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Commissioner reopens fund to help communities prevent crime

Organisations which help to reduce crime and protect communities in Merseyside are being invited to apply for a share of a fund aimed at helping building stronger, safer communities.

This is the third year that Merseyside’s Police Commissioner Jane Kennedy has opened the Crime Prevention Fund which is used to help charities, community groups and social enterprises stop problems before they occur, by reducing the opportunities for crime and by deterring people away from becoming involved in anti-social and criminal behaviour.

A total of £135,000 is available from the fund and the Commissioner is inviting groups to submit bids of between £5,000 and £25,000 for innovative community safety projects or schemes that will be run between now and April 2018.

This year, the Commissioner is specifically urging organisations that are working to tackle the causes of serious and organised crime to apply for funding.

Jane said: “Serious and organised crime is, for many people, their greatest concern. It blights our communities, bringing misery and suffering and causing lasting harm.

“Merseyside Police allocates extensive resources to tackling this issue, but they cannot succeed alone. Local people understand their communities better than anyone and know what will work best to improve their area. We are fortunate to have a wealth of voluntary and community groups which are working hard to prevent people, especially young people from getting involved with this type of crime and I want to hear from them.

“Through the Crime Prevention Fund, I want to see what more can be done to tackle this issue and with these grants I hope I can give organisations which are trying to address the root causes of this issue a valuable cash boost which will help to make a difference to communities across Merseyside.”

Last year, 12 grassroots organisations were chosen to share £132,000 from the Crime Prevention Fund from a total of 116 bids submitted. Many of the projects focused on preventing young people from getting involved with crime.

Council respond to Killen Green Park vandalism

Sefton Council are shocked and disheartened by a spate of vandalism in Killen Green Park, Netherton.

Officers discovered more than 13 trees had been severely damaged with some even set on fire.

Contractors were also called to carry out repair work to the Killen Green skate park after vandals set a wheelie bin on fire, causing further damage.

Cllr Trish Hardy, Cabinet Member for Communities and Housing, has condemned the vandalism. She said: “Not only is this extremely disappointing for us, it ruins it for genuine park users and we hope the public feel our frustration over this stupid act of destruction.

“It’s such a pity as local volunteers have been doing some great work in the park of late to make sure it looks its best.

“The site was recently highly commended by judges during the Green Flag Awards in June and we’ve had a lot of feedback from residents about how lovely the park is.

“As always we will continue to work closely with the police and other partners to discourage further acts of vandalism and if anybody has any specific information about this, please contact Merseyside Police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”

Merseyside Police Community Inspector Ian Jones said: “Vandalism such as this is not a victimless crime. This is a valued and much loved park, the enjoyment of which has been spoiled by these mindless acts.

“We are maximising our resources in the area with partner agencies and will use all of our joint powers to take any necessary action against those responsible.

“We are very keen to speak to anyone who may have information that can help us identify those responsible and would urge anyone who saw any suspicious behaviour in the park on Wednesday and Thursday to contact us. We would also appeal to any parents whose child was out on those days and returned home with clothes smelling of smoke to get in touch.

Police launch appeal after Thornton collision

Merseyside Police is appealing for witnesses after a road traffic collision in Thornton left a motorcyclist with serious leg and chest injuries today (Sunday 6 August 2017).

The 35-year-old man was on a black Harley Davidson Sportster bike when it collided with a grey Suzuki car on Lydiate Lane at around 2.35pm.

The rider has been taken to hospital with serious injuries to his leg and chest. His condition is described as critical.

The driver of the car was uninjured but badly shaken.

Officers have closed Lydiate Lane form its junction with Water Street to its junction with Runnells Lane in both directions to carry out investigation work. CCTV enquiries are also being carried out to see if the collision was captured on camera.

Anyone with information on this incident can call MSOC Roads Policing Officers on 0151 777 5747. Alternatively, call the 101 number or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

Lost Medication- Marina Park, Waterloo

Merseyside Police is appealing for the public to be cautious after medication was lost in the Waterloo area today, Tuesday 18 July.
It is believed that the medication was lost in the Marina Park area during Monday 17 July.

The medication is believed to comprise of 3 x 28 5mg Diazepam tablets. These tablets should not be taken under any circumstances unless prescribed.

Officers are warning that people that take any medication which has not been prescribed can be very dangerous and, in some circumstances fatal.

Anyone who finds the medication should immediately hand it into any pharmacy or police station or call officers on the 101 number.

Lost Medication- Bootle/Crosby

Merseyside Police is appealing for the public to be cautious after prescription medication was reported to have been lost on Saturday (8 July 2017) between Bootle and Crosby.

Officers received a report that a sports bag had been left on the number 53 Arriva bus between Bootle New Strand and Moor Lane, Crosby containing clothing and medication.

The medication comprised pregabalin (300mg), carbamazepine (200mg), flupentixol (0.5mg), omeprazole (20mg) and zopiclone (7.5mg).

Officers are reminding people that taking any medication which has not been prescribed for them can be dangerous and, in some circumstances, can prove fatal.

Anyone who finds any of the medication is asked to hand it in to any pharmacy or police station or call officers on the 101 number.

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