinary people all over the UK doing extraordinary
things for their community. Whether coming together in celebration or in
solidarity, in times like these the importance of community unity is greater
than ever before. This project will share the positive impact that people coming
together can have."
Setting off from Batley, West Yorkshire, where Jo Cox was MP, the 5 teams of
walkers will head home in time to join 'The Big Lunch' as the
highlight of 'The Great Get Together' celebrations inspired by Jo
Cox, and marking the 1st Anniversary of her death, over 16 June to 18 June 2017.
Joe Ferns, Big Lottery Fund's UK Knowledge and Portfolio Director said:-
"Thanks to money generated by National Lottery players, The Great Big Walk is
connecting people and communities across the UK. We are excited to be inviting
the walkers to visit some amazing projects, created by local people, and share
their experiences with others."
People can get involved in 'The Great Big Walk' by showing support
and cheering the walkers along their way. Or go for a stroll with a neighbour, a
tour with the town or anything in between and join 'The Big Lunch,'
on 18 June 2017, for the biggest community celebration the UK has ever seen.
For more information about 'The Great Big Walk' go to:-
TheGreatBigWalk.com and also for information on the
'Lottery Fund' visit:-