Knives Cost Lives

Lancashire Police are supporting a week of action aimed at reducing knife crime. You may have heard lots from friends, and on social media about knives and knife crime across the country. There have been some high profile cases and lots on the news including the recent incident at Runshaw College.
Operation Sceptre, which runs from March 11th to 15th, is a national campaign targeting knife crime and those who carry knives.While Lancashire is not experiencing the same tragic levels of knife crime seen in other parts of the country, we are keen to stress that any incident involving a knife could have deadly consequences and destroy lives. While there is a focus on activity during this week, our commitment to taking knives off the streets will continue longer term and involve schools and colleges, health services and trading standards.
Knife bins are being used at police stations in Blackpool, Burnley, Preston, Morecambe, Fleetwood, Greenbank Blackburn, Chorley and Nelson, during the surrender where people can hand in any knives. There are also two permanent bins at Tanhouse and Digmoor Community Centres in Skelmersdale. Knives need to be safely wrapped in tape and newspaper before putting in the bins. If you have a knife and want to get rid of it please take this opportunity to dispose of it anonymously and safely.
Chief Supt Neil Ashton, joint Head of Crime at Lancashire Constabulary, said: “Too many families have been affected by knife crime and just one person being stabbed is one too many. The consequences of carrying and using a knife is devastating and potentially life-threatening.
“We would encourage anyone with information about knife crime in the area to contact police or independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 anonymously.”
Find out about Section 60 stop and searches here
There’s lots more on knife crime on Fearless – Crimestoppers young people’s website.

Forensic Science for the Future

Lancashire Forensic Science Academy is the first collaboration of its kind to be based within a constabulary headquarters. The combination of police forensic expertise and academic excellence within purpose built facilities is designed to create an optimum environment for training and professional development.

Forensics for the future

 

Communities Defeat Terrorism

If you’ve seen or heard something that could suggest a terrorist threat to the UK do not ignore it, report it.

You can help the police tackle terrorism and save lives by reporting suspicious behaviour and activity. If you see or hear something unusual or suspicious trust your instincts and ACT by reporting it, in confidence, at gov.uk/ACT.

Any piece of information could be important, it is better to be safe and report. Your actions could save lives.

Kayleigh’s Love Story

Kayleigh’s Love Story is a film about the last 13 days of the life of 15-year-old Kayleigh Haywood.

The schoolgirl was groomed on Facebook by Luke Harlow, a man she had never met, she thought she had found someone who loved her. But she had walked into a nightmare and was raped by Luke before being raped and murdered by his next door neighbour Stephen Beadman in October 2015.

Murders like this are very rare, but sadly grooming via Facebook by older men pretending to be younger men are not.

Luke was actively trying to groom several girls at the same time and sent 2,000 messages in a 24 hour period to lots of girls. Sadly Kayleigh believed his story and was lured to his home.

Please be aware of the dangers you face. If someone you don’t know is talking to you on line, check they really are who they claim, and don’t arrange to meet them. Your well-being is too precious for that.

Watch the film here, some viewers may find this content upsetting.

If you are worried about an online friendship or are worried for a friend or loved one, get help. Check out our E-Safety and Abuse sections for more or visit Nest Lancashire.

Safer Internet Day 2019

How are you going to get involved to make the internet a safer place for everyone? Find out more.

Grant is named Young Citizen of the Year

A Skelmersdale teenager has been named as the High Sheriff of Lancashire’s Young Citizen of the Year 2017.

Grant Walker, 18, topped a list of more than 65 young and inspiring people from across the county who have made a real difference in their community.

The announcement was made during a special award ceremony at Lancashire Police headquarters in Hutton on Thursday, March 23rd.

Grant was praised by judges for his work volunteering to help rebuild a community in the depths of Africa and transforming community gardens in Tanhouse, Skelmersdale, despite personal challenges he faced.


John Barnett, High Sheriff of Lancashire, said: “The Young Citizen of the Year Award promotes young people’s achievements, highlighting the valuable contribution they make to the communities in which they live.
“My wife Danielle and I were delighted with the number and variety of entrants for this year’s prize, but, following careful adjudication with the judging panel, we felt Grant was a worthy winner.
“With an extremely challenging childhood and difficulties Grant still gave up his personal time selflessly to help to re-build a community in Africa bringing happiness and life into a disabled community which needed it the most and leaving an imprint of his kindness and good will to help others across the world”
“These awards are designed to celebrate the fantastic work young people like Grant do every day.”

A panel of judges including the current High Sheriff, the Lancashire Partnership Against Crime (LANPAC); Joel Arber, Pro Vice-Chancellor from the University of Central Lancashire and the former High Sheriff Rodney Swarbrick, who initiated the award, also selected a second and third place.

Runner-up Megan Holmes, 12, from Penwortham, was congratulated for her the idea of the ‘hope bag’ which contains items such as hats, gloves, socks, toiletries and foil blankets to be handed out to homeless people living on the streets.

