82 year old jailed for
historical sex offences
ON Friday, 1 September 2017, Merseyside
Police welcomed the sentencing of a pensioner for historical sex offences
against children. John Joseph Joughin, 82, from Warrington, pleaded guilty to 16
charges of serious sexual offences against children on Merseyside. Joughin
groomed and molested 3 different children, of both sexes, including 1 aged as
young as 4 years of age, between 1966 and 1990. He was sentenced today at
Liverpool Crown Court to 11 years and 3 months, was placed on the Sex Offenders
Register for life and was subjected to a Sexual Harm Prevention Order.
Speaking after the case, Detective Constable Julia Jennings said:- "Joughin's
victims have shown immense strength and resilience throughout the prosecution
process. I hope that today's sentencing has released a huge weight from their
shoulders and they can now put 100% into their recovery. Specially trained
officers and lawyer's from Merseyside Police's Unity Team have been by their
side throughout the investigation and prosecution to provide support, to ensure
their evidence was presented to the court and to see justice served. I would
like to remind people that time should never be a barrier to obtaining justice
and I hope today's sentence give's Joughin's victims some sense of closure and
vindicates their decision to come forward and formally report these horrific
offences." People can call Merseyside Police on:- 101. Information
can also be passed to Crimestoppers, anonymously, on:- 0800 555 111.
'Friday Night Football'
THE new football season is upon us, and
young people from across Wirral are being asked to join in with 'Friday
Night Football.' The Oval Leisure Centre in Bebington, is inviting boys
and girls aged 12 to 19 years to play in small sided football matches and
tournaments with their friends on 3G pitches, for free. The football
'kicks off' on Friday, 15 September 2017, from 6.30pm to 8.30pm and
continues at the same time every week. Wirral Council's Sports Development Team
promotes and manages schemes to help young people access physical activities and
will be leading the free sessions with FA qualified and DBS checked coaches.
Cllr Phillip Brightmore, Cabinet member for Environment said:- "Regular,
free football sessions for young people are a great way to increase involvement
in healthy, safe activities and will improve the long term wellbeing of future
Invitation to Hospital Trust's Annual
MEMBERS of the public and Trust staff
are invited to the annual general meeting of Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS
Trust, on Wednesday, 20 September 2017. The event will be hosted by Trust chair
Richard Fraser and attended by members of the Board, including interim Chief
Executive Karen Jackson. There will be presentations by the Director of Nursing
and the Director of Finance. Members of the public will also have the
opportunity to meet and ask questions of Board members. The meeting will be held
in the lecture theatre of the Clinical Education Centre at Southport and Formby
District General Hospital, starting at 3.30pm. Light refreshments will be
available from 3pm. The event is expected to conclude no later than 5.30pm. The
Trust annual report is available
online under the "How we are
performing section." Alternatively, copies are available on request from
the Trust. Please call the Marketing and Communications Department on:- 01704
Councils at risk of being
unable to meet rising demand for Secondary School
49% of Councils across the country are
at risk of being unable to meet rising demand for Secondary School places within
the next 5 years, local Government leaders have warned.
New analysis of Department for Education figures and local pupil forecasts by
the Local Government Association warns that more than 125,000 children face
missing out on a Secondary School place by 2022/23.
The LGA said Councils urgently need to be given powers to force academies and
free Schools to expand if additional places are needed in a local area and
voluntary agreement cannot be reached.
With nearly ⅔ of Secondary Schools now academies, this is the only way to make
sure Council's can fulfil their statutory duty to ensure every child has a
Councils also need to be given back powers to build new Schools in areas where
they are needed if it is logistically impossible for local academies or free
Schools to provide the places needed.
Currently, although Councils have a duty
to make sure there are enough places in an area, all final decisions about new
Schools have to be made in Whitehall.
The LGA, which represents more than 370 Councils in England and Wales, has
repeatedly warned of the looming crisis in Secondary Schools places.
A surge in demand for Primary School places has seen Councils help deliver an
additional 600,000 Primary School places since 2010.
This surge has been achieved
mostly by expanding existing Council maintained Primary Schools, where Councils
have the powers they need to require Schools to expand.
The LGA analysis reveals that unless more Secondary School places are created,
12 local authorities will face a Secondary School place shortfall in 2018/19.
This will rise to 23 in 2019/20, 41 in 2020/21, 57 in 2021/22 and 66 in 2022/23.
More information and data about this can be found on the Government's Digital
Cllr Richard Watts, Chair of the LGA's Children and Young People Board, said:-
"As the LGA has previously warned, the School places squeeze is now about to hit
Secondary Schools. More and more families will face growing uncertainty when
trying to secure their child's Secondary School without action. Councils have
worked hard to help create almost 600,000 additional Primary places since 2010.
This is no small feat. However, as those children move on to Secondary Schools,
the majority of which are now Academies, securing new Secondary places in the
areas where they are needed is becoming increasingly difficult. Councils are
working with one hand behind their backs to help as many pupils as possible
receive a place at their 1st choice School. If we are to avoid this looming
Secondary School places crisis, Councils need to be able to force existing
Academy Schools to expand if voluntary agreement is impossible and must be given
back powers to open new maintained Schools themselves."