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Sefton’s para-triathletes aim high in the sunshine

Young disabled athletes from Sefton and beyond recently lit up the Waterloo Festival as the sun shone on Crosby Lakeside Adventure Centre.

 Taking place on Sunday 18 June, Sefton’s second para-triathlon for children and young people with additional needs saw over 30 competitors swimming, cycling and running through a challenging course. Cheered on by a strong crowd, the para-triathletes run a closely fought contest.

Matt Ashton, Director of Public Health at Sefton said:

 â€śI was really inspired by everyone who took part in the para-triathlon – at Sefton Council we never take for granted how challenging competitive sport can be for children with disabilities.

 â€śI am also really proud of the young people who came along to give them very vocal encouragement on the day.

“During the training programme at Litherland Sports Park, a group of local young people asked if they could use the bikes. Our children were wary of them but the team at Aiming High let them join in on the condition they also took part in the running practice with the group.

 â€śFriendships were forged with these young men and it was a wonderful surprise for the children to see them there to give them very vocal support on the day, and some of them even completed all three disciplines with their new friends.”


Cllr. John-Joseph Kelly, Cabinet Member for Children, Schools and Safeguarding said:

“It is encouraging to see so many of our young people with disabilities pushing themselves to their limits and clearly enjoying comradery with their peers and new friends they have made.

“This event is the only one of its kind in the Liverpool City Region and I look forward to watching it grow and grow fulfilling the ambition to be the youth para-triathlon event for the region”

John Doran of Sefton Aiming High added

“This is another example of how disabled young people show society what they are capable of. Ability, strength and determination were here in abundance today and we should be proud of them all. I would also like to thank the volunteers from Aiming High and TEAM Sefton, and the organisers of the Waterloo festival for agreeing to let us showcase the athletes’ ability not disability”

Winners on the day were, Dylan Duke, Over 18 Male, Mild Learning Difficulty (MLD) category; Dan Harden, over 18 Male, Complex Needs category; Jim O’Keefe, Secondary Male, MLD category; Sam Lofthouse, Secondary Male, physical category; Sarah Bricklebank, Female over 18 MLD category and Jess McNally, Female Primary MLD category.

For more information on sporting activities for children and young people with special educational needs and / or disabilities (SEND), contact Sefton Council’s Aiming High for Disabled Children Service on 0151 288 6811 or by

You can find all information for children and young people SEND at Sefton’s Local Offer website:

Access road repairs at Sefton Meadows Recycling Centre off Sefton Lane, Maghull

From Monday 26th June 2017, repairs will start on the access road to Sefton Meadows Household Waste Recycling Centre.

These may cause some disruption between 8.00 am and 5.00 pm, and the works are expected to last 5 days – with expected completion on Friday 30th June.

The road will remain open with traffic management measures in place, and all businesses will be open as usual.

Customers should follow the diversion signs, as there may be some disruption caused by the work. The Sefton Meadows Household Waste Recycling Centre will be open as usual, 7 days a week from 8.00 am to 8.00 pm. 

Any enquiries about the work can be directed to Veolia.

Tel: 0203 567 4200 

Appeal for Witnesses After Road Traffic Collision in Bootle

Merseyside Police are appealing for information after a woman and her four-year-old daughter were seriously injured in a road traffic collision in Bootle.

Emergency services were called shortly after 7pm on Tuesday, 20 June, to Balliol  Road at the junction of Oriel Road in Bootle, after the collision which involved a white Ford Focus which was travelling towards Stanley Road.

The girl suffered serious head injuries and is currently described as stable at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital.  Her mother also suffered head injuries and was taken to Aintree Hospital.

The driver of the Ford Focus stopped at the scene and is assisting officers with their investigation.

Officers from the Roads Policing Unit are asking anyone who witnessed the collision or who may have seen the white Ford Focus prior to the collision, to contact them by calling 101 and quoting reference number 0517152595 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111

Freedom of the Borough

The Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment will parade in Bootle to celebrate the Regiment being bestowed the Freedom of the Borough of Sefton in recognition of its close association with Sefton.

