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Police appeal for help after Crosby jewellery theft

Merseyside Police is appealing for information and issuing images after a burglary in Crosby in which jewellery was stolen.

Between 2pm and 9pm on Saturday, November 4, entry was forced to a house on Strathmore Drive and items of jewellery were stolen, including rings, a bracelet, necklaces and Beatrix Potter 50 pence pieces.

Gardening tools were left inside the house and are suspected of having been used to gain entry. Forensic and witness enquiries are ongoing and anyone with information is urged to come forward.

Inspector Sue Stribling said: “Some of the items stolen have a great deal of sentimental value, which has understandably caused distress to the owners. I’m sure people would recognise these items if they have seen them or been offered them so please do the right thing.

“I want to appeal to local jewellery shops or pawnbrokers, or any member of the public, if they have been offered any of these items for sale to get in touch and let us know so we can reunited them with their rightful owner.

“I would also ask anyone who was in the vicinity of Strathmore Road on the afternoon and evening of 4 November and saw anyone acting suspiciously to get in touch.”

Anyone with information is asked to call 101 quoting incident number 0517282382 or the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously and for free on 0800 555 111 or via their online form:

Litherland Together Project helps unite community with vital info

Sefton Council are offering residents in Litherland and the surrounding areas vital information, advice and support to help make everyday life easier next week.

The project will see a number of advice and support sessions taking place at English Martyrs School from Monday November 20 to Friday November 24. 

Sessions include Universal Credit Support, Debt advice, Money Management and Education & Training Opportunities.

Litherland Together was created after a multi agency consultation exercise took place over the summer asking residents what support and advice they would benefit from.










For CAB appointments or for more information please call 0151 934 3800 to book.

Green fingered bank staff help spruce up Derby Park

A team of green fingered volunteers have teamed up with Sefton’s Parks and Greenspaces team to help spruce up Derby Park, Bootle.

 Eight staff from the Bridle Road based Santander offices donned their gardening gloves and overalls to help improve the park as part of an ongoing community partnership between the council and Santander. 

 The team, alongside Parks and Greenspaces officers, worked throughout the day to paint benches, sweep up fallen leaves, clean up the ball courts, de-weed the Poulsom memorial and even create a new pathway for park visitors. 

 Councillor Ian Moncur, Sefton Council Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, said:

“We are very grateful to the Santander team for taking time out of their busy day to come to Derby park and help spruce it up. 

 “The park looks amazing thanks to their efforts and they’ve done so much towards improving and securing the longevity of Derby Park for many years to come.

 “We hope this also encourages others to respect and look after their local park.”

Katie Pearson, Team Leader at Santander Bridle Road, added:

“We really enjoyed our day volunteering with the Parks and Greenspaces team and we’ll definitely be back soon.

 “It was lovely to see the improvements to the park firsthand and it made us appreciate the huge amount of work Sefton and local Friends groups do to keep parks maintained throughout the year.”

To find out more about the work of Parks and Greenspaces, visit

Council clamp down on alleyway dumpers as bill hits £450k

Sefton Council Environmental Health officers are clamping down on alleyway dumpers after a resident was caught flytipping in Litherland.

 Each year Sefton’s cleansing teams have to clear an astonishing 1,500 tonnes of rubbish from alleyways across the borough, costing the Council nearly £450,000 to clear up and dispose of. 

 On average thirty tonnes of flytipped rubbish is left in rear alleyways and passageways each week, with each tonne running up a bill of £300.

 At a recent court case at South Sefton Magistrates Court, Peter O’Neil of Kirkstone Road, Litherland, was found guilty of flytipping a bin bag full of rubbish in an alleyway off Kirk Road in Seaforth.

 He was fined £472.

 Cllr Paulette Lappin, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Regulation and Compliance, said:

“People dumping rubbish in alleyways costs the council up to £450,000 a year to clean up and dispose of. 

 “This is a huge bill to clean up after irresponsible flytippers and we won’t hesitate to issue a fine if we catch people doing it. 

 “No matter if its a small bin bag or a huge pile of household waste, it’s still flytipping and you will be fined heavily for irresponsibly disposing of your rubbish. 

 “Flytipping carries a £400 fixed penalty notice and failure to pay will land you in court. 

 “Each week our cleansing teams clear away thirty tons of dumped waste from alleyways alone and this needs to stop. 

 “Flytipping is not only unsightly and anti-social, but it can also be a serious risk to people’s health and can cause considerable damage to the environment.

 “Please dispose of your waste in the proper fashion and make Sefton a cleaner and greener place to live, work and visit.”

If any residents have any concerns regarding flytipping or wish to report an offence, they should contact us on 0345 140 0845 or report it via our website


Major collaboration highlights importance of working with volunteers

A major conference in Sefton has put the spotlight on the importance of collaboration within the voluntary, community and faith (VCF) sector to improve the services it offers to borough residents.

More than 100 delegates attended the Growth Through Collaboration event organised by Sefton CVS at Crosby Lakeside Adventure Centre in Waterloo.

The aim of the conference was to highlight the opportunities and benefits of VCF sector groups working together to develop strength in depth, and maximise their assets and resources.

The conference was sponsored by Rathbone Greenbank Investments, the ethical and sustainable investment arm of Liverpool-based Rathbones, one of the UK’s leading investment managers.

The organisation’s Investment Director, Nick Roe-Ely, was one of the speakers at the event.

Other guest speakers included Debra Allcock Tyler, Chief Executive of the Directory of Social Change, Sefton’s Director of Social Care and Health Dwayne Johnson and Rae Brooke, Chief Executive of the Community Foundation for Merseyside.

Delegates at the conference were also able to find out about up-to-date sources of finance from the representatives of around 15 local, regional and national funding bodies that exhibited at the event.

And the conference also featured a series of interactive workshops on themes including ‘the benefits of collaboration’ and ‘achieving great things with limited resources’.

Sefton CVS Chief Executive, Angela White OBE, commented:

“These are still very challenging times for the VCF sector, and partnership and consortium working are vital if groups are to thrive in the future.

“That’s why we made collaboration the theme of our annual conference this year, and invited a range of experts on the subject to pass on their expertise and experience to representatives of groups based here in Sefton.

“The day proved to be both well attended and successful, with speakers showcasing a series of very good examples of best practice in the field which I am sure has provided delegates with real food for thought in terms of their own operations.”

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