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Four quad bikes and scrambler bike seized following reports of ASB in Maghull

Officers in Sefton have seized four quad bikes and a scrambler bike following reports of anti-social behaviour and dangerous driving in Maghull on Sunday, 27 January.

At around midday, a call came in from the public reporting that quad bikes were being ridden around wasteland in Sefton Industrial Estate on Sefton Lane, including sightings of children believed to be as young as 12 riding the vehicles. A later report indicated that quad bikes had also been seen on Sefton Lane, opposite a garden centre.

Patrols carried out enquiries and found the bikes on Sefton Industrial Estate. All the vehicles were seized and further enquiries will be carried out to establish the exact circumstances and riders.

Chief Inspector Gary O’Rourke, who leads the force’s Operation Brookdale response to the criminal and nuisance use of off-road bikes, said: “It beggars belief that people would ride quad bikes on private land, with no legal permission, and even more so allow children to do the same. The obvious dangers to themselves and other people are plain to see and we will fully investigate the circumstances around this shocking incident.

“But people also have a responsibility to themselves and any children in their care not to arrange or encourage such reckless behaviour, which can and does end in tragedy. If you were in the area or nearby and saw this incident, and either have business or home CCTV or dashcam footage, let us know.

“I also want to take this opportunity to ask that anyone who knows where such bikes are being stored to keep coming forward. Calls to Merseyside Police in relation to off-road bikes have been reduced in recent months, which is encouraging, but we understand that they do still have a significant impact on some people within our communities.

“We regularly seize such vehicles off the back of your information, and if we can do so before they are out causing harm in the communities, then all the better. All information can and is acted upon to take illegally used vehicles from the streets.”

Anyone with information on the anti-social and nuisance use of off-road bikes is encouraged to keep reporting incidents to @MerPolCC, call 101 with reference 19100027515 or @CrimestoppersUK on 0800 555 111 and we will keep taking action #OpBrookdale

Investigation underway following reports of firearms discharge in Bootle

We are investigating following reports of a firearms discharge in Bootle in the early hours of this morning, Friday 25th January.

We were contacted at 12.45am to reports of witnesses hearing loud bangs in Litherland Road. Patrols attended and found damage to a house and van 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. A search of the surrounding area will resume this morning.

Detectives are investigating whether a dark coloured Mercedes car seen in the area at the time is connected to the incident.

Detective Chief Inspector Gayle Rooney said: “I would appeal to anyone who was in the vicinity of Litherland Road in the early hours of this morning who saw anyone or anything suspicious to contact us as a matter of urgency. I would also ask for anyone with dash-cam footage which may have captured something to come forward.

“Thankfully nobody was injured during the incident but understandably incidents like this cause concern for our communities.

“I want to reassure our communities that we are committed to finding the people responsible and bringing them to justice and I would ask anyone who has information which could assist our investigation to get in touch.”

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

New cameras given the go ahead to detect ‘Speed on Green’ for speed awareness month

As part of speed awareness month, the Merseyside Road Safety Partnership (MRSP) will be introducing a number of ‘speed on green’ cameras at various junctions across Merseyside from Monday, 28 January 2019.

This trial scheme is part of the road safety strategy to reduce the number and severity of injury collisions and to reduce the overall speed of vehicles on Merseyside’s roads.

These cameras will not only detect when a driver has contravened a red traffic light signal but will also record the speed of those vehicles travelling above the speed limit through the junction, regardless of the colour of the traffic light signal.

In 2017, 557 people were killed or seriously injured on the roads of Merseyside and last year many more were involved in collisions which were life changing for them and their families.

There are many reasons why crashes occur but a common contributory factor is speed, whether it be inappropriate or excessive speed. The statistics also show that most collisions occur on 30 mph roads with junctions being of particular danger.

Jayne Eaton from the Safer Roads Unit at the Partnership said: “These cameras have the potential to improve safety on our roads by influencing the speed of drivers at junctions and reducing the risk of a crash. However, we would prefer if the cameras were redundant and drivers drove responsibly and within the speed limits.

“By their very nature, junctions present an increased risk to drivers. A green traffic light signal can often create an unpredictable situation for a driver to deal with and it is vitally important that drivers drive at an appropriate speed, one which enables them to stop safely should the traffic lights change or a pedestrian step into the road.

