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Police appeal for information after attempted sexual assault in Bootle

Merseyside Police is appealing for witnesses after an attempted sexual assault in Bootle in the early hours of Wednesday, November 1.

The victim, a woman aged in her 20s, was walking along Hawthorne Road, close to the junction of Westminster Road, shortly after 1am when she was attacked by a man.

She was forced away from the main road but, after a struggle, managed to free herself and run back to Hawthorne Road where a passing taxi driver stopped and drove her home to her family.

The suspect is described as a white man aged in his 40s of large build with a bald head and black clothing.

An investigation by the force’s specialist rape and sexual assault team ‘Unity’ has been launched and witnesses are being sought.

Detective Sergeant John Harrison said: “We’re extremely grateful to the taxi driver who spotted the victim distressed in the road and stopped his cab to help her. He was able to find out where she lived, speak to her mum and ensure she got home safely.

“We are waiting to speak to this young woman in more detail about what happened but we believe she was pulled or dragged into a secluded area off Hawthorne Road by the offender.

“We are treating it as sexually-motivated and are doing everything we can to identify and trace this man. Although it was very late at night we know there will have been people driving in the area or coming home from Halloween parties in town so we would appeal for anyone who was in the area and spotted anything suspicious to come forward.

“We are particularly keen on speaking to anyone who was driving in the area using a dash cam between 1am and 2am in case anything of significance was captured.

“In the meantime local policing patrols have been stepped up in the area and we are offering support to the victim at this difficult time.”

Anyone with information is asked to call the Unity team on 0151 777 1319 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Do you know a real leader? Nominate someone who makes a difference to the city region

Businesses, organisations and charities across Sefton and the Liverpool City Region are invited to nominate their exceptional leaders for the first Liverpool Hope and The Leaders Club Awards.

Judges are looking to recognise individuals who make a significant difference to the Liverpool City Region by demonstrating excellent leadership skills and/or promoting excellence in leadership in others.
Applications are welcomed across six categories – Arts; Common Good; Enterprise; Health; Education, and Uniformed Services.

The aim of the awards is to promote both excellence in leadership and the importance of long-term leadership education.

Judges are looking for leaders who demonstrate some or all of the key leadership values of integrity, courage, empathy, competency, communication and co-operation, and who can show their impact in their chosen field in the Liverpool City Region.

Judges will include members of The Leaders Club, academics from Liverpool Hope University and expert professionals from each field. The awards are free to enter and applications can be made in more than one category. Those nominated for the awards must carry out their leadership activity within the Liverpool City Region.

The awards are part of a new partnership between the University and The Leaders Club, which also includes mentoring opportunities for students, networking and regular Question Time events with sector leaders and the public.

Professor Ian Vandewalle, Head of Liverpool Hope Business School said:

“At Liverpool Hope our students learn from real world experience and example. In recognising outstanding leaders in the Liverpool City Region, we want to inspire our students and show them the diverse ways in which excellent leadership can make a significant difference.

“We look forward to welcoming the nominated leaders to Liverpool Hope to celebrate their success.”

Stephen Fletcher, Founder of The Leaders Club said:

“Excellent leadership can change lives. It is vital in times of change, experimentation and adversity. We wanted to work with Liverpool Hope on these awards to recognise that leadership is a vital skill that can be built upon over time. We should never stop learning and developing our capacity for leadership.”
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Thousands of children enjoy hot meals thanks to Sefton’s Access to Food scheme

Sefton Council have once again given food for thought at its annual Children’s Access to Food Programme, supplying nearly four thousand hot meals to those in need.

The scheme, which is in its second year, helps to support families across Sefton who are most in need of help and hot meals, allowing them to end a reliance on school meals to help nourish their children.

3981 meals were served across Sefton during a six week period.

Councillor Trish Hardy, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities and Housing said:

“We had feedback from one mum who said that without this service, she would have had to miss paying bills to accommodate the extra cost of feeding her children during the 6 week period

“During the scheme we also saw a definite reduction in families requesting food vouchers for the food bank at one Centre because they were able to access free meals.

“The huge increase on last year shows that there is a need for schemes such as the Access To Food Programme and we are delighted that we have been able to help and support those families that are most in need within our communities.”

Addaction land Sefton substance misuse service contract

A three year contract for the delivery of community-based substance misuse services for young people and families in Sefton has been awarded to Addaction.

The new service is commissioned by Sefton Council and will commence on 1 October 2017.

Addaction is a leading substance misuse and mental health charity, delivering a number of young people’s services across the UK under the banner of Young Addaction.

Addaction has delivered ‘Breaking the Cycle’ (BtC) in Sefton for a number of years. BtC works with families to break the cycle of intergenerational substance misuse. The new contract is a consolidation and expansion of current services. BtC will continue, alongside specialist work with young people.

The core aim of the Sefton service will be to work collaboratively with community partners to help young people and their families create positive, sustainable futures.

Young Addaction will be accessed at community locations across the Borough, including children and family centres and a number of partner agency venues. The service will be delivered at three levels.

Level one will be available to all young people and families, regardless of whether there are current substance misuse issues. It will include advice and information, screening, prevention programmes and diversionary activities.

Level two targeted services will provide early intervention to young people at risk or with low level substance misuse. These will include targeted advice and information, screening and assessment, focused interventions, programmes to enhance social and life skills, family support and referral to specialist services.

Level three is for young people who are using drugs and are affected by a range of risk factors. Interventions will include substance specific harm reduction, psychological and social support and access to pharmacological treatment.

Young Addaction will also work with families where parental substance misuse is a feature or where there are risks of intergenerational substance misuse. Priority will be given to vulnerable families identified by social care, criminal justice or adult substance misuse agencies.

Access to Young Addaction Sefton will be by self-referral or referral by another agency. Locations, contact details and information about the referral process will be disseminated before the end of September.

In the meantime, any queries about the new service can be directed to:

Don’t trick or mistreat during Halloween and Bonfire night!

Merseyside Police is encouraging young people, families and businesses to play their part in helping to keep their communities safe over the Halloween and Bonfire Night period.

Officers will be patrolling local neighbourhoods to ensure people can enjoy the festivities in their area safely but Merseyside Police cannot do this alone.

Parents and guardians are also being asked to help by taking responsibility for their children’s whereabouts and actions and to be mindful of any neighbours who may be elderly or vulnerable and who might feel frightened or intimidated.

Shopkeepers are also being urged not to sell any items that could be misused to cause damage – such as eggs, flour and cans of shaving foam or spray paint.

The force has also designed a short video – aimed at schoolchildren and young people – entitled ‘Don’t Trick or Mistreat’ – which shows the consequences of antisocial behaviour and the people who may be affected by it.

Chief Inspector Chris Hitchell, who is heading this year’s operation for Merseyside Police said:

“This is always a fun time of year and we want to make sure that everyone can enjoy the organised events and activities safely.

“We know that antisocial behaviour is of concern to people, particularly those who are old and vulnerable, and I want to reiterate my message that we will take robust action against those found committing antisocial acts.”

For information on activities happening over the Halloween and Bonfire Night period in Merseyside, visit:

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