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16 December 2010
Law-breakers help keep hospital tidy
criminals are helping keep the grounds of Southport and Formby
District General Hospital tidy. The offenders have each been
sentenced to a Community Order by magistrates and put to work for
between 40 and 300 hours doing hard, manual labour. They have
typically been convicted of offences such as shoplifting, benefit
fraud, drink-driving and minor assault.
The work includes grass cutting, gritting isolated streets in the
cold weather or, as at the hospital, environmental improvements such
as litter-picking. Projects across Merseyside regularly save
communities more than £1.5m annually in unpaid labour.
A team of offenders has been working in the hospital grounds weekly
with a supervisor since July. The scheme is managed by the
Sefton Community Payback Unit of Merseyside Probation Trust. Each of
the offenders is risked assessed before being allowed on the
Sir Ron Watson CBE, the chair of Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS
Trust which manages the hospital, said:- "I believe this is
the first time a hospital trust in our area has used the Community
Payback scheme in this way. The environmental improvement it has
made should be welcomed.
The Trust is very pleased to be playing its part in helping
rehabilitate offenders. It also another example of the importance we
place on community involvement."
John Lavin, operations manager of Sefton Community Payback Unit,
added:- "We're delighted to be working at Southport hospital.
It is a great place to show Community Payback in action and
demonstrate how offenders are punished in the community."
For more information about Community Payback, go to the Merseyside
Fifth year of
Christmas cheer for world’s poorest children
come early for dozens of disadvantaged children across the world -
thanks to the generosity and goodwill of the local community in St
Over the last few weeks, individuals and groups have been dropping
off present-filled shoeboxes at the Polar Ford showroom on Sherdley
Road which once again opened up its doors as part of this year’s
‘Operation Christmas Child’ appeal.
Polar Ford has been acting as a collection point for the appeal run
by the Samaritan’s Purse; which brings joy and happiness to children
in hospitals, orphanages, refugee camps, homeless shelters and
impoverished neighbourhoods in some of the world’s poorest
Graham Woods, general manager at Polar Ford said:- “This is
the fifth year that we have taken part in this appeal and we are
delighted that we could help bring a little bit of extra happiness
to so many children. It’s such a great cause and we would like to
thank everyone who donated a shoebox and made this year a success.”
In 2009, the Samaritans Purse volunteers sent nearly 1.2 million
shoeboxes to children across Africa, Eastern Europe and Central.
2010 is the 20th year of Operation Christmas Child with more than 81
million present filled shoeboxes having been distributed since the
charity’s foundation in 1990.
Hate incident policy
NEW moves to clampdown on hate crimes and incidents in Liverpool
are being introduced by Liverpool City Council. For the first
time the authority is introducing a uniform policy for reporting
both hate crimes and incidents. Until now there has been
no consistent way throughout the council of reporting such
incidents, leading to fears that the level of hate-related incidents
may be underreported. Hate crime is defined as:- "any
hate incident which constitutes a criminal offence which is
perceived by the victim or any other person. This may be because of
their race, transgender status, disability, religion or sexual
orientation." A hate incident is:- "any incident that
may or may not constitute a criminal offence, which is perceived by
the victim or any other person as being motivated by prejudice or
hate." The new policy, which was developed with the
guidance of Liverpool’s Hate Crime Reduction Forum, sets out a
consistent way of reporting and handling complaints. It aims
to improve the confidence in the way the council handles complaints
and give reassurance that they will be treated seriously and
sensitively, The data collected will also be used to take
preventative action wherever possible. “The adoption of
this policy is an important step forward in the way we deal with all
types of hate crime and hate incidents. These sort of crimes and
incidents can take many forms from verbal to physical abuse and
graffiti or services being refused, But all can have a severe affect
on peoples’ lives. Until now, we have not had a clear and consistent
way that staff who are victims of such incidents or witness them can
report them. We have now developed a uniform way for reporting and
recording incidents which will streamline the way various agencies
handle them. We are also helping employees to identify what is hate
crime and ensure that they are always challenged. It reminds them of
their responsibilities in this area and will ensure that we have a
much clearer picture of the extent of these issues. Any member of
staff who is the victim or sees a hate crime or incident can now
refer to a single document on what they should do. There will be no
excuse for not reporting such incidents or signposting service users
to the support available. We want to be an inclusive city which is
proud of our diversity and we have made strides in being so. This
policy take us a stage further in helping reduce the fear of hate
crime.” said Councillor Ann O’Byrne, cabinet member for
Liverpool South Parkway –
just the ticket!
