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&E patients urged to find alternatives after sewer bursts

December 22nd, 2016 in News

A burst sewer pipe means southport hospital nurses are up the proverbial creek with health and safety bosses faced with no other option than to close part of the ward today. OTS News understands that a burst sewer pipe has caused both a literal and metaphorical backlog of issues for the hospital and part of… Read more »


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A Southport family business robbed of over £8000 worth of goods

December 22nd, 2016 in News

Photo: CCTV image A Southport family business robbed of over £8000 worth of goods Officers were called to a report of a burglary at Market Street Food and Wine in the early hours of Wednesday 21 December 2016. The man is description as like very skinny, 6’1” to 6’2″, around 41 years-old and was waring… Read more »


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Restaurant review: Rueters Bar and Grill (9/10)

December 22nd, 2016 in News, Restaurants

Restaurant review: Rueters Bar and Grill, Hoghton Street, Southport The first thing that strikes you about the all new look Rueters Bar and Grill is the unrecognisable interior. You’re immediately taken aback by the incredible hard work of new owners Sinclair and Laura d’Albuquerque – previously of the Bold Churchtown, and if you didn’t know… Read more »


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Woodvale and Ainsdale Community Association brings Christmas cheer to local residents

December 22nd, 2016 in News

Woodvale and Ainsdale Community Association brings Christmas cheer to local residents Woodvale and Ainsdale Community Association held a FREE Christmas meal last Tuesday for 32 older members of the community. It was a wonderful afternoon where guests were served a three course meal, listened to children singing Christmas Carols, who also handed out lovely handmade… Read more »


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‘I think it’s disgraceful’ – ‘mindless’ vandals pull down handrail

December 22nd, 2016 in News

Photo: Hampton Road footbridge, Southport ‘I think it’s disgraceful’ – ‘mindless’ vandals pull down handrail  ‘MINDLESS’ vandals have left the footbridge at the north end of Hampton Road Southport in a dangerous state after ripping it from its foundations. About six teenage boys were reportedly seen by residents renching the rail from its foundations before running… Read more »


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Stanley High School Christmas concert hits the right note

December 22nd, 2016 in News

Stanley High School Christmas concert hits the right note A Southport high school hit the right note with its annual Christmas concert for families, friends and local residents. Stanley High School in Marshside issued a special invitation to the festive musical celebration to grandparents of the students and elderly people in the area, They joined parents… Read more »


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Tech company on the lookout for Southport’s homes

December 22nd, 2016 in News

Tech company on the lookout for Southport’s homes Southport’s fastest growing technology company, Immersive Interactive, are looking for local residents who are willing to have their homes filmed in 360 degrees to aid the emergency services in simulation training. Immersive say that a wide range of domestic locations will be used in state of the… Read more »


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Southport residents invited to alcohol awareness event

December 22nd, 2016 in News, Whats On

Southport residents invited to alcohol awareness event Residents are being invited to find out more about the dangers of alcohol and the importance of sensible drinking at a special event early in the New Year. With the festive season out of the way, the Alcohol Awareness Day will be held at Seaforth’s Bowersdale Resource Centre on Crescent… Read more »


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NHS staff go on manoeuvres with Army Reserves

December 22nd, 2016 in News

Photo: Kath Higgins, head of nursing and Army Reserves major, with hospital colleagues. NHS staff go on manoeuvres with Army Reserves  Hospital staff got a taste of military life on a team-building and leadership day at Altcar Training Camp, Formby. Eighteen people took part with representation from the wards, radiology, A&E, dermatology, sterile services, the… Read more »


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Leyland Road property evacuated following a bedroom fire

December 22nd, 2016 in News

Photo: Fire crews, Leyland Road Leyland Road property evacuated following a bedroom fire  Two appliances were called to Leyland Road, Southport to reports of a fire within a bedroom of an assisted living property, Wednesday 21 December 2016. The building has been evacuated and both fire crews and paramedics are on scene (11:15pm).   Submit News Contact us… Read more »


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Can you help Dessi & Dixie the dog have a nice christmas?

December 21st, 2016 in News

Can you help Dessi & Dixie the dog have a nice christmas? Southport resident Gail Rickett said: “I met them last year freezing on Lord street, Southport and then no home. After a year on the streets they gave him a tiny bedsit probably as big as yours and my toilet. “I’d love to have a whip… Read more »


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White van wipes out signs and bollards on Lord Street

December 21st, 2016 in News

White van wipes out signs and bollards on Lord Street, Southport.  The driver of a white van lost control of his vehicle on Lord Street, Southport this afternoon (Wednesday 21 December). The man driving the white van narrowly missed a parked BMW, however he demolished multiple bollards and a sign. Fortunately no one was seriously… Read more »


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Yuletide, Xmas, Christmas and the Winter Solstice: so what’s behind it all?

