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Four quad bikes and scrambler bike seized following reports of ASB in Maghull

Officers in Sefton have seized four quad bikes and a scrambler bike following reports of anti-social behaviour and dangerous driving in Maghull on Sunday, 27 January.

At around midday, a call came in from the public reporting that quad bikes were being ridden around wasteland in Sefton Industrial Estate on Sefton Lane, including sightings of children believed to be as young as 12 riding the vehicles. A later report indicated that quad bikes had also been seen on Sefton Lane, opposite a garden centre.

Patrols carried out enquiries and found the bikes on Sefton Industrial Estate. All the vehicles were seized and further enquiries will be carried out to establish the exact circumstances and riders.

Chief Inspector Gary O’Rourke, who leads the force’s Operation Brookdale response to the criminal and nuisance use of off-road bikes, said: “It beggars belief that people would ride quad bikes on private land, with no legal permission, and even more so allow children to do the same. The obvious dangers to themselves and other people are plain to see and we will fully investigate the circumstances around this shocking incident.

“But people also have a responsibility to themselves and any children in their care not to arrange or encourage such reckless behaviour, which can and does end in tragedy. If you were in the area or nearby and saw this incident, and either have business or home CCTV or dashcam footage, let us know.

“I also want to take this opportunity to ask that anyone who knows where such bikes are being stored to keep coming forward. Calls to Merseyside Police in relation to off-road bikes have been reduced in recent months, which is encouraging, but we understand that they do still have a significant impact on some people within our communities.

“We regularly seize such vehicles off the back of your information, and if we can do so before they are out causing harm in the communities, then all the better. All information can and is acted upon to take illegally used vehicles from the streets.”

Anyone with information on the anti-social and nuisance use of off-road bikes is encouraged to keep reporting incidents to @MerPolCC, call 101 with reference 19100027515 or @CrimestoppersUK on 0800 555 111 and we will keep taking action #OpBrookdale

Volunteers launch #SeftonCrowd to help transform lives across Sefton

Sefton Council has launched a brand new crowdfunding initiative to help community groups and volunteers create incredible projects to transform the borough.

The local authority has teamed up with national crowdfunding platform Spacehive to create the #SeftonCrowd, a community led initiative which can help groups and individuals to improve the communities where they live.

Supporting a project can cost as little at £2 and funding may also be available via Sefton Council’s Community Transition Fund.

Cllr Trish Hardy, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities and Housing, said: “The creation of #SeftonCrowd is a fantastic legacy to our Year of the Volunteer project and supports our 2019 Year Of Friendship in a huge way.

“We want this initiative to encourage, support and create community projects which make a huge difference to our brilliant borough.

“All creative ideas and proposals are welcome and we encourage as many groups and individuals as possible to consider a crowdfunding campaign through the #SeftonCrowd.

“Support is available to help you develop your campaign from both Sefton Council and Sefton CVS will be available to help you reach your target.”

Chris Gourlay, Spacehive CEO, added: “The Spacehive team are excited to launch the Sefton Crowd alongside the council and its partners.

“Together we’ll be encouraging everybody to share innovative ideas to shape their part of Sefton, and providing the support and technology to help make them happen”

Community groups and volunteers who are interested in creating a #SeftonCrowd project can attend a special workshop at Crosby Lakeside Activity Centre on Wednesday, February 13 to learn more about putting together a proposal.

To register for the workshop visit www.seftoncrowd.eventbrite.com

For more information about #SeftonCrowd visit www.spacehive.com/movement/seftoncrowd

Freshfields celebrates incredible milestone as rescue centre turns 40!

The rain did nothing to dampen the spirits of everyone at Freshfields Animal Rescue Centre this week, as the charity celebrated its 40th birthday.

Based in Ince Blundell, the animal loving charity has been providing a rescue, rehabilitation and rehoming centre for abused, abandoned and unwanted animals since 1979.

As part of the ongoing festivities for what is a year-long celebration of how much the centre does for animals and their human friends, an afternoon tea was held and attended by the Mayor of Sefton

Cllr Dave Robinson, the Mayor of Sefton, said: “Today is about recognising the very special part that Freshfields plays in the life of our local community, especially during Sefton Council’s 2019 Year Of Friendship.

“Over the past 40 years, the local community has come to depend on Freshfields as a vital resource, to which they can bring animals in desperate need, and know that they will be treated with compassion, dedication and excellent medical care”.

The Mayor was delighted to be asked to unveil a plaque revealing the number of animals that Freshfields have cared for in the last 40 years – an astonishing 89,734 animals!

Helen Stanbury, Director of Freshfields, said: “Any charity like Freshfields can only carry out its vital work thanks to the people that come together in support of it. Those people support us in an endless variety of ways and they come to us from so many different walks of life.

“Donors, sponsors, volunteers, adopters, staff; there are just too many absolutely vital roles to list them all. Today is a chance to say thank you to you all.”

Helen added: “We’d love to hear from you if you are 40 this year! Why not link up with us to celebrate, by taking part in our Sponsored Abseil Challenge or anything else you can think of? Please check out our Facebook page Freshfields Animal Rescue or contact our Fundraising Manager Emma Jensen at emma@freshfields.org.uk.”

Hughe popular Ditch Those Stabilizers returns for February Half Term

Back by popular demand during the October half term school holidays, Sefton Council is proud to offer a number of ‘Ditch Those Stabilisers’ cycling events.

Children aged four and above can learn to ride a bike unaided at sessions in both Litherland and Southport.

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The events, which take place a number of times throughout the year, always have a very high success rate, as staff from the Council’s highway safety team offer a range of practical advice to young riders and their parents.

Sessions are free but pre-booking is essential.

Join in the fun at Litherland Sports Park, Boundary Lane on Tuesday, February 19 between 9am-12pm or Shoreside Primary School, Westminster Drive on Thursday, February 21 from 9am to 12pm.

To register, please call on 0345 140 0845.

Work starts at Bescar Lane and New Lane train stations

Network Rail, Northern and TransPennine Express are extending more than 100 platforms
at over 70 stations across the North of England to allow for longer trains with more seats.

As part of these works, engineers are lengthening platforms at both Bescar Lane and New Lane stations on the railway line between Southport and Wigan.

Network Rail are working with Northern to minimise the impact of this project on passengers and most of our works to extend the station platforms will be carried out at night time when trains aren’t running.

However, a one day closure of the railway is needed, which has been planned for Sunday January 27.

On Sunday 27 January, Northern train services between Southport and Wigan will be replaced by buses. Passengers are urged to allow extra time for their journeys and check before they travel at www.nationalrail.co.uk

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