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Appeal for information following theft of scooter in Southport

Police are appealing for help in finding a distinctive orange Vespa scooter which was stolen in Southport on Tuesday 18th June.

The bike was stolen from outside Dunes Splash World on the Esplanade at around 3.40pm. At approximately 4.30pm the same day it was caught on dashcam footage on North Road flanked by two other motorcycles. All three bikes were then seen to turn right onto Rufford Road.

The pillion passenger on one of the motorcycles was carrying a pair of crutches.

We are appealing for anyone who saw the three bikes after 4.30pm on Tuesday, or who has dashcam footage of any of the motorcycles after this time, to contact us.

Inspector Graham Fisher said: “Enquiries are ongoing to trace the scooter and return it to its rightful owner and I would ask anyone with information to get in touch.

“I would also advise anyone who owns a motorbike or scooter to ensure they secure their vehicle with a good quality chain, D-lock or brake disc lock to immobile it. I would also ask that if a member of public sees any suspicious activity around car parks or where motorcycles are parked up to contact us.”

Anyone with information is asked to DM @MerPolCC, call 101 or contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 quoting log 787 of 18th June.

Appeal for witnesses following robbery at Supersaver in Bootle

Police are appealing for witnesses following a robbery in Bootle tonight, Wednesday 18th June.

We were called at 5.55pm following reports that a quantity of cigarettes had been stolen from a shop.

Staff reported that two males in a blue Ford Fiesta had stolen the cigarettes from a delivery van outside the Supersaver shop on Linacre Lane.

It is believed that during the incident the car mounted the pavement and was in collision with three males. The males suffered cuts and bruises and an ambulance was called as a precaution.

The car was also in collision with a Vauxhall Viva car before it was driven off towards the junction of Hawthorne Road.

The males in the Ford Fiesta are described as being white, aged between 20-25 and wearing black hooded tops with their faces covered.

An investigation is underway and CCTV enquiries are being carried out in the local area.

Detective Inspector Tony O’Brien said: “Linacre Lane is a busy road and I believe there would have been a lot of pedestrians and motorists in the area at the time this took place.

“I would ask anyone who saw the blue car, saw anyone or anything suspicious or thinks they may have captured something on their dash-cam to contact us as they may have information which is vital to our investigation.”

Anyone with information is asked to DM @MerPolCC, call 101 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 quoting log 846 of 18th June.

Sefton invests £320k to keep borough’s communities safe from crime

Sefton Council continues to help keep communities across the borough safe from crime and anti-social behaviour, a recent report has revealed.

Throughout the past twelve months, Sefton’s Safer Communities Partnership (SSCP) have invested in a number of initiatives, programmes and activities designed to disrupt and prevent disorder.

Key targets for the SSCP include:

Investing in community infrastructure projects
Working with victims
Combating domestic and sexual abuse
Tackling serious and organised crime
Improving youth offending services

Cllr Trish Hardy, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities and Housing, said: “In the last financial year we have spent over £320,000 on helping to reduce crime, supporting victims and working with partners to provide resilience to our wonderful communities.

“Through the SSCP we identify a number of areas where there is a need for a project, scheme or event which can often deter crime and anti-social behaviour as well as provide a platform of education.

“The impact that the SSCP have had, from our park night sessions to our scrambler bike partnership work with Merseyside Police, has been incredible and we are constantly receiving positive feedback from our initiatives.

“We are committed to tackling anti-social behaviour in Sefton along with partners in the Sefton Safer and Stronger Communities Partnership (SSCP), and this is shown we’ve seen an incredible reduction in anti-social behaviour incidents since we started our invaluable work.

“We will continue to build a positive future for our thriving communities and work tirelessly to combat any crime and anti-social behaviour in Sefton.”

For more details on the Sefton Safer Communities Partnership, or to read the latest report, visit

Appeal for next of kin of John Lewis Rimmer

Merseyside Police are appealing for your help to trace the next of kin of a man from Southport who recently passed away.

John Lewis Rimmer, 74, of Kensington Road, Southport passed away at his home address on May 12 and unfortunately we haven’t been able to track down his family members.

His death is not being treated as suspicious.

Anyone that knows John or how we can get in contact with his next of kin should call Coroner’s Department Manager Viv Hartnett on or call 0151 777 1641.

Cyber Champions enlisted in schools to spread word about internet crime

Merseyside Police has enlisted the help of a team of teenage ’Cyber Champions’ in schools across Merseyside to help spread the word about internet crime.

An event will be held Wednesday May 8, at Merseyside Police HQ to launch the scheme, attended by school pupils and the latest Cyber Champions who are being trained to educate fellow students on cybercrime.

The initiative promotes digital literacy and e-safety and is supported by professional services company KPMG. Similar initiatives have been adopted in other areas of the country where thousands of children, parents and senior citizens have participated in workshops.

PCSOs have already been joined by specialists from KPMG, visiting schools across Merseyside to carry out workshops for children and their parents and guardians about staying safe online. Each school then designates their own ‘Cyber Champions’.

As well as helping other pupils, the role gives the Cyber Champions a sense of responsibility and the opportunity to develop their own interpersonal skills, and gain knowledge in cyber security – crucial skills valued by future employers.

Reports of cybercrime have increased by more than 80% in the last three years in Merseyside – from April 2016 to March 2017 there were 2,586 cybercrimes reported, from April 2017 to March 2018 there were 3,474 and in the last 12 months, from April 2018 to March 2019, there were 4,744.

Detective Chief Inspector Helen Bennett, from Merseyside Police’s Digital Forensics Team, said: “We know that reports of cybercrime have increased in recent years. This is in part due to increased awareness of the issue but the rise in use of apps and social media platforms means that there are more ways than ever for criminals to try to exploit people on the internet.

“That is why it is so important to ensure young people are equipped to avoid becoming the next victim.

This is a great initiative and is a win-win for all involved. The young Cyber Champions themselves get to develop skills that will set them in really good stead for the future; their fellow pupils will get the knowledge to prevent themselves from becoming victims of cybercrime; and we as a police force have seen some really important messages spread widely by an enthusiastic group of young volunteers.

“By engaging with schools we will also hear about any trends about youngsters that our Cyber Crime officers might need to keep an eye on.”

DCI Bennett added: “In the workshops, we discuss the different online channels, social media platforms and smart phone apps that young people use. And as the children themselves are often up to speed with the latest emerging trends and new apps, they are very well placed to identify any issues and causes for concern.

“The workshops are interactive and show some videos about the information children should avoid putting online as part of their digital footprint, and how to stay safe.

“We also broach important topics like cyber bullying, age restrictions for gaming and social media sites, security and privacy settings followed by sharing some further sources of support.”

Charlie Caldwell, from Carmel College, has just been made a Cyber Champion.

He said: “I am really looking forward to becoming a Cyber Security Champion as it will provide me with future opportunities.

“With this contribution to helping children stay safe online it will show my future employers that I am committed and willing to step outside of my comfort zone.

“Many people will recognise this as a very great achievement which can help me when seeking a job in an IT or even Business region. Helping children staying safe online provides me with comfort, that we can prevent children from facing any difficulties or security issues online in the future.”

Johnny Lau, from Carmel College, who has also recently been made a Cyber Champion said: “I was delighted that this opportunity was given. I think it’s a good opportunity with today’s social climate for people to know how to be safe.”

If you are interested in children at your school becoming Cyber Champions, please email:

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