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Publication date:- 2017-30-09

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Merseyside Police search Leeds-Liverpool Canal

MERSEYSIDE Police Officers have been searching the Leeds-Liverpool Canal path as we continue to target criminals using open land to store weapons and other items. Officers from the Liverpool Targeted Team completed an open land search of the canal covering Vauxhall to Lydiate, on Monday, 25 September 2017.

During the search, a 26 year old man, from Netherton, was sighted on the canal path near to St Oswalds Lane, in Bootle and rode off on a pedal cycle. Officers gave chase and recovered a set of bolt cutters. The man was arrested on suspicion of theft of a pedal cycle and going equipped for theft. He was questioned and has been released under investigation for further enquiries.

Inspector Dave Brennan said:- "We will continue to be proactive in combating weapons and other items being stored in open spaces on Merseyside, both to protect the community and raise people's awareness. Anyone who uses the canal path or any open land and green spaces in Merseyside should be alert to people behaving suspiciously and storing items in these areas. Let us know any information and we will take positive action and remove any harmful items from the streets. You can speak to us directly or via the independent charity Crimestoppers."

Anyone with information is asked to call:- 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. Information can also be provided via their online form.


Tate Liverpool to hold Autism Hour all week to make the world more autism friendly

THE Tate Liverpool has teamed up with leading autism charity, the National Autistic Society, to launch the UK's 1st week long event, on 2 October 2017, where shops and services take 60 minutes to provide autistic people with a break from the usual overload of 'too much information.'

The Albert Dock gallery will be holding their autism hour, at 16:00 to 17:00, from Monday, 2 October to Friday, 6 October and 10:00 to 11:00, on Saturday, 7 and Sunday, 8 October 2017. Tate will be taking simple steps to make their gallery, shop and café more autism friendly. The lights in the shop will be dimmed and the hand driers will be turned off in the toilets with hand towels provided instead. There will be quiet spaces around the gallery in case visitors need a space to relax and be calm and staff members will be able to offer assistance if needed. In the café music will not be played drinks will be served in paper cups to reduce noise levels. Ear defenders will be clearly visible in the café and foyer and copies of our:- "Planning Your Visit" easy read guide will be available

More than 1 in 100 people are on the autism spectrum which means that someone sees, hears and feels the world in a different, often more intense way to other people. Autistic people often find social situations difficult and struggle to filter out the sounds, smells, sights and information they experience, which means they feel overwhelmed by ‘too much information' when out in public. The National Autistic Society's recent survey revealed that 64% of autistic people avoid sometimes going to the shops because of their autism.

Following the launch week, Tate Liverpool will be holding regular Autism Hours, responding to feedback from visitors. The forthcoming dates for Autism Hour at the gallery will be on:- Saturday, 4 November 2017, 10.00 to 11.00 and Saturday, 2 December 2017, 10.00 to 11.00.

Mark Lever, CEO at the National Autistic Society said:- "It is really encouraging to see shops and services such as Tate Liverpool getting involved in the National Autistic Society's Autism Hour. Like anyone, people on the autism spectrum and their families want the opportunity to go to the shops. But many find the often busy, loud and unpredictable environment of public places overwhelming and avoid them altogether. Our Too Much Information campaign has highlighted that the smallest changes can make the biggest difference for autistic people and we are confident this week long event around the UK will help shops and services understand how we can work towards a more autism friendly world."

To find our more information about attending a National Autistic Society's Autism Hour, please visit the Society's website.


Knowsley School children get classes to increase understanding of dementia

SCHOOL children from across Knowsley are being taught about dementia in a bid to boost understanding about the condition amongst young people.  Villages Housing Association, which is part of the ForViva group, has teamed up with the Alzheimer's Society to host a series of classes at schools across Knowsley. The 1st session, last week, was held at Stockbridge Village Primary School in the same week as:- 'World Alzheimer's Day.' There are around 850,000 people living with dementia in the UK, with nearly a third of young people knowing someone with the condition.  The education project:- 'Mr Alzheimer's and Me' has already been successfully run in Salford by City West Housing Trust, a fellow ForViva group member. The workshops include understanding the brain and memory, the role of carers and families, and the difficulties people living with dementia face in their communities.

Jenny Chapman, Interim Director of Health and Wellbeing at ForViva, said:- "This initiative is part of our plan to help create a dementia friendly generation. Young people are increasingly likely to come into contact with dementia through family and friends as the population ages. That's why our workshops focus on understanding the impact dementia can have and encouraging young people to become Dementia Friends; taking simple steps to be supportive and kind to anyone in their community with dementia."

The sessions come to Knowsley in the wake of Villages Housing Association's recent unveiling of plans for The Withens development, a ₤12.4 million investment in extra care homes and bungalows in Stockbridge Village for older people, including those with dementia. The landlord, which trains its staff to become Dementia Friends, is now set to roll out the education programme across the area.

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