Sefton sink another part of Southport’s heritage

March 18th, 2017 in News

Photo: Botanic Gardens Boating sheds Sefton sink another part of Southport Council contractors are known to take their time with getting the job done – but one task has taken them an astonishing 20 years to do. And it’s still not even finished! A sign on the boating sheds in Botanic Gardens boasts that they… Read more »


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Gunfire and grenades have been heard at Pleasureland Southport

March 18th, 2017 in News

Gunfire and grenades have been heard at Pleasureland Southport Gunfire and grenades have been heard at Pleasureland Southport today. But there’s no need to be alarmed as the popular tourist attraction is actually hosting a weekend long Airsoft Civil War style shootout. The park has been transformed into a dystopian land where two teams will… Read more »


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Accident in Formby, Duke Street

March 18th, 2017 in News

Several vehicles were involved in an accident this morning at the bottom of Formby Bridge and Duke Street. The road was cordoned off and traffic redirected by helpful people at the scene of the smash. Substantial damage occurred to several vehicles. Police eventually arrived with traffic cones. Pat Regan © http://pat-regan.blogspot.co.uk/2017/03/accident-in-formby-duke-street.html Submit News Contact us… Read more »


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MATCH PREVIEW | Braintree Town v Southport

March 18th, 2017 in News, Sports

Southport’s task on Saturday is to pick themselves up from last weekend’s heart-breaking defeat to Torquay United. The Sandgrounders visit Braintree Town, where they have enjoyed some success in recent years, and will be hoping to register the first victory of the Andy Preece era. Southport find themselves bottom of the table, eight points adrift… Read more »


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CCTV Appeal after 87-year-old woman was burgled in Formby

March 17th, 2017 in News

CCTV Appeal after 87-year-old woman was burgled in Formby Officers in Sefton have released CCTV stills of a man they wish to speak to following an incident in Formby. A house in Deans Court, Formby was subject to a burglary in December 2016 when numerous items were stolen including cash cards. The victim, an 87-year-old woman,… Read more »


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Agencies launch community campaign across Merseyside for Arson Awareness Week

March 17th, 2017 in News

Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service is joining forces with partner agencies to highlight the dangers of deliberately setting fires as part of Arson Awareness Week. The initiative, which runs from Monday March 20 to Friday March 24, will see Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service team up with Merseyside Police, local authorities across Merseyside and housing… Read more »


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Planned roadworks for the North West – Monday 20 to Sunday 26 March 2017

March 17th, 2017 in News, Uncategorized

Planned roadworks in the North West – summary for Monday 20 to Sunday 26 March 2017 The following summary of planned new and ongoing road improvements over the coming week is correct as of Friday 17 March and could be subject to change due to weather conditions or unforeseen circumstances. All our improvement work is… Read more »


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Lidl Southport launch organic Spring baby collection

March 17th, 2017 in Deals, News

Following the sell-out success of their first organic cotton baby range in 2016, Lidl unveils their new spring-inspired collection of organic baby clothing, with prices starting from just £1.29. The adorable Lupilu range from Lidl provides mums and dads with quality organic baby clothing without the hefty price tag. Available in sizes 0-24 months, the… Read more »


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Man, 28, wanted in connection with incidents in Skelmersdale and Manchester

March 17th, 2017 in News

Man, 28, wanted in connection with incidents in Skelmersdale and Manchester We are appealing for help locating a man from Upholland who is wanted in connection with a robbery, an assault and a burglary. Craig William Shelley, 28, is wanted after a man was punched to the head and face and had his car keys… Read more »


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Legendary Southport jeweller to close down after 30 YEARS of trading

March 17th, 2017 in News

Legendary Southport jeweller to close down after 30 YEARS of trading  It’s time to present a gold retirement clock to the legendary Phillip Godfrey who hangs up his magnifying glass and calls time on his 30 year Southport business. The designer goldmsith, who has worked in the town since the early 80’s says now is… Read more »


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Chief Executive conquers fear of heights to raise funds for The Clatterbridge Cancer Charity

March 17th, 2017 in News

The Chief Executive of The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre NHS Foundation Trust is skydiving for charity – despite being terrified of heights. Andrew Cannell will take part in the tandem jump later this month in aid of The New Cancer Hospital Appeal. He decided to join a group of people taking part in The Clatterbridge Cancer… Read more »


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Safer Sleep Week 2017 – 6 steps to keep children alive

