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Council respond to Killen Green Park vandalism

Sefton Council are shocked and disheartened by a spate of vandalism in Killen Green Park, Netherton.

Officers discovered more than 13 trees had been severely damaged with some even set on fire.

Contractors were also called to carry out repair work to the Killen Green skate park after vandals set a wheelie bin on fire, causing further damage.

Cllr Trish Hardy, Cabinet Member for Communities and Housing, has condemned the vandalism. She said: “Not only is this extremely disappointing for us, it ruins it for genuine park users and we hope the public feel our frustration over this stupid act of destruction.

“It’s such a pity as local volunteers have been doing some great work in the park of late to make sure it looks its best.

“The site was recently highly commended by judges during the Green Flag Awards in June and we’ve had a lot of feedback from residents about how lovely the park is.

“As always we will continue to work closely with the police and other partners to discourage further acts of vandalism and if anybody has any specific information about this, please contact Merseyside Police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”

Merseyside Police Community Inspector Ian Jones said: “Vandalism such as this is not a victimless crime. This is a valued and much loved park, the enjoyment of which has been spoiled by these mindless acts.

“We are maximising our resources in the area with partner agencies and will use all of our joint powers to take any necessary action against those responsible.

“We are very keen to speak to anyone who may have information that can help us identify those responsible and would urge anyone who saw any suspicious behaviour in the park on Wednesday and Thursday to contact us. We would also appeal to any parents whose child was out on those days and returned home with clothes smelling of smoke to get in touch.

Police launch appeal after Thornton collision

Merseyside Police is appealing for witnesses after a road traffic collision in Thornton left a motorcyclist with serious leg and chest injuries today (Sunday 6 August 2017).

The 35-year-old man was on a black Harley Davidson Sportster bike when it collided with a grey Suzuki car on Lydiate Lane at around 2.35pm.

The rider has been taken to hospital with serious injuries to his leg and chest. His condition is described as critical.

The driver of the car was uninjured but badly shaken.

Officers have closed Lydiate Lane form its junction with Water Street to its junction with Runnells Lane in both directions to carry out investigation work. CCTV enquiries are also being carried out to see if the collision was captured on camera.

Anyone with information on this incident can call MSOC Roads Policing Officers on 0151 777 5747. Alternatively, call the 101 number or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

PCC releases £45,000 to help young people make right choices

Community groups which work to divert young people away from crime and anti-social behaviour are being given the chance to bid for grants for projects running during the autumn half-term, thanks to Merseyside’s Police Commissioner.

Jane Kennedy has confirmed that she is once again releasing a round of funding from the Police Property Act Fund (PPA), which allows money raised from the sale of unclaimed stolen goods or property recovered by the police to be used for good causes.

It is the eighth time the Commissioner has invited community organisations, charities and groups to apply for a vital cash boost of up to £5,000 grants for grassroots initiatives which are working to help young people to make the right choices. A total of £45,000 is available from the fund for one-off grants for organisations which are committed to improving community safety, reducing crime or supporting victims.

Jane has already awarded nearly £288,000 through the PPA to organisations that are making a difference in their communities. Since July 2015, the fund has been used to concentrate on youth engagement initiatives.

The Commissioner said: “I am pleased to once again open up the Police Property Act Fund for bids of up to £5,000 to organisations which are working to make their communities safer and better places to live by engaging with young people.

“Many communities across Merseyside traditionally see a rise in criminal and anti-social behaviour during the autumn half-term, particularly around Bonfire and Mischief Night. Historically, it is also a particularly busy time for the police and the fire service. Through these grants, I want to help alleviate these issues and prevent local young people from making mistakes they may regret in the future.

“Once a young person gets a criminal record it can blight their future prospects. If we can prevent them from making mistakes at a young age we can look forward to their positive contribution to their neighbourhoods.

“I want to see these grants used to support projects that complement the excellent diversionary work carried out by Merseyside Police and Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service, ensuring that young people can enjoy the autumn festivities in a safe and enjoyable way which is properly supervised.”

Last year, more than 12,000 young people were able to join organised activities run through 22 different initiatives funded through the PPA over the Halloween and Bonfire Night celebrations.

Jane added: “Local people know their communities best. They know what works when engaging with their young people and I am looking forward to reviewing their ideas and initiatives for ensuring everyone can have a safe and fun Halloween.”

The PPA fund is administered by the Community Foundation for Merseyside, (CFM) on behalf of the Commissioner. CFM holds funds from individuals and organisations as donors who wish to support deserving causes in Merseyside.”

All applications must be submitted online via the Community Foundation for Merseyside by 5pm on Monday 21st August. Please visit their website to apply.

Lost Medication- Marina Park, Waterloo

Merseyside Police is appealing for the public to be cautious after medication was lost in the Waterloo area today, Tuesday 18 July.
It is believed that the medication was lost in the Marina Park area during Monday 17 July.

The medication is believed to comprise of 3 x 28 5mg Diazepam tablets. These tablets should not be taken under any circumstances unless prescribed.

Officers are warning that people that take any medication which has not been prescribed can be very dangerous and, in some circumstances fatal.

Anyone who finds the medication should immediately hand it into any pharmacy or police station or call officers on the 101 number.

Lost Medication- Bootle/Crosby

Merseyside Police is appealing for the public to be cautious after prescription medication was reported to have been lost on Saturday (8 July 2017) between Bootle and Crosby.

Officers received a report that a sports bag had been left on the number 53 Arriva bus between Bootle New Strand and Moor Lane, Crosby containing clothing and medication.

The medication comprised pregabalin (300mg), carbamazepine (200mg), flupentixol (0.5mg), omeprazole (20mg) and zopiclone (7.5mg).

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.

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