Merseyside Police teams up with local communities to make a difference
Police is teaming up with residents and partners to take positive action and
make a real difference in our local communities. As part of the ongoing
disruption activity, following a number of firearms discharges, Officers have
been out and about speaking to the public about their concerns and giving a
reassuring high visibility presence. Police Community Support Officers
have been in the Sparrow Hall Road and Landford Avenue area of Fazakerley after
residents raised worries about off road bikes. With the help of colleagues from
Cobalt Housing and the community payback team the area around Landford Avenue
shops was cleaned and removal notices served on abandoned vehicles.
An open land search
was carried out off Higher Lane, a surgery was held with local Councillors and
residents have been provided with skips by Cobalt Housing to assist with a
community tidy up.
carried out a search of a property in Fazakerley and recovered a suspected
stolen scrambler bike and a large amount of what is believed to be Class A
drugs. A woman was arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply and
In a separate stop
check operation on Upper Parliament Street a 24 year old man from the Childwall
area was arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply Class A drugs
and drug driving and money laundering.
In addition 3 people
were arrested on Rawson Road, Seaforth; a 43 year old man wanted on a warrant, a
26 year old man and a 20 year old man for possession of a controlled drug; a 38
year old was arrested for drug driving and possession of a controlled drug on
Knowsley Road, Bootle, a 37 year old man was arrested for being wanted on
warrant on Oriel Road, Bootle, and a 22 year old man was arrested on suspicion
of possession of a controlled drug on Wadham Road, Bootle.
Chief Inspector Gary
O'Rourke said:- "Our communities are at the heart of everything we do as a
Police force and their support, together with that of our community partners, is
vital in assisting us in our efforts to make all our communities safe and
pleasant places to live and work. We are taking positive action and I would
encourage all our communities to engage with our Officers and help us by
providing us with information about criminals in their community. Our work is
ongoing, and we have had some great successes so far, but we can't do it alone.
We need everyone to come together."
If you have any
information about those involved in gun crime on Merseyside, or think you know
where these groups are storing guns, please contact the Merseyside Police gun
crime hotline on:- 0800 230 0600. Information about drugs and criminal activity
can also be given to the Crimestoppers line anonymously on:- 0800 555 111.
Information can also be left on the
Strawberry and brussel
sprouts crowned the North West's favourite fruit and veg
new survey, commissioned to promote Diabetes UK's 'Food you Love'
campaign during Diabetes
found that brussel sprouts are the North West's favourite vegetable,
receiving 12% of the total vote. Strawberry saw off stiff competition from
the banana to take the fruit crown with a 16% of the vote.
Following strawberry at the top of the table were apple, pineapple and
melon. Conversely, some produce seems to have fallen from favour with only
1% of people voting for pomegranate, peach and grapefruit.
The quintessential Christmas dinner veg, brussel
were joined by mushroom and
sweetcorn at the top of the veg table, both receiving 11% of the vote, while
kale was a surprise claimant for the region's least favourite vegetable
receiving no votes.
Elsewhere in the north there were a few surprises, with Manchester voting
the mushroom its most popular vegetable (13%), while people in the North
East are the nation's biggest pineapple fans with 22% voting for the spiky
In order to get people
eating more healthily, Diabetes UK has embarked on a new
'Food you love' advertising campaign all about healthy eating to inspire everyone with
recipes featuring the food they love, but healthier. The charity hopes the
easy recipes and tips will inspire more people to make small changes that
can make a big difference to how they manage their diabetes.
Dan Howarth, Head of Care
at Diabetes UK, said:-
"It is fascinating to see the variation in the North West's
fruit and veg taste. Who knew that we were so keen on strawberries, or that
more than one in ten think the brussel sprout is the best veg? Eating fruit and veg is a great way of getting vital vitamins
and fibre and a much healthier snack option than reaching for crisps, cereal
bars or even smoothies. They are also low in calories and super filling."
The 'Food you love'
campaign is being fronted by 5 'everyday' people living with diabetes
cooking their favourite recipes and has received celebrity support from
chefs including:- Jamie Oliver, Prue Leith, 'Deliciously' Ella and Angela Hartnett. Sign up to receive free recipe videos and more,
the charity will be highlighting the importance of a healthy diet and
lifestyle in managing all types of diabetes and preventing Type 2 diabetes,
through eating well, getting active and maintaining a healthy weight.
The charity's theme for Diabetes Week 2017:-
'Know Diabetes. Fight Diabetes', reflects this
call for change. They're asking others to get involved, share their stories
of how they know or fight diabetes online and help the charity fight for a
world where diabetes can do no harm.
Businesses encouraged to shape future job skills
Liverpool City Region Combined Authority is seeking the views of businesses
to drive skills improvements and accelerate business growth and success.
Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram has today reaffirmed his ambitions
to create the right conditions for business growth and success across the
The first step is to seek the views of business leaders from
across the City Region. Today, Mr Rotheram has launched the Combined
Authority's first (and biggest) business survey of its kind. He wants
to hear from businesses on how they can better access and develop a skilled
workforce. Recruiting, retaining and retraining high quality staff is a
critical driver to securing success and growing businesses, leading to a
thriving City Region economy.
Businesses need high quality staff who are committed,
reliable and conscientious and who have the right skills for the job and at
the right time. With an ageing workforce across the country as a whole
as well as across the City Region, together with the continual challenges
brought about by advances in technology and globalisation, the ability of
businesses to recruit and retain the staff they need becomes ever more
challenging. Mr Rotheram commented that:- "Our
future prosperity as a City Region is ultimately dependent on our ability to
develop a well qualified and highly skilled workforce. This survey
will help us to identify where our businesses need support, align investment
in skills and training with skill deficits and the needs of our future
Supporting this work and aligning the skills of residents
with the needs of businesses is the Liverpool City Region Local Enterprise
Partnership (LEP). Asif Hamid, LEP Chair said:-
"As a large and growing employer in the City Region I know firsthand
some of the challenges in attracting, recruiting, developing and retaining
talent. Through our partners in the Local Growth Hub we engage with
thousands of local businesses to enable them to grow and skills are a key
factor for them. This survey will give us a much greater understanding on
precisely what skills interventions are needed by our businesses to realise
their growth potential and create more jobs for local people."
The results of the survey will be used to inform the future
commissioning of skills provision. Cllr Ian Maher, the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority
Portfolio Lead for Skills and Apprenticeships, said:- "This is the
first time we have carried out such an extensive survey, seeking the views
of our business which will be used to accurately commission skills provision
based on the needs of local businesses. Funding for skills is being
devolved to the Combined Authority and I would encourage all businesses to
complete the survey and help us to shape our commissioning priorities."
Businesses from across the Liverpool City Region, of all
sizes and from all sectors, will be asked for their views and experiences on
recruiting and retaining a skills workforce, but meet their immediate needs
as well as future plans. Importantly, the survey results and final report will be
shared across the City Region so that young people, adults seeking
employment, parents, teachers and careers advisers are aware of the skills
and attributes that are being sought by employers.