December 21st, 2016 in News

Yuletide/Midwinter Solstice is a vital part of our indigenous, Pagan spiritual heritage. It resides so deeply within us that we cannot possibly resist it. Charles Dickens inadvertently marked it extremely well in his classic novella, ‘A Christmas Carol’, which oddly enough was published on the same day in mid-December that I find myself writing this… Read more »


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How building a dalek helped my chronic pain

December 21st, 2016 in News

How building a dalek helped my chronic pain A father with chronic pain surprised staff and patients at Southport hospital when he toured the wards with his homemade, life-sized dalek. Kevin Howard has been using the pain service for 14 years since he woke up one morning with pain in his shoulder. The pain intensified… Read more »


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WEATHER WARNING: Storm Barbara warning to drivers

December 21st, 2016 in News

Storm Barbara warning to drivers With forecasters predicting the arrival of Storm Barbara in the UK on Friday (23 December 2016), Highways England is repeating its warning to drivers to slow down in the rain. The warning comes after almost 3,000 people were killed or seriously injured when driving in the rain last year. The… Read more »


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Sefton Council restricted services over Christmas and New Year

December 21st, 2016 in News

Sefton Council restricted services over Christmas and New Year. During Christmas and New Year, Sefton Council will provide restricted services as most staff are required to take unpaid leave as part of a series of cost-saving measures. But residents can still access a range of information and transactions via the council website. This includes checking bin… Read more »


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A 16-year-old male from Southport arrested for multiple assaults and criminal damage

December 21st, 2016 in News

A 16-year-old male from Southport arrested for multiple assaults and criminal damage A 16-year-old male from Southport has been arrested in the early hours of this morning (Wednesday) on suspicion of affray, four counts of assault and criminal damage. A tweet from Merseyside police says: 16 year old male arrested for affray, 4 assaults and criminal… Read more »


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Ainsdale Yuletide Roadworks – now cleared

December 21st, 2016 in News

Temporary traffic lights set up at the Meadow Lane end of Sandbrook Road in Woodvale earlier this morning have now been cleared. Some delays were experienced as roadworks continued with traffic seeking to approach the Health and Wellbeing Centre and Brookdale Daycare Centre in the area. Well done to the road workers for their swift… Read more »


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MISSING PERSON: Steven Houston maybe in Southport

December 21st, 2016 in News

MISSING PERSON: Steven Houston maybe in Southport Steven Houston was last seen at around 4pm yesterday (Tuesday, 20 December) on Southwood Road, Aigburth. Extensive enquiries have been ongoing to locate him. Merseyside Police is appealing for information to help trace a missing 57-year-old man.  He is described as white, 5ft 8in tall, of slim build, with grey receding… Read more »


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Owners delighted with opening day at Switchback Cafe

December 21st, 2016 in News

Switchback Cafe is officially open Switchback Cafe, 129 Cambridge Rd, Southport officially opened to the public yesterday (Tuesday 20 December 2016) to Dave Sims delight. Dave said “Amazing first day – met so many fantastic people, thank you all for your custom today- hope you really enjoyed the food & coffee!” “Don’t forget we have an… Read more »


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Man sought in connection with “train surfing” incident – Merseyside

December 21st, 2016 in News

Recognise this chap? We’d like to speak to him in connection with an incident in which a man calling himself the “Silver Shadow” was spotted on CCTV on top of a train travelling at up to 100mph. At about 1.30pm on 11 December , a man was seen boarding the exterior of a train in… Read more »


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Domino’s pizza dip at your own risk

December 21st, 2016 in News

Domino’s pizza dip at your own risk A customer at Domino’s pizza has been left outraged after receiving bbq dipping sauce which went out of date on the 29th October 2016. A customer of the Formby franchise wants to warn others after receiving a second out of date sauce within the last fortnight, both with… Read more »


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Last chance to donate to the ASDA Southport Christmas Toy Appeal

December 21st, 2016 in News

Last chance to donate to the ASDA Southport Christmas Toy Appeal This years ASDA Christmas toy appeal are working with the Mayor of Sefton and the Salvation Army toy appeals. Sharon Gregory-Wareing told OTSNews.co.uk “You can donate unwrapped new toys and gifts in the gift trolley by the Christmas tree or you can donate money at… Read more »


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Police warning of a spike in burglaries

