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Public welcome at NHS Trust board meeting

Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust will hold its next board meeting on Thursday 27 July 2017 at 9am. Please note this is a week earlier than previously advertised.

The meeting will be held in the Innovation Centre at Ormskirk and District General Hospital.

Members of the public are welcome to attend and observe the meeting. Anyone with a special requirement should contact the Trust in advance on 01704 704783.

The agenda will be available on the Trust website in advance of the meeting. Supporting papers will be made available on the day.

To reach the Innovation Centre (IT department): from the main entrance, leave the hospital building at the automatic doors before the restaurant; head towards the car park behind the restaurant and up a short flight steps; go across the car park and the Innovations Centre is the second of two buildings ahead on the right. Directions will be signposted from the main hospital building.

Lost Medication- Marina Park, Waterloo

Merseyside Police is appealing for the public to be cautious after medication was lost in the Waterloo area today, Tuesday 18 July.
It is believed that the medication was lost in the Marina Park area during Monday 17 July.

The medication is believed to comprise of 3 x 28 5mg Diazepam tablets. These tablets should not be taken under any circumstances unless prescribed.

Officers are warning that people that take any medication which has not been prescribed can be very dangerous and, in some circumstances fatal.

Anyone who finds the medication should immediately hand it into any pharmacy or police station or call officers on the 101 number.

Mayor of Sefton welcomes Mila and her Mum to BootleTown Hall after accident

     The Mayor of Sefton welcomed Mila and her mum Kirsty to Bootle Town Hall after their accident on Balliol road Bootle, last month. Four year old Mila had serious head injuries as a result of the collision and was taken Alder Hey Children’s Hospital. Her mother Kirsty also had head and leg injuries and was taken to Aintree Hospital.

     Both are back home with their family and on the mend. They were invited to the Mayors Parlour, in Bootle Town Hall along with members of their family by Dave Robinson, Mayor of Sefton and his wife.  Mila was presented with gifts and Kirsty received a family pass to Splashworld in Southport.

     The Mayor took this opportunity to pass on his thoughts and well wishes to Mila, her mum and the rest of the family. Representatives from the British Transport Police and Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment were also present and showed their support to the family.

     Dave Robinson, Mayor of Sefton said:

‘We couldn’t be happier to have Mila and her mum Kirsty here with us today, were thrilled that they’re both on the mend and doing so well.’

Mila’s mum Kirsty said;

‘I’d like to thank everybody who came to help my daughter and I after the accident. The support from the community has been overwhelming and we really want to thank all of the people who didn’t know us but came to help.

Sefton Sports Awards 2017 – The Winners

Last night saw the region’s sporting stars and unsung heroes celebrated once more. Sefton Council was proud to host the Sefton Sports Awards 2017 which was once again held at the Southport Theatre and Convention Centre on Wednesday, July 12. 

Organised by Active Sefton, which is part of Sefton Council’s Health and Wellbeing portfolio, the awards this year welcomed guest of honour, Paralympian Lora Fachie. 

Born with a hereditary sight condition, para-cyclist Lora lost her sight at the age of 5. Lora won Paralympic gold with Corrine Hall at Rio 2016, and is also a two-time world champion on the road. Add to that a silver and bronze medal in the pursuit at the Track World Championships. 

The awards encourage nominations for any volunteers, coaches, teams or individuals who have been successful or shown great tenacity in their sport. Award categories and winners on the night are as follows:

  • Primary school of the year – Churchtown primary school
  • Secondary school of the year -Greenbank High School
  • Services to sport and physical education -Mr Richard Carr
  • Supporter of the year -Porters Engravers
  • Club of the year -Winwood Junior Netball Club
  • Coach of the year award -Craig Moran
  • The Richard McGrath Award -Aiming for the stars musical theatre group
  • Service to Sport Award -Simon Burnett
  • Sports club volunteer of the year award -Jacqueline Westhead
  • Young Volunteer of the Year -Callum Benson-Murray
  • School team of the year award -Merefield Sports Team
  • Team of the year award -Firwood Waterloo Ladies RFC
  • Junior male sports personality award -Jacob Wishart
  • Junior Female sports personality award -Emily Brough
  • Disabled sports personality of the year award -Jack Britton
  • Male sports personality of the year winner -Jamie Wilson
  • Female sports personality of the year joint winners -Holly Aitchison and Holly Hibbott
  • The lifetime achievement award -Thomas Law

Cllr Ian Moncur, Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, said: “I was delighted to attend another fantastic Sefton Sports Awards and meet so many talented and hardworking individuals be recognised for their efforts.”

Images: Daniel Hill

Tobacco seized in North West

An operation to disrupt the sale and supply of illegal tobacco across Greater Manchester and Merseyside uncovered nearly two million cigarettes and more than 80 kilos of hand-rolling tobacco, all believed to be illicit.

Around 120 officers from HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC), with support from local council trading standards, police, and British Gas, visited 82 retail premises and eight self-storage units on 28 and 29 June.

The visits, as part of HMRC’s Tobacco Taskforce activity, led to suspected illegal tobacco being seized and other potential offences being detected at 26 premises. This included:

  • 1,815,960 cigarettes, with an estimated £453,241 duty and VAT evaded
  • 83.3 kilos of hand-rolling tobacco, with an estimated £21,343 duty and VAT evaded

Sandra Smith, Assistant Director, Fraud Investigation Service, HMRC, said:

“The sale of illegal tobacco will not be tolerated by us or our partner agencies. Disrupting criminal trade is at the heart of our strategy to clampdown on the illicit tobacco market, which costs the UK around £2.4 billion a year. By combining intelligence and resources with other agencies we are able to disrupt suspected criminal activity including but not exclusively tax evasion. These offences undermine legitimate traders and we want to level the playing field for all businesses.

“We encourage anyone with information about the illegal sale of tobacco or alcohol to contact us on 0800 788 887.”

In addition to the HMRC tobacco seizures:

  • Eight properties were targeted on suspicion of energy theft by British Gas’ revenue protection team, with more than £40,000 of energy thought to have been stolen from four of the properties alone
  • a cannabis farm including 29 plants was dismantled in Liverpool
  • one van, being used to transport tobacco that was believed to be illicit, was seized
  • each premises where a suspected offence was detected will now have the business accounts audited and the owner and employees may be subject to personal financial scrutiny by HMRC.

Andy Norman, Head of Customer Services Field Collections, British Gas, said: “Electricity and gas theft in homes and businesses is a serious issue, which places lives at risk and adds unnecessary costs to customers’ bills. This latest joint operation proves, together, we can tackle energy theft more effectively.

He added: “I’d urge anyone who suspects cases of energy theft in homes and businesses in their local community to call our British Gas tip-off line on 0800 587 2737.”

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