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Fire crews issue advice following suspected Crosby arson

Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service (MFRS) and Merseyside Police are joining forces to tackle the issue of garden fires after a series of suspected arson incidents in the Rimrose Valley area of Crosby during the past week. The incidents have included trees, bushes and rubbish being set alight in gardens and on open land.

Officers from the fire service will be carrying out proactive mobile patrols, supported by local police officers, and residents are being asked to check and clear any rubbish from gardens to ensure that their houses are at a minimal risk of being targeted.

Station Manager Paul Kay, Arson Reduction Co-ordinator for Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service, said: “Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service is committed to tackling incidents of suspected arson and is working closely with officers from Merseyside Police to tackle anti-social fire setting in Crosby.

“There have been a number of suspected arson incidents in the area recently and tonight will see firefighters and police officers work together to reassure residents, raise awareness of the dangers of arson and highlight the impact fires have on our communities.

“Arson is a serious criminal offence which puts people’s lives at risk, causes damage to homes, businesses and community facilities and impacts on wildlife and the environment.

“It can range from mindless criminal damage to deliberately-targeted attacks but, either way, the potentially deadly consequences remain the same.

“If fire engines are called out to deliberate fires this may delay our response to other emergencies, which could endanger lives elsewhere. We want to make people aware that deliberately setting fires in a public place is arson and, if caught, those responsible may face legal action.

“To help protect their properties from arson, residents are encouraged to put their wheelie bins away until the day they are being collected and avoid placing bins, rubbish, or other combustible items against the walls of their home. Sheds and garages should be securely locked and any flammable liquids safely stored away.

Merseyside Police Local Community Sergeant Kate Young said: “I want to reassure people in the local community that we standing alongside the fire service in taking any suspected arson incident extremely seriously, as the consequences of such reckless and behaviour can be catastrophic.

“If you are aware of any suspicious behaviour near to your home, call 999 and the emergency services can respond accordingly. Anyone with home CCTV or passing motorists with dash-cam footage of in recent incidents are also encouraged to speak to us. We will act on all information provided and are determined to identify those responsible and bring them to justice.

“We will be parking a mobile police station in the Rimrose Valley area tonight and would encourage anyone to speak with us to report incidents or concerns. If you know who is responsible for these incidents do the right thing and call police or speak to us anonymously via the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”

Senior Road Users Event Heads To Formby

Sefton Council is holding a road users event offering support and advice for those over the age of 60 and places are still available.

The Sefton Senior Road User’s Event, led by the Council’s Highway Safety Team, aims to ensure that road users get the best advice and support they need to keep themselves and others safe on the borough’s roads.

A range of speakers from groups including Merseyside Police, Merseyside Fire and Rescue and Arriva will be at the event at the Gild Hall in Formby on Thursday, September 14 from 10am-2pm.

Previous events held across the borough have proved to be very popular and well attended.

Refreshments, including lunch, are provided  and as places are limited, to book a place for you or a family member, call 0151 934 4259 or email road.safety@sefton.gov.uk.

How to get in and out of Liverpool during Lime Street’s major upgrade 30 September – 22 October

Travellers are being reassured that the Liverpool City Region will remain ‘open for business’ when the first phase of a major transformation of Liverpool Lime Street kicks off next month (30 September – 22 October). This is the biggest upgrade the station has seen since the 19th Century.

The plan is to keep people on trains wherever possible, including diverting many mainline rail services to Liverpool South Parkway and getting people to and from the city on the Merseyrail network. Where rail replacement buses are required they will be high quality and will offer both express/limited stop and stopping services.

The Lime Street upgrade is one of 10 major railway upgrades as part of a £340m railway investment in the Liverpool City Region, and sits within the wider Great North Rail Project to transform rail travel for customers in the north of England.

Once complete in 2018, the work will enable an extra three services per hour in and out of Lime Street station, including new direct services to Scotland. Longer, better managed platforms will allow bigger trains, with more space for passengers, in and out of the station.

For the first nine days of the closure, engineers will also be working to complete the installation of the fourth track between Huyton and Roby. This will allow faster no-stop intercity services to overtake local stopping services along this route.

Key travel advice

  • The Liverpool City Region remains open for business. You will still be able to get where you want to go, but you will need to make some small changes to your journey.
  • Please plan ahead and allow extra time for your journey. Estimated additional travel times will be provided, where possible, to help you plan.
  • Based on your final destination, the alternative travel arrangements may actually get you closer to where you need to be.
  • Stick to public transport where possible to keep the city moving. If you live within the Liverpool City Region, commercial bus services may also offer a good alternative travel option.
  • There will be additional staff on hand at key interchanges to help you get where you need to be.
  • Please print/pick up pre-paid tickets before the day of travel.
  • Employers and staff should consider what the impacts may be on working patterns and consider adjustments if necessary, such as the potential for flexible working, starting and finishing later and the opportunity for home working.

Over the 23 days, engineers will be remodelling station platforms, increasing them in number and in length. Work will also take place to install overhead line equipment to power electric trains and upgrade track.

This is the first of two phases of work at Liverpool Lime Street, with a further station closure planned in summer 2018. Key travel details are below, but to find out more visit Find out more: www.networkrail.co.uk/lcr 

 ***Key detail***

 Journeys via Liverpool South Parkway

Mainline services from destinations such as Manchester, London, Birmingham, Leeds, York and Crewe will start/terminate at Liverpool South Parkway, with the Merseyrail network taking passengers to/from Moorfields station in Liverpool City Centre.

Tickets will be valid on the Merseyrail network during the work so there is no need to purchase a separate ticket.

