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Six fined for littering across Sefton

Six people have been found guilty of littering in Sefton, leading to convictions worth over £1,600.

 Residents from Southport, Crosby and Croydon were convicted of littering at South Sefton Magistrates Court at a hearing which took place on Tuesday, October 10.

 All six defendants were found guilty in their absence. They were:

 Robert Hayes, 22, of Salisbury Street, Southport; fined £272

 Vasauskas Egidijus, 48, of Alexandra Road, Southport; fined £272

 Jane Brierly, 59, of King Street, Southport; fined £272

 Michelle Hoyte, 43, of Bilsworth Street, Litherland; fined £272

 Jone O’Hare, 44, of Carrfield Avenue, Crosby; fined £272

 Mustapha Fouladi, 18, of Hogarth Crescent, Croydon; fined £272

 A spokesman for Sefton Council said:

“Dropping litter is an offence, no matter how big or small an item is.

 “All residents and visitors to our beautiful borough are responsible for correctly disposing of their own waste and we will not hesitate in following court proceedings for those who simply ignore this.  
 
 “People need to think twice before just throwing their waste away and court cases like these highlight what can happen if you are caught. Either take it home or use a bin.”

Formby Civic chair to give fascinating Ypres talk

The chairman of Formby Civic Society is set to deliver a fascinating talk on Ypres to a crowd at Formby Library.

The talk, which is free to book, takes place at Formby Library on Duke Street from 2pm on Tuesday November 14.

John Philips will speak on the harrowing battles which resulted in terrible losses over a hundred years ago in Ypres, Belgium.

The talk will also touch on the affects it had on the lives of people living in Formby during and after the war. 

To book a place at the talk simply sign up at the library, call 01704 874 177 or email formby.library@sefton.gov.uk

Pioneering Egypt collection takes centre stage in new exhibition

From Nefertiti to Amelia Edwards and Mrs Goodison, Egypt has been a place of strong women.

The unique Atkinson exhibition; Adventures in Egypt: Mrs Goodison & Other Travellers tells the fascinating stories of some influential women in the early days of Egyptian archaeology and re-unites ancient masterpieces not seen together for over 120 years.

Celebrating 130 years since her first return from Egypt it combines objects from her own collection with masterpieces from international museums, including The British Museum and The National Portrait Gallery; all help provide a wider context for her life and travels.

Bronze ring inscribed with the name of Seth, Lord of Nubt, Dynasty 18, c1550BC

On display are incredible unseen letters written by Mrs Goodison herself (from the Brooklyn Museum USA), that shed new light on important discoveries and acquisitions in The Atkinson’s own collections and present us with new characters that offer new voices to the stories of the past .

The Atkinson’s 1000-strong Egyptian collection mainly comes from the collection of Anne Goodison, wife of a Merseyside civil engineer and friend of John Ruskin, who learned hieroglyphs and visited Egypt twice in 1886-7 and 1890-1.

Adventures in Egypt is the first exhibition to be dedicated to the histories of travelling to Egypt and collecting Egyptian objects, focusing on the pioneering female travellers and collectors like Mrs Goodison, Amelia Edwards, founder of the Egypt Exploration Society and Annie Barlow, benefactor of Bolton Museum.

Nineteenth century excavators were allowed to keep a proportion of their finds, with the rest staying in Egypt.

Excavators could distribute their finds among friends, colleagues, and funders to raise money, therefore separating objects among different collections. Here, pieces that have been separated in different collections since their discovery have been brought back together.

Star pieces include two heads from the excavations at the Temple of Mut in Luxor, excavated by female archaeologists Margaret Benson and Janet Gourlay; and objects from Tell el-Amarna, the capital of Tutankhamun’s parents Akhenaten and Nefertiti, excavated by Flinders Petrie and the young Howard Carter.

The Atkinson’s most recent acquisition; the Trial piece of Nefertiti, was originally excavated by Howard Carter for Lord Amherst and subsequently sold to The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, before being deaccessioned in the 1950s. It now joins other images of Nefertiti from the same excavations all on display together.

Adventures in Egypt – Mrs Goodison & Other Travellers is on display at The Atkinson until March 10, 2018

Arrests linked to smuggled cigs and Aintree fake vodka factory

Five men have been arrested in Sefton and Liverpool during raids linked to a suspected £100,000 tax fraud involving smuggled cigarettes, an illegal vodka factory and tax credits fraud.

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) visited several address across Liverpool and Sefton, on Tuesday (October 3) as part of an ongoing investigation into previous seizures of illicit cigarettes and fake vodka in the region, as well as associated money laundering.

Officers also discovered and dismantled a fake vodka bottling plant in July this year in Aintree.

During the operation HMRC officers:

  • searched premises in Formby, Knotty Ash, Mossley Hill, Walton, and Woolton
  • arrested five men aged 39, 44, 47, 48 and 55
  • discovered a suspected amphetamine laboratory at one address.

Angela McCalmon, Assistant Director, Fraud Investigation Service, HMRC, said:

“We will continue to act to disrupt suspected criminal activity. This investigation is still at an early stage but shows the spectrum of suspected crimes that can be uncovered in one enquiry. HMRC will work closely with our partners to ensure there is no further risk to public health or the public purse from these suspected activities.

“Dealing in illicit tobacco and alcohol harms honest businesses and steals money destined for public services. It is important that anyone in the area with information about the illegal trade in tobacco or alcohol reports it to our Hotline on 0800 788 887.”

In March 2017, HMRC seized 199,780 suspected counterfeit Mayfair King cigarettes in the Aintree area, which was worth £56,138.68 in evaded Excise Duty and VAT.

In July 2017, a fake vodka bottling plant in Aintree was dismantled and bottleslabelled as No 01 Imperial Vodka Blue were seized. It was worth an estimated £45,000 in unpaid Excise Duty.

Subsequent chemical tests found the alcohol, although not toxic, contained compounds that should not be present in vodka.

Prior to the arrests, HMRC officers also uncovered a suspected substantial tax credit fraud.

HMRC called in Merseyside Police and Merseyside Fire Brigade to deal with the chemicals at the suspected drugs factory.

Housing Development Company approved

Sefton Council has today (October 5) taken the decision to approve the creation of a wholly owned housing development company.

For more than a year a project team has investigated the viability of establishing a company to develop new housing across the borough primarily for Sefton residents to purchase.

At a Cabinet meeting at Bootle Town Hall, a confidential report was discussed and approved with the view of setting up a Housing Development company owned by Sefton Council and operated as a private company (subject to call in).

Over the next few months, the company will be formally established and will then begin to bring forward detailed designs and proposals for priority sites across the borough.

There is an unprecedented need for more housing not only in Sefton, but across the North West and nationally. When Sefton consulted on the 2030 Vision, ‘growing living and ageing well’ and a ‘making Sefton a great place to live, work and play’ came through as two strategic outcomes that residents wished the Council to prioritise.

Cllr Trish Hardy, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member Communities and Housing, said:

“A lot of time and effort has gone into looking at establishing a Housing Development Company and we are now in a position to move this forward for the benefit of the whole borough.

“Through the 2030 Vision we have listened to what people have said and believe that the creation of a Housing Development Company will ensure that we play a big part in providing a wider housing choice within the borough alongside other housing developers and Registered Providers.

“We believe, as do our residents, that a wide range of housing, within strong resilient communities, is key to the development of Sefton and our vision for 2030.”

Further reports on the creation of the Housing Development Company will be presented to Cabinet in the coming months.

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