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Publication date:- 2017-09-09

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Crime fighting partners cement closer relationship

CLOSE co-operation between partners responsible for keeping Wirral communities safe is being cemented further with the establishment of a Safer Wirral Hub. The hub, based at the Solar Campus in Leasowe, is the 1st phase of a new multi-agency service which will deliver an effective, joined up community safety service for the people of Wirral.  Led by Merseyside Police, a number of Wirral Council teams, Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service and other key partner agencies; including the voluntary sector; have already delivered a 38% reduction in Anti Social behaviour across Wirral.

Cllr George Davies, Wirral Council's Cabinet lead for Community Safety, said:- "Success in building safer neighbourhoods is beyond the ability of the Police or the Council alone and requires this stronger partnership approach within and across all partner agencies and communities.  We know that there was already good joined up working across partners to improve community safety. This development will build on this further due to the integration of Council staff and staff from other organisations into policing operations and a new way of directing their work. I believe this is a hugely important step. It will help make Wirral safer, it will help tackle the issues our residents tell us are a problem and even in times of cuts to funding it is an imaginative and radical plan to deliver a better service to our residents."

At the Hub, in the Solar Campus, Wallasey, operations are directed through daily briefings across all key agencies. Intelligence and data is gathered for use in planning responses and operations. In addition, joined up services will also operate within local Police stations across the Wirral tied into weekly briefings involving:- Police Officers, PCSOs, the Anti Social Behaviour Team, Community Patrol Officers and the Fire Service. The agreement to establish the Safer Wirral Hub and closer partnership working under the leadership of Merseyside Police was signed earlier this year and the teams have already been engaged into integrated work that has produced promising early results, including a 38% reduction in Anti Social behaviour across Wirral.

Police and emergency services time and resources have been saved by Officers in the Hub working with frequent callers to direct resources better and tackle underlying issues which will prevent unnecessary calls to the emergency services. It is estimated that the Safer Wirral Hub could save emergency services around ₤50,000 per year through this way of working.  Merseyside Police and Crime Commissioner, Jane Kennedy, added:- "It's clear that this move to further increase collaboration and combine community safety services on the Wirral is already bringing benefits to people living in the area and is enabling our services to work more effectively and efficiently.  In this era of austerity, no organisation can afford to work in isolation and this is a great example of how public and third sector agencies can work together to share knowledge, expertise and resources to make our communities safer."


Wirral woman to join F1 legend on charity cycle ride

A 40 year old woman from the Wirral, is to join former F1 World Champion Mika Häkkinen, on a charity bike ride from Tuscany to Monaco. Carrie Anne Shirley, who says she has little experience of road cycling, is undertaking the gruelling 200 mile challenge to raise vital funds for Caudwell Children, the national charity that provides practical and emotional support to disabled children and their families.

Despite her lack of experience she is confident that she will complete the challenge which will take place, from Friday, 22 September 2017 to Sunday, 24 September 2017. As she explained:- "I only started road cycling in March of this year and I've done little training on the road. However, I've done a static ride of 100 miles. Although it was tiring I completed the ride in good time and I've been told static riding can be more difficult than actually riding."

Carrie Anne will be joined on the event, organised by the former Lithuanian Olympic cyclist Modesta Vzesniauskaite, and Caudwell Children, by her partner Richard Fowles, 49, from Chester.

Carrie Anne said the pair recently tested themselves on the road. She said:- "We did do some actual hill work at the end of August 2017, around the Horseshoe Pass in Llangollen, Wales, in preparation for the terrain that we will be taking on during the challenge."

Kirsten Greaves, Challenge Events Manager for Caudwell Children, says that at times it will be a punishing ride. She said:- "It's a calf burning 200 mile route through the beautiful, undulating, Italian countryside before crossing the finish line in the stunning principality of Monaco, on the French Riviera. In between there will be rolling, hilly, landscapes surrounded by majestic Cypress trees. The 3 days of cycling will see participants, including our celebrity supporter Mika Häkkinen, covering 73, 85 and 69 miles respectively and on their final day they will have to overcome strong coastal winds. So it won't be an easy challenge!"

The pair have been extremely creative in their fundraising efforts in a bid to smash their ₤5,000 target. As Carrie Anne explained:- "I'm a Hair Stylist and I'm very much in to fashion, so I recently held a charity fashion show at the Shankly Hotel, in Liverpool, which was brillliant. We worked to get some fantastic auction and raffle prizes including exclusive, limited edition, ar2rks of The Beatles, Liverpool FC stadium and Museum tour tickets and a dinner for 2 at Gino D'Acampo's restaurant in Liverpool."

Funds raised through the Tuscany to Monaco Challenge will help Caudwell Children to provide Hospital and in home family support, specialist mobility, sports and sensory equipment, fully supported family holidays for children with life threatening conditions, activity days and life changing treatments and therapies to disabled children across the UK.  

You can support Carrie Anne through the couples Just Giving Page.

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