Racist and anti ethnic graffiti has been daubed in 20 foot high letters on the side of a gable wall in Southport. The massive graffiti which takes aim at people of colour reads ‘it’s ok to be white’ was painted on the side wall adjacent to Bedford Park in Southport overnight. Shocked residents in the area said they were appalled to...
A 56-year-old child sex predator from Southport was caught with a schoolgirl while wearing only a dressing gown with a condom in his pocket. Paul Lawrence showed no emotion in the dock as Judge Teague jailed him for six years and nine months. The judge told him to sign on the Sex Offenders Register and comply with a Sexual Harm Prevention...
The emergency services are currently dealing with a multiple vehicle collision on Lytham Road in Southport, Thursday 26 December 2019. Police are investigating a serious collision between a number of cars on a quiet suburban street. At least one car, a silver hatchback is through to have lost control on a slippy and wet surface on Lytham Road in Southport this...
Southport has been hailed as "one of the best performances for Labour in the country", bucking the national trend of the general election as the party's vote rose considerably in the constituency. In an election that proved to be disappointing for many Labour supporters with the party losing voter share across the country, Southport Labour and its parliamentary candidate Liz...
Veteran Southport journalist Martin Hovden writes: Damien Moore has retained his Southport seat for the Conservatives with an increased majority of more than 4,000. Labour's Liz Savage came second but with a boost to her vote share, while Liberal Democrat John Wright trailed in last place with a much reduced number of votes. Mr Moore (pictured) won 22,914 votes (up from...
A man is in critical condition after road traffic collision on Lord Street, Wednesday 11 December 2019. Police cordoned off a section of Lord Street this morning after a pedestrian, believed to be an elderly male, was hit by a van before 9am. The man was taken to hospital after the incident which happened by the Beales department store. North West Ambulance...
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Veteran Southport journalist Martin Hovden writes: Man-flu prevented me from attending Monday night's Southport Election Hustings, staged by Christ Church in Lord Street, featuring all three candidates in Thursday's general election. So I'm grateful to Mark Hague and his team who filmed the whole event. The video lasts two hours and the first half includes questions about Brexit, rough sleeping...
UPDATE A sixth man has been arrested following disorder on Lord Street. Merseyside Police is appealing for witnesses following an incident in Southport town centre in the early hours of this morning, Saturday, 7 December 2019. Officers were called to Lord Street, near to the Scarisbrick Hotel, at around 6.11am, to reports of disorder involving a group of men and women. Patrols attended...
POLICE are appealing for information following a burglary at an electrical store in Southport earlier today, Friday 6 December. At 8.00am, officers were called to Curry's on Meols Cop Retail Park to reports of a break-in, believed to have occurred overnight. A large number of TVs and laptops were taken after entry was forced. CCTV and forensic enquiries are ongoing at...
Report by Andrew Brown A Southport fisherman who has served seafood to the Royal Family is urging people to ditch the turkey this Christmas - and impress their families and friends with fish instead. Kevin Peet, who owns Peets Plaice in Churchtown, has been fishing off our coastline for over 40 years. The 53-year-old, who ran a shop in Southport Market before...
There are fears Sefton Council can’t host this years Air show or fireworks. Residents have contacted OTS News to raise fears that something suspicious is going on after a lack of dates lead to fears the events wouldn’t be going ahead. The delay in setting the dates has led to fears in some quarters that the events might not be going...
The respected former Southport MP John Pugh has intervened in the tactical voting debate by posting his frank views on Facebook in an outspoken video. Mr Pugh explains how he beat the Conservatives in Southport four times by appealing as a Liberal Democrat to the non-Conservative majority. He backs it up by pointing to the record, and claims there...
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Southport Labour is under fire after it was revealed one of their former officers is an anti-Semite. Kierin Offlands was given a formal warning last year after sharing a post comparing Israel to Nazi Germany. It’s now been revealed that Offlands was working as an officer for the Southport Labour Party team when he made the offensive comments. He also called Israeli...
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Sefton residents are being invited to a Christmas market with a difference in Southport at the end of the month. The event at the New Leaf garden centre on Rotten Row will feature festive goods created by people who use the services of one of the borough’s leading adult social care providers, New Directions. The Christmas fayre will take place at New Leaf’s...
Staff at the Atkinson are furious that they won’t be working during the Christmas lights switch on after insiders leaked rumours that council bosses don’t want to pay double time. Despite thousands of people coming to Southport this Sunday the flagship arts centre and museum will remain closed with staff missing out on time and a half The Sefton purse strings...
  Expect a full day of magical entertainment as Southport lights up headlined by none other than Peter Andre! Before the main show why not enjoy the fairground rides, Santa and his Reindeer and all the pop up street entertainment that you'll find around the town. The stage show itself will kick off at 2pm with the brilliant StarKidz Frozen Christmas...
Rotten Row continues to be closed off weeks after heavy rain flooded the popular rat run. Bad weather over recent weeks has caused the notorious speedster slipway to be completely flooded at its lowest point but nobody has attended to fix the issue. Numerous complaints to Sefton Council have gone ignored and frustrated residents nearby say they are worried they will...
A warning has been issued to residents who shop at Morrisons after a customer was left sickened by mouldy food. The unsuspecting customer purchased a bag of microwaveable quinoa from the Winter Gardens Morrisons store yesterday but was horrified to find this afternoon that the pack had quickly turned loudly. A complaint has since been raised with the store manager. The customer...
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A Brexit MP hopeful from Southport claims to have been assaulted by a remainder following a public meeting in a town centre pub. Brexit Party candidate Darcy Taylor-Berkeley claims to have been assaulted outside the Wetherspoons pub on Lord street this evening. Darcy says “On leaving a Wetherspoons this evening after a Leavers of Britain meeting. I was approached by a...
Eleven year old local boy Dante Marvin has won the Pride of Britain 'Child of Courage’ award as broadcast on ITV last night with millions of people watching. Dante visited Southport’s famous ‘Yaffe Photography' studios a few days ago for an official portrait to mark the occasion along with his fundraising for Variety, the Children's Charity. Photographer Adam Yaffe said, "We had an amazing...
Environmental health bosses are investigating claims that a block of flats has resorted to