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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.”

Flytipping Prosecution

A Wirral man has been fined £400 for flytipping waste in Sefton.

Francis Berry (59), of Cromer Drive, Wallasey pleaded guilty to dumping waste at Crosby Marina at a hearing at South Sefton Magistrates Court on April 18.

This followed an incident where rubbish was left at Crosby Coastal Park contrary to Section 33(1)(a) of the Environmental Protection Act, 1990.

A spokesman for Sefton Council said: “Continuous successful prosecutions like this show we will not take flytipping lightly.

“Sadly many people still believe that they can dispose of rubbish wherever they want causing issues for residents and draining Council services.

“Hopefully this case will act as a deterrent to other potential offenders and make them think twice before just dumping waste wherever they want to.”

It is estimated during the 2015/16 financial year, Sefton Council spent almost £400K in relation to the clearance, disposal and enforcement of flytipping offences.

If any residents have any concerns regarding flytipping or wish to report an offence, they should contact Sefton Council via the website sefton.gov.uk or report it on our flytipping page.

Litter Prosecutions

Eight people have been fined a total of £2,856 for littering offences in Sefton.

The figure, which includes costs, followed hearings at South Sefton Magistrates Court on Tuesday, April 18 brought about by Sefton Council.

Many of the cases were proven in absence and those fined included: William Bates (52), Westminster Avenue, Netherton, Lauren Hunt (20), Chambres Road, Southport, Shauma Hunt (44), Rockhouse Street, Liverpool, Megan Kershaw (19), Weld Road, Birkdale, Simon Mutch (61), Trinity Road, Bootle, Karen Ratcliffe (27), Ashley Road, Southport and Stephanie Williamson (20), Churchtown Road, Liverpool. 

Mary Ross (61), Bede Road, Bedworth made a guilty plea at court.

A spokesman for Sefton Council said: “People need to realise that dropping any form of litter is not acceptable behaviour.

“Residents and visitors to the borough need to understand that they are responsible for correctly disposing of their own waste and we will not hesitate in following court proceedings for those who flout the law.

“Court cases like this highlight what can happen if you are caught and we hope it will make people think twice before just throwing their waste away.”

New Aircraft Announced

Sefton Council is excited to announce new aircraft displays as part of this year’s Southport Air Show.

Taking place on Southport seafront from September 15-17 2017, the annual spectacle will see debut displays from the de Havilland DH.110 Sea Vixen and B-17 Flying Fortress G-BEDF Sally B.
 
The Sea Vixen is a twin boom, twin-engine 1950s–60s British two-seat jet fighter and her appearance at the show is causing quite a stir amongst the organisers! 

Sally B is the last remaining airworthy B-17 in Europe. She was critical to the USAAF daylight precision bombing campaign and was armed with 13 machine guns, hence the name ‘Flying Fortress’.
 
Both of these displays will be on Saturday and Sunday of the popular Air Show. Other military favourites including the RAF Typhoon Display Team, Tutor, Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (Official) will display over two days along with the Breitling Wingwalkers and the Blades Aerobatic Team.
 
The Friday night will showcase lights and pyrotechnics on the displays from the Fireflies Display Team, Twister Aerobatic Team and the Tigers Freefall Parachute Display Team – all three displays will also be on Saturday and Sunday.

More aircraft displays will be announced over the coming weeks adding to an already bumper line-up.
 
Mark Catherall, Sefton Council’s Tourism Service manager, said: “We are absolutely delighted to have secured the Sally B and the Sea Vixen to debut at this year’s Air Show.

“Sadly, for reasons beyond our control, the RAF Red Arrows will not be available for this year’s Southport Air Show. While we are disappointed by this, we hope to welcome them back in 2018.
 
“The Air Show caters for all the family and improves year on year, this year’s military village will be bigger and better and the beach explosions are back!

“I look forward to seeing the huge crowds across the three days in September.”
 
Southport Air Show takes place across the weekend of Friday, September 15-Sunday September 17. Tickets for each day of the Air Show are available to buy now and start from £6.50 (including all fees). 
 
 For more information or to book your tickets, visit Southportairshow.com.

Be prepared if you get sick over Easter

With Easter fast approaching, local health professionals are reminding people to examine their options should they or their family members become unwell over the long weekend.

Many GP practices will be closed on the bank holidays over Easter, so it is also wise for people to think about repeat prescriptions they will need before the holiday period begins.

Dr Rob Caudwell, a Southport GP and NHS Southport and Formby CCG chair, said: “We remind people to examine their options all year round but it is even more important over the bank holidays when GP practices are closed.

“We want to make sure that people have a good Easter break and that they use the right service should they need it. We don’t want patients to become poorly and have to spend part of their holiday in hospital. Another thing we don’t want to happen is for people to run out of their medication but it is also important that they don’t over order to avoid unnecessary waste.

Dr John Caine, a GP in Parbold and chair at NHS West Lancashire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), said: “We are reminding people about the services on offer to them such as advice on the NHS choices website and by calling NHS 111 which will be invaluable over Easter.

“Your pharmacist can also give you useful advice on how to deal with common bugs, such as coughs, colds, sore throats and the flu so that you can take precautions and have a great Easter.”

The local NHS CCGs in Southport, Formby and West Lancashire are reminding people that A&E and 999 services are for life-threatening and serious conditions.

Feeling Unwell? – Examine Your Options

Across the area there are a range of health services to support people if they feel unwell or have any health concerns. There are services which you may be unfamiliar with, but could be more appropriate and convenient for you depending on your specific issue.

For minor ailments and injuries your best route to recover is likely to be self-care. There are a variety of services that can support you to do this:

Pharmacy Services

Your local pharmacy can offer free, confidential and expert advice on a range of health issues. They can help you prepare for many of the common illnesses like coughs and colds and ensure you have a well-stocked medicine cabinet over the holiday period.

NHS.UK

You can find a wealth of trusted advice about hundreds of health conditions and details of GPs, pharmacies and dentists in your local area by visiting the NHS.uk website:  www.nhs.uk. It also includes a symptom checker.

NHS 111

When you need medical help or advice fast, but it is not a 999 emergency, you can also call the NHS 111 service.  NHS 111 is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and calls are free from mobiles and landlines.

If you need medical care for illnesses you cannot treat yourself, then your GP should be your next port of call.

Your Local GP

Your GP should be your first point of contact for non-emergency illnesses you can’t treat yourself. Your GP is available from 8.00am to 6.30pm weekdays.

If you don’t have a GP, you can register with your local surgery. If you’re not sure where this is, you can find out at: www.nhs.uk or call 0300 77 77 007.

GP Out of Hours Service

If your local surgery is closed, you can still see a GP with the GP out-of-hours service; just call 111 and you can speak to a local GP over the phone or face to face if necessary. 

It is very likely that you and your family will be seen and treated more quickly using the out-of-hours service than if you were waiting to see a doctor in A&E, especially at busy times.

For more information please visit www.examineyouroptions.info

For Southport and Formby pharmacy opening times over the bank holiday please visit: www.southportandformbyccg.nhs.uk/your-health-and-services/pharmacy-opening-times-over-easter-bank-holiday

For West Lancashire pharmacy opening times over the bank holiday, please visit www.westlancashireccg.nhs.uk/resources/patient-and-public-information/west-lancashire-pharmacy-bank-holiday-opening-times

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