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Publication date:- 2017-16-09

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Appeal following a fail to stop road traffic incident in Litherland

MERSEYSIDE Police have issued an appeal for witnesses after a fail to stop road traffic incident, on 10 August 2017, on Princess Way, Litherland. Merseyside Police have said that this incident took place at around 8.30pm. we are told that the victim and their partner were driving in a white coloured Kia when they turned on to Princess Way, Litherland, towards Church Road, when they were cut up by a black coloured 4x4 type vehicle, possibly a Range Rover or Ford Kuga. The vehicle has collided with their car as it cut in front possibly intending to turn left near to the Lathom Club. During the incident the 4x4 vehicle rammed the victim's vehicle. Other vehicles were also reported to have been struck by the offending vehicle. The occupants of the 4x4 described as 4 white males with their faces covered are alleged have then damaged the car using baseball bats whilst demanding money. Enquiries are ongoing to identify these offenders.

Detective Inspector Robbie Moss said:- "This is a really concerning incident for the local community. We are keen to speak to any members of the public or drivers that may have witnessed the incident. I would urge drivers to consider their whereabouts at this time and check any DashCam footage."

Anyone with information on this incident is asked to contact:- 101 or call Crimestoppers, anonymously, on:- 0800 555 111.


5 Teens issued with Acceptable Behaviour Contracts in Crosby

MERSEYSIDE Police Officers have been working in conjunction with Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service (MFRS) in investigating a series of suspected arson incidents in the Rimrose Valley area of Crosby area earlier this month. Following enquiries, a group of teenagers aged between 13 and 15 have been identified and issued with Acceptable Behaviour Contracts (ABCs). This means that Officers have spoken to appropriate adults and agreed a course of action with the teenagers. Officers from the local Community Policing Team will continue to monitor the area and will also robustly deal with any breaches of these ABCs.

Station Manager Paul Kay, Arson Reduction Co-ordinator for Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service, said:- "Arson is a serious criminal offence which puts people's lives at risk, causes damage to homes, businesses and community facilities and impacts on wildlife and the environment. It can range from mindless criminal damage to a deliberately targeted attack but, either way, the potentially deadly consequences remain the same. If fire appliances are called out to deliberate fires this may delay the response to other emergencies, which could endanger lives elsewhere. We want to make people aware that deliberately setting fires in a public place is arson and, if caught, those responsible may face legal action."

Local Policing Superintendent Matt Boyle said:- "This issue was understandably causing worry and distress to the people of  Crosby and following some great partnership work involving Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service (MFRS) and ourselves, action has been taken, with the full support of the families of those involved. I would like to emphasise how seriously we treat suspected arson and all anti social behaviour, and any information will be acted upon, so contact us early on and we can deal quickly and effectively with any problems. ABCs are an early intervention which we will look to pursue against individuals who are perceived to be engaging in anti social behaviour. It allows people to cease and change certain activities they are involved in. Breaches of the order will lead to warnings and if necessary further, more serious action."

Anyone with information on anti social behaviour is asked to contact:- 101 or you can also call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously and for free, on:- 0800 555 111 or report online.


People urged to get their blood pressure checked

MORE than 49,000 people in Liverpool are at risk of a stroke, heart attack or kidney disease in Liverpool because they do not know they have high blood pressure.

Now a special roadshow; organised by Public Health Liverpool and Liverpool CCG is taking to the streets of the City to encourage people to check their blood pressure, as part of the national:- 'Know Your Numbers' campaign.

High blood pressure is the most common long term health condition and 2nd only to smoking as the highest risk factor in causing premature death.

Around 15% of people in Liverpool (68,214) have been diagnosed with high blood pressure, but it is believed 1 in 4 of the population has the condition, meaning there are another 52,645 residents unaware they are at risk. 

Key factors include:- eating too much salt, not eating enough fruit or vegetables, being overweight and not exercising enough.

Councillor Paul Brant, Cabinet member for health, said:- "High blood pressure is a silent killer and many people just do not know that they are at risk. The number of people that are undiagnosed in Liverpool is staggering and so we are working hard to spread the word and encourage people to get their blood pressure checked. It can be a ticking time bomb and lead to conditions such as a stroke or heart disease, but the good news is that it can easily be treated by improving diet, losing weight or taking exercise. That's why we're getting out and about to spread the message about the importance of knowing your numbers."

Dr Maurice Smith, GP from Mather Avenue Surgery in Allerton and Healthy Liverpool's 'Living Well' clinical lead said:- "People who have high blood pressure wouldn't necessarily have symptoms unless their levels are dangerously high and then they suffer from headaches, nausea and impaired vision. Testing a person's blood pressure is very simple and straight forward and takes minutes. We can then determine whether someone's levels are normal, borderline or high and the reading would determine what course of action we take. We very much work in partnership with our patients and it may be that if the reading is borderline we could advise lifestyle changes such as getting more active, giving up smoking, reducing salt intake and alcohol, losing weight and eating a healthier diet. We may ask to see them in 3 months to re-test to see if the levels have reduced. When blood pressure levels are high we would consider various medication options that reduce blood pressure as part of a shared decision making process with the patient."

All Councillors in Liverpool are being offered a blood pressure check at the next full Liverpool City Council, in Liverpool Town Hall, on Wednesday, 20 September 2017.

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