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Six men arrested in connection with the murder of Miguel Reynolds

Detectives investigating the murder of Miguel Reynolds in Netherton last June have made six arrests in connection with the incident.

This morning (Thursday, 13 June) officers attended addresses in Sefton and also produced four men from prisons in both the Merseyside and West Midlands area, resulting in six arrests.

Searches of the properties are ongoing and officers remain at the scene. All six men have been arrested on suspicion of murder and conspiracy to rob. Those arrested are:

A 20-year-old man from Sefton

A 21-year-old man from Sefton

A 30-year-old man from Sefton

A 26-year-old man from Sefton

A 20-year-old man from Sefton

A 24-year-old man from Sefton.

They have been taken to police stations for questioning by detectives.

Detective Chief Inspector Ian Warlow said: “Last Friday (7 June) marked one year since Miguel Reynolds was killed in Netherton and an extensive investigation remains ongoing as we continue our activity to trace those involved in this tragic murder.

“Today’s raids are just one tactic we are using to disrupt and bring to justice those involved in criminality and I hope this type of activity reassures residents of this area that we are taking action and will continue to do so.”

Cllr Trish Hardy, Cabinet Member for Communities and Housing said: “Our communities in Netherton were deeply shocked following the murder of Miguel Reynolds last year and we’ve been working closely with the police ever since the tragic incident to provide reassurances that the safety of our neighbourhoods remains a priority for us.

“As part of our collaborative approach to protect our communities, we have undertaken some environmental works to improve the local area, including improvements to the local park Marian Gardens, removed graffiti and continue to liaise with businesses and communities. We will continue to work in partnership with the police and hope the people responsible for this are brought to justice.”

Anyone with information about the murder of Miguel Reynolds or any criminality in this area is asked to contact @MerPolCC, call 101 quoting ref. or @CrimestoppersUK anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Girlguiding in Birkdale needs you!

Girl Guides Birkdale District is looking for adults over the age of 18 to run Rainbows (age 5-7), Brownies (age 7-10) and Guides (age 10-14).

If you live in the Southport area and are interested in volunteering with young people, then you could be just right for the guides.

The right person will be willing to give up 1-2 hours per week to help girls reach their full potential in girlguiding by running meeting activities, helping out on trips and working towards badges.

There is a particular need for people who are willing to take on the responsibility of running a unit to help prevent the closure of units in the area.

There will be plenty of support from the district team and a great opportunity to complete a leadership qualification, learn new skills and have fun.

All leaders will need to supply two references and undertake a DBS check (paid for by girlguiding).

Girlguiding is a great way for young people to meet new friends and it’s groups like theses that the Council is keen to promote during Sefton’s #YearofFriendship. The work of volunteers is crucial to these activities and also presents opportunities for the adults taking part to meet new people and make make new friends themselves.

If you’re interested in getting involved or would like more information please contact girlguidingbirkdaledistrict@gmail.com

 

Diabetes programmes in Sefton gains accreditation

Programmes in Sefton that support people living with diabetes are the first in Merseyside to be recognised by a nationally respected institute in time for Diabetes Week 2019.

The two patient education programmes offered by NHS South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS Southport and Formby CCG are Diabetes and You, which helps educate people that have recently been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes and Diabetes and More, which focuses on supporting those who have been living with diabetes for more than twelve months.

Dr Nigel Taylor, diabetes lead for NHS South Sefton CCG, said: “Our diabetes programmes consist of two, two and a half hour sessions, and are run by a team of diabetes specialties nurses, dieticians and paediatricians.

“Both of these diabetes programmes are incredibly valuable to the people of Sefton. Not only do they support people living with Type 2 diabetes, these programmes also support their carers and family members.”

Following a review by the Quality Institute for Self Management Education & Training (QISMET), the Diabetes and You and Diabetes and More programmes have gained accreditation for their high quality service and effectiveness. QISMET is an independent not-for-profit body that supports self-management providers and commissioners to achieve the highest possible quality service for people living with long-term health conditions.

Residents who have attended past programmes have found them highly beneficial, as this person explains:

“I found the sessions very informative and will take on board the advice I have been given.”

Another former attendee said: “I was in a bit of denial because of the health diet and exercise elements but this has given me insight and really improved my knowledge.”

Dr Doug Callow, diabetes lead for NHS Southport and Formby CCG, said: “Diabetes Week is a great opportunity to learn how to manage your diabetes but of course we promote this all year round. These sessions will teach you about healthy eating, your medication, lifestyle advice and more. I would encourage anyone who has Type 2 diabetes to attend.”

The education sessions are held at a variety of locations and times across Sefton. If you would like to attend, you can request a referral from your GP or practice nurse.

Diabetes Week takes place from 10 June – 16 June 2019. For more information visit https://www.diabetes.org.uk/get_involved/diabetes-week

For more information on QISMET visit their website.

Council grants help high streets bloom

Sefton Council has delivered almost £9000 in grants to help community groups improve their local high street.

Ainsdale in Bloom, Bootle in Bloom, Crosby and Waterloo in Bloom, Litherland in Bloom, Lord Street in Bloom and Maghull in Bloom have all benefited from a cash injection from the Council that will allow them to invest in new equipment, plants and greenery.

This money was made available thanks to a Government grant aimed at helping local authorities clean up their high streets.

In Bloom groups are volunteer led community gardening groups who dedicate their own time and resources to help improve the appearance of their local highways, parks and greenspaces by planting plants and flowers and installing artwork.

However, In Bloom isn’t just about flowers, it encourages volunteers and the local community to improve their environment by undertaking litter-picks and tackling grot-spots.

Cllr John Fairclough, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for locality services said: “The work of In Bloom groups is invaluable to our communities, especially as we see an increased demand on our services. These volunteers are a credit to Sefton and play a key role in helping to keep our borough clean, green and beautiful.

“We’re thrilled to have the opportunity to support these groups financially and better enable them to continue doing their brilliant work and help Sefton’s high streets bloom.”

Appeal for witnesses following firearms discharge at house in Bootle

Police are appealing for witnesses following an incident in Bootle in the early hours of this morning, Monday 10th June.

We were called at 12.15am following reports of damage caused to the windows of a house in Simons Croft.

An examination of the damage to the living room window confirmed that it was consistent with a firearms discharge.

Nobody was injured during the incident.

An investigation is underway and house-to-house and CCTV enquiries are being carried out in the local area. Police officers remain at the scene this morning.

Detective Inspector Cat Walsh said: “I would appeal to anyone who was in the vicinity of Simons Croft at around midnight last night who may have seen anyone or anything suspicious to contact us.

“We are particularly keen to trace a male who was see on a pedal bike close the scene at the time it happened.

“I would also ask for anyone who was in the area and who may have dash-cam footage to contact us as they may have captured something significant.”

Anyone with information is asked to DM @MerPolCC, call 101 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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