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Appeal after dog attack on Ainsdale beach

Merseyside Police have issued an image of a man they believe may be able to assist detectives investigating an incident involving dogs on Ainsdale beach in February.

At around 3pm on February 19, a woman was walking her dog on the beach when she was knocked to the ground by a dog off its lead which then attacked her own dog. The woman attended hospital for treatment for a knee injury, and her dog required veterinary treatment including surgery.

Inspector Beth Blake said: “We are asking the man pictured to come forward as we believe he may have information that could assist our investigation into this incident.

“It is a criminal offence to allow a dog to be dangerously out of control, and in this case both a dog and its owner were left requiring treatment for injuries caused by the dog.

“Anyone walking their dog in Merseyside needs to be mindful of their dog’s behaviour at all times and keep their pet on a lead if it is liable to be aggressive towards people or animals. We will not tolerate irresponsible dog ownership here in Merseyside.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Merseyside Police social media desk via Twitter @MerPolCC or Facebook Merseyside Police CC. You can also call 101 quoting incident reference 19100064022 or contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously, on 0800 555 111 or via their online form at: https://crimestoppers-uk.org/give-information/give-information.

Life After Stroke – Help for residents recovering from a stroke who feel isolated

Throughout Sefton’s Year of Friendship, Sefton Council is dedicated to reducing loneliness by making residents aware of the many groups and activities on offer throughout the borough.

The Council would like to highlight the Stroke Association’s work to tackle isolation for Sefton residents who are recovering from a stroke.

The Stroke Association are an organisation which offers high quality up to date stroke information for patients, their families and carers.

Every year there are approximately 152,000 strokes in the UK. That is one stroke every three and a half minutes. Most people affected are over 65 but anyone can have a stroke including children and even babies.

Feelings of isolation and depression can be common for people who are recovering from a stroke. Sometimes this is the result of mobility issues that make it difficult for survivors to get out. It may be the frustration that comes with the inability to communicate clearly. For some survivors, symptoms are a source of embarrassment. Whatever its cause, the cure for isolation is other people.

Merseyside Life After Stroke Group, meet every Tuesday 10-12pm

Hope Community Church Old Roan, Aintree Ln, Liverpool L10 2JJ.

This is a very popular group with over 40 members from Sefton, attending each week. Patients are offered peer support, exercise and social activities.

South Sefton Life After Stroke Group, meet every Wednesday 1.30-3.30pm,

Orrell Lodge Bootle, Rafter Ave, L20 6PRE.

Peer support is offered along with social activities.

For more information please contact, Dawn Farrell or Jeanette Swift on 0151 305 0011/12

Lets put a stop to child sexual exploitation

Merseyside Police and Sefton Council are showing their support as part of National Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) Awareness Day.

The purpose of the day is to raise awareness of CSE by gathering information, working alongside our partner agencies and talking to children and vulnerable people about standing up and speaking out against CSE.

On Tuesday, March 19, officers and staff from the local policing teams in Sefton are carrying out a day of action at St Michael’s Secondary School in Crosby. Here they’ll be accompanied by charity ‘Catch 22’ where they’ll deliver a series of CSE workshops where children can learn about supporting their friends, ways of reporting abuse and inappropriate relationships as well as speaking out against abuse.

Cllr John Joseph Kelly, Cabinet Member for Children, Schools and Safeguarding said; “The Council are committed to preventing young people from being sexually abused. We are working with the Merseyside Police and partner agencies to help tackle this problem.

“It is everyone’s responsibility to protect children from this devastating crime and so it’s important to understand what child exploitation is, be aware of the warning signs, and have the confidence to discuss any concerns with the Council’s safeguarding team.”

Detective Superintendent Sue Coombs from the Protecting Vulnerable People Unit said: “Sexual exploitation exists in lots of different forms and it is not always obvious to the victim when it first starts happening. It’s a dreadful crime which can have a devastating impact on the lives of victims and their families, which is exactly why having something like National CSE Day to highlight the issue is so important.

“We all have a duty of care to young people living, working and visiting Merseyside and we should all continue to try and help in any way we can to put a stop to the sexual exploitation of children.

“We must talk openly and encourage parents, grandparents, teachers, health professionals, social services and any other adults alike to take some time to better educate themselves about CSE and its devastating consequences. That way, each of us can spot the signs, protect young people and reduce the number of offences being committed.”

