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Police reveal top tips to best enjoy British Masters in Southport

The Betfred British Masters Golf tournament will be held at Hillside Golf Club in Southport from Wednesday 8th May to Sunday 12th May 2019.

Merseyside Police has been working alongside the event organisers, Sefton Council and other partners to ensure the event is an enjoyable experience for everyone involved.

Visitors are being reminded of some very simple steps they should take to ensure their time in Merseyside is memorable for all the right reasons.

Superintendent Mark Wiggins said: “People can help by giving themselves extra time to get to the course, arriving in good time and limiting the number of bags and other items they bring along. They should also expect to undergo the normal security checks, including bag searches. I would also advise:

• Keeping things like your mobile, wallet, purse or handbag secure and on your person at all times
• If travelling in by car, use a designated car park but still do not leave any valuables on display or hidden in obvious places
• Make use of your car alarm, immobiliser and remember to close your windows
• Be aware of the potential, as with any sporting event, for forged tickets. If you get offered a ticket at a price that is too good to be true then it probably is, and will be a fake
• Don’t carry large amounts of cash around and use the on-course ATMs
• If out in any of our town or city centres after the day’s golf, please watch how much you drink, stick together with your friends, and keep your mobile phones, cash and personal possessions safe
• Finally, if you need the police for any reason, please approach any officers who will be on duty at the course and in the Southport area, or call 101.

“We constantly review our approach to supporting our partners in delivering any large-scale public event. We will be using a variety of tactics, both highly visible and covert, using police officers and staff alongside other resources such as dogs, firearms and CCTV cameras. We want to reassure communities that we are working together to keep everyone safe.

“We continue to call on the public to be vigilant and to report anything that they deem to be suspicious immediately by telling a police officer, or by calling 101 or 999 in an emergency or by calling the Anti-Terrorist Hotline on 0800 789 321.

For more information about the event visit the event organiser’s website –

For information about how to get to the event by bus or train visit

Sefton’s Festival of Golf tees off in style!

Wildflower meadows, literary festivals and more join the #SeftonCrowd!

The first round of projects on Sefton’s very own crowdfunding platform have now launched.

Seven ventures are now live on the SeftonCrowd – an online platform which allows volunteers and community groups to gain the financial support of people across the borough and further afield so they can create life changing projects.

Projects, ranging from the creation of wildflower meadows, a Children’s Literary Festival and a wheelchair-accessible horseback nature trail are now open to receive backing from residents and businesses in Sefton.

They are:

Empower Our Flowers (The Atkinson, Southport)
Crosby Youth Cafe (The Mix, Crosby)
Stafford Moreton Way Wildflower Meadow (Maghull Town Council, Maghull)
Bees, Blooms & Butterflies (Rimrose Valley Friends, Seaforth)
Lean, Grow Share (Regenerus, Bootle)
Bootle Children’s Literary Festival (Ykids, Bootle)
Horseback nature trail (Shy Lowen Sanctuary, Sefton)

Anyone can support a project for as little at £2 and funding may also be available via Sefton Council’s Community Transition Fund and other national funding pots.

Tanya Wilcock, Sefton Council’s Head of Communities, said: “We could not be more delighted with the reception of our SeftonCrowd initiative and the first round of projects which are now open for support.

“Throughout the creation of SeftonCrowd we wanted to encourage the creation of community projects which make a huge difference to our brilliant borough and we feel that these projects from across the borough really reflect our hopes.

“I would encourage as many people as possible to visit the SeftonCrowd website and give their support to those projects which resonate the most with them.”

For more information or to support a project in your area, please visit

Suspected stolen property found in Hightown – Is this yours?

Merseyside Police are issuing images of suspected stolen property found earlier this week in Hightown in an effort to reunite the items with their owners.

On Monday, April 15, various items were found in Blundell Road following a report from a member of the public that two men had discarded them on being seen. It is not yet known from where these items were taken, but they are described as follows:

Carrera Vulcan mountain bike

Apollo Evade mountain bike

Panasonic Toughbook laptop

Various coins, some antique

If you recognise any of these items as yours or belonging to someone you know, please contact @MerPolCC with reference number 19100178859 and be in touch.

Anyone with information about suspected burglary can contact @MerPolCC, call 101 or our dedicated Operation Castle team or @CrimestoppersUK anonymously on 0800 555 111 #OpCastle #BeatTheBurglar

Pay It Forward in Sefton with acts of kindness

Sefton’s Year of Friendship has shone a light on the selfless way the borough’s residents support each other.

Sefton’s Council for Voluntary Services (CVS) is calling on that community spirit to lead Sefton’s contribution to Pay It Forward Day on April 28. The theme this year is “Our Gift to You, Your Gift to Give”.

Sefton CVS are hosting two Year of Friendship themed community events at Strand By Me in Bootle Strand Shopping Centre, Friday, April 26, 10am – 1pm and Southport Community Centre, Saturday, April 27, 11am – 4pm. Each event will see volunteers come together, share ideas, stories and create friendship bracelets to mark the occasion.

Building on the success of last year’s Pay It Forward Day, Sefton CVS and Sefton Council are asking residents to let them know about any events, activities or simple acts of kindness they are performing so they can spread the word throughout the borough.

In the spirit of the day, Sefton CVS are asking individuals and organisations to take part in and organise events across the weekend from Thursday April 25 – Sunday, April 28.

Activities may include:

  • A community meal
  • Sowing a Wild flower meadow
  • Giving books away
  • Giving away planters and bulbs
  • A free music concert
  • Giving away bunches of flowers
  • Buying a coffee for a stranger
  • Free cakes in the cafe
  • Free car wash
  • Paying for someone’s parking

To make Pay It Forward Day a special day in Sefton, let Sefton CVS know your 0rganisation’s plans by email or alternatively, you can tag both Sefton CVS and Sefton Council on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram using #PayItForwardSefton

Protecting children’s rights in the workplace

Sefton Council is reminding businesses that employ children aged between 13 and 16 years old that they need permits to comply with employment laws. These permits are free of charge from the Local Council that the place of employment resides.

No child aged below 13 is allowed to work in England unless they are taking part in a performance and have a performance licence.

There is a National Awareness Campaign which takes place across the country this April, where councils will be reminding employers that children aged between 13 and 16 years old require Work Permits to enable them to undertake part-time work.

The welfare of children is paramount and if they are taking part in part-time work opportunities, we need to ensure that their needs are being met by employers and that children who do work are doing so safely.

During next month’s Child Employment fortnight, County Council officers will be visiting places of businesses across the borough during the fortnight to make sure that young people in part-time jobs are safe and working legally.

Under byelaws regulating the Employment of Children and Street Trading by persons aged under 18 years old, which was introduced over 50 years ago, teenagers aged between 13 and 16 years old can take part in light work in a number of different areas including: shop work, office work and working in cafes, restaurants, car washing and riding stables.

No child may be employed before 7.00 am or after 7.00 pm on any day.  No child may work for more than 4 hours without a break of at least 1 hour and no child can work for more than 2 hours on a Sunday between the hours of 7.00 am and 7.00 pm.

During term time, no child can be employed for more than 12 hours per week and there are also other guidelines for the number of weekends and hours during holiday times that children can work.

For more details on Child Employment fortnight, please visit;


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