Investigation reveals bosses had enough cash to keep gym open for three more years

January 23rd, 2017 in Featured News

Major questions over the financial management of a local charity have been asked after contradictory accounts were discovered by a Southport’s Champion newspaper investigation. The report revealed that bosses at YMCA Sefton were sitting on a healthy £1million in unrestricted funds just nine months before its shock closure, according to a financial report to Companies… Read more »


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A drugged up van driver caught on the phone in Southport

January 24th, 2017 in News

Photo: Drug driver arrested on Preston New Road, Southport Officers from Merseyside Police have been using unmarked Police cars today(Tuesday 24 January) to catch drivers using their phones while driving. The van driver above using his phone on Preston New Road, Southport was arrested after failing a drug test. The van driver on his phone… Read more »


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Vandals destroy more BHS windows

January 24th, 2017 in News

Vandals have struck at BHS Southport again and destroyed more windows in then now defunct building. Shattered glass littered chapel street throughout today after a number of youths dressed in black were spotted smashing and breaking glass.  The mindless idiots made off before anyone could catch them. Police have seen been to board up the… Read more »


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Councillor calls for cuts

January 24th, 2017 in News

A Southport councillor is calling for the Group Leaders’ Allowances on Sefton Council to be scrapped to support the local community. This proposal has been put forward by Cllr David Barton of the Dukes Ward. Councillor Barton told OTS News “I believe that during times of austerity, if we are to make cutbacks then all levels… Read more »


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Sign Up, Sign Up …… for the Sandgrounder Chester ale trail

January 24th, 2017 in News, Whats On

The next SANDGROUNDER Ale trail will take place on Wednesday 5th April. The Sangrounder on Lord Street are now taking bookings, so don’t miss out and call into the pub to put your name down. Submit News Contact us with your community, business or sport news. Phone 07581350321 Email ots@otsnews.co.uk Facebook https://www.facebook.com/Otsnews-Southport-1575528676012039/ Twitter  www.twitter.com/onthespot_news Breaking local news as it happens, searchable… Read more »


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Man fined after Ainsdale fly-tipping incident

January 24th, 2017 in News

Sefton Council is warning flytippers to think twice following the successful prosecution of a man from Wigan. Ben Molyneux, 41, of Norfolk Street was fined a total of £763.40 at South Sefton Magistrates Court on January 17 after he was caught illegally disposing of rubbish at Ainsdale Discovery Centre. The prosecution comes as Sefton Council launches a name… Read more »


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RSPB encourage Southport homeowners to invite birds into your garden

January 24th, 2017 in News

New homeowners across Southport are being encouraged to invite birds into their garden this month by local housebuilder, David Wilson Homes (DWH) North West, ahead of the RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch.  The national wildlife survey event is taking place from 28th to 30th January and encourages people to join the millions who take part in… Read more »


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Smedley Hydro Fundraising Breaks £100,000 Smedley Hydro Fundraising Breaks £100,000 Milestone

January 24th, 2017 in News

Photo shows Helen Thompson (far left), from the charity, receiving the cheque.  Left to right the charity team are Linda Edwards, then Diane Jackson with Ben James on the right. Record Breaking Fundraising at Smedley Hydro, Birkdale Last January the 2016 Charity Team (Linda Edwards, Diane Jackson and Ben James) decided to aim to raise… Read more »


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“Bring back National Service” – Says Birkdale resident

January 24th, 2017 in News

Photo: Bedford Park this morning, Tuesday 24 January Bring back the National Service!  That should be the punishment for the ongoing vandalism of Bedford Park according to frustrated neighbours. Last night young birch trees were snapped in half and destroyed by four teenagers in Bedford Park despite them only being recently planted. Now angry neighbours… Read more »


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Magistrates get greater power to deal speeding motorists and animal abusers2

January 24th, 2017 in News

Speeding drivers, people who film cruelty to animals  and Tv license dodgers are to face tougher penalties in court. New sentencing guidelines have been published today that will be used in all magistrates courts in England and Wales from April 24. Guidelines have been updated for for the first time in 10 years and include removing… Read more »


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John Bishops writer and star of Michael Mcintyre’s comedy roadshow will be in town

January 24th, 2017 in News, Whats On

THE ATKINSON, SOUTHPORT, Proudly present, LAUGH OUT LOUD COMEDY CLUB Saturday 4 February 2017 8.00pm Starring: Mick Ferry, Tom Wrigglesworth, Luke Honnoraty, Damion Larkin (MC)  Mick Ferry award winning star of BBC1`s Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow and writer for John Bishop’s Britain (BBC1). Mick is another top class headliner who’s renowned as a fine and imaginative act so much so he… Read more »


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Meols Ward Councillors Advice Centre – Thursday 26th January