March 17th, 2017 in News

Safer Sleep Week is taking place from 13-19 March. Organised by The Lullaby Trust and partners, the aim of Safer Sleep Week is to raise awareness of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) so parents and carers can take action to avoid it. Every year, 250-300 babies in the UK die suddenly and unexpectedly in their… Read more »


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Lifeboat Road Drop In Event

March 17th, 2017 in News

Sefton residents and coastal users are invited to come along and find out more about the potential transfer of land at Formby Point to the National Trust at a special drop in event on Saturday, 18 March at the Lifeboat Road carpark from 11am to 3pm. Staff and volunteers from the National Trust and Sefton Council… Read more »


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Police appeal to find missing teenager

March 17th, 2017 in News

Police appeal to find missing teenager We are appealing for information after a 17-year-old girl went missing from Skelmersdale. Sarah Farrell was last seen on Saturday (March 11) around 1.30pm in Mere Close. She is described as white, 5ft 2in tall and of stocky build.  She has shoulder length, dark brown, straight hair.  Sarah has… Read more »


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The Tea Rooms Gin has been chosen and is now in stock

March 17th, 2017 in News

The Tea Rooms Gin has been chosen and is now in stock. James Birchall, owner of the Tea Rooms in Birkdale has commissioned Birkdale Craft Distillery to produce a Tea Rooms labelled premium Gin. Following the phenomenal reception of Birkdale Gin, the same format of a blind tasting of a panel of 5 gins, scoring… Read more »


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Southport Today: a great town, so long as you have a roof over your head tonight!

March 16th, 2017 in News

Southport is a classic resort and it’s a fantastic place to live in or visit. Nevertheless, like other places it does have its issues. Homelessness and rough-sleeping remains high on the list of ongoing problems. This unfortunate person spent the afternoon yesterday on a bench by the bandstand in the town centre. Some people seem… Read more »


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Southport Hospital handed £50k to research better maternity services

March 16th, 2017 in News

Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust has been awarded £50,000 by NHS England to explore innovative ways to use women’s and their partners’ feedback to improve maternity services. A judging panel from NHS England and the Department of Health selected the Trust as one of three winners from almost 50 applications for support from the… Read more »


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Masked shoppers in ASDA create public alarm

March 16th, 2017 in News

This morning shoppers in Southport’s ASDA supermarket were somewhat alarmed to see a large group of young people rushing around the store wearing what appeared to be surgical masks. One ASDA patron, Mr Igor Grindeanu, who regularly visits the shop said. “I have never seen anything like this before. I immediately thought that this was some… Read more »


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Junior Angling Taster Days

March 16th, 2017 in News

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Hospital trust awarded £50,000 to improve maternity services feedback

March 16th, 2017 in News

Hospital trust awarded £50,000 to improve maternity services feedback  Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust has been awarded £50,000 by NHS England to explore innovative ways to use women’s and their partners’ feedback to improve maternity services. A judging panel from NHS England and the Department of Health selected the Trust as one of three… Read more »


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Make it Workshop has reopened

March 16th, 2017 in News

Make it Workshop has reopened Make it Workshop have fixed the one thing nobody thought they could – their own business! The Cambridge Arcade based Community Interest Company shut down in acrimonious circumstances last month will former staff announcing the closure on Facebook, stating that they were told to pack up and go. Yet just… Read more »


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Join in the fun in Formby and Southport this Red Nose Day

March 16th, 2017 in News

Join in the fun in Formby and Southport this Red Nose Day  OPTICIANS in Formby and Southport are going all out to support Red Nose Day this year, and everyone is invited to join in the fun. Staff from the Specsavers stores in Formby and Southport will be offering a free raffle ticket for every… Read more »


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Bikers stay off the pavement – Or?

March 16th, 2017 in News

Photo: Bikers enjoying Funland Carousel Bikers stay off the pavement – Or? Merseyside Police have issued a warning for bikers to stay off the pavement near to the Funland Carousel during bike meetings. Submit News Contact us with your community, business or sport news. Phone 07581350321 Email ots@otsnews.co.uk Facebook www.facebook.com/Otsnews-Southport-1575528676012039/ Twitter  www.twitter.com/onthespot_news Breaking local news as it happens, searchable archives with photographs,… Read more »


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Car crash Rufford Road Southport

March 16th, 2017 in News

Photo: Emergency services Car crash Rufford Road Southport  The emergency were called to Rufford Road, Crossens, Southport at around 9am following reports of a car crash. Two cars collided near to the Plough roundabout. Fortunalty the occupants of both vehicles escaped without serious injuries. Police remained at the scene for around forty minutes until it… Read more »


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Abandoned Land Rover in Birkdale

March 16th, 2017 in News

Abandoned Vehicle In Southport (A.V.I.S.) A Land Rover in Mosley Street, Birkdale, Southport. Sefton Council have stuck a removal notice on it (Thursday 16 March 2017). The vehicle photographed has no MOT and hold no valid road tax.  


