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Sefton fund knife wands to make nightlife safer

Knife wands are the latest piece of equipment being funded by Sefton Safer Communities Partnership to ensure the local night time-economy in the borough is as safe as it can be.

Thanks to the funding, Merseyside Police Community Officers and Targeted Police Teams, as well as local bars and clubs in the Sefton area, will be supplied with knife wands to help them identify people carrying dangerous weapons and keep club-goers from harm.

The wands will go towards enhancing safety in the area and cracking down on the number of serious and fatal stabbings that happen on our streets.

Councillor Trish Hardy, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities and Housing, said:

“I’m delighted that through the Sefton Safer Communities Partnership we have acquired these extra security measures.

“The purchase of knife wands will help reassure our residents and visitors that Sefton is not only an enjoyable place to experience our vibrant night time economy, but also a safe one too.

“Many of our wonderful bars and nightclubs already have very good security in place but these wands will be of great benefit as both a deterrent and a symbol of reassurance.

“These wands and the wider Op Sceptre national campaign will compliment tactics already in place including weapon sweeps, knife arches, test purchasing and high visibility police patrols.”

Superintendent Matt Boyle said:

“These wands will act as a deterrent to those carrying weapons and a reassurance to the community that we’re doing everything we can to prevent knife related crime in the area.

“Liverpool City Council have already funded a roll out of the wands towards the end of last year following the tragic death of Sam Cook. Reports show these tools have been received really well and are key in keeping our communities safe.”

Merseyside is one of a number of police forces across the UK taking part in a week-long operation (Op Sceptre) aiming to highlight the work regularly being done across the county, and nationally, to combat the issue of knife crime.

As a police force, we’ll continue educating the public on the dangers of carrying knives in the hope this ensures people can safely enjoy being out and about in the Sefton town centre and surrounding areas. I’m proud to be supporting Sefton Safer Communities Partnership as they roll out a further 45 wands and I hope this gets the message across that it isn’t acceptable to carry a knife.”

 

•Anyone that would like to report any forms of knife crime is asked to contact us via our social media desk @MerPolCC or call 101. You can also call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Important investment works start at Netherton Activity Centre

Important investment works are set to start at Netherton Activity Centre to support the local community.

The improvement works have started at Netherton Activity Centre as part of Sefton Council’s commitment to invest in its local communities and support some of the most vulnerable residents in the borough.

The important building works will benefit children, families and regular visitors to the NAC and will make a positive difference to the Council’s new ‘Early Intervention and Prevention’ offer.

Works are expected to take approximately 20 weeks to complete and every effort is being taken to minimise disruption, with the building remaining open throughout.

Parents and carers who use the NAC have been sent letters in advance of the works starting to allow them to prepare for any disruption.

Councillor John Joseph Kelly, Cabinet Member for Children, Schools and Safeguarding, said:

“This work is an important step in making sure that our community base at Netherton Activity Centre is fit for purpose, financially sustainable and it will contribute directly to supporting some of the most vulnerable residents in Sefton.

“As people will appreciate, there will be some noise and unfamiliar workers on site, and we’re working closely with parents and carers to minimise any anxiety or distress for the children and young people who take part in the Aiming High activities or use Jakes Sensory World.

“We’d like to reassure people that works will be carried out as sensitively as possible, with users’ needs in mind, and all services will still be available.

“The end result will help us to deliver our ambitions set out in Vision 2030 – ensuring we’re investing to create a borough for everyone.”

Appeal launched to find missing Southport man

Merseyside Police are urgently appealing for information to help trace a missing 72-year-old man from Sefton.

 

James Hall, also known as Jimmy, from Bretton Fold, Southport was last seen in the early hours of this morning (Monday, 12th February) at around 2am.

 

Extensive enquiries and a search of the nearby area have taken place overnight, however officers have been unable to locate James.

 

He is described as white, around 5ft 8in tall, slim build with grey hair and a grey beard.

 

He is wearing a dark coloured bomber style jacket, blue jeans and black trainers. He is also believed to be walking his dog, a white Bichon Frise.

 

James, who is from the Southport area of Sefton, has links to Maghull and Ormskirk. He is also known to frequently visit the Scottfield (Oldham) area.

 

We are making extensive efforts to find James and return him home safely. Anyone with information on his whereabouts is urged to get in touch by calling 101.

 

 Alternatively information can be left with the independent charity Missing People by calling 116 000 or by emailing 116000@missingpeople.org.uk.

Community invited to Ovington Drive play area meeting

Design suggestions for a new look play area at Ovington Drive, Kew are to go on public display later this month.

Children from Kew Woods Primary School have been working closely with Sefton Council’s Parks and Greenspaces team to come up with a number of designs and suggestions for a revamped Ovington Drive Play Area.

The results of these ideas will be presented to the surrounding community at Kew Woods Primary on Monday February 19 from 6pm.

Following the community consultation, a final design will be prepared before the next stages of the project.

Cllr Ian Moncur, Sefton Council’s Labour Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, said:

“We’ve been delighted with the response from children at Kew Woods who have come up with a wealth of fun, interesting and quirky ideas for the new look Ovington Drive play area.

“Ideas range from mini basketball hoops to dolphin slides and zip wires to a firehouse!”

“The message is loud and clear that children want a fun and vibrant play area that is inclusive and welcoming for all.

“We hope that the local community around Ovington Drive come along to the meeting and have their say on what matters most to them in a new play area.

“These suggestions, combined with ideas from pupils, will then go toward forming the final design.”

All are welcome to attend the consultation at Kew Woods Primary School, Ovington Drive on Monday, February 19 from 6pm.

Appeal for information after Ainsdale collision

Merseyside Police is appealing for information following a collision in Ainsdale on Monday (5 February 2018).

Officers were called at about 7.20pm to a report of a collision involving a gold Volvo S70 and a blue Range Rover on Liverpool Road between Orchard Lane and Meadow Lane.

The driver of the Volvo made off from the scene on foot in the direction of Sandbrook Road.

A 28-year-old man was later arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving, drink driving and failing to stop after a collision. He has been released under investigation.

There were no reported injuries, but the road was closed for a number of hours following the incident due to extensive damage caused to the cars.

Sergeant Phil Mitchell said: “We are keen to speak to any members of the public or drivers that may have witnessed this incident. I would urge drivers to consider their whereabouts at this time and check any DashCam footage or CCTV footage they may have showing the collision or the vehicles being driven shortly before the incident.”

Anyone with information on the collision is asked to contact Merseyside Police on 101 quoting incident reference 18200031522, by emailing 8506@merseyside.police.uk or via 01517775747. Alternatively, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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