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Missing from home- Craig Stewart, Aged 14, From Bootle

Merseyside Police is becoming increasingly concerned for the whereabouts of a 14-year-old boy from Bootle who has been missing since May.

Craig Stewart was last seen at his home address in Church Walk around 10am on Sunday, 21 May and extensive enquiries have been carried out to locate him safe and well.

He is described as white, 5ft 5in tall, of slim build, with shoulder length wavy blonde hair, a Liverpool accent, and a fair complexion.

When last seen, Craig was wearing a blue jacket, black jogging bottoms and blue trainers. He is known to frequent the Bootle and Seaforth areas of Sefton.

Officers would urge Craig or anyone who has seen him since Sunday, 21 May to contact 101 or the Missing People Charity on 116 000.

Next of Kin – Brian Howard

Sefton Coroner’s office is appealing for the family of a man who died in Ainsdale to come forward.

Brian Howard, 70, who lived on Cherry Road, passed away on Tuesday 13th June, 2017.

There are no suspicious circumstances surrounding his death.

Anyone who can help the coroner identify and trace his next of kin should call 0151 777 3422 or email coroner@sefton.gov.uk.

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.

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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