Innovation funding awarded to Lancashire Police and Crime Commissioner for early
LANCASHIRE'S Police and Crime Commissioner has welcomed news that 2 bids to the
Police Innovation Fund have been successful securing almost £900k for pioneering
work to help support vulnerable people to lead more fulfilling lives.
The Commissioner joined forces with Lancashire Constabulary and other public
services from across Lancashire to bid for Home Office funding to support their
pioneering early action work. The money will bring together public and emergency
services to improve co-ordination ensuring vulnerable people receive support and
intervention before they reach crisis point. This approach can help reduce
demand on the Police and other public services and improve life chances for the
The money will be used to set up a single Lancashire Public Service Volunteer
hub which will support public service volunteering across the County. It will
also help support individuals and communities more effectively whilst making the
most of volunteers' time and expertise.
In addition funding has also been allocated for a new case management system
that will allow better sharing of data between agencies.
Speaking about the successful bid Commissioner Grunshaw said:- "In Lancashire we
have put early intervention at the heart of what we do. We know that prevention
is better than cure and working with vulnerable and at risk people at the
earliest opportunity gets the best results for them, whilst reducing the need
for more complex work at a later date. This money will support our
ground breaking work and put Lancashire at the forefront of this approach
nationally. The work will meet the priorities of reducing crime and protecting
vulnerable people set out in my Police and Crime, reducing Police demand and
Assistant Chief Constable Mark Bates said:- "This is a fantastic opportunity for
partners to work together to the benefit of our local communities and seeks to
encourage people to play a part in making communities safer, more resilient and
Clive Grunshaw, the Lancashire Police and Crime Commissioner is responsible
► Recruiting the Chief Constable and holding him to account for the work of the
► Setting and updating a county wide Police and crime plan.
► Meeting and consulting residents about crime and anti social behaviour.
► Setting the Police budget and agreeing the Council Tax precept that goes
towards funding the Police in Lancashire.
The Commissioner's Police and Crime Plan includes 4 priorities. These include
defending front line policing, protecting vulnerable people, tackling crime and
re-offending and championing victims' rights.
For more information about the work of the Lancashire Police and Crime
Prescot Festival Celebrates
A Merseyside arts festival
is asking budding writers to take inspiration from William Shakespeare, in the
400th year since the death of the great playwright. The Prescot Festival
of Music and the Arts has chosen 'in a pickle' as the theme for
its annual short story contest, now in its fifth year. The phrase was 1st
documented in the tragicomedy The Tempest, likely Shakespeare’s final play.
Shakespeare has a special connection to Prescot he counted among his rich
patrons the first Earl of Derby, whose family seat to this day is Knowsley Hall
in the town. And Prescot made national news this March when Shakespeare North’s
project to build an Elizabethan Theatre and College in the Town received local
and central government funding to the tune of £11 million. During festival
week (17 June to 26 June 2016), the brilliantly entertaining MATE Productions
will be performing:- 'pop up Shakespeare' (Sunday, 19 June at the Prescot Carnival) and musical theatre company BOST will doff its cap to the Bard with
selections from Kiss Me Kate and West Side Story, based on The Taming of the
Shrew and Romeo and Juliet, respectively. in its Songs from the Shows concert on
Saturday, 25 June 2016. Other highlights of this year’s Prescot Festival include
Swingshift Big Band, Nigel Ogden of BBC Radio 2’s The Organist Entertains, and a
‘come and sing’ performance of Mozart’s Requiem by the Prescot
Festival Chorus. Full programme information, as well as details on how to enter
the 2016 Prescot Festival Short Story Competition (deadline 30 May), can be
The Blow Monkeys 2016 Live Dates
FOLLOWING the success of The Blow Monkeys latest album the self released
Now, When?" in 2015 the band are ready to spread the love and share the music
out there "live" once again! They will open their UK tour at Liverpool's St
George's Hall, on Thursday, 21 April 2016, at 7:30pm.
Since they reformed in 2008 The Blow Monkeys have been recording and performing
again with almost indecent haste. This is a chance to catch a legendary band
with all four original members performing at the peak of their powers with a mix
of "classic hits" and brand new songs all infused with that enigmatic simian
soul. "We are so looking forward to coming back to Liverpool, especially playing at
this magical venue! We have strong ties to Liverpool all the photos on The Blow
Monkeys current album 'If Not Now, When?' were taken there and it almost feels
like coming home. For me Liverpool is still the No 1 music City in the UK!" said
The Blow Monkeys will be forever synonymous with those international hit songs
from the 80's such as:- "Digging Your Scene" and "It Doesn't Have To Be This Way",
with Dr Robert the iconic frontman. But the man himself prefers to live in the
present, he added:- "We've made 4 albums in the last 6 years since we reformed.
We're on a roll! It's not about nostalgia and never will be. Of course we play
the old songs live and love doing them, but the buzz also comes from doing
something new. Our audience is hip enough to know that." Live, the band are a sight to behold. Mick Anker on bass, the man who used to
wear sideburns topped off with a bowler hat, continues his mesmeric swaying ways
whilst playing intricate bass lines of funk and grace. Neville Henry, multi
instrumentalist best known for his achingly beautiful tenor sax lines and
stylish suits. Tony Kiley on drums, a powerhouse from the valleys of South
Wales, who can explode like Buddy Rich and swing like Gene Krupa. And of course
Dr Robert, the iconic front man and songwriter, spouting opinions and poses in
equal measure with a canny sense of knowing and a suitcase full of killer songs.
So here we have it, a "must see" band! Invigorated, charged and on a roll,
playing their unique and unmistakable Blow Monkey boogie. Robert says:- "We're
really only just beginning to get the hang of all this. We can't wait to get out
and play it again it's where it all becomes real."
Tickets can be purchase in person at TicketQuarter, Queen Square, Liverpool,
online or via calling:- 0844 800 0410.
Letters to the Editor:- "Southport is
now a grotty Town!"
can't see why Southport is still known as 'England's classic resort?' I never thought I would say this, but
we popped into Southport on our holidays,
for run up to Easter. I remember Southport looking amazing from my childhood.
a few years back when we for the Air Show and it looked nice back then as
well. But I have never
seen it looking so bad as it does now. 1st we found parking was horrendous and
then found out, travellers have moved in to Town Centre car park! Then we
spotted most of the small shops had close down. Letter in the side roads and in
the flowerbeds... What has gone wrong with the Town? It was a magical, butiful
place to visit once... The other annoying thing is we
got accosted by people asking for cash all the time. It just felt to us
that the Town
was rundown and people just did not care anymore. I'm shocked by the
deterioration of the area. Plus what is it about the Traffic wardens
in the area? We spotted them all over the place! How did
Southport get so bad?" Jane, from Llandudno.
"We have read your comments and are very sorry to hear your views. We do hope
you will come back to Southport in the Summer. That way you can see the
Town in a better light, when all the major attractions are taking place. Sadly
the Town is going though a change recently and it is off season, so many
businesses are re-painting and building, plus the weather is not helping."
Please email your views to:-
News24@SouthportReporter.Com on this issue. Do you agree that
Southport is a:- "Grotty Town?"