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Police en-route to incident crash on Formby Bypass

ON Wednesday, 4 December 2019, at around 7.10pm, Merseyside Police Officers were contacted to reports of a collision between a Merseyside Police Ford Transit Van, which was en route to an incident in Southport, and a Toyota Landcruiser on the Formby Bypass (A565) on the North side of the Lighthouse Roundabout (Liverpool Road.) The van was also in collision with a tree. The male driver of the Toyota was checked at the scene but suffered no serious injury. A male Police Officer, who was a passenger in the van, suffered a leg injury and was taken to Hospital. The driver of the van wasn't seriously injured.

The Formby bound carriageway was closed while inquiries were carried out. Anyone who witnessed the incident or has any information or dashcam footage which could assist Merseyside Police with their enquiries are being asked to contact them via 101, quoting log:- '771 of 4 December 2019.'

Ambulance communicators win gold at CIPR awards

CELEBRATED for its 'outstanding public relations team,' North West Ambulance Service (NWAS) took home double gold at the Regional PRide CIPR Awards, held in Manchester on Friday night. Scooping the top prize in 2 categories:- 'outstanding in house public relations team' and 'public sector campaign,' NWAS' Communications Team saw off tough competition from high profile companies including:- Electricity North West, M&S Bank, Manchester Airport, and silver award winners Essity.  Recognised for its "impressive communications service," the judges' comments reflected on the team's hard work and the many different aspects of communications they successfully manage and undertake on a day to day basis, including:- press office and an out of hours service, internal and external communications, public affairs, stakeholder and community engagement, FOI, videography, social, digital and campaigns. Judges commented:- "NWAS has achieved results out of proportion to the resources available to it. From providing frontline access for major broadcasters to crisis communications, the team has successfully managed the full spectrum of public sector public relations with skill and professionalism."

Volunteer car driver recruitment campaign, Star in a Car, was also awarded the gold prize in the public sector campaign category. Using animations, case studies and social media to drum up interest in the volunteer roles, the judges commented how they were "impressed by how NWAS reached out beyond its traditional supporters, using innovative social media channels to really engage a younger audience with the work this essential public service delivers. With limited resources, this campaign achieved great results with 50 new volunteers joining the service. Overall, this was an excellent campaign, fully deserving of success."

The CIPR PRide Awards is the UK's most prestigious nationwide awards scheme, recognising excellence in public relations and communications. This year, the PRide Awards attracted around 1,000 entries from public relations teams, consultancies and individuals across the UK. Julie Treharne, Head of Communications and Engagement at NWAS said:- "It's fantastic to be recognised by industry experts at the CIPR awards and to beat off competition from private sector teams with bigger budgets. We're honoured to fly the flag for NHS communicators! The team supports all the services the trust provides from our 999 emergency response, to patient transport, NHS 111 and corporate projects. It's our aim is to bring to life our organisation's vision and values through compelling narrative that connects with our wide variety of stakeholders. We try to put patients at the heart of everything we do to enhance their experience with the organisation and make meaningful connections with our front line services; doing so using our creativity and innovative approaches whilst using money responsibly. To be labelled 'outstanding' for this is a something we're incredibly proud of."

'Unusually High Winds' blow out window in Liverpool City Centre
Photos with thanks to Marcus Croman.

ON 5 December 2019, Emergency services were called to 60 Old Hall Street, shortly before 7pm after a large window, from building that is currently being worked on by Signature Living, fell to the ground, from the 7th floor. We are told that it had left a heap of debris on the pavement near the Sainsbury's convenience store and had shocked witnesses. It is reported that unusually high winds caused the incident to happen. The same winds also resulted in Merseyrail issuing a very unusual notice that they could not accept wheelchair passengers at the Sandhills Station, due to the gusty conditions, along with other related problems..

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