CCTV of 2 males wanted in
connection with burglary in Waterloo
MERSEYSIDE Police Detectives have
released CCTV stills of 2 men they believe may be able to assist an
investigation into an attempted burglary in Waterloo, on Wednesday, 13 September
2017. Between 1.30 and 2.30am 2 male offenders broke into a property, on Glenwyllin Road,
Waterloo, by forcing entry through rear patio doors into the
conservatory. They are then said to have unsuccessfully attempted to gain access
through a locked internal door. Nobody was injured and nothing was taken during
the incident however property including a garden fence was damaged.
DI Robbie Moss said:- "I would urge neighbours in the area to consider if
they saw anything which seemed suspicious before or after the attempted burglary
to get in touch. I would also like to remind people to keep their doors and
windows locked. We ask anyone who recognises the men pictured in the CCTV stills
to come forward and tell us who they are. It is important that anyone who has
any information in relation to the incident contacts the Police so we can find
those responsible and bring them to justice."
Anyone with information is asked to call 101 quoting reference 0517231032. You
can also call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously and for free
on:- 0800 555 111 or
Public sector pay squeeze
has reduced spending power in the North West by ₤1.3 billion this year
THE public sector pay cap has reduced
spending power in the North West by ₤1.3 billion this year according to new
analysis published by the TUC. The analysis shows that the North West's
public sector workers are earning, on average, ₤2,695 less today than if their
pay had risen in line with inflation (CPI). As a result, since the pay caps
began in 2010, full time public sector workers in the North West have had ₤7
billion less to spend in the local economy.
Across North West areas, the figures show local economies are missing out on
► In Merseyside, spending power is down ₤285
In Greater Manchester, it is down ₤497 million.
Lancashire has experienced a reduction of ₤267 million.
Across Cheshire it amounts to ₤134 million.
Recent TUC polling shows that 15% of public
sector workers skipped meals this year to make ends meet. And 24% say they
couldn't pay an unexpected bill of ₤500.
Research published by the IPPR last week revealed that raising public sector pay
would boost spending in local economies. And would help the public purse by
raising Tax revenues and reducing the cost of in work benefits.
TUC Regional Secretary for the North West Lynn Collins said:- "The public
sector pay squeeze has hit communities across the North West hard. And that
means less money spent on our high streets and in local businesses. The pay cap
is a false economy. The Chancellor must use the Budget to give all public sector
workers the pay rise they have earned, and end these artificial pay
Over 30 groups raise concern about
human rights protection in the EU Withdrawal Bill
31 groups have submitted evidence to
the Joint Committee of Human Rights outlining their shared concerns about the
protection of human rights in the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill. Groups,
including:- Human Rights Watch, Liberty, National Union of Students, Women's Aid
(England), Disability Wales and Children in Scotland, submitted the evidence
ahead of the next House of Commons Committee stage day, on the Withdrawal Bill,
that took place on
Tuesday, 21 November 2017. A key item for discussion was the amendments on the
Charter of Fundamental Rights.
Coordinated by the British Institute of Human Rights, the evidence submission
states that the Withdrawal Bill, as it stands, will mean a loss of rights and
accountability for people in the UK, notably:-
► People's fundamental human rights and
equality protections, despite the Government's stated intention for the
Withdrawal Bill to maintain the status quo, a number of rights have either been
explicitly excluded or it is not clear how minimum standards of protection will
be ensured; and
► Parliamentary scrutiny... the Bill's provisions for amending transposed EU
law vest significant power in ministers rather than parliament, with its
associated processes for scrutiny and consideration of the views of civil
It concludes that:- "Ultimately, exiting the EU should not lead to less
protection of people's rights; the standards of protection should be equivalent
to the current position, and where possible the opportunity to provide
additional (not different) rights protections should be taken."
What are your views on the European Union
(Withdrawal) Bill? Please email us your thoughts to:-
Eastham Connects to tackle
INDIVIDUALS and groups from all parts
of a Wirral neighbourhood are looking to come together in a major new initiative
aimed at tackling social isolation. The local constituency committee, elected
members and community representatives are spearheading a project called:-
'Eastham Connects' which they hope will pull the south Wirral community
closer together and work in a cohesive way to improve the wellbeing of some of
the area's most vulnerable or isolated residents. The initiative was launched,
on Wednesday, 22 November 2017, at the Delamere Centre, Delamere Avenue in
Eastham. At the event, partners set out the basis for the project which they
have detailed in a document called:- 'Eastham Connects Framework'
and the invited guests had the opportunity to ask questions and make a pledge to
Cllr Chris Carubia, Chair of the Wirral South Constituency Committee, said:-
"Eastham already has some great examples of groups and initiatives that bring
people together with a number of valuable social assets and a community with a
real sense of identity. However, even from this position of great strength,
there is still a need to tackle social isolation issues that exist in Eastham.
Through Eastham Connects, we want to re-engage those residents who find
themselves without regular, meaningful interaction. We want to remove any
perceived barriers and we can only do this by drawing upon the obvious strengths
and assets within our community."
Social isolation occurs when the opportunities that an individual has for
contact with other people are either severely restricted or even non-existent.
That person can then feel as though they are 'cut off' from
society. While for some people this is a choice they make, for many others
the impact of social isolation can be profound, causing both physical and mental
health problems. The Eastham Connects Framework explains a number of ways in
which collectively they can start to make an impact into addressing social
isolation, which includes:-
► Working together to identify isolated individuals
across Eastham and supporting them; helping to build their confidence and
self-esteem so they feel able to reintegrate with local groups and activities
they are interested in.
► Making it easy for residents to access activities on their doorstep. 1 of the
ways this could be achieved is by staging a regular showcase event which allows
local groups and projects to connect with local residents.
