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Have your say on Sefton’s Equalities consultation

Residents and visitors still have time to have their say on Sefton’s Council’s updated Equality and Diversity Policy.

The refreshed Equality and Diversity Policy 2016 – 2020 helps set out Sefton’s approach to making sure all staff are equipped with the relevant knowledge and skills to meet the diverse needs of the borough.

Cllr Trish Hardy, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities and Housing, said: “This is a very important policy and we encourage as many people as possible to take part in our consultation.

“The policy sets out our approach to equality and diversity for the next three years and shows how we meet the requirements of the Equality Act 2010.

“In everything we do as a council, we make sure that our services are accessible and that we encourage supportive and cohesive communities.”

Those wishing to have a say on the policy have until June 29 to make their views known.

A draft copy of the refreshed policy is available to view online via www.engagespace.co.uk/sefton or by calling 0151 934 3202

Missing: 13-year-old Lauryn Cass from Bootle

Merseyside Police is appealing for information to help trace a missing 13-year-old girl.

Lauryn Cass, from Bootle, was last seen on Friday, 18 May 2018, at Seaforth and Litherland train station. She is known to frequent the Sefton area.

Extensive enquiries have been ongoing to locate her since.

She is described as white, 5ft 2in tall, medium build, with long straight brown hair, glasses and a fair complexion.

When she was last seen Lauryn was wearing her school uniform.

Police officers are making extensive efforts to find Lauryn and return her home safely and would urge Lauryn, anyone who knows her whereabouts, or who has seen a female resembling her, to contact @MerPolCC or 101.

Alternatively information can be left with the independent charity Missing People by calling 116 000 or by emailing 116000@missingpeople.org.uk.

Ditch Those Stabilisers returns for Bank Holiday

Back by popular demand during the May half term school holidays, Sefton Council is proud to offer a number of ‘Ditch Those Stabilisers’ cycling events.

Children aged four and above can learn to ride a bike unaided at sessions in Litherland and Southport.

The events have a very high success rate and staff from the Council’s highway safety team will offer a range of practical advice to young riders and their parents.

Sessions are free but pre-booking is essential.

Join in the fun at Litherland Sports Park, Boundary Lane on Tuesday, May 29 between 9am-12pm or Shoreside Primary School, Westminster Drive on Thursday, May 31 from 9am to 12pm.

To register, call on 0345 140 0845.

Burglary victims pen poem about ordeal as man sentenced to four years in prison

Detectives working on Operation Castle, the force’s response to burglary offences, are welcoming the sentencing of a man to four years in prison after family jewellery was stolen from the address of an elderly couple in Bootle in March.

35-year-old Anthony Ready from Worcester Road, Bootle was sentenced to four years in prison at Liverpool Crown Court yesterday, Wednesday 16 May.

On Monday, 12 March, jewellery and a laptop were stolen from an address in Southport Road, Bootle after entry was forced. The occupants were not in the house but left very distressed as personal items including lockets with family photos were stolen.

Enquiries identified a man suspected to be 35-year-old Anthony Ready from Worcester Road, Bootle. A warrant was carried out at his home address on Tuesday 17 April and he was arrested.

Ready was charged with burglary dwelling and theft and was remanded in custody.

The victims, a couple in their 70s, have issued a poem which was read out at court and reads as follows:

“I’m writing as a mother,
A wife and grandma too,
These few words I want to say,
To him, who stands on trial today

“I want you to know what you’ve taken,
Can never be replaced,
They all were bought with love and care,
You stole them in your haste

“We too once had a lovely son,
Who bought some gifts for me,
I wanted to leave them to our grandchildren,
So they could always see

“The pictures of our lovely lad,
In lockets that I wear,
That meant a lot to me, his mother, his sister and his dad

“You will not take away my thoughts,
That most people that I know,
Are kind and good and decent,
But you, you are my foe

“So on this day of judgement,
I hope you’ll think again,
That you’ll never ever enter a home,
And cause a lot of pain

“I bet you’ve broke your mother’s heart,
This makes me very sad,
So please make a decision,
And change your way, young lad.”

Detective Sergeant John Fitzgerald from Operation Castle said: “We are glad to see that a callous and opportunistic offender as Anthony Ready has been removed from the streets for the foreseeable future and hope his sentence goes some way to helping his victims move on from their upsetting ordeal.

“To steal such obviously personal and sentimental items is nothing short of disgusting and we will be relentless in finding those who invade people’s homes and steal from them.

“Their poem paints a vivid picture of the upset and impact burglary has on members of our communities, and it is heartening to see that they have been able to put their feelings down in such a moving and impactive way.

“We remain committed to tackling burglary across the force so if you have any information about offences, are aware of any suspected stolen goods being offered around or stored, please come forward and we will take positive action.”

Anyone with information on burglary offences is asked to contact @MerPolCC, call 101 or @CrimestoppersUK on 0800 555 111. #OpCastle #BeattheBurglar.

Sefton flies the flag for LGBTQ awareness

Rainbow flags flew at both Bootle and Southport Town Halls on Thursday (May 17) to mark the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia. 

The day was made even more special by Sefton Council becoming the first local authority to receive the Merseyside and Cheshire Navajo Charter Mark, at the annual Navajo Awards. The Council was recognised for displaying good practice, commitment and knowledge of the specific needs and barriers faced by Sefton’s LGBT+ community.

International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT) celebrates the anniversary of when the World Health Organisation finally removed homosexuality from its official list of mental disorders in 1990.

Mayor of Sefton, Cllr Dave Robinson, said: “It is incredibly important to show our continued support to IDAHOBIT and show that Sefton Council supports the LGBT community.

“The Rainbow Flag represents the diversity of the community, many of whom are residents across our beautiful borough.

“I am proud that the Rainbow flag will fly at our town halls on May 17, especially on the day that we have received the Navajo Charter Mark.”

Sue Logie, one of Sefton Council’s Youth Workers, said: “IDADHOBIT marks not only the historic moment the World Health Organisation declassified Homosexuality as a mental illness, but the fact that the world was attempting to be more inclusive and accepting.

“However this is not always the case and even in 2018 we are still a marginalised group.

“I am proud to be part of a team at Sefton Council who have worked hard to achieve the Navajo Charter Mark and will continue to improve the way we support our LGBT+ residents of all ages.

“As a community we stand shoulder to shoulder with each other and our straight allies to show that we are still continuing to support and fight against hate”

For more information about IDAHOBIT visit www.dayagainsthomophobia.org.

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