awarded-winning Liverpool South Parkway interchange has seen a 50%
increase in passengers over the past 12 months. Over 35,000
passengers a week now use the interchange and this figure is set to
increase further from the week-end (December 12) when TransPennine
Trains will stop daily offering their passengers a seamless link to
Liverpool John Lennon Airport and onward travel to Crewe,
Birmingham, Runcorn, Manchester Oxford Road, Sheffield, Nottingham,
Norwich and across the Merseyrail network.
Councillor Mark Dowd, chair of Merseytravel, said:- “Liverpool
South Parkway has proved to be a major success and continues to grow
as a major interchange. It mirrors the success of Merseyrail as one
of the best performing rail networks in the country.”
Neil Scales, Merseytravel chief executive added:- ”Liverpool
South Parkway is helping to improve access to the unique attractions
of Liverpool and Merseyside, as well as linking people from North
and West Yorkshire to international travel via John Lennon Airport.”
Leo Goodwin, commercial director for First TransPennine Express,
said:- “With direct trains, quick, frequent bus transfer and a
choice of low-cost airlines, we‘re confident that passengers from
across the Pennines will appreciate how easy it is to reach the
airport. We’ll also be offering discount advance purchase rail fares
to complete the package.”
The stunning eco-friendly interchange, created by Merseytravel,
offers a booking and passenger information office and enquiry point
for bus, rail and airport journeys; a bus station and taxi rank, a
high frequency bus shuttle to Liverpool John Lennon Airport and a
240 space park-and-ride car park, free to users of the facility.
The sustainability elements of Liverpool South Parkway and the
integration of various forms of transport are some of the best
examples of their type in the country, with a giant rainwater
harvesting system, geo thermal heat pumps, enhanced roof insulation
and solar photovoltaic cells on its south facing windows providing
an electricity supply to the building.
IN SILENCE THIS CHRISTMAS
MERSEYSIDE Police are urging
victims of domestic abuse and their families not to suffer in
silence this Christmas.
Traditionally, the festive period is a time of year where there is a
spike in reports of domestic abuse.
Domestic abuse does not just constitute physical violence, it can
also be emotional, sexual, financial or psychological abuse. It also
crosses all social boundaries and affects the lives of many people,
including children in an abusive household.
Merseyside Police has joined forces with local partners to help
tackle domestic abuse over the Christmas and New Year period.
Dedicated officers will be working throughout the Christmas period
to give support to people experiencing or at risk of domestic
Officers in the Family Crime Investigation Unit and Public
Protection Unit are specially trained to deal with these types of
investigations, from the initial call for help from the victim to
obtaining evidence and bringing offenders before the courts.
Working with partner agencies, these officers will also ensure that
victims get the earliest intervention and the help and support they
Detective Inspector Chris Sephton, from the Public Protection Unit,
said:- "Sadly, although this is supposed to be a time for
festive cheer and the season of goodwill we find that domestic abuse
increases over the Christmas and New Year period. In some cases
heightened stress and family tensions, often fuelled by alcohol,
contribute to an increase in violence and abuse. But our message is
clear - domestic abuse will not be tolerated in any of its forms and
we will not let abusers keep their crimes hidden behind closed
doors. We want victims, their families, friends and neighbours to
know that help and advice is available to them all year round from a
range of support agencies from the point it is reported and any
subsequent court process. Working together with our partners we are
wholly committed to reducing incidents of domestic abuse across
Merseyside, increasing the number of arrests and bringing those
responsible to account. Don’t suffer in silence this Christmas - if
you need help pick up the phone and you will be supported."
Anyone wanting to report domestic abuse can do so by calling
Merseyside Police, in confidence, on:- 0151 709 6010, or
Crimestoppers, anonymously, on:- 0800 555 111.
In an emergency
always call:- 999.
Information and a list of numbers is also available on the
Merseyside Police website in the Support and Advice section.
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