January 23rd, 2017 in News

Meols Ward Councillors John Dodd, Nigel Ashton and Jo Barton will be holding their next Advice Centre on Thursday 26th January. They will be available from 10.30am-11.30am at BoxTree Kitchen for Queenscourt café, Manor Road/Cambridge Road roundabout to assist residents with any local issues, problems or complaints. Alternatively, the Lib Dem councillors can be contacted… Read more »


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22 local councillors to be axed to help save Sefton Council around £1million

January 23rd, 2017 in News

Photo: Conservative leader Terry Jones Southport councillors are calling for a cut in the number of representatives on the Local Authority – with as many as 22 councillors facing the axe if approved has been mooted a number of times by both the Southport Conservative and Southport Lib Dem Groups as apart of the Southport… Read more »


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Nursing students and registered Nurse recruitment event Tuesday 24th January

January 23rd, 2017 in News

Our next nurse recruitment event is on Tuesday 24 January at the Clinical Education Centre at Southport hospital between 3.30 and 6.30pm.  All our current nursing students are invited to attend. We are offering exciting opportunities for newly qualified nurses in medicine, surgery, theatres, and accident and emergency and a rotational preceptorship programme. All existing… Read more »


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FEFA Open Evening 2017

January 23rd, 2017 in News, Sports

An open evening is being held on Feb 23rd where prospective students and their parents can meet with staff and find out more about the top class education and training on offer. The Fowler Education and Football Academy (FEFA) was launched in 2015 by former Liverpool, Leeds, Manchester City and England striker Robbie Fowler and is… Read more »


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Over 5,250 local children in need of homes

January 23rd, 2017 in News

Photo: Luise and Mark Fisher Critical shortage of foster carers in the North West – over 5,250 children in local authority care in need of homes Southport foster carers Louise and Mark Fisher are campaigning to reduce the severe shortage of foster carers in their area. In the North West there are over 5,250 children… Read more »


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Southport to remember victims of the Holocaust

January 23rd, 2017 in News

Sefton will remember victims of the Holocaust during a special memorial ceremony open to the public.This year’s service will be attended by the Mayor of Sefton, Cllr Iain Brodie-Browne and takes place on Sunday, January 29, at Christ Church, Lord Street, Southport at 1.30pm. Partners including Sefton Council, the Association of Jewish Ex Service Men… Read more »


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Southport town centre bucks the national nightlife trend

January 23rd, 2017 in News

Photo: Peaky Blinders, Lord Street Southport town centre bucks the national nightlife trend  The pints are still pouring freely in Southport, say the Southport BID despite a nationwide freefall in the number of bars and pubs we see on the street. It is a fact worth raising a glass too, they say, that Southport sees… Read more »


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Residents invited to Southport jobs roadshow

January 23rd, 2017 in News

Sefton residents who want to mark the new year by getting a new job are being invited to a special employment day in Southport early next month. The Jobs Roadshow is being held at Southport Community Centre on Norwood Road in the town between 10am and 1pm on Thursday 2nd February. The event is being organised… Read more »


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Mecca Southport plays cupid with search to find local true love couple

January 23rd, 2017 in News

Ahead of Valentine’s Day Mecca Southport is playing cupid, with a search for couples who have found love in the club. The club, located at Garrick Parade, is on the hunt for couples in Southport, who have met and fallen in love whilst playing bingo, so they can receive a special treat from the team… Read more »


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Trees ripped down as gang of vandals go on the rampage

January 23rd, 2017 in News

Trees ripped down as gang of vandals go on the rampage More than a dozen youths are believed to have been involved in a wrecking spree that saw trees ripped down out along London street Southport over night. A local resident Nick Green said: “The gang was running riot down London Street last night. I really don’t understand… Read more »


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Appeal to locate missing Skelmersdale man

January 23rd, 2017 in News

Photo: Eugene Brogan Eugene Brogan aged 50 years, was last seen at his home address in Skelmersdale on the 18th of January 2017. We are concerned for his welfare and would urge anyone with information about where he is to contact us. If you think you have seen him or you know of his whereabouts, please… Read more »


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Eating burnt toast ‘increase cancer risk’

January 23rd, 2017 in News

Starchy foods should only be cooked until golden yellow to cut the risk of ingesting dangerous acrylamide, experts say Eating certain foods that have been cooked at high temperatures could be linked to cancer, according to health officials. The danger foods include chips, toast, biscuits, crackers, crisps, breakfast cereals (except for porridge), coffee, cooked pizza… Read more »


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Southport’s Tommy Fleetwood surges to Abu Dhabi victory

January 22nd, 2017 in News, Sports

Southport’s Tommy Fleetwood kept his cool on the back nine to come home in 31 and win his second European Tour title at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship. The Englishman entered the day a shot behind overnight leader Tyrrell Hatton and turned in 36 on a day of tough scoring and gusting winds at Abu… Read more »


