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<b>Friday Oct 30:</b> iPod rewards for turning up at school, graduates increase by degrees, Hallow'een TV licence busters and top bobby

Published on October 30th 2009.

SCHOOLCHILDREN ARE BEING OFFERED REWARDS by Knowsley council in an effort to improve attendance rates. The initiative will see pupils with the highest rates being awarded iPods or days out. A council spokesperson said, “The rewards system is just part of our wider truancy policy”.

LIVERPOOL HAS BEEN PRAISED FOR ATTRACTING more graduates to the city, closing the gap on Leeds and Manchester. The proportion of university graduates in the workforce leapt by nearly ten percentage points between 1995 and 2008, according to a new study by Centre for Cities, enjoying the biggest increase outside London. But the think tank also warned that more businesses needed to be attracted to the city to geared to graduate employment. Council leader Bradley said the research demonstrated efforts to create “a high-skilled and well-paid economy” were being realised.

OVER 6,500 PEOPLE HAVE BEEN CAUGHT without a television licence in Liverpool this year. Licensing staff will be out on Halloween and licence-fee dodgers are being warned they could be in for a shock if caught watching TV illegally. Phil Reed, TV Licensing spokesperson for Northern England, said, “We’ll be knocking on doors as usual this Halloween and will continue to do so over the winter.” Anyone caught without a licence risks prosecution and a fine up to £1,000.

A MERSEYSIDE POLICEMAN HAS BEEN NAMED Britain’s best bobby at the annual Jane’s Police Review Gala Awards. Pc Shaun Brady is credited with turning round one of the region’s most crime-ridden areas since starting on his patch, the Cockburn Street area in Toxteth, in 2000. Since then, Pc Brady has has masterminded drugs raids and projects to blitz anti-social behaviour.

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