December 21st, 2016 in News

Police warning of a spike in burglaries We are suffering a spike in burglaries in West Lancashire with Aughton, Burscough and Scarisbrick hit in the last few days. Please make sure your alarms are set, presents and valuables are hidden away and that lights are left on in the house while you’re out. The burglaries… Read more »


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Shoplifter arrested Asda Central 12 Southport

December 21st, 2016 in News

Shoplifter arrested Asda Central 12 Southport Police were called to Asda, Central 12, Southport, (Tuesday 20 December) following a call from security staff. A witness told our reporter: “Police arrived at the store at around 11:30pm, minutes after the call and arrested a female on suspicion of shoplifting.” The woman was put into the rear… Read more »


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Age UK: Southport, Be safe on the drive home for Christmas

December 21st, 2016 in News

Age UK: Southport, Be safe on the drive home for Christmas Pauline Edwards of Age UK Lancashire – Southport, said: “Last year over four million cars took to UK roads on Christmas Eve, adding an extra 100,000 journeys compared to the same time the previous year.* This year is likely to be just as busy, with congestion… Read more »


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Sparkle this Christmas with Christopher Maerevoet Party Pamper Package

December 20th, 2016 in Deals, News

Sparkle this Christmas with Christopher Maerevoet Party Pamper Package Choose 2 for £40 or 3 for £60 * Shellac Fingers OR Toes * Brow & Lash Tint * Hair Up * Weekend Lashes * Spray Tan Book 1 Area of Firm Slim & A Sugar-Kiwi Full Body Scrub £75 (saving £85) Purchase any large area… Read more »


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Funeral arrangements for Tony Farrington (Southport)

December 20th, 2016 in News

Photo: Tony Farrington, 1951 – 2016 It is with deep sadness to announce that well known Southport man Tony Farrington passed away on the 14th December, aged 65 years young. The funeral for Tony will take place at Southport Crematorium on Friday 23rd December at 8:50am. Family and friends will be invited back to the George… Read more »


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JWK Solicitors continues expansion with opening of Southport office

December 20th, 2016 in News

JWK Solicitors continues expansion with opening of Southport office. Local law firm JWK Solicitors is celebrating the opening of an office in Southport. 2016 has seen the firm almost double its number of offices; in addition to those in Lancaster, Morecambe and Glasgow, February saw the opening of a Kendal office based at the Rural… Read more »


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Appeal For Information Following Allegation Of Homophobic Public Order Incident

December 20th, 2016 in News

Appeal For Information Following Allegation Of Homophobic Public Order Incident Merseyside Police has issued photographs of two women they believe could help them with their enquiries following an allegation of a homophobic public order incident which took place in Litherland. At around 3pm on Saturday 26thNovember at the KFC on Hawthorne Road two women entered… Read more »


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The perfect Christmas gift for that friend with a “Bump”

December 20th, 2016 in News

The perfect Christmas gift for that friend with a “Bump” Christmas is coming…….. What better present than a voucher for a scan? Bump of Churchtown will upgrade the simple 4D package to the premium 4D package at no extra charge when bought on a voucher. The cost is only £70 (saving £20). Excellent Gift for… Read more »


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North West roadworks completed in time for the Christmas

December 20th, 2016 in News

Seven North West traffic schemes will be completed in time for Christmas to help people travelling for the holiday season. Highways England will complete the roadworks – on motorways and major A roads – by 6am on Friday 23 December, ensuring drivers can visit their friends and family with as little disruption as possible. The schemes… Read more »


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£3.6 million slashed from Southport school funding

December 20th, 2016 in News

Photo: Meols Cop High hit for £224,000 cut £3.6 million slashed from Southport school funding Southport schools to lose £3.6 million in funding with KGV and Meols Cop hit hardest Just £3.6 million is set to be lost by schools in Southport under new government proposals with KGV, Meols Cop and Christ the King losing… Read more »


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New Year’s Eve At The Metro

December 20th, 2016 in News, Whats On

New Year’s Eve at the Metro, Portland Street, Southport This popular event is £45 all you can eat and drink (£55 on the door). Doors open 8pm till late. Call 01704 536836 to book your table Keep up to date with everything that is going on by following us on Facebook. Submit News Contact us with… Read more »


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Southport residents and businesses united in bid to protect landmark building

December 19th, 2016 in News

Southport residents and businesses united in bid to protect landmark building Scores of Southport residents and more than 20 local businesses have joined forces to try and protect a 90-year-old landmark building from demolition. Cllr David Barton, who is leading the campaign, said the depth of feeling about the future of the site at the… Read more »


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