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Police appeal for information after attempted sexual assault in Bootle

Merseyside Police is appealing for witnesses after an attempted sexual assault in Bootle in the early hours of Wednesday, November 1.

The victim, a woman aged in her 20s, was walking along Hawthorne Road, close to the junction of Westminster Road, shortly after 1am when she was attacked by a man.

She was forced away from the main road but, after a struggle, managed to free herself and run back to Hawthorne Road where a passing taxi driver stopped and drove her home to her family.

The suspect is described as a white man aged in his 40s of large build with a bald head and black clothing.

An investigation by the force’s specialist rape and sexual assault team ‘Unity’ has been launched and witnesses are being sought.

Detective Sergeant John Harrison said: “We’re extremely grateful to the taxi driver who spotted the victim distressed in the road and stopped his cab to help her. He was able to find out where she lived, speak to her mum and ensure she got home safely.

“We are waiting to speak to this young woman in more detail about what happened but we believe she was pulled or dragged into a secluded area off Hawthorne Road by the offender.

“We are treating it as sexually-motivated and are doing everything we can to identify and trace this man. Although it was very late at night we know there will have been people driving in the area or coming home from Halloween parties in town so we would appeal for anyone who was in the area and spotted anything suspicious to come forward.

“We are particularly keen on speaking to anyone who was driving in the area using a dash cam between 1am and 2am in case anything of significance was captured.

“In the meantime local policing patrols have been stepped up in the area and we are offering support to the victim at this difficult time.”

Anyone with information is asked to call the Unity team on 0151 777 1319 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Don’t trick or mistreat during Halloween and Bonfire night!

Merseyside Police is encouraging young people, families and businesses to play their part in helping to keep their communities safe over the Halloween and Bonfire Night period.

Officers will be patrolling local neighbourhoods to ensure people can enjoy the festivities in their area safely but Merseyside Police cannot do this alone.

Parents and guardians are also being asked to help by taking responsibility for their children’s whereabouts and actions and to be mindful of any neighbours who may be elderly or vulnerable and who might feel frightened or intimidated.

Shopkeepers are also being urged not to sell any items that could be misused to cause damage – such as eggs, flour and cans of shaving foam or spray paint.

The force has also designed a short video – aimed at schoolchildren and young people – entitled ‘Don’t Trick or Mistreat’ – which shows the consequences of antisocial behaviour and the people who may be affected by it.

Chief Inspector Chris Hitchell, who is heading this year’s operation for Merseyside Police said:

“This is always a fun time of year and we want to make sure that everyone can enjoy the organised events and activities safely.

“We know that antisocial behaviour is of concern to people, particularly those who are old and vulnerable, and I want to reiterate my message that we will take robust action against those found committing antisocial acts.”

For information on activities happening over the Halloween and Bonfire Night period in Merseyside, visit: https://www.merseyside.police.uk/autumn-fun-2017

Sporting Lights return to keep mischief at bay

The hugely popular Sefton Sporting Lights is returning later this month to give youngsters the chance to enjoy a host of free and fun activities.

Taking place at Coronation Park, Crosby on Monday, October 30 from 6pm, the floodlit event aims to divert young people away from anti-social activities usually associated with ‘Mischief Night’.
Throughout the night youngsters can take part in a raft of free activities including go-karting, water zorbing and football!


Sporting Lights is organised by Sefton Council as part of the Halloween and Bonfire Night Plan in partnership with The Friends of Coronation Park, Merseyside Police, Merseyside Fire and Rescue, British Orienteering and other community volunteers and sports coaches.

Other activities on offer include:
• Halloween themed Xplorer orienteering sessions around the park on the evening (compass for the winner and runner-up).
• A Climbing Wall
• Pumpkin Carving
• Halloween Crafts
• Face Painting
Refreshments for participants will be provided by Domino’s Pizza and the popular Triviso Ice Cream catering firm will also be onsite.

Cllr Ian Moncur, Cabinet Member For Health and Wellbeing, said: “I am delighted to see Sporting Lights return for another year after huge successes in the past.

“It promises to be a dazzling evening of fun and free activities thanks must go in advance to all our partner agencies who have worked so hard to help us bring this great event together.”

Anyone attending is asked to bring a torch along on the evening as not all areas of the park will be floodlit and they can also be used for the orienteering sessions.
All activities and refreshments will be on a first come first served basis. In the event of poor weather, pedalos and zorbing will still go ahead with planned refreshments but other activities may be cancelled.

Autism Attention Card scheme launches in Sefton

A card people with autism can carry to ensure they are given appropriate support by emergency services has launched across Sefton and Merseyside

Merseyside Police and Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service (MFRS) have collaborated with the Cheshire Autism Practical Support (ChAPS) and Autism Together charities to launch the Autism Attention Card.

This initiative helps people with Autism Spectrum Condition to receive appropriate support in an emergency situation and provides training for staff to engage more effectively with people with hidden vulnerabilities.

Autism is one of the fastest growing developmental disorders and a government survey suggests that 1 in 45 children aged 3-17 have been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder.

The Attention Card is designed to be carried by a person with a medical diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Condition or Asperger’s Syndrome.

Details of the cardholder’s difficulties can be recorded onto Merseyside’s Police’s intelligence data system, flagging them as vulnerable.

 

 

To apply for the card visit www.cheshireautism.org.uk/news/attention-card.

 

Missing: Appeal launches to help find Southport man

Police are appealing for information to locate a man from Southport who has not been seen since Saturday 16 September.

Mark Baghurst, aged 48, was last seen outside Heron Foods on Tulketh Street at approximately midday.

He is described as white, around 6ft tall, of stocky build, with grey hair and blue eyes. He has a tattoo of a woman on his right arm and a small tribal tattoo on his left arm and speaks with a Welsh accent.

Mark is known to frequent Liverpool as well as the Southport and Blackpool areas.

Police officers are making extensive efforts to find Mark and would urge Mark, or anyone who knows his whereabouts, to call police on the 101 number.

Alternatively information can be left with the independent charity Missing People by calling 116 000 or by emailing 116000@missingpeople.org.uk.

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