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Video badges to fight hate crime

This shop worker welcoms the badges. Credit: ITV News

The cameras are worn by a worker around their neck and, if they feel threatened or intimidated, can be activated by the press of a button.

The incident can be captured in full and used as evidence to support a police investigation.

In February, police in Knowlsey secured the first detection in the country using footage from the 'video badges' when they traced a 16-year-old student from Huyton who had racially abused a local shopkeeper.

How the badges look. Credit: ITV News

The incident was captured by the camera, which was being worn around the shopkeeper's neck, and within days the offender's face had been circulated among local police officers.

A school liaison officer recognised him and his parents were informed.

The boy initially denied having been part of the group that had been in the shop but when he and his mother were shown the footage.

The badges work alongside more common security measures such as CCTV. Credit: ITV News


ID badge cameras to help shop workers fight crime

Shopkeepers in Merseyside are being offered ID badges containing video recording devices in the fight against hate crime.

Dozens of tiny video cameras with crystal clear picture and sound quality are being offered to businesses suffering from anti-social behaviour.

The cameras are the size of an ID card holder and Merseyside Police say they have proved a big success during a recent trial in Knowsley.

The force says it helped officers investigate hate crimes and given local shopkeepers greater peace of mind.

Royal Birkdale to host The Open in 2017

Royal Birkdale Golf Club. Credit: PA

The Royal Birkdale, near Southport, will host The Open Golf Championships in 2017, the R&A announced today.

Five-time Open Champion Tom Watson, who won The Open at Royal Birkdale in 1983 and at Carnoustie in 1975, joined The R&A to make the announcement at the Greenbrier.

He said “Royal Birkdale is a fine links course and I have always thoroughly enjoyed playing there.

"I think the players and the fans will be excited to see the top players playing these courses once again.”

Royal Birkdale hosting The Open in 2008.

The course will host The Open for the tenth time on July 20, 2017.

The R&A also announced today that Carnoustie will host the competition in 2018.

This year's Open Championship will be played at the Royal Liverpool, in Hoylake, Wirral, later this month.

Spain's Sergio Garcia at the 2006 Open at Royal Liverpool. Credit: PA

Call for inquiry to be held over RAF Tornado crash

Scottish MP Angus Robertson says there is an overwhelming need for an inquiry.
Scottish MP Angus Robertson says there is an overwhelming need for an inquiry. Credit: PA

Scottish MP Angus Robertson has called for a fatal accident inquiry to be held into the 2012 RAF Tornado crash which killed three people in his constituency.

Speaking after a Ministry of Defence report concluded the accident could have been avoided if the aircrafts had been installed with collision warning systems, he said it was 'extremely distressing' for the families involved and 'damning for the MoD.'

He added: "It is scandalous that the MoD committed to a Tornado collision warning system in 1998, bizarrely cancelled it 12 years later, then changed its mind - but it was all far too late to potentially avert the fatal crash in 2012.

"There is now an overwhelming public interest case for a fatal accident inquiry."

Warning system could have stopped RAF tornado crash

Flt Lt Adam Sanders, from Southport, died in June 2012. Credit: PA

An onboard collision warning system could have helped prevent a mid-air crash between two RAF Tornados in which a Merseyside man and two others died.

Flt Lt Adam Sanders, from Southport, was killed along with Sqd Ldr Samuel Bailey and Flt Lt Hywel Poole in the crash over the Moray Firth in Scotland in July 2012.

The men were all based at RAF Lossiemouth in Moray.

Investigators from the Military Aviation Authority (MAA) concluded the cause of the accident was "a lack of recognition of converging flight paths" which saw both aircraft in the same airspace at the same time.

In its 278-page report, published today by the Ministry of Defence (MoD), poor weather conditions and "shortcomings" of the risk management process were amongst some of the other 16 factors listed.

An MoD spokesman said the investigation found the lack of a CWS did not cause the accident but was one of a number of factors which made it "more likely to happen".


Concern for missing 75 year old from Wirral

Trevor Haskayne

Merseyside Police is appealing for the public's help in tracing a missing man from Wirral. Trevor Haskayne, 75, was last seen by family at his home on School Lane, Meols on Saturday, 21 June. Trevor’s family say disappearance is out of character and he has never been reported as missing before.

Trevor is described as white, 5ft 7in tall, of a slim build with grey hair and a tanned complexion. He is believed to be in possession of a navy blue case with brown handles and a wristwatch with a snakeskin strap

Water rescue exercise taking place on Merseyside

Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service are completing a rescue exercise for people in difficulty in open water. It takes place after a 17-year-old boy drowned in a reservoir in Lancashire.

Rescue team
A rescue team approaches the water during the training exercise. Credit: Matt Ratcliffe, ITV News

The exercise is part of a campaign during National Drowning Prevention week. It hopes to educate young people of the dangers of swimming in reservoirs, lakes and quarries.

Rescuers approach a mock casualty
Rescuers approach a mock casualty during the training exercise. Credit: Matt Ratcliffe, ITV News

Woman invents six children to claim 43k in benefits

A Merseyside woman blatantly invented six non-existent children to obtain almost £43,000 in state benefits. 42-year-old Angela Callaghan also obtained a further £5,000 for herself by helping three other women make similar false claims involving twins.

Callaghan also failed to reveal her eldest child was no longer in education.

Her dishonest involvement cost the state a total of £55,113 and today Callaghan, who began offending just months after receiving a community sentence for a previous £9,000 benefit fraud conviction, was jailed for 12 months.

The representations you made and the fraud you committed was not only long and persistent it was flagrant and brazen.

"They were really audacious representations you made over a considerable period of time in order to receive a substantial amount of tax credits that you knew only too well that you were not entitled to.

– Judge David Aubrey, QC
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