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Police work to identify body found in Melling area

Merseyside Police can confirm enquiries are underway following the discovery of a man’s body in the River Alt in the Melling area this morning (Friday August 9).

Emergency services were called at around 7am and are currently working to identify the man.

Road closures remain in place on Brewery Lane, Melling.

Please avoid the area whilst officers deal with the incident.

CCGs back Red Box Project

Over the past few months, NHS South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS Southport and Formby CCG have been busy collecting sanitary product donations for women who struggle to access them as part of the Red Box Project – Sefton.

 The Red Box Project is a community-based, not-for-profit initiative, which aims to support young people throughout their periods by providing local schools with red boxes filled with free period products.

 It was founded in March 2017 by three friends who became aware of ‘period poverty’ through news reports. They were angered that some young women were missing out on their education because they couldn’t afford the products they needed during their period.

 Mandy Smith, Sefton coordinator at Red Box Project – Sefton, set up the service in Sefton. The initiative then sent the department the materials needed to set up a donation point in the kitchen at the Sefton CCG building.

 Mandy said: “This is a great initiative to support our community, it felt like an opportunity not to be missed. We have collected a box full of period product donations for local schools and are proud to be supporting young people throughout their periods.

“No child should miss out on their education because they cannot afford period products.”

 Martin McDowell, deputy chief officer at the CCGs in Sefton, added: “This is a fantastic initiative and I want to thank Mandy for getting us all involved.

“We are keen to help tackle health inequalities and to create a progressive, supportive environment which is why we got involved with the project, we hope it helps.”

To find out more about the Red Box Project and get involved, visit: www.redboxproject.org   

 

Further appeal of 76-year-old Peter Kerevan after reported sighting in Maghull

Officers searching for missing 76-year-old Peter Kerevan are continuing to appeal for information on his whereabouts after a further reported sighting of him.

Peter, who is from the Aintree area, has been missing from home since Monday July 29. Following enquiries, he was captured on CCTV later that morning on Wango Lane.

It has now been reported that Peter was seen at around 3pm the same day outside Maghull Chiropodists near the junction of Sefton Lane and Liverpool Road, and officers are focusing their search on the surrounding areas.

Superintendent Graeme Robson said: “We have now received a report that Peter was sighted outside the Chiropodists on the afternoon of Monday, July 29 and we have officers and extensive resources in that area continuing the search for him.

“I would ask anyone who has been in the Maghull or Aintree areas over the past week to please cast your minds back and try and remember seeing Peter. When last seen, he was wearing a short-sleeved dark blue shirt and carrying a dark-coloured jacket or jumper. He was also reportedly wearing blue jeans and brown shoes.

“I would also like to remind people to remain safe when they are out searching for Peter. The response from the public has been remarkable and we greatly appreciate your help, but please take care if you are out in dangerous areas and make sure you have the correct equipment or seek help from our specially trained Matrix officers.”

Peter is described as white, around 6ft tall, of slim build with short grey hair and had stubble when last seen and anyone who believes they may have seen Peter or someone who resembles his description should call 101, DM @MerPolCC or in an emergency, call 999.

Metro Mayor Launches Liverpool City Region Culture and Creativity Awards.

Nominations for the first Culture and Creativity Awards in the Liverpool City Region have been opened by Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram to stimulate, recognise and celebrate excellence and innovation in art, culture and creativity.

 The awards are part of the Metro Mayor’s 1% for Culture initiative, and will honour the value and contribution that the cultural and creative sector brings to the Liverpool City Region, making it one of the most vibrant and exciting places to live, work, study, visit or do business in. 

 The 1% for Culture initiative means that Liverpool City Region currently uses the equivalent of 1% of its £30 million annual devolution funding on utilising many of the region’s existing assets and talent to stimulate cultural and creative opportunities.

 The red carpet ceremony will take place on November, 28, 2019 at the Lady Lever Art Gallery hosted by the 2019 Liverpool City Region ‘Borough of Culture’, Wirral.