► Supporting local residents to set up their own groups if the particular
activity they are interested in isn't already available in the local community
► Working with local health providers to ensure they are fully aware of what's
on in Eastham so that they will be fully equipped to signpost their people to
suitable local activities.
Cllr Carubia added:- "Social Isolation can affect all age groups, across
all social strata and within all of our communities in Eastham. It has no
boundaries. It is essential that it is tackled on a locally led basis with the
community being at the heart of developing the strategy and being an equal
partner in the delivery of agreed approaches and solutions."
The success of the Eastham Connects initiative could see the approach being used
in other parts of the borough in future.
Personal allowance increase welcome, but what about those on the lowest incomes?
THE Chancellor announced that the
personal allowance will increase from ₤11,500 to ₤11,850 from 6 April 2018. For
many, this is a welcome announcement as it will mean they have more cash in
their pockets, however it does little to help those on the lowest incomes.
Those already earning under the current personal allowance of ₤11,500 will gain
nothing from this change. Those earning above ₤11,500 may benefit, but by how
much depends on whether they receive Tax Credits or other means tested benefits
such as Universal Credits or housing benefit.
Anne Fairpo, Chair of LITRG said:- "Increases to the personal allowance
are often cited as helping those on the lowest incomes whereas in fact those on
the lowest incomes either don't benefit at all or benefit by a lower amount than
those with incomes higher up the scale.
Entitlement to Tax Credits is based on gross income, so Tax credit claimants who
have income above ₤11,500 should see the full benefit of the increase in
personal allowance, making them ₤70 a year better off. However, those with
incomes above ₤11,500 who are receiving Universal Credits will most likely see a
reduction in their benefit. This is because Universal Credits, like other means
tested benefits, is based on net income (after Tax and National Insurance have
been deducted). As the amount of Tax they pay reduces, their Universal Credits
award also reduces. Instead of gaining ₤70 a year from the increased personal
allowance, they will only gain overall by ₤25.90 as their Universal Credits will
be reduced by ₤44.10. In other words, they only gain 37% of the benefit of any
increase in the personal allowance.
If the Government want to help those on the very lowest incomes, increasing work
allowances in Universal Credits and increasing the 1st income threshold in
working Tax Credit would be more beneficial. The work allowances in Universal
Credits were cut substantially (and in some cases removed) in 2016 and the first
income threshold in Tax Credits has been frozen for some time. These thresholds
are the amounts that claimants can earn before their benefits start to be
withdrawn. Increasing them would help those on the lowest incomes who currently
see no benefit from any increase in the personal allowance, and provide a
valuable work incentive.
It is also time the Government looked at increases to the National Insurance
primary threshold which has lagged behind the personal allowance for some time."
Budget leaves questions for North West
THE UK's Chancellor misses an opportunity to
help North West workers and leaves questions rather than answers to the problems
faced. Commenting on the Budget set out by the Chancellor.
TUC Regional Secretary for the North West Lynn Collins said:- "The
announcements by the Chancellor will leave workers across the Region asking more
questions than they answer. With workers set to be worth ₤800 a year less by
2021 than expected in the Budget in March 2017, the Chancellor has missed
an opportunity to take action; by giving low paid workers the boost they need,
and removing the restraints on public sector pay for all workers. We have seen
this week the impact that this squeeze has had on workers here in the North
West. Whilst we welcome the investment in Intra City transport infrastructure
for both Greater Manchester and Liverpool City Region. But this isn't the West
East, Crossrail for the North that we need and want. The closest mention was off
WiFi on Trans Pennine Trains, hardly the game changing Budget we were promised.
We will be looking at what the Government is offering Greater Manchester for a
City Region based industrial strategy. Given our calls for an industrial
strategy that works for people and places, centred on great jobs, we will have a
lot to positively contribute."
Jewellers in Southport Ram
Raided and vehicle set on fire
MERSEYSIDE Police Officers are investigating a robbery at David Search Jewellers, on Lord Street,
Southport and are asking the public for help to catch those responsible. Officers were called at around 4.40pm, on
Thursday, 23 November 2017, after a Landrover Defender was used to ram the
premises. We are told that the suspects then left on motorcycles having set the
vehicle alight. Thankfully no persons are believed to have been injured, but it
has shaken up many shoppers and businesses who had waitressed it and its
aftermath. A full investigation is now underway. CCTV from the local
area is being requested, as well as any mobile phone footage or dash cam
footage. Should you have any information or footage, please contact Merseyside
Police on:- 101 or the Crimestoppers line anonymously on:- 0800 555 111.
Detective Inspector Robbie Moss said:-
"At this early stage of the investigation we are looking for any information on
the movements of a convoy of vehicles before, during and after this brazen
robbery. We believe that the Landrover Defender and three motorbikes came onto
Lord Street from Bold Street before carrying out the offence, which would have
been frightening to witness. If you were passing on foot or in a vehicle, and
have any images, video or dashcam footage, get in touch as any small piece of
evidence could be crucial to identifying those responsible and putting them
before the courts. Likewise, if any individuals or businesses have been offered
jewellery or watches in the Southport or surrounding areas since yesterday and
have any suspicions as to their origin, do the right thing and get in contact.
This robbery happened at a busy time on a main street, so we are also hopeful
that in addition to CCTV and witnesses, we may also find people who saw the
motorbikes making off down Lord Street and turning onto Duke Street after the
offence. If you saw 3 bikes being ridden at speed, dumped or stored elsewhere,
let us know."
From what we have been told by people in the
area, this was one of the most dangerous robberies, in Southport, in living
memory. So if anyone is offered watches or jewellery they think might be from
this raid, do get in touch urgently with the Police… Also if you have any other
information, please also contact the Police.
Photos taken just after the incident, were
snapped by Fatima Silva. The other photos have been taken by our Editor Patrick