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Agencies launch community campaign across Merseyside for Arson Awareness Week

Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service is joining forces with partner agencies to highlight the dangers of deliberately setting fires as part of Arson Awareness Week.

The initiative, which runs from Monday March 20 to Friday March 24, will see Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service team up with Merseyside Police, local authorities across Merseyside and housing providers to highlight the consequences of setting fires.

Teams of staff, advocates, PCSOs and volunteers will visit homes and businesses in Kirkdale, Everton, Litherland, Kirkby, Speke, St Helens town centre and Egremont in Wirral throughout the week to carry out Home Fire Safety Checks, distribute information leaflets and identify residents who may be vulnerable to arson attacks.

They will also provide skips to remove fly-tipped rubbish from communities, give advice to business owners about waste management, engage with homeless people to raise awareness of the dangers of fires and provide support to residents concerned about anti-social fire setting in their neighbourhoods.

‘Mini’ Police Officers from Hatton Hill Primary School in Litherland will join the teams around Litherland to hand out safety leaflets and give advice.

Station Manager Paul Kay, Arson Reduction Co-ordinator for Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service, said: “This campaign will see organisations from across our county come together to raise awareness of the dangers of arson and the impact fires have on our communities.

“Arson is a serious criminal offence which puts people’s lives at risk, causes damage to homes, businesses and community facilities and impacts on wildlife and the environment.
“It can range from mindless criminal damage to a deliberately-targeted attack but, either way, the potentially deadly consequences remain the same.

“If fire appliances are called out to deliberate fires this may delay the response to other emergencies, which could endanger lives elsewhere.
“We want to make people aware that deliberately setting fires in a public place is arson and, if caught, those responsible may face legal action.”

Merseyside Police Chief Superintendent Peter Costello, Head of Local Policing, said: “Merseyside Police is delighted to be supporting Arson Awareness Week, and we will be carrying out extensive work alongside MFRS and our other local partners throughout the week.

“We will also be using this as an opportunity to target serious and organised criminals operating across the county, in order to disrupt their criminal activity.

“The consequences of arson can be catastrophic in our communities, putting lives and businesses under threat and greatly impacting on the response of Merseyside’s emergency services.

“Educating people about the dangers of arson in all its forms is vital in reducing this impact. Alongside MFRS, we will robustly investigate incidents of arson and prosecute all those identified as being responsible.”

Cllr George Davies, Wirral’s Cabinet Member for Community Safety, said: “Arson attacks not only put lives at risk but also people’s homes, businesses and local facilities.

“In Wirral we have been working closely with Merseyside Fire Service to combat the problem of fires in fly-tipped rubbish.

“We would urge residents to report any suspicious activity immediately, particularly the initial dumping of rubbish as this can give us the opportunity to get it removed before an even more serious incident happens.”

Cllr Trish Hardy, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities and Housing, said: “Sadly, deliberate fires take up a large amount of firefighters’ time which could easily be avoided.

“Many fires are started deliberately and this irresponsible behaviour needs to stop so supporting Arson Awareness Week can really help raise awareness about this.

“It is great to see pupils at Hatton Hill Primary School in Litherland getting involved in the project and I hope that it will have a lasting impression on them and their local communities.”

Cllr Eddie Connor, Knowsley Council’s Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods, said: “We are delighted to be working with Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service to help raise awareness of this important issue. Arson can not only cost lives, but also costs a lot of money in repairs and we will do everything we can to support this campaign.”

Crosby Library to host special community meal

One pot will be plenty for local residents as Crosby Library hosts a special community meal on Monday, 27 March.

If you have a glut of ingredients that you need to use or fantastic personal recipes that the world is missing out on, the Fairland Collective of professional artists, are inviting you to be part of the One Pot Project in Crosby Library to cook a meal for your local community. 

This unique event will give local residents insight into all aspects of food production, from how produce is made to getting the best from your ingredients to create delicious, nutritious meals.

The day will start at 11am, as participants make their own pasta, print food labels, share recipes and document those recipes in zines they will design with the help of artists from Fairland. This will be followed by an informal lunch for participants and library staff before the day is rounded off by making chutney, including chopping, cooking, jarring and labeling.

There is no need to book a place on the One Pot Project and you can turn up any time during the day.

 The partnership between the Fairland Collective and Sefton Library Service is part of At The Library, an Arts Council England funded programme of commissions, projects and residencies inviting artists and communities to be creative in Sefton’s libraries.

To learn more about At The Library, visit:

Art at the Library Facebook and Instagram

Alternatively, you can visit the Fairland Collective Tumblr page

 

Safer Sleep Week 2017 – 6 steps to keep children alive

Safer Sleep Week is taking place from 13-19 March. Organised by The Lullaby Trust and partners, the aim of Safer Sleep Week is to raise awareness of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) so parents and carers can take action to avoid it.

Every year, 250-300 babies in the UK die suddenly and unexpectedly in their sleep as a result of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). The North West has the highest death rate in England and Wales.

Sefton Safeguarding Children Board will be supporting Safer Sleep week through various local promotional activities as part of Merseyside Safer Sleep for baby campaign

For more information about local activities and the Sefton Safer Sleep campaign contact your health visitor or local children’s centre.

Follow @seftoncouncil on Twitter at #SaferSleepWeek each day for more information about Sefton’s 6 steps to safer sleep for babies.

To find out more, visit the Sefton LSCB website or the Lullaby Trust website.

Battling Dog Fouling in Parks

Sefton Council’s Community Parks Team, in partnership with the Council’s enforcement contractor NSL, recently visited parks that have been experiencing issues with dog fouling and littering.

On February 28, Council officers spoke to local dog walkers and residents, handing out poop scoop bags and chatting about responsible dog ownership and litter. At Poets Park in Bootle, staff undertook a clean up, removing litter, tipping and dog fouling. Whilst at Broad Hey in Litherland, officers were looking at the possibility of developing a project to engage partners and the local community to tackle the issue of dog fouling, litter and tipping.

The following week, the Community Parks Team also visited Crossens Community Park in Southport in response to reports of high levels of dog fouling at the Park. Again, local dog walkers and residents responded positively to discussions with Council staff.

These sites will be continuously reviewed and the team will be visiting other sites throughout the year wherever a need is identified in partnership with the Council’s enforcement contractor NSL.

The Community Parks Team would like to say a big Thank You to the members of the Crossens Community Association for their kind hospitality whilst they were on site.

Industry leaders flock to Sefton

Yesterday Sefton Council, in partnership with Edge Hill University held a Child Criminal Exploitation conference, at Bootle Town Hall.

Industry leaders across Merseyside came together to share their thoughts, ideas and experiences about gangs, violence and exploitation.
The conference was a huge success and has continued this valuable conversation with the many partner organisations involved.

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