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Publication date:- 2017-23-12

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62 year old has been knocked down by Scramble Biker

ON Tuesday, 19 December 2017 Merseyside Police received a called, at 5.10pm, following an incident involving a black and white scrambler bike and a pedestrian. We are told that the bike had collided with a pedestrian, on Gorsey Lane, Litherland, near its junction with Pendle Drive, before crashing into barriers. The rider of the bike left the scene, on foot, and was reported to have ran into a nearby housing estate. It is believed he was wearing a blue helmet. The pedestrian was a 62 year old man, who was taken to Hospital and treated for leg, arm and back injuries. His condition was described as serious. Police are still appealing for witnesses following a collision and anyone with information is asked to contact Merseyside Police on:- 101 quoting log:- '805 of 19 December 2017.' Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on:- 0800 555 111. A 24 year old man who had been arrested following the collision has since been released without charge. Detective Inspector Simon Vaughan said:- "If you saw a black and white scrambler bike being ridden in an anti social manner, on Gorsey Lane, shortly before this incident, or witnessed the incident itself, at around 5.10pm, on Tuesday, please come forward. We would also appeal to anyone who may have dashcam footage or CCTV footage of any part of this incident, before, during and after to get in touch."

PCC statement on Howard League for Penal Reform report on Policing of children's homes

THE National Police Chiefs' Council Lead for Children and Young People, Chief Constable Olivia Pinkney said:- "Police callouts to children's homes have been a concern for some years across the UK. The police are always there in cases of emergencies, but too often we are called for incidents which are not appropriate for the police to be involved with. All forces are looking at how they can work more closely with residential care homes and improving procedures to ensure that the police are not involved unnecessarily." in a statement that was issued to the media on Monday, 18 December 2017.

People in Merseyside urged to donate as heart transplant waiting list up by 24% this Christmas

MERSEYSIDE residents are being urged to support organ donation as figures show the number of people spending Christmas on the heart transplant waiting list is 24% up on last Christmas. In Merseyside, there are currently 5 people on the heart transplant waiting list. On Merseyside, 111 people are recorded on the UK Transplant Registry as ever having received a heart only transplant.

Nationally, there are currently 298 people on the waiting list for a heart transplant compared to 240 people last Christmas. NHS Blood and Transplant is urging people to tell their families they wish to donate to help with the deadly shortage of organs.

For most patients on the heart transplant waiting list, all other medical options have been exhausted, and a donated organ is their only hope. Since last Christmas Day, 31 people across the country have died while on the waiting list for a heart transplant. The Department of Health recently launched a consultation into an 'opt out' system of organ donation for England. Under the proposed system, you would be a donor unless you don't want to donate.

Sally Johnson, NHS Blood and Transplant Director of Organ Donation and Transplantation said:- "Hundreds of people are spending Christmas waiting for a call that might never come. Their families will be spending the festive period living with fear and uncertainty. We desperately need more people in Merseyside to agree to donation to help with the number of people waiting for hearts and organs of every kind. Whatever the outcome of the Opt Out consultation, if you support organ donation, please act today. Tell your family you want to donate and join the NHS Organ Donor Register."

The 50th Anniversary of the UKs 1st heart transplant is in May. Nearly 7,000 people are recorded as having received heart transplants in the UK since the 1st operation, though the historical data is not complete. Heart transplants are still uncommon, with around 200 operations a year.

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