Merseyside’s Police Commissioner Jane Kennedy said: “Far too many people lose their lives or suffer serious injury on our roads. We know that speed is a major factor in many of those collisions and that’s why, as we mark speed awareness month, we are looking for ways to encourage drivers to slow down – for their own safety and the safety of others.

“I hope that by implementing ‘speed on green’ cameras, more drivers will pay closer attention to their speed, make sure they are sticking to the limits and driving responsibly. It could be the difference between getting home safely or not getting home at all.”

A number of suitable junctions have been earmarked for the ‘speed on green’ cameras with Sefton being the first area to receive them and each will be clearly signposted as a speed camera for the locations across Merseyside.

Paul Mountford from the Safer Roads Unit added “Drivers should remember that an amber light means ‘stop’ if safe to do so and we would warn drivers of the consequences of speeding at junctions, for example to ‘beat’ a red traffic light signal. Speeding carries a penalty of £100 and 3 penalty points. Drivers may be offered a Speed Awareness Course, depending on their speed.”

Volunteers launch #SeftonCrowd to help transform lives across Sefton

Sefton Council has launched a brand new crowdfunding initiative to help community groups and volunteers create incredible projects to transform the borough.

The local authority has teamed up with national crowdfunding platform Spacehive to create the #SeftonCrowd, a community led initiative which can help groups and individuals to improve the communities where they live.

Supporting a project can cost as little at £2 and funding may also be available via Sefton Council’s Community Transition Fund.

Cllr Trish Hardy, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities and Housing, said: “The creation of #SeftonCrowd is a fantastic legacy to our Year of the Volunteer project and supports our 2019 Year Of Friendship in a huge way.

“We want this initiative to encourage, support and create community projects which make a huge difference to our brilliant borough.

“All creative ideas and proposals are welcome and we encourage as many groups and individuals as possible to consider a crowdfunding campaign through the #SeftonCrowd.

“Support is available to help you develop your campaign from both Sefton Council and Sefton CVS will be available to help you reach your target.”

Chris Gourlay, Spacehive CEO, added: “The Spacehive team are excited to launch the Sefton Crowd alongside the council and its partners.

“Together we’ll be encouraging everybody to share innovative ideas to shape their part of Sefton, and providing the support and technology to help make them happen”

Community groups and volunteers who are interested in creating a #SeftonCrowd project can attend a special workshop at Crosby Lakeside Activity Centre on Wednesday, February 13 to learn more about putting together a proposal.

To register for the workshop visit www.seftoncrowd.eventbrite.com

For more information about #SeftonCrowd visit www.spacehive.com/movement/seftoncrowd

Freshfields celebrates incredible milestone as rescue centre turns 40!

The rain did nothing to dampen the spirits of everyone at Freshfields Animal Rescue Centre this week, as the charity celebrated its 40th birthday.

Based in Ince Blundell, the animal loving charity has been providing a rescue, rehabilitation and rehoming centre for abused, abandoned and unwanted animals since 1979.

As part of the ongoing festivities for what is a year-long celebration of how much the centre does for animals and their human friends, an afternoon tea was held and attended by the Mayor of Sefton

Cllr Dave Robinson, the Mayor of Sefton, said: “Today is about recognising the very special part that Freshfields plays in the life of our local community, especially during Sefton Council’s 2019 Year Of Friendship.

“Over the past 40 years, the local community has come to depend on Freshfields as a vital resource, to which they can bring animals in desperate need, and know that they will be treated with compassion, dedication and excellent medical care”.

The Mayor was delighted to be asked to unveil a plaque revealing the number of animals that Freshfields have cared for in the last 40 years – an astonishing 89,734 animals!

Helen Stanbury, Director of Freshfields, said: “Any charity like Freshfields can only carry out its vital work thanks to the people that come together in support of it. Those people support us in an endless variety of ways and they come to us from so many different walks of life.

“Donors, sponsors, volunteers, adopters, staff; there are just too many absolutely vital roles to list them all. Today is a chance to say thank you to you all.”

Helen added: “We’d love to hear from you if you are 40 this year! Why not link up with us to celebrate, by taking part in our Sponsored Abseil Challenge or anything else you can think of? Please check out our Facebook page Freshfields Animal Rescue or contact our Fundraising Manager Emma Jensen at emma@freshfields.org.uk.”

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