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Edition No. 113

Date:- 23 August 2003

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Sefton's future

SEFTON'S Unitary Development Plan (UDP) moves closer to implementation. The plan lays out the future of Sefton's land for the next 15 years. The plan is available for viewing at the planning departments at Crown Buildings Eastbank Street, or Vermont House Stanley Road Bootle. Go along and have your say.

Drivers get a School Holiday Reminder as Children Take to Streets.

CHILDREN playing unsupervised in the street during summer holidays could present an additional seasonal hazard, and with bank holiday this coming Monday the institute of Advanced Motorists is warning drivers "Keep an eye out for Children and your speed down" August is always one of the worst months of the year for children to be involved with road accidents, with over 3,000 children killed or seriously injured according to the most recent figures. (RAGB 2001)

The IAM spokesman Bryan Lunn, who is the Chief Examiner said:- "Our road safety specialists have noted a definite rise in child road injuries during school holidays. No diver sets out to knock a child down, but inattentive motorists may not realise that familiar side streets are suddenly more hazardous. This is due to children using them as playgrounds for bike riding, football, skateboarding or just running around.

It is unusual to see a child playing in the streets these days, but if they are going to do so, the summer holidays tend to be when it happens.

Drivers should be mindful of children playing in the streets, not only at holiday destinations, but also nearer to home. Keep your speed down and an eye on the road at all times over this bank holiday, infect every day!"

To learn more about IAM visit their web page at

Performing Art's College

MEOLS Cop School, Meols Cop Road, Southport is bidding to become a Performing Arts College and needs to raise £50,000 from sponsors. So far they have raised £15,000 from parents and school events. They are now looking to the businesses of Southport fir further assistance. CAN YOU HELP. If so please contact the Head, Rowland Hamby on 01704 531180. Any assistance will be appreciated and noted in our weekly bulletin (700 copies/week)

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Fears Grow for Missing Liverpool Woman
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DETECTIVES on Merseyside have re-appealed for information on the whereabouts of a 22 year old woman from Liverpool who is missing from home.

Emma Leigh Gallagher, sometimes nicknamed 'Dottie', has been missing from her Toxteth home since 3 July 2003. The 22-year-old and last contacted her friends by letter around that time to say that she was 'trying to sort her life out'.

She has not been seen, or heard from at all since then, despite a media appeal for her to contact police a month ago. Officers are becoming increasingly concerned for her welfare and would like Emma, or anyone else who knows where she might be, to contact them and let them know she is okay. 

Emma's friends originally contacted police in July, concerned that she had gone missing. She does not have family that police are aware of in Merseyside, but has friends in Liverpool and Manchester, and is known to frequent the pubs in the Deansgate area of Manchester. She has also been to Leeds in recent months. 

Merseyside Police has been liaising with colleagues in Greater Manchester, and West Yorkshire to trace Emma. Enquiries in Manchester have revealed Emma was seen in the Orchard Lounge Bar, Portland Street, on 3 July 2003, when she reported her handbag being stolen.

The extensive investigation into her disappearance has shown that Emma has not drawn any benefits since the end of June. Officers believe she may be supporting herself some other way.

Acting Detective Inspector Bev Hyland from Allerton CID, said:- "It seems unusual for Emma not to contact her friends, and we are very concerned that she has not been heard of at all since the start of July. It's as if she has completely disappeared. We are hopeful that Emma is in Manchester, or Leeds, and is safe, and that she contacts either her friends, or the police simply to let them know she is well."

Emma is white, around 5ft 5in tall, of medium build, brown eyes and has a small scar to the left hand side of her mouth. She has blonde hair but is known to change her appearance frequently.

Anyone who knows where Emma might be is urged to contact Merseyside Police at Admiral Street police station on 0151 777 5332 or 5334.

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