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Publication date:- 2017-15-07

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Children's charity brings pre-loved fashion fundraiser to Ormskirk

FANCY frocks and fabulous fashions will be paraded down the catwalk this month when Ormskirk charity shop staff and volunteers will hold a pre-loved fashion show and sale to raise funds for The Children's Society.  The fashion show and sale will take place, on Thursday, 27 July 2017, from 7pm to10pm, at The Civic, on Southport Road, Ormskirk and will offer people the chance to see and buy some of the best items that the shop has to offer.  As well as a glimpse at some glorious garments and other sartorial treasures there will be a raffle and fashion showgoers will also get a chance to buy their favourite items from the show. All money raised will help support The Children's Society's work with disadvantaged children including those affected by abuse, hardship and neglect. Heather Jones, the Manager of Ormskirk shop said:- "We're really excited to be holding our 1st ever pre-loved fashion show and hope lots of people come along, pick up some great items and help us raise money for vulnerable children and young people.  Our fantastic shop volunteers will be modelling all the clothes and strutting their stuff down the catwalk. It should be a really fun night and we welcome people to come along, enjoy the show and bag some bargains." Tickets can be purchased in advance at The Children's Society Charity Shop, 36 Church Street, Ormskirk, or people can pay on the door on the night.


₤20m boost will help Wirral people live healthier lives

WIRRAL Council is pledging more than ₤20million to commission health services to help residents improve and protect their health.

The services, which include:- drug and alcohol, smoking cessation and weight management services, are aimed at helping the Council reduce health inequalities and lifestyle related ill health in the borough.

The money will also pay for services to ensure that comprehensive plans are in place across the authority, NHS and other agencies, to respond to infectious disease outbreaks and other emergencies.

Welcoming the continued support for preventative health services, Cllr Chris Jones, Wirral's Cabinet Member for Public Health, said:- "This will ensure we can continue to deliver major, ongoing improvements to residents' health in the coming 12 months. Giving every Wirral resident the support, opportunity and encouragement they need to lead healthier lives is incredibly important, and one of our key pledges for 2020."

The investment plan will be reviewed in full by Wirral's Cabinet on 17 July 2017 and includes:-

Services

Investment

Drug and alcohol services ₤7,332,674
Smoking cessation  ₤697,878
Sexual health ₤2,939, 729
Children aged 0 to 19 ₤6,909,800
Weight management ₤200,000
Health checks ₤306,029
Mental health ₤40,000
Misc ₤1,614,027
Infection control ₤223,578

Total:-     

₤20,263,715

4 sentenced for VAT fraud Vehicles adapted for disabled

4 people, including a man from Kirkby, where sentenced on 14 July 2017, at Manchester Crown Court for conspiracy to evade over ₤900,000 in VAT.

In a complex operation led by Merseyside Police, part of which centred on an investigation in to Tax fraud, the disabled defendants abused an HMRC policy, which exempts them from paying VAT if the vehicle has undergone a substantial adaptation for their personal use.

The prosecution is thought to be 1 of the 1st of its kind in the country and follows a long term investigation by detectives from Merseyside Police and Prosecutors from the Serious Fraud Office, in Manchester.

Officers established that the defendants were part of a significant fraud whereby the vehicles bought under the Zero Rated VVAT Scheme were immediately sold on to non disabled people at a significant profit.

The enquiry found that more than 120 vehicles were involved, at a total cost of more than ₤5million.

The vehicles bought included:- Porsches, Range Rovers, Bentleys and Audis; all high specification, luxury vehicles.

Detective Chief Inspector John Webster from Merseyside Police said:- "By evading paying VAT, the scheme deprived the exchequer of much-needed money. It involved the transfer of millions of pounds through the defendants' personal bank accounts and those of associated businesses. As well as evading paying VAT, their crimes generated more than ₤370,000 once the cars had been sold on."

Ray Gordon, 57, from Kirkby, bought 52 cars, costing around ₤2,590,000, evading ₤458,000 VAT. Gordon was sentenced to 18 months in prison.

Margaret Lunt, 68, from Chester, bought 19 cars, at a cost of around ₤714,000 evading ₤120,000 VAT. Lunt was sentenced to 12 months in prison, suspended for 2 years.

Arthur Jackson, 62, from Sale, bought 12 cars whose total cost was around ₤769,000 evading ₤135,000 VAT. Jackson was sentenced to 8 months in prison suspended for 2 years.

Martin Burke, 51, from Poynton, Greater Manchester, bought 8 cars costing around ₤305,000 evading ₤52,000 VAT. Burke was sentenced to 6 months in prison suspended for 2 years.

DCI Webster added:- "These sentences send out a clear and unambiguous message that the courts will view Tax and VAT fraud as very serious crimes. Our investigations into the organised crime gang behind this fraud will continue. I'd like to congratulate my team for their hard work in disentangling what was a complicated case. We followed the evidence and have broken up what was a lucrative fraud."

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