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Travellers Descend on Kew Park & Ride Southport (March 2017)

March 16th, 2017 in News

Travellers Descend on Kew Park & Ride Southport Travellers have set up camp on Kew Park & Ride Southport, Thursday 16 March 2017. Although faster and more effective enforcement powers have come into force regarding unauthorised Gypsy / traveller’s sites, it still hasn’t stopped a number of travellers setting up camp on Kew Park &… Read more »


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Leyland Newsagents raider wanted by police

March 15th, 2017 in News

Newsagents raider wanted by police Detectives have launched a CCTV appeal for information after a robbery in Leyland. Police were called around 6am on Monday (March 13) following an incident at Towngate News in Towngate. A man had entered the shop, approached a male staff member and demanded the till was opened. The offender then… Read more »


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Corole Sedzimir Rotten Rows Volunteer of the Year.

March 15th, 2017 in News

Corole Sedzimir Rotten Rows Volunteer of the Year. Every year the Chairman of Friends of Rotten Row gets the privilege to choose a member of the Volunteers to become our Volunteer of The year. This year it was Caroles turn to take up that position. Caroles dedication is fantastic. Last year she gave up part… Read more »


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Oxbridge success for high flying KGV students

March 15th, 2017 in News

Oxbridge success for high flying KGV students HIGH-FLYING students from King George V College are heading for Oxford and Cambridge Universities. Two of the world’s most sought-after universities have offered several places on prestigious courses including Classics, Anglo Saxon & Norse Studies and Engineering. KGV student Dean Grierson, of Bootle, who is studying Physics, Maths… Read more »


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How many smoke alarms do you have in your home?

March 15th, 2017 in News

How many smoke alarms do you have in your home?  Firefighters in Merseyside are asking residents to make sure they have at least one working smoke alarm on every level of their home. Most people know a working smoke alarm can save lives by providing those vital few seconds needed to escape a fire. But,… Read more »


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Move to declare war on dog fouling by transferring wardens away parking enforcement

March 15th, 2017 in News

Move to declare war on dog fouling by transferring wardens away parking enforcement A resort councillor has declared war on dog fouling across Southport and called for wardens to be transferred away from parking enforcement to help tackle the problem. Cllr David Barton, a leading campaigner for the restoration and regeneration of the town, revealed… Read more »


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7 year old Southport girl reaches the regional finals of TeenStar

March 15th, 2017 in News

Photo: Astrid Smith 7 year old Southport girl reaches the regional finals of TeenStar  Astrid Smith (aged 7) has made it through to the regional finals of TeenStar which will take place in April. She attends Linaker Primary School and she loves singing Jazz/Blues music.  Astrid will be singing live on Mighty Radio on Sunday at… Read more »


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BID funds year round taxi marshals

March 15th, 2017 in News

BID funds year round taxi marshals Party-goers in our town centre will now be looked after year round by licensed taxi marshals thanks to Southport Business Improvement District. Starting this weekend and running every Friday and Saturday night and during major events throughout the year, the scheme will employ taxi marshals in high visibility jackets… Read more »


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Funeral arrangements for David McCallister (Dave Mac), Southport

March 15th, 2017 in News

David McCallister (Dave Mac) 1955 – 2017 Funeral arrangements for David McCallister (Dave Mac), Southport OTS News is saddened to report the death of well known Southport man David McCallister (Dave Mac). Dave sadly died on the 2nd March at his home in Southport. He was born 26th May 1955 and attended Christ Church School in… Read more »


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Ringing changes for Lord Street phone boxes

March 15th, 2017 in News

Ringing changes for Lord Street phone boxes Two Grade II listed red phone boxes in Southport Town Centre which have been plagued by vandalism since 2008 have finally found a new lease of life… as micro-offices! A New York based company, Pod Works, are set to transform the telephone booths outside Southport Town Hall into… Read more »


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