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Youngsters make waves at anti-scrambler fun day!

Pupils from schools across South Sefton have been shown how to have fun without dangerous scrambler bikes, thanks to Sefton Council and Merseyside Police.

Hundreds of schoolchildren from All Saints, Lander Road, The Grange, English Martyrs and Hatton Hill donned their gym kits and took part in an exhilarating inter-school sports day at Crosby Lakeside recently.

This is the second sports day by Sefton Council and Merseyside Police, designed to highlight the effects scrambler bikes have on local communities and how children can have tons of fun away from the dangerous bikes.

As well as learning about the vehicles, children took part in a host of activities including raft building, bush craft, archery, orienteering, teamwork and problem solving.

Cllr Trish Hardy, Sefton Council’s cabinet member for Communities and Housing said: “This was a fantastic day out for all involved.

“Around 160 schoolchildren took part in the day and our partnership with Merseyside Police is working extremely well to highlight the dangers associated with scrambler bikes and how they can affect local communities.

“By getting involved in the campaign we hope all the young people have learned some valuable lessons and they have now been rewarded with a great day out using our amazing facilities at Crosby Lakeside.

“Next the schoolchildren will be taking part in a competition where they have been asked to make a 90 second video about the dangers of becoming involved in scrambler bike activity.

“The winners will be announced at a ceremony at Police Headquarters in December.”

Sefton Neighbourhood Inspector Ian Jones said: “Education and engagement is such an important part of the work we do alongside Sefton Council and our other partners. This inter-school sports day is a brilliant way for children to channel their energy and creativity in a positive way.

“During our yearly scrambler bike initiative, we not only want to show young people the serious dangers and nuisance that scrambler bikes cause across the community, but also encourage them to learn different activities, skills and pursuits.

“The enthusiasm we saw from everyone was great, and this autumn term will see them get involved in all sorts of competitions and activities.”

Police search Sefton stretch of canal for evidence of criminal activity

Police are searching the Sefton stretch of the Leeds-Liverpool Canal path as they continue to target criminals using open land to store weapons and other items.

Officers from the Liverpool Targeted Team completed an open land search of the canal covering  Lydiate yesterday, Monday 25 September.

During the search, a 26-year-old man from Netherton was sighted on the canal path near to St Oswalds Lane in Bootle and rode off on a pedal cycle.

Officers gave chase and recovered a set of bolt cutters. The man was arrested on suspicion of theft of a pedal cycle and going equipped for theft.

He was questioned and has been released under investigation for further enquiries.

Inspector Dave Brennan said: “We will continue to be proactive in combating weapons and other items being stored in open spaces on Merseyside, both to protect the community and raise people’s awareness.

“Anyone who uses the canal path or any open land and green spaces in Merseyside should be alert to people behaving suspiciously and storing items in these areas.

“Let us know any information and we will take positive action and remove any harmful items from the streets. You can speak to us directly or via the independent charity Crimestoppers.”

Anyone with information is asked to call 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. 

Next of Kin appeal launched for Lydiate man

Liverpool Coroner’s Office is appealing for the public’s help in tracing the next of kin of a man who recently passed away in Lydiate.

John Michael Gregson, aged 81, died on Monday, 18 September at his home address in Southport Road.

There are no suspicious circumstances surrounding Mr Gregson’s death.

Any family members or people with information are asked to contact Coroners Officer Oliver Knaggs on 0151 777 3422 or email
Sefton.Coroners.Office@merseyside.pnn.police.uk.

Behaviour orders issued after Rimrose Valley fires

Merseyside Police officers have been working in conjunction with Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service (MFRS) in investigating a series of suspected arson incidents in the Rimrose Valley area of Crosby area earlier this month.

Following enquiries, a group of teenagers aged between 13 and 15 have been identified and issued with Acceptable Behaviour Contracts (ABCs).

This means that officers have spoken to appropriate adults and agreed a course of action with the teenagers.

Officers from the local Community Policing team will continue to monitor the area and will also robustly deal with any breaches of these ABCs.

Station Manager Paul Kay, Arson Reduction Co-ordinator for Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service, said:

“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.

Local Policing Superintendent Matt Boyle said:

“This issue was understandably causing worry and distress to the people of Crosby and following some great partnership work involving Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service (MFRS) and ourselves, action has been taken, with the full support of the families of those involved. I would like to emphasise how seriously we treat suspected arson and all anti-social behaviour, and any information will be acted upon, so contact us early on and we can deal quickly and effectively with any problems.

“ABCs are an early intervention which we will look to pursue against individuals who are perceived to be engaging in anti-social behaviour. It allows people to cease and change certain activities they are involved in. Breaches of the order will lead to warnings and if necessary further, more serious action.”

Anyone with information on anti-social behaviour is asked to contact 101.

Fire crews issue advice following suspected Crosby arson

Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service (MFRS) and Merseyside Police are joining forces to tackle the issue of garden fires after a series of suspected arson incidents in the Rimrose Valley area of Crosby during the past week. The incidents have included trees, bushes and rubbish being set alight in gardens and on open land.

Officers from the fire service will be carrying out proactive mobile patrols, supported by local police officers, and residents are being asked to check and clear any rubbish from gardens to ensure that their houses are at a minimal risk of being targeted.

Station Manager Paul Kay, Arson Reduction Co-ordinator for Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service, said: “Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service is committed to tackling incidents of suspected arson and is working closely with officers from Merseyside Police to tackle anti-social fire setting in Crosby.

“There have been a number of suspected arson incidents in the area recently and tonight will see firefighters and police officers work together to reassure residents, raise awareness of the dangers of arson and highlight 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 deliberately-targeted attacks but, either way, the potentially deadly consequences remain the same.

“If fire engines are called out to deliberate fires this may delay our 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.

“To help protect their properties from arson, residents are encouraged to put their wheelie bins away until the day they are being collected and avoid placing bins, rubbish, or other combustible items against the walls of their home. Sheds and garages should be securely locked and any flammable liquids safely stored away.

Merseyside Police Local Community Sergeant Kate Young said: “I want to reassure people in the local community that we standing alongside the fire service in taking any suspected arson incident extremely seriously, as the consequences of such reckless and behaviour can be catastrophic.

“If you are aware of any suspicious behaviour near to your home, call 999 and the emergency services can respond accordingly. Anyone with home CCTV or passing motorists with dash-cam footage of in recent incidents are also encouraged to speak to us. We will act on all information provided and are determined to identify those responsible and bring them to justice.

“We will be parking a mobile police station in the Rimrose Valley area tonight and would encourage anyone to speak with us to report incidents or concerns. If you know who is responsible for these incidents do the right thing and call police or speak to us anonymously via the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”

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