It is estimated that transferring onto the Merseyrail network should add only 10-15 minutes to your journey. There will be 4 trains per hour, Monday to Saturday, and 2-4 trains per hour on Sundays (depending on the time of travel).

Journeys via Hunts Cross

Services via stations between Warrington and Hunts Cross will start/terminate at Hunts Cross station. Passengers can choose between a quality express rail replacement bus service, non-stop between Hunts Cross and Moorfields station in the Liverpool City Centre or a stopping service calling at stations on the City Line (Liverpool South Parkway, West Allerton, Mossley Hill and Edge Hill) to/from Liverpool Lime Street.

The express rail replacement bus service will run every 15 minutes, Monday to Saturday, and every 30 minutes on Sunday. This will add, approximately, up to 18 minutes onto journeys (based on peak-time travel).

Stopping rail replacement bus services between Hunts Cross and Liverpool Lime Street will run every 30 minutes, Monday to Saturday, and every hour on Sunday. This will add, approximately, up to 22 minutes onto journeys.

 Journeys via St Helens/Huyton

Between 30 September and 8 October, services between Manchester Victoria, Wigan, the Lakes, Scotland, Blackpool and Preston will start/terminate at St Helens Central or St Helens Junction. Quality rail replacement bus services will offer an express/limited stop service and a stopping service calling at all stations on both routes.

Express/limited stop services (calling at St Helens Central, Huyton and Liverpool Lime Street or St Helens Junction, Lea Green, Huyton, Wavertree Tech Park and Liverpool Lime Street) will run hourly on Monday to Saturday. Stopping services, calling at all stations, will run every 30 minutes, Monday to Saturday, and every hour on Sunday.

From 9 October until 20 October, limited rail services will run in and out of Liverpool Lime Street between 6am and 8pm. For services before 6am and after 8pm, quality rail replacement bus services will run between Huyton and Liverpool Lime Street.

On the final two days, 21 – 22 October, services will start/terminate at Huyton station with quality rail replacement bus services on hand to get you to/from Liverpool Lime Street. On Saturday they will run every 15 minutes and on Sunday every 30 minutes.

The rail replacement bus service calling at all stations between St Helens and Liverpool Lime Street will add, approximately, up to 60 minutes to your journey. Those travelling on the express/limited stop service will need to add approximately 35 minutes to their journey. From Huyton station, rail replacement bus services will add approximately up to 28 minutes to journeys (all based on peak-time travel).

Weekend work on the Ordsall Chord in Greater Manchester from now until 23 October will also mean there will be some changes to services in and out of Manchester Victoria. Passengers are advised to check www.nationalrail.co.uk before they travel.

For more information on the schemes that make up the £340m rail investment in the Liverpool City Region by the end of 2019 visit www.keepliverpoolmoving.com

Aquathlon

Sefton Council’s Active Workforce team are excited to bring a brand new sporting challenge to Southport – and it’s open for everyone. 

On Sunday, September 10, there will be a new Aquathlon event consisting of a 250m swim at Dunes Splashworld, followed by a 2.5km run around Victoria Park.

The race will start in waves from 9am onwards and costs just £15 per entry. Active Workforce members pay a reduced rate of £10. Participants can also complete the event as a relay team of two, with one person completing the swim and the other completing the run.  

All competitors will receive a free t-shirt and medal, and there will be a trophy for the first female, first male and first relay team. Water will be available throughout the race.

Free parking is available for all Aquathlon competitors and spectators in the Paddock in Victoria Park, entrance from the Esplanade PR8 1RX, and changing rooms, showers and lockers will be available in Dunes Splashworld.

Complete the online form to register your place at sefton.gov.uk/activeworkforce or call the team on 0151 934 2079. Payments can be taken securely over the phone with credit or debit card details or alternatively at Dunes leisure centre reception.

Liverpool’s Legend Steven Gerrard back’s City Transformation Bid for the 2022 Commonwealth Games

Liverpool Football Club U18 manager and club legend Steven Gerrard has today given his backing to Liverpool’s bid to become the host city for the 2022 Commonwealth Games.

Gerrard, former club captain and UEFA Champions League winner, has backed the bid for his hometown city and believes it would be fantastic to see the city host the Games. Anfield, the home of Liverpool Football Club, will be hosting Rugby 7s and ceremonies during Games time.

Gerrard joins a host of elite athletes who are backing Liverpool’s bid, including former teammates Jamie Carragher and Robbie Fowler, Olympic heptathlete Katarina Johnson-Thompson, World boxing champion Tony Bellew and Commonwealth and Olympic Games medallists Steve Parry and Beth Tweddle.

Liverpool was this week named the ‘UK’s Greatest Sporting City for 2017’ in a study released by ESPN and the University of Bath, and is proposing a transformational Games vision that will accelerate up to £1bn worth of investment in the city’s docklands area.

Liverpool legend, Steven Gerrard, said:

“I am delighted to be able to back the city’s bid to host the 2022 Commonwealth Games. Liverpool is a city with a rich sporting heritage with its two football teams, boxing stars and global sporting events such as the Grand National and the Open being hosted on Merseyside.

“As a Scouser, it would be fantastic to have another global event like the Commonwealth Games in Liverpool and would help showcase to the World what a great city Liverpool is.”

Liverpool 2022 bid chair, Brian Barwick, added:

“It is great to have Steven Gerrard so positively backing Liverpool’s Bid to host the 2022 Commonwealth Games. During his career at Liverpool FC Steven was recognised as a world-class star of a world-famous football club.

“To have both Steven and Liverpool Football Club so firmly behind the Bid is a further indication of just how determined the city is to win the right to host the Games.”

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