To mark the occasion, an extra-ordinary Council meeting will be held on Tuesday, June 20 at 6:30pm at Bootle Town Hall where councillors will consider the following motion:

“That in accordance with Section 249 (5) of the Local Government Act 1972, this Council wishes to place on record its high appreciation of, and the debt of gratitude of the Borough to The Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment and in the light of the long and honourable association between the Borough of Sefton and The Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment, the Council resolves that the Honorary Freedom of the Borough be conferred on The Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment and that it be granted the right, privilege, honour and distinction of marching through the streets of the Borough on all ceremonial occasions with colours flying, bands playing, drums beating and bayonets fixed.”

Following the meeting, the Regiment will parade through Bootle and then be inspected outside Bootle Town Hall by the Mayor of Sefton, Cllr Dave Robinson, the Colonel of the Regiment, Brigadier Peter Rafferty and the Lord Lieutenant of Merseyside, Dame Lorna Muirhead. This will be followed by a civic reception.

Sefton Council agreed in January, 2017 that the Freedom of the Borough be conferred on The Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment.  

The Council had very close ties with two of the Regiment’s antecedents, the King’s Regiment’s and the Queen’s Lancashire Regiment. Of note, both the Queen’s and the Regimental Colour from the 7th battalion of The King’s Regiment (Liverpool) are laid up in Bootle Town Hall. The names of many of the Regiment’s fallen from both World Wars are also displayed on the borough’s various war memorials. 

More recently, Captain Matt Titchener was commemorated on the war memorial in Southport. He was originally commissioned into the King’s Regiment and was sadly killed in Basra, Iraq in 2003, whilst serving in the Royal Military Police.  In 2016 the commemorative stone for Private Arthur Proctor VC of the King’s (Liverpool Regiment) was also laid in King’s Garden, Bootle. 

Mayor of Sefton, Cllr Dave Robinson, said: “The history surrounding Sefton and The Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment goes back many, many years.

“It is therefore a great honour to acknowledge the Regiment’s services by granting the Freedom of the Borough which I hope will enhance and develop further our already strong relationship.

“On June 20 the Regiment is exercising their right to march in the borough which will be a great spectacle. Hopefully as many people as possible will line the streets of Bootle and really support the Regiment, the ‘Lions of England’, as they officially receive the Freedom of Sefton.”

Brigadier Peter Rafferty, Colonel of the Regiment, said: “The Regiment has long and close associations with the borough of Sefton, which we cherish.  It is therefore a great honour for these links to be formally recognised with the granting of the borough’s Freedom and a privilege for us now to exercise our new Freedom by marching through the borough.”

The award of the Honorary Freedom of the Borough does not convey with it any legal rights or responsibilities, other than a ceremonial role at civic functions. The award dates back to the middle ages when Freemen had commercial privileges and a route into a position of power in a town or city. The granting of a Freedom to a Regiment, however, gives it the right, privilege, honour and distinction of marching through the streets of the borough on all ceremonial occasions with colours flying, bands playing, drums beating and bayonets fixed.

Past recipients of the Freedom of the Borough of Sefton include:
2004 – Donald “Ginger” McCain
2006 – James Carragher
The Freedom of the Borough (Freedom of Entry) has also been bestowed on the following Service Units:
1982 – No. 238 (Sefton) Squadron, 156 Regiment, Royal Corps of Transport, which was subsequently succeeded by No. 238 (Sefton) Squadron, 156 (North West) Transport Regiment, Royal Logistic Corps (Volunteers) in 2001
2011 – RAF Woodvale

Missing from home- Craig Stewart, Aged 14, From Bootle

Merseyside Police is becoming increasingly concerned for the whereabouts of a 14-year-old boy from Bootle who has been missing since May.

Craig Stewart was last seen at his home address in Church Walk around 10am on Sunday, 21 May and extensive enquiries have been carried out to locate him safe and well.

He is described as white, 5ft 5in tall, of slim build, with shoulder length wavy blonde hair, a Liverpool accent, and a fair complexion.

When last seen, Craig was wearing a blue jacket, black jogging bottoms and blue trainers. He is known to frequent the Bootle and Seaforth areas of Sefton.

Officers would urge Craig or anyone who has seen him since Sunday, 21 May to contact 101 or the Missing People Charity on 116 000.

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