Metro Mayor of the Liverpool City Region Steve Rotheram said:

“Culture and the creative arts are an incredibly important part of our identity. Whether it’s our museums, art galleries, theatres or our music, they all provide huge benefits, from bringing people together to enjoy once-in-a-lifetime events, getting involved in creative activities, and encouraging people to visit the city region for the first (and not the last) time. We are hugely proud of our cultural heritage and want to celebrate what makes all of our areas special to the people who live and work within them.”

 Nominations for these awards can include an individual, organisation, group or partnership that is involved in the creation, promotion and use of art and creativity including the following art forms:

  • Performing Arts (including: Theatre, Dance, Music, Opera)
  • Visual Arts
  • Digital Art
  • Photography
  • Film and broadcast media
  • Literature (including comedy and comics)
  • Museums, Galleries and Heritage
  • Sculpture
  • Craft
  • Technology

Phil Redmond Chair of the Cultural Partnership said:

“Talent thrives on encouragement and exhibition. Whether already recognised or emerging, creativity flourishes when given a platform on which to shine. The LCR Culture and Creativity awards are planned to be an annual recognition of the region’s creativity, wherever it may be found, whether on a stage or in a science lab; whether an individual or co-operative effort. It will be the platform for the region’s talent to flourish. It will become the award anyone would love to win.”

 Nominees must live, study and/or work in the Liverpool City Region – Halton, Knowsley, Liverpool, Sefton, St Helens and Wirral, or have created work/projects that significantly benefit the residents or visitors to the LCR and/or has positively contributed to the development of the economy of the LCR.

 The 2019 awards will recognise arts and cultural events, innovative and creative activity that has taken place within the Liverpool City Region during the period 1st April 2018 to 31st March 2019, with the exception of the Borough of Culture’ Star of the Year’ Award which can include individual achievement that has taken place during Wirral’s Borough of Culture from 1st January 2019 up to the closing date– 20 September 2019.

Councillor Shelley Powell the Deputy Portfolio Holder for Culture, Tourism and The Visitor Economy for the Combined Authority said:

“The nominations for these awards are not restricted to professionals it is also for people organising voluntary, community based social activity. They can be an individual, or part of an organisation, business, group or partnership that, has demonstrated outstanding creative achievement. One of our aims is to acknowledge how valuable culture and creativity is in creating positive results both in our communities and in the professional sector.”

In addition to an award, winners will be offered the services of a film maker to develop a three minute bespoke film tailored to the audience that the winner wishes to reach, providing an advocacy tool for future progression.

 Nominations can be completed online and the closing date for entrants and nominations is Friday 20th September at 4pm. After this date the judging panel will shortlist the finalists for the People’s Choice Award – Outstanding Contribution to Culture, and the Liverpool City Region community will be able to vote for their chosen winner.

 All other categories will be decided by members of the Liverpool Cultural Partnership and a judging panel who will compile a shortlist of finalists for each category from the nominations received.

For more information about the categories and how to nominate or apply to be considered please go to https://www.liverpoolcityregion-ca.gov.uk/lcr-culture-creativity-awards/

 

Celebrate World Friendship Day at South Park

South Park is hosting a community picnic to celebrate World Friendship day, Tuesday July 30.

As many people, as possible are invited to come along to the event which takes place 12-2pm.

Bring a picnic with you and free drinks and cakes will be given out on the day.

Mayor of Sefton Council, Councillor June Burns will be attending the celebration at 1pm.

This is an opportunity during Sefton’s Year of Friendship to spend some time with friends and family as well as creating new relationships.

As well as celebrating South Park’s, recent Community Green Flag award, Cllr Burns will present the Friends of North Park group with their newly awarded Community Green Flag.

During the event people can also catch a glimpse of the gold medal which ‘Taking Root’, one of South Park’s Community Garden partners, won at the prestigious Tatton Garden Show. The group won this award for creating a stunning display in the Community Gardens.

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