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Have your say on Sefton’s Equalities consultation

Residents and visitors still have time to have their say on Sefton’s Council’s updated Equality and Diversity Policy.

The refreshed Equality and Diversity Policy 2016 – 2020 helps set out Sefton’s approach to making sure all staff are equipped with the relevant knowledge and skills to meet the diverse needs of the borough.

Cllr Trish Hardy, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities and Housing, said: “This is a very important policy and we encourage as many people as possible to take part in our consultation.

“The policy sets out our approach to equality and diversity for the next three years and shows how we meet the requirements of the Equality Act 2010.

“In everything we do as a council, we make sure that our services are accessible and that we encourage supportive and cohesive communities.”

Those wishing to have a say on the policy have until June 29 to make their views known.

A draft copy of the refreshed policy is available to view online via www.engagespace.co.uk/sefton or by calling 0151 934 3202

Missing: 13-year-old Lauryn Cass from Bootle

Merseyside Police is appealing for information to help trace a missing 13-year-old girl.

Lauryn Cass, from Bootle, was last seen on Friday, 18 May 2018, at Seaforth and Litherland train station. She is known to frequent the Sefton area.

Extensive enquiries have been ongoing to locate her since.

She is described as white, 5ft 2in tall, medium build, with long straight brown hair, glasses and a fair complexion.

When she was last seen Lauryn was wearing her school uniform.

Police officers are making extensive efforts to find Lauryn and return her home safely and would urge Lauryn, anyone who knows her whereabouts, or who has seen a female resembling her, to contact @MerPolCC or 101.

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

Councillor aims to reach fundraising milestone for We Love Manchester Emergency Fund

Sefton Councillor Carla Thomas (St. Oswald Ward) is hoping to reach a fundraising milestone of £10,000 for the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund to commemorate the one-year anniversary of the Manchester Arena terror attack where her sister sustained life-changing injuries.

Councillor Thomas’s sister, Julie, was present at Manchester Arena when the terror attack took place on May 22, 2017. Julie was seriously injured in the blast and underwent three serious operations to remove shrapnel and bolts from her body. She is now adjusting to life in a wheelchair.

In response to the atrocity, Councillor Thomas organised a ‘Hope Over Fear Fundraising Event’ on behalf of the victims and families of those hurt in the attack. The event, which was held at the Shankly Hotel in Liverpool and attended by Liverpool City Region Metro Mayor, Steve Rotheram, and Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, raised £9,200 for the Fund.

She is now hoping to reach a fundraising milestone of £10,000 by the end of May in order to present a cheque to the two Metro Mayors next month for the We Love Manchester Fund.

Councillor Thomas said: “I can’t thank everyone who has donated enough for their support. I can’t believe that it’s almost a year since the awful incident occurred but I’m very lucky to have my sister who is adjusting to life in a wheelchair. We still hope she may walk again.

“It would be great to get as close to my fundraising target of £10,000 as possible as I am due to meet with Andy Burnham and Steve Rotheram in June to give them a cheque with the grand total raised for the We Love Manchester Fund.”

If you would like to donate please contact Councillor Thomas directly on 07815 507 965.

Ditch Those Stabilisers returns for Bank Holiday

Back by popular demand during the May 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 Litherland and Southport.

The events have a very high success rate and staff from the Council’s highway safety team will 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, May 29 between 9am-12pm or Shoreside Primary School, Westminster Drive on Thursday, May 31 from 9am to 12pm.

To register, call on 0345 140 0845.

Burglary victims pen poem about ordeal as man sentenced to four years in prison

Detectives working on Operation Castle, the force’s response to burglary offences, are welcoming the sentencing of a man to four years in prison after family jewellery was stolen from the address of an elderly couple in Bootle in March.

35-year-old Anthony Ready from Worcester Road, Bootle was sentenced to four years in prison at Liverpool Crown Court yesterday, Wednesday 16 May.

On Monday, 12 March, jewellery and a laptop were stolen from an address in Southport Road, Bootle after entry was forced. The occupants were not in the house but left very distressed as personal items including lockets with family photos were stolen.

Enquiries identified a man suspected to be 35-year-old Anthony Ready from Worcester Road, Bootle. A warrant was carried out at his home address on Tuesday 17 April and he was arrested.

Ready was charged with burglary dwelling and theft and was remanded in custody.

The victims, a couple in their 70s, have issued a poem which was read out at court and reads as follows:

“I’m writing as a mother,
A wife and grandma too,
These few words I want to say,
To him, who stands on trial today

“I want you to know what you’ve taken,
Can never be replaced,
They all were bought with love and care,
You stole them in your haste

“We too once had a lovely son,
Who bought some gifts for me,
I wanted to leave them to our grandchildren,
So they could always see

“The pictures of our lovely lad,
In lockets that I wear,
That meant a lot to me, his mother, his sister and his dad

“You will not take away my thoughts,
That most people that I know,
Are kind and good and decent,
But you, you are my foe

“So on this day of judgement,
I hope you’ll think again,
That you’ll never ever enter a home,
And cause a lot of pain

“I bet you’ve broke your mother’s heart,
This makes me very sad,
So please make a decision,
And change your way, young lad.”

Detective Sergeant John Fitzgerald from Operation Castle said: “We are glad to see that a callous and opportunistic offender as Anthony Ready has been removed from the streets for the foreseeable future and hope his sentence goes some way to helping his victims move on from their upsetting ordeal.

“To steal such obviously personal and sentimental items is nothing short of disgusting and we will be relentless in finding those who invade people’s homes and steal from them.

“Their poem paints a vivid picture of the upset and impact burglary has on members of our communities, and it is heartening to see that they have been able to put their feelings down in such a moving and impactive way.

“We remain committed to tackling burglary across the force so if you have any information about offences, are aware of any suspected stolen goods being offered around or stored, please come forward and we will take positive action.”

Anyone with information on burglary offences is asked to contact @MerPolCC, call 101 or @CrimestoppersUK on 0800 555 111. #OpCastle #BeattheBurglar.

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