Sefton Council receives accreditation for excelling in customer service delivery

Sefton Council is delighted to have been awarded the Customer Service Excellence (CSE) Quality Mark.

The accreditation is a unique tool designed to promote and encourage continual improvement and maintaining standards when dealing with customers.

Gaining this award demonstrates the Council’s commitment to maintain a first-class customer experience, ensuring that residents are at the heart of everything the Council does.

Since 2013, revenues and benefits services and front-line customer services such as ‘One Stop Shops’ and Contact Centres, have successfully achieved the CSE accreditation following an annual independent assessment.

The council received the accreditation based on 5 key categories; Customer Insight, The Culture of the Organisation, Information & Access, Delivery & Timeliness and Quality of Service.

A dedicated team coordinated the accreditation process over the period of six-months leading up to the award in December 2018. The team are now working towards repeating this success in 2019.

Cllr Paulette Lappin, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Regulatory, Compliance and Corporate Services, said: “We are very proud to have received such a highly recognised accreditation. During the assessment, the Council stood up to rigorous scrutiny in order to achieve it. This involved gathering evidence and examples of how we have excelled in service delivery and customer service, a visit to the site from an independent assessor and interviews with staff and partner organisations.

“We are extremely pleased that several areas were highlighted to have shown a real commitment to customer service delivery, based on a good understanding of our residents needs and preferences. Staff politeness, friendliness, professionalism and knowledge were commended as being a core strength of the culture of the organisation. The assessor also emphasised the high levels of customer satisfaction with the quality information and accessibility across our front-line services.”

Recognition and thanks goes to the team of CSE champions: Mike Mooney, Kim Leggett, Steve Woods, Helen Pritchard and Alex Blundell.

Detective to run half marathon in memory of murdered friend

The sister of a man who was fatally stabbed in Bootle is taking her campaign to end knife crime into schools across the North West, and running a half marathon to raise awareness.

Colin McGinty, from Crosby, was just 21 when he was killed after being chased by four men who detectives believed may have mistaken him for someone else.

Since his death in 2001, his sister Laura Hughes has dedicated herself to trying to spare other families the same heartache.

This year, to mark what would have been Colin’s 40th birthday, Laura has organised a team of more than 60 people to run the Liverpool Half Marathon in May in his memory and to raise awareness about knife crime. They are also taking donations for Radio City’s ‘Cash for Kids’ charity.

Laura said: “I have spoken with an academy trust, E-ACT, which operates 28 schools around the country, to deliver knife crime awareness days. The first will be at Oldham Academy North and for that day, every lesson will have a knife crime theme – so in drama they may be acting out a scene, in art they might be designing posters, and in English they could write a letter or even an obituary.

“The hope is that this will impact the children who go to Oldham Academy North as well as the local community.

“We have also had the backing of Liverpool FC legend Robbie Fowler and on Saturday 13 April, Oldham Athletic AFC will wear ‘In Memory of Colin McGinty’ t-shirts during the warm up ahead of their game against Swindon Town.

“The match will also be dedicated to what we are doing, and we’re thrilled that they have shown such great support for what we are trying to achieve. I’m sure it will all help spread the message that we must all do our bit to end knife crime.”

The runners in the half marathon will include Colin’s friend Detective Inspector Andy McCourt as well as Sergeant Jon Hannan, Constable Kelle Hannan and Detective Constable Emma O’Toole.

Last month a number of the runners got together and completed a 5km run in the city, starting and finishing at the knife angel at the Anglican Cathedral.

DI McCourt said: “As a police officer I am passionate about making our streets safer, and the fact one of my close friend’s died at the hands of people carrying a knife only strengthened my resolve to do everything I can to make sure we rid our streets of knives.

“Two men received life sentences for Colin’s murder, and his death shows the impact the carrying of a knife can have not just on the victim and their family and friends, but also on the offenders.

“This week Merseyside Police, alongside forces up and down the coutnry, is tkaing part in a national week of action to tackle knife crime. But the impact of knife crime on families and the wider community can last 365 days a year for the rest of their lives. It cannot be understated – it is destructive and toxic, and we must do everything we can to raise awareness from an early age and reduce incidents in Merseyside. As a police force, we’ll continue educating the public on the dangers of carrying knives.

“We know we cannot tackle the issue alone and I would urge the community to support and help us by spreading the message that it is never acceptable to carry or use a knife and remind people the devastation it causes.”

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