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Bumper half term fun at Ainsdale beach

January 22nd, 2017 in News, Whats On

A Super week of beach related fun has been planned by Sefton Council for children on Ainsdale beach. Starting on Sunday February 5, rangers from the sefton coastal team will be hold a Sea Shell Search at the Ainsdale Discovery Centre from 2-3.30pm where young and old can take part in a short walk on… Read more »


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Hard faced swim equipment thief leaves pliers behind

January 22nd, 2017 in News

Photo: Swim Academy Southport, Royal Clifton Hotel Southport Hard faced swim equipment thief leaves pliers behind A hard faced thief that has been pinching swim equipment from Swim Academy Southport since September has left his/her pliers behind. Swim Academy owner Matthew Said: “Since September equipment has been going missing in dribs and drabs. In an… Read more »


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Result | Southport 2-4 North Ferriby

January 22nd, 2017 in News, Sports

Second-bottom North Ferriby crushed Southport at the Merseyrail Community Stadium. Curtis Bateson’s second goal of the season got the visitors off to a dream start after eight minutes. The 21-year-old took the ball around goalkeeper Magnus Norman and slotted home shortly after Ryan Fallowfield struck a post as the visitors seized early control. Rory McKeown… Read more »


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Email scam warning

January 22nd, 2017 in News

These emails have not been sent by the Insolvency Service. We are aware that people are receiving emails with the subject line of Company Investigations Inquiry Notice. If you receive an email like this you should delete it. Do not click on any links contained in the message as users are forwarded to a site… Read more »


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Spinal Injuries patient gets married at Southport Hospital

January 21st, 2017 in News

Wedding bells ring as hospital helps celebrate couple’s marriage Tricia Lorenz, a patient at the North West Regional Spinal Injuries Centre, today married partner of four years, Steve McEntee at the centre. Tricia, from Wrexham, has been a patient at the centre (based at Southport hospital) for seven months following a medical procedure in March 2016 that left her paralysed and on… Read more »


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Planned road works in the North West – Monday 23 to Sunday 29 January

January 21st, 2017 in News

Planned road works in the North West– summary for Monday 23 to Sunday 29 January 2017 The following summary of planned new and ongoing road improvements over the coming week is correct as of Friday 20 January and could be subject to change due to weather conditions or unforeseen circumstances. All our improvement work is… Read more »


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The Water Whisperer, teaches a non swimmer to swim 1/2 a mile!

January 20th, 2017 in News

The Water Whisperer, Gail, Teaches Bobbie a non swimmer with challenges, to swim 1/2 a mile! Here is a lovely story about Bobbie who is a little boy I taught to swim recently who had some challenges, his progress was amazing! When Bobbie first came to me his dad told me ‘Bobbie can not focus… Read more »


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Southport v North Ferriby Saturday January 21st Kick Off 3pm

January 20th, 2017 in News, Sports

Steve Burr and Keith Briggs have had three high quality training sessions at the JMO Sports Park this week preparing for Saturday’s Southport v North Ferriby Vanarama National League fixture. It really is a big three points on offer with the Sandgrounders aiming to create a bigger gap from the drop zone. Steve Burr said… Read more »


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Ainsdale Biker Chick Goes SkyDiving

January 20th, 2017 in News

Ainsdale woman Suzi Ferdinand will take a Skydive to help raise funds towards a new Cancer Hospital at Clatterbridge because Like many others her Daddy is fighting Cancer. Here is Suzi’s story My beloved Daddy has had a really unlucky time of it in the past couple of years. He is only 62 years-old and… Read more »


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Rubbish Friends to tackle new art installation under the Pier

January 20th, 2017 in News

Rubbish Friends to tackle new art installation under the Pier.   Following recent press reports Rubbish Friends will be out this Saturday 21st January to tackle the new art installation “aka litter” under the Pier. This is the annual “under the pier” show for an area that is an on-going grot spot. Rubbish Friends were set… Read more »


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750k loan finally approved to buy Ramada hotel

January 20th, 2017 in News

A Loan of three quarters of a million pounds has finally been a approved to buy the Ramada Plaza Hotel in Southport. £750,000 has been handed to Bliss Investment Partnership to help them complete the deal to buy the promenade based hotel in a takeover from Even Southport Ltd. The money was put forward by… Read more »


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Heart & Soul Community Cafés give meal donations to those in need

January 20th, 2017 in News

Heart & Soul Community Cafés Pay it Forward Scheme has now made its first meal donations through a partnership with Southport Foodbank and Parenting 2000. Ray Moore the Project Manager at the café said “Thanks to some very kind donations since we opened in April we are now able to pass those donations on to… Read more »


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