Megan came up with the idea whilst out Christmas shopping with her mum when she noticed numerous people who were spending a cold winter night on the streets of Preston.

In third place was Lewis Baxter, 18, from Blackburn who was recognised for his work in promoting awareness of mental health and understanding others after previously suffering with depression himself.

Chief Constable of Lancashire Constabulary Steve Finnigan said: “We are extremely proud of our continued involvement in the Young Citizen of the Year Award and I am delighted that we have been able to host the award ceremony here at our headquarters in Hutton.
“I have heard all about the wonderful nominations received and the great work that the entrants have done to support other people and communities – some local, some international –  that need it.
“I would like to personally congratulate the winner, Grant, along with the runners up Megan and Lewis for their outstanding, selfless contributions in helping others including disabled children in Africa, the homeless and those suffering with mental health issues.”

Joel Arber, Pro Vice-Chancellor from the University of Central Lancashire added: “It’s tremendous to see so many examples of selflessness, initiative, drive and bravery from young people across the county.
“It has been truly inspiring to learn of their achievements and the impact they’ve made on the people and communities around them.
“Grant is an extremely worthy Young Citizen of the Year who’s not only made a great contribution in his local community but has used his skills to make a real difference to people’s lives in Africa.”

Don’t use a phone at the wheel

From Wednesday 1 March 2017, changes to the law come into effect that mean drivers who are caught using a mobile at the wheel will receive six points on their licence and a £200 fine, doubling the previous punishment.

This means that for those of you who are new drivers, if you are caught just once using your mobile phone whilst you are driving, so that’s within two years of passing your test, you could lose your licence. You will then have to re-apply for your provisional and re-take both the theory and practical tests.

Whether it’s looking at a text or a new social media post, streaming a video behind the wheel, checking emails or making a phone call, all of these activities are dangerous. Research shows that your four times more likely to crash if you use your phone and drive and your reaction time is 50% slower.

For those who aren’t able to drive yet, even as a passenger you can help to keep our roads safe. Don’t distract the driver with a mobile phone, a momentary lapse in concentration could cause a crash. And why not tell your friends, siblings, parents and family members about the tougher new penalties and encourage them to stay safe by not using a phone behind the wheel.

The message is clear and simple – don’t use you mobile phone when driving.

Hundreds of Apprenticeships up for Grabs

Get those CVs at the ready as the countdown begins to Lancashire’s largest ever Apprenticeship Expo on Tuesday 14th March at Preston Guild Hall.

The event is ideal for school leavers, young people and adults who will have the chance to meet face-to-face with some of Lancashire’s biggest and best employers to discuss the Apprenticeships and job opportunities on offer.

Around 50 businesses will be there between 12pm and 7pm with confirmed attendees including: BAE Systems, Leyland Trucks, NHS, BAXI, United Utilities, Harrison Drury, Sika and KPMG.

Amongst the many Apprenticeships on offer include jobs in construction, business, engineering and healthcare.

Jobseekers are encouraged to come armed with their CV to take advantage of this one-of-a-kind opportunity.

The event is being run in partnership with Preston’s College, University of Central Lancashire, Lancashire Constabulary and Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

Andrew Richardson, lead organiser of the event, said: “This is a great chance for young people and businesses to come together and discuss job opportunities available across the county.

“The Expo gives a platform to find the right talent and we know that some employers could potentially interview candidates on the day.”

Entry to the jobs fair is free and more information can be found at www.appexpo.co.uk including a full list of exhibitors.

Lancashire students celebrate Safer Internet Day

Students across Lancashire joined their local officers to celebrate National Safer Internet Day 2017, taking part in talks and activities discussing how to stay safe online. Pupils used their creative talents to think of new ways to get these serious messages across. A fun day was had by all – here are some of the best moments.

Safer Internet Day 2017

Tuesday 7th February is Safer Internet Day and this year’s theme is ‘Be the change: unite for a better internet’. Lots of you will be taking part in activities in school and college to think about how to use the internet well and what you can do to improve you online life. The Safer Internet Centre are encouraging you to follow these tips to make a positive change online:

  • Be kind
    Use images and videos to make a positive impact, and think carefully about the impact on others before you share something online.
  • Be the change
    Make the internet a great place for all. Use the positive power of images and videos to help create a better internet.
    Do you know how to be positive to keep yourself and others safe online? Try their Safer Internet Day 2017 quiz now to find out!
  • Be you
    Think before you post. What do your images and videos say about you; are you happy with the story you are telling? What you share online could be there forever, can be misinterpreted and could also reveal personal information about you.
  • Be a critical thinker
    Seeing is not believing… when you see something online take a moment to see the full picture. Not everything or everyone online can be trusted.
  • Be safe
    Never agree to meet up offline with someone you only know online. No matter how friendly they might seem or how well you think you know them, they are still a stranger. Always tell a trusted adult if someone online asks to meet up.

 

 

 

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