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  • E-Fit Appeal: Partially-Sighted Man Racially Abused, Liverpool City Centre

    Detectives have released an e-fit of a man who racially abused a partially-sighted man on the edge of Liverpool city centre.

    The 53-year-old from Cheshire was in the city for an appointment at the Royal Liverpool University Hospital when he became lost.

    He asked several passers-by for directions after finding himself on Bedford Street South but, while following the directions of a postman, he was suddenly confronted by another man who demanded to know who he was and why he was in the area.

    The man became increasingly confrontatonal and used racially abusive language towards the 53-year-old victim, who is white.

    The victim walked away from the offender and called a friend who came to pick him up. The offender also left the scene.

    He is described as black, aged in his 50s, aroudn 6ft tall and off heavy build. He was wearing a sandy-coloured hat and thick, winter clothing which was predominantly brown.

    The victim, who is clearly blind as one of his eyes is closed, was uninjured but extremely shaken.

    Detectives from St Anne Street CID's Sigma unit are treating the incident as a hate crime and are appealing for anyone who recognises the man in the e-fit to contact them.

    Detective Constable Tracy O'Hara, said; "This was a deeply upsetting thing to happen to this gentleman. He was visiting Liverpool from elsewhere and became lost and at first several people tried to help him. However another man has taken it upon himself to be quite hostile to him and actually racially abuse him. This incident was completely unprovoked and left the victim feeling really scared and vulnerable. He has however been able to provide a detailed description of the offender and I would urge people to take a good look at the e-fit and contact me if you recognise him. I am also keen to hear from the postman who helped give the victim directions. You were the last person to speak to him before the incident and may well have information that could help us identify his attacker."

    The incident happened on April 29th at 11am. Call Merseyside Police on 0151 777 4808 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

  • Men Convicted Of Atm Thefts / Attempted Thefts Across The Northwest And Central England

    Merseyside Police can confirm that two men have today (Thursday, 10 July) been convicted following a Crown Court trial for a series of thefts/attempt thefts from cash machines across the North West and central England.

    A further three men pleaded guilty in an earlier hearing.

    All five men were charged with Conspiracy to cause an explosion under s.3 (1) (a) Explosive Substances Act 1883,and Conspiracy to commit burglary other than a dwelling, Contrary to Sec 1(1) Criminal Law Act 1977.

    • Thomas Whittingham, 28 years, of Broughton Hall Road, West Derby was found guilty of both offences
    • Anthony Bushell. 29 years. of Childers Street, Old Swan was found guilty of both offences
    • Craig Cartwright, 39 years, of Vinecote Road, Coventry was found guilty of both offences
    • Kurt Beddoes, 31 years of Hanford Avenue, Orrell Park was found guilty of both offences
    • Ian Ellis, 30 years, of Warrington Road, Rainhill was found guilty of both offences

    All five men are to be sentenced on Friday, 5 September.

    These men were responsible for ATM attacks at 28 premises (banks, post offices and supermarkets) in Wirral, Lancashire, Cheshire, Southport, Liverpool, Prescot, Loughborough, Gloucester, Birmingham, Northampton and Derby. These attacks resulted in losses to the businesses targeted by the thieves, of approximately £1.5m, not to mention damage to the properties estimated to be in excess of £200,000.

    Detective Chief Inspector Gayle Rooney, from the Matrix Serious Organised Crime Team, said: "This is a culmination of year long investigation into crimes involving thefts from cash point machines across the North West and Central England."

    "Since January 2013, officers from the specialist Matrix Serious Organised Crime Team have worked tirelessly, using all the resources available to us to identify those responsible and take positive action."

    "This has included working closely with Warwickshire and West Mercia Police, and both the North West and Midlands Regional Organised Crime Units, as well as detectives from ten other forces."

    DCI Rooney, added: "These five men thought they were untouchable and they used hazardous tactics in targeting ATM's, clearly endangering members of the public. The techniques used by the men involved in these attacks were extremely dangerous and we are fortunate that no-one was hurt.  

    "Offenders often believe that by committing crimes in different force areas they can escape detection and arrest, but police forces across the country do work together, regardless of boundaries. This case is an example of painstakingly piecing together huge amounts of complex evidence, to bring people to justice.

    "It was a thorough, extensive investigation by officers from the Matrix Serious Organised Crime Team. I would like to thank all of those involved in the investigative process and the Crown Prosecution Service, who have worked together to bring these men to justice."

    "These men were driven by greed and a need to fund lavish lifestyles, expensive cars, holidays and large houses. They didn't' think about the danger of what they were doing and the potential that they could cause serious and significant injuries to others through their reckless actions."

    "These convictions send out a strong message to those who commit these types of crime. Merseyside Police is, and will always be, relentless in its targeting of criminals involved in serious and organised crime and for us there are no boundaries."

    Maria Corr, Senior Crown Prosecutor with the Crown Prosecution Service Mersey-Cheshire, has worked on the case throughout the investigation and charged all of the defendants. This involved working closely with West Mercia, Merseyside and other police forces.

    She said: "This has been a complex and painstaking investigation and we would like to thank the police for their work in helping us bring these men to justice.

    "The cash machines were often in residential areas and these men blew them up without a thought for the safety of the local community or the inconvenience caused to people who needed to get cash.

    "This was an organised gang who thought of nothing but their own criminal greed. Their conviction should send a message out that people who get involved in this sort of activity will be caught."

     

  • Chief Constable Sir Jon Murphy Officially Opens New Police Mutual Offices

    Chief Constable of Merseyside Police, Sir Jon Murphy, officially opened the new Liverpool offices of Police Mutual on Wednesday, 9 July.

    He joined staff and directors at the new premises at 20 Chapel Street and was given a tour of the building before the presentation of an official plaque to mark the occasion.

    Police Mutual employs around 90 people in Liverpool, as well as almost 200 at its head office in Lichfield.  It provides a range of financial services for police officers and staff across the country.

    Sir Jon said: "It's been a real pleasure to officially open the new premises and meet the people who'll be working here."

    Police Mutual's Operations Director Pete Marr said: "Our move to new premises in the city is part of an exciting next phase for Police Mutual, with new acquisitions and new initiatives to allow us to reach even more members and help them with their finances."

  • Lost Medication - Park Road, St Helens

    Merseyside Police is appealing for the public to be cautious after a quantity of prescription medication was reported as lost in the Merton Bank area of St Helens this morning (Wednesday, 9 July).

    It is believed the medication, consisting of 28 tablets of Zopiclone (7.5mg) may have been dropped on Park Road last night between 7.30pm and 9.30pm

    Enquiries into the incident are ongoing.  

    Officers are warning people that taking any medication that hasn't been prescribed for them can be dangerous and can even prove fatal.  

    Anyone who finds them should not consume them and instead hand them into their nearest police station, pharmacy or health centre.

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