A drugged up van driver caught on the phone in Southport

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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 »

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

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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 Facebook Twitter Breaking local news as it happens, searchable… Read more »

Magistrates get greater power to deal speeding motorists and animal abusers2

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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 »

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

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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 »

Nursing students and registered Nurse recruitment event Tuesday 24th January

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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 »

Southport to remember victims of the Holocaust

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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 »

Trees ripped down as gang of vandals go on the rampage

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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 »

Appeal to locate missing Skelmersdale man

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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 »

Eating burnt toast ‘increase cancer risk’

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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 »

Bumper half term fun at Ainsdale beach

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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 »

Hard faced swim equipment thief leaves pliers behind

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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 »

Result | Southport 2-4 North Ferriby

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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 »

Email scam warning

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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 »

Ainsdale Biker Chick Goes SkyDiving

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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 »

ASDA apologise after refusing to sell customer discounted items in advert blunder

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The antiquesman John Nolan said he was delighted after ASDA apologised to him following a store cock up The famous Southport man was baffled when he was refused the sale of two homeware items at the Central 12 store last week – because they would not honour a discounted price advertised! John had visited the store hoping to buy… Read more »

Southport born and bred OVH customer turns 100

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Photo: Kathleen Shutt turns 100 A born-and-bred Southport woman who lived through two world wars has turned 100. Kathleen Shutt, a One Vision Housing customer, marked the milestone with a party attended by over 200 of her neighbours, friends and family. The walls in her home in Southport were covered with hundreds of birthday cards –… Read more »

Man wanted in connection with assault in Skelmersdale

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A 24-year-old man is wanted by police in connection with an allegation of assault. Police want to find Andrew McNair, 24, of Willow Hey, Skelmersdale, after a woman was attacked in the town in December. The victim suffered a fractured jaw and damaged teeth during the assault. McNair is described as white, 6ft 4in tall,… Read more »

Builders move into the new Bistrot Pierre premises

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A french-themed restaurant chain is set to open in Southport this spring. revealed in November that ‘Bistrot Pierre’ had struck a deal to take over the former Russell and Bromley building on Lord Street. The chain will be opening in next few months. Cllr David Barton said: “I am delighted to see this empty unit at… Read more »

Serious accident closes M62 near Warrington

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Drivers in Cheshire and Merseyside advised of M62 closure near Warrington  Drivers in Cheshire are being advised that the westbound M62 between junction 8 at Burtonwood near Warrington and junction 7 for Widnes and St Helens is currently closed following a serious incident shortly after 7am today. Police incident investigators are currently at the scene… Read more »

Government backs Homelessness Bill with £48 million for councils

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Councils to receive further £48 million funding to help deliver new and expanded services to prevent and reduce homelessnes. Councils are to receive a further £48 million funding to help them deliver new and expanded services to prevent and reduce homelessness, Local Government Minister Marcus Jones has confirmed. This new funding will be available to… Read more »

Antipsychotic drugs lost in Southport town centre

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 Antipsychotic drugs lost in Southport town centre Police are urging anyone who finds prescription drugs lost in Southport town centre to hand them in. At about 4.30pm on Tuesday, 17 January, it was reported that a quantity of medication had been lost in Southport town centre. The lost medication is described as approximately one month’s supply of Colzapine… Read more »

Witness appeal following horrific arson attack in Formby

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Merseyside Police are appealing for witnesses after an arson attack at a house in Formby.  Officers were called to the address on Southport Road at around 2.20am after reports of a house fire. Officers found that the house and car on the drive were on fire. The three female occupants of the house were able to get out… Read more »

E-cigarettes may make lungs vulnerable to infection

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“Vaping may not be as safe as smokers think, research suggests,” The Guardian reports. New research found that mice exposed to e-cigarette vapours comparable to a typical human level experienced mild lung damage and a reduced immune response to infection. This may be due to the fact that the vapour produced by e-cigarettes contains free… Read more »

Southport Cannabis farm discovery worth £1.9 Million Pound

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Detectives from Liverpool discovered a large cannabis farm in Southport yesterday (Monday, 16 January 2017). Officers received a report shortly before 8.50am that entry had been forced to an industrial unit on Blowick Business Park, Crowland Street. Patrols attended and discovered a cannabis farm containing 480 cannabis plants and growing equipment, which is in the… Read more »

Children and Adolescent Mental Health Service (1)

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Children and Adolescent Mental Health Service (1) A Working Group looking into Children and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAHMS) in Sefton has been set up. Sefton Council’s Overview and Scrutiny Committee (Children’s Services and Safeguarding) have established the group and are keen to speak with parents or guardians who are or who have accessed the service. Councillors on… Read more »

Public welcome at local CCG meetings

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Clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) in Sefton have announced the dates of their first governing body meetings for 2017 and are encouraging anyone with an interest to go along. The CCGs’ hold their bi-monthly governing body meetings in public, so people can hear them discussing and making decisions about local health services. Doctors, nurses and other health professionals… Read more »

Strange handwritten letters left on cars in Ainsdale

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Photo: Handwritten letter left on window screen Strange handwritten letters left on cars in Ainsdale A resort resident has contacted OTS after letters were plastered on cars along Shore Road in Ainsdale this morning, Monday 16 January 2017 Resort resident Emma Louise told “This letter was left on my car and others parked on Shore… Read more »

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