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Lost Medication- Litherland

Merseyside Police is appealing for the public to be cautious after prescription medication was reported to have been lost yesterday (Monday, 12 June 2017).

Officers received a report at about 5.50pm yesterday that 26 x 50mg Tramadol tablets in a white chemist bag had been lost somewhere between Hatton Hill Road and Hawthorne Road in Litherland between 12.30pm and 5.50pm yesterday.

Officers are reminding people that taking any medication which has not been prescribed for them can be dangerous and, in some circumstances, can prove fatal.

Anyone who finds any of the medication is asked to hand it in to any pharmacy or police station or call officers on the 101 number.

Terrorism Threat Level

Last night (Tuesday, 23 May 2017) following an assessment by Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre (JTAC), the Prime Minister announced that the UK threat level from international terrorism is now critical. 

Following the announcement, Merseyside Police Chief Constable Andy Cooke, explained:

“The level of threat is complex and together with our partners the police service is doing everything we can across the country to prevent attacks and to protect our communities. 

“I would like to take this opportunity to reassure communities across Merseyside that their safety is paramount and we must all remain vigilant.

“We have reviewed our resources as part of a range of measures to reassure communities and make sure we are well protected during these times of high alert.

“In response to this heightened threat members of the public will see an increased policing and security presence at key sites, such as train stations and other crowded places to help protect our communities. 

“Officers from our event planning team and protective security experts will be working together with event organisers to ensure that venues have appropriate security measures in place for events planned in the near future.

“As a precautionary measure we have increased the number of officers on duty to provide a highly visible, reassurance presence – both overtly armed and unarmed – across the country for as long as is needed. 

“We urge the public to remain alert but not alarmed – the police service and our partners are doing everything we can to help protect the security of our communities, public institutions, critical national infrastructure, and businesses and places of interest.

“Our security measures and activities are under constant review to reflect where the threats exist and the level of threat we are facing.

“The latest guidance on recognising the terrorist threat and remaining vigilant can be accessed via

“Be vigilant. If you suspect it, report it. Nobody is better placed to detect something that is out of place in their communities than the people living in them. 

“We would encourage you, if you do see any suspicious activity, to call the Anti-Terrorist Hotline on 0800 789 321, or in an emergency the public should always call 999. For further information about reporting suspicious behaviour visit 

“If you get caught up in the rare event of a weapons attack we urge you to follow the Run, Hide, Tell advice (

“Terrorists want to create discord, distrust and to create fear. The police stand together with all communities in the UK and we will take action against any criminal behaviour which seeks to undermine society, especially where crimes are motivated by hate. 

“Communities defeat terrorism, which is why we need to work together, the public and police. We depend on information from the public, who at times like this are our eyes and ears, to keep us all safe.

“Acts of terrorism and hate crimes are committed by a small minority of people and are not representative of the public at large. At times like this it is vital that all communities pull together and support each other. Everybody, from law enforcement, to businesses, to the general public, has a role to play in keeping the UK safe from terrorism.”

Sentencing of Levere Hinds

Merseyside Police has welcomed the sentencing of Levere David Hinds, 56 years, of Lathom Road, Bootle, who has been jailed for three years, eight months.

Hinds was convicted of blackmail of a 17-year-old girl and the taking and distributing of indecent images of a 17-year-old girl and sending malicious communications.

He appeared at Liverpool Crown Court yesterday (Monday, 22 May 2017) and was sentenced to two years, eight months for blackmail, eight months for taking/distributing indecent images and four months for sending malicious communications.

The incidents took place between November 2016 and February 2017.

Speaking after the sentencing of Hinds at Liverpool Crown Court, Detective Inspector Susan Ennis from the Protecting Vulnerable People Unit said:

“Merseyside Police take sexually exploitation very seriously and have specially trained officers who can offer support for all victims.

“Child Sexual Exploitation (‘CSE’) is a terrible crime which can affect any family, anywhere. We are, however, determined to play our part in tackling the problem.

“The force committed to the protection and wider safeguarding issues of young people, and in doing so we will work with partner agencies to investigate and where possible prevent such abuse.

“Every one of us has to play our part in putting a stop to the sexual exploitation of children and we all need to know the signs to look for, including if they are regularly missing school or college , appearing with unexplained gifts and money, mood swings and becoming secretive about their use of social media.”

Anyone who would like to report a sexual offence, or who has information is asked to contact Merseyside Police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. Anyone with concerns about a child who is being sexually exploited can contact Sefton Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub (Sefton MASH) on 0345 140 0845.

46 Drug Driving Arrests Made in Joint Initiative

A total of 46 suspected drug drivers were arrested in Sefton by Merseyside police in March as part of a joint initiative with Sefton Council.

Merseyside Police has been working in partnership with the council to tackle the issue of road safety around drug use and carried out a total of 70 drug wipe tests throughout the month, 46 positive tests resulting in arrest .

The cost of the wipes, which are used to detect if a driver is under the influence of controlled drugs, was met by Sefton council as part of the Sefton Safer Communities Partnership.

Throughout the force as a whole 114 people were arrested during March on suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs.

Merseyside Police Inspector Andy Bragg of the Sefton Targeted team said: “These figures show the importance of taking a multi agency approach to tackling road safety, but also the excellent commitment of our officers in removing these drivers from our roads, undoubtedly reducing a significant risk to the public.

“For the past seventeen months our drug wipes have been funded by Sefton Safer Communities Partnership, who continue to support the Targeting Team by purchasing our drug wipes since their introduction in late 2015, with £10,000 being invested so far.”

The funding has so far seen 362 drug wipe tests on the roads in Sefton resulting in 195 arrests based on positive results.

Of those arrested 75% already had a criminal background.

It has already resulted in driving bans totalling 135 years, 36 months in prison sentences and 850 hours in unpaid community work.

Inspector Bragg added: “This proves what a valuable partnership we have with Sefton Council in our drive against people who are prepared to risk driving their vehicles under the influence of drugs.

“To help us recoup or costs we are also applying to the courts for the cost of the drug wipes to be recovered from the offender on conviction.”

A spokesman for Sefton Council said: “Through the Sefton Safer Communities Partnership funding was made available for this important piece of partnership working.

“Driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol can cause massive consequences on our communities and through this initiative many drivers have been taken off the roads. It is very simple, drugs and driving just don’t mix.”

Next of Kin Appeal – Lawrence Brady

Sefton Coroner’s office is appealing for the family of a 74-year-old man who died in Blundellsands on 14 April to contact them.

Officers need to trace next of kin of Lawrence W Brady, of Drummoyne Court, The Serpentine North, Blundellsands.

Anyone who can help should call Sefton Coroner’s office on 0151 777 3422.

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