The full list of candidates for the forthcoming European Parliamentary Elections has been published today (Thurs 25 April.) Nine political parties and two individual candidates will contest the elections on Thursday 23 May to elect the North West of England's eight Members of the European Parliament (MEPs). The full list can be viewed at www.northwestvotes.gov.uk where you can also find more information about the European Parliamentary Elections in the region. More than five million electors across the North West - Cheshire, Cumbria, Greater Manchester, Lancashire and Merseyside - will have the opportunity to vote. The North West European Parliamentary Elections count and declaration of results for the North West region will take place in Manchester on Sunday 26 May, after polls close across Europe. People will not be able to vote in these elections unless they have ensured they are on the Electoral Register. If you are not registered already, visit www.gov.uk/register-to-vote and register by the Tuesday 7 May deadline. European Union citizens living in the North West, are eligible to vote in the European Parliamentary elections in either the United Kingdom or in their country of origin but not both. To vote in the United Kingdom, they must be registered to vote and have completed an additional form available at www.northwestvotes.gov.uk/downloads/file/3/european-voter-registration-form---uc1 The deadline for the return of this form is also Tuesday 7 May . Anyone eligible who is on the electoral register can choose to register to vote by post. Applications for a postal vote in this election must be received by 5pm on Wednesday 8 May. The deadline for proxy votes is 5pm on Wednesday 15 May. To find out more visit www.yourvotematters.co.uk
What you need to know Action Fraud has experienced an increase in the reporting of malicious calls, voicemails, text messages or emails to members of the public purporting to be from HMRC. The fraudsters state that as a result of their non-payment of tax or other duty, the victim is liable to prosecution or other legal proceedings such as repossession of belongings to settle the balance but can avoid this by arranging for payment to be made immediately by method such as bank transfer or by iTunes gift cards. If the victim is hesitant or refuses to comply, the suspect makes a threat such as immediate arrest, bailiffs or in cases where the victim appears to be of overseas origin; deportation. Often, the period for which the tax is allegedly due is distant enough to guarantee the victim will have little, if any, paperwork or ability to verify the claims. Once the money is paid the suspects sever all contact. It is vital that the public exercise caution when receiving messages or telephone calls of this nature. What you need to do Always question unsolicited requests for your personal or financial information. Just because someone knows your basic details (such as your name and contact details), it doesn't mean they are genuine. Instead, contact the company directly using trusted methods such as a known email address or phone number. Listen to your instincts. If something feels wrong then it is usually right to question it. No genuine organisation will ask you to pay taxes, bills or fees using iTunes Gift Cards, or any other type of voucher. Don't be rushed or pressured into making a decision. Under no circumstances would a genuine bank or some other trusted organisation force you to make a financial transaction on the spot. Report Phishing attempts. If you receive a call, text or email of this nature and have not lost money, report this as a phishing attempt to Action Fraud.
This article provides a link to the police crime statistics showing crime logged in the area and details of the actions being taken by the police in respect of the crime. The information is available by month by area.