Date changed for Chris Riddell Event!
WE are working with Pritchards in Formby and they have just
informed us that the Chris Riddell event has been changed...
"Apologies to all your readers and to his fans! Chris Riddell is and
will be... now heading to the Formby Pool on Wednesday, 10 November
2010, from 4pm to 5pm. Sadly we are sharing his time with another
shop and the publishers have slipped up and had to make a few
change... PLEASE spread word and do try and pre-order, as we are
slightly limited on numbers of books... His book 'ALIENOGRAPHY' is
absolutely stunning... ideal for a Christmas Present! Pop in and
look at his wonderful books..! His book cover all types of stuff for
3+ upto teens through to adults... so plenty of choice of books to
get signed! What is more... He also is doing 'live drawing' and we
will be raffling it off afterwards..!" said book shop
Who is he? Background links:-
"Damned if we do, damned if we don't"
has released survey results that reveal over 75% of shopworkers have
experienced problems asking for proof of age ID from customers and
that most shopworkers are worried about facing criminal prosecution
or disciplinary action from their employer if they get a decision
about a sale wrong.
The survey shows that a shocking 65% of shopworkers have been
subjected to verbal abuse as a result of asking for ID, while over
16% have been threatened with violence and more than 2% have
actually been physically assaulted. Over 70% of shopworkers say they
are worried about facing criminal prosecution if they get a decision
wrong with over 60% worried about being disciplined by their
The figures follow the results of Usdaw's annual survey of abuse,
threats and violence against shopworkers that revealed that over a
million shopworkers have been assaulted, threatened or abused in the
last year. Previous Usdaw surveys have shown that around 43% of all
incidents of abuse resulted from shopworkers asking customers for
proof of age ID or refusing a sale of an age-restricted product.
Most responsible retailers now operate a 'Think 25' policy on
age-restricted sales which means shopworkers are instructed to ask
for proof of age ID from any customer the shopworker thinks might be
under 25. Many retailers previously had a 'Think 21' policy and the
change to 'Think 25' has greatly increased the potential number of
customers who are now routinely asked for ID. As a consequence, the
number of potential flashpoints for abuse, threats and violence has
John Hannett, Usdaw General Secretary said:- "These figures
are a matter of grave concern and show that age restricted sales are
real minefield for our members to negotiate. If they make a mistake
and sell alcohol to a customer under-18 they risk being prosecuted
and receiving a £80 on-the-spot fine for a first offence with
repeated breaches incurring a court appearance and a fine of up to
£5,000. If they fail to ask for age identification from somebody
under-25, they run the risk of being disciplined for not following
On the other hand, asking for age identification often leads to
abuse from frustrated and angry customers and a refusal of a sale
can be a real flashpoint for threats or even violence. As one
anonymous member said in the survey,. we're damned if we ask for ID,
damned if we don't.
We think a better understanding of the 'Think 25' policy and why it
exists could lessen the impact on our members, which is why we are
campaigning to raise awareness of the policy. We are asking shoppers
to show respect and understand that shopworkers asking for ID are
only doing their job and protecting themselves from possible
criminal prosecution or disciplinary action from their employer.
Usdaw wants the Government to launch an awareness campaign about
age-restricted sales and we'd also like them to introduce a single
and voluntary national entitlement card for young people that would
show proof of age. This would make it much easier for workers to
check a person's age when needed.
We'd also like to see a change in the law to make it an offence for
an underage person to attempt to buy any age-restricted product, not
just alcohol, or for an adult to proxy purchase any age-restricted
product. The law definitely needs to be rebalanced so that those
attempting to break the law are the focus rather than the
shopworkers who are currently expected to police the law."
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let us know what you think.
HALLOWEEN POLICE OPERATION IS A SUCCESS
MERSEYSIDE Police recorded a significant fall in the number
of reported incidents over the Halloween weekend despite it
traditionally being one of the busiest times of year for the Force.
Following months of careful planning by police, other emergency
services and local councils there was a 14% reduction in reports of
anti-social behaviour and criminal damage compared to the same
period last year.
In addition, there were 316 fewer emergency calls received on
Saturday, 30 October 2010 and Sunday, 31 October 2010 in comparison
to the same dates last year – a 22% reduction.
The number of non-emergency calls also fell by 19.5%.
In 2009, there were 1,445 calls made to 999 across both dates
compared to 1,129 this year and 1,747 non-emergency calls made in
2009 in comparison to 1,407 in 2010.
Despite the increased call volumes over the weekend, 99.2% of
emergency calls were answered within 10 seconds and 99.9% of
non-emergency calls were answered within 30 seconds.
Chief Inspector Claire Richards said she was pleased the vast
majority of people enjoyed the Halloween period safely and
Chf Insp Richards said:- "Merseyside Police and our partners
have put in a lot of effort planning this operation and it is very
encouraging to see a significant fall in the number of incidents,
especially considering that Halloween once more fell on a weekend
and during half-term. Together we put in place a wide variety of
activities such as free cinema tickets, community discos and other
events for young people, which were very popular and well-attended
by nearly 3,000 young people on Saturday and a further 2,100
youngsters on Sunday.”
As a result of visits to retailers the FIRST team - Merseyside Fire
and Rescue Service and Merseyside Police - seized 1 3/4 tonnes of
illegal fireworks over the weekend, preventing them from entering
the streets of Merseyside.
While reports of criminal damage were fewer than last year, in
response to several incidents of criminal damage directed towards
buses and taxis on Saturday, Merseyside Police used decoy taxis and
buses on Sunday, which the Force will continue to use in the future
to help prevent further incidents.
Three youths were arrested in connection with these incidents.
Two boys aged 12 and 15 from Huyton were arrested on Rupert Road in
Huyton on Sunday night after a plain clothed officer riding on a bus
caught them throwing eggs at the vehicle. They have been referred to
the restorative justice team and will be made to speak to the bus
company about their behaviour.
A 13 year old boy from Toxteth was arrested over night, on Saturday,
30 October 2010, after officers received a report of objects being
thrown at taxis in the Mulgrave Street area of Toxteth.
He was arrested on suspicion of causing disorder and for possession
of fireworks and was given a £40 fine.
Chf Insp Richards added:- "While the vast majority of young
people behaved themselves there was a small minority of both
youngsters and adults whose actions went beyond innocent mischief.
Merseyside Police will not tolerate any criminal behaviour and
robustly dealt with all those who crossed the line. Throwing objects
at public transport is totally unacceptable. It jeopardises the
safety of the public and Merseyside Police will take action against
offenders to find them and bring them to justice. It was also
disappointing that we still had to seize more than 335 bottle and
cans of alcohol from young people across Merseyside who had either
been sold it by adults or had been given it by adults who should
know better. But overall the operation was a real success and I
would like to thank the vast majority of people across Merseyside
for acting responsibly this Halloween.”
For the second consecutive year Merseyside Police used Twitter to
provide live updates throughout the evening and received positive
feedback from residents.
One Twitter user said:- "Great idea! It makes one appreciate
what a great job you guys do! And gives you an insight too."
Another user added:- "Thank you for the wonderful job you are
all doing on our streets! I for one am very grateful! Thanks."
To see the
figures for Merseyside each night, click