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Last year Rose, her family and friends raised more than £6,000. They are hoping to boost that having just held a family fun day at the Cap Centre in Smethwick. There are also plans for a sponsored walk and a non-uniform day.

She is determined to help other families struck down by neuroblastoma, which tragically is the most common cancer diagnosed in the first year of life.

Merseyside police pledge crime clampdown

OFFICERS FROM Merseyside Police’s Matrix Serious Organised Crime unit (MSOC) unit, dedicated to tackling gun crime in the region, are appealing for witnesses after a Kirkby man was shot outside his home earlier this month.
The 24-year-old man was left seriously wounded after being shot in the back.

Police were called to a house in Brook Hey Drive, Kirkby, on Tuesday May 13, after hearing reports of gunfire.
When officers arrived at the scene, they found the man with bullet injuries to his back.

He was tended to by his partner, who is a nurse, before an ambulance arrived.

Motorway speeders to be fined up to £10,000

SPEEDING ON the motorway could land you with a hefty £10,000 fine under new plans announced by the government.

The highest maximum limits for offences including motorway speeding, could increase from £2,500 to £10,000. Fines for driving without insurance and selling alcohol to a child could are also set to rise.

Justice minister Jeremy Wright said the dramatic rise – the first since 1991– would give magistrates the "greater powers" needed to punish offenders.

Over £2 million assigned to families affected by murder

THOUSANDS OF people bereaved by the loss of a loved one to murder will be offered financial support from the government.

Victims’ Minister Damian Green announced that a £2.85m grant will be assigned to families' struggling to cope with unexpected death of a family member.

The Homicide Service will also assess each individual’s needs and offer specialist, practical and emotional help – from dedicated counselling to liaising with schools and employers, financial advice or help with childcare arrangements.

‘Some gang members are as young as eight’

WE NEED less talk and more real action to tackle root causes that push children as young as eight-years-old, youth workers have said.

Reacting to data presented at a gang summit at London’s City Hall on June 2, they said it was time to act to save more young lives.

Their call followed statistics from a report that showed nearly 1,000 young people under 25 were stabbed or shot last year.

The report, called Strategic Ambitions for London: Gangs and Serious Youth Violence, said 850 youths had knife wounds and 123 had gunshots when paramedics saw them.

Appeal to trace 'vulnerable' elderly man from south London

POLICE ARE appealing for the public's help to trace a vulnerable missing man from Streatham, south London.

James Bishop has been missing from his home address in Leigham Court Road, since 1am yesterday morning (June 8).

Mr Bishop is a black male, 5ft 10 inches tall with greying hair. He was last seen wearing an all black tracksuit and a black woolly hat with 'Timberland' written in white across the top. Mr Bishop normally wears black rimmed spectacles and he may be wearing a silver Medicare bracelet which details his health conditions and has contact details for next of kin.

Media and politicians to blame for rise in racism

THROUGH BLOOD sweat and tears early Caribbean migrants fought the prejudice that faced them the moment they stepped on to British soil.

From Brixton to Birmingham, Notting Hill to Liverpool, zealous activists such as the Mangrove Nine, photographer Len Garrison, journalist Alex Pascall, race equality campaigner Wally Brown, Claudia Jones, Neville Lawrence OBE and Baroness Doreen Lawrence dedicated their lives to standing up to blatant racism.

‘Time for action on media diversity’

BOYCOTTING THE TV licence may be the last resort to send a strong signal to broadcasters if media diversity fails to be addressed a TV pressure group has warned.

The stark message from pressure group TV Collective comes as media and entertainment union BECTU (Broadcasting Entertainment Cinematograph and Theatre Union) is set to lead a campaign to address the issue.

TV and film executives from the BBC, Channel 4, London Live and Film London are set to meet at the BECTU Freelancers Fair to debate how to get more ethnic minorities in front of and behind cameras.

‘A phenomenal woman’

MAYA ANGELOU was a “phenomenal woman” whose greatest legacy was her ability to rise above adversity, those who knew the legendary poet have said.

The outpouring of tributes in the US to the poet who died on May 28 were led by President Barack Obama who, in 2011, awarded the best-selling author, poet and activist the Presidential Medal of Freedom – the highest honour for a civilian. He hailed Angelou as “one of the brightest lights of our time.”

Chat show queen Oprah Winfrey, who Angelou mentored, described her as a “mother, sister and friend.”

Young leaders programme at risk as mayor cuts funding

A CHARITY that runs leadership courses for inner city youths is facing an uncertain future after a funding lifeline was pulled by the Mayor of London.

South London based Voyage (Voice of Youth and Genuine Empowerment) fears that it has held one of its last assessment days following the decision from City Hall because of public spending cuts.


Bosses of Voyage, delivered through the Black Police Association Charitable Trust, said it depended on the cash from the Mayor’s Office for Police and Crime (MOPAC) to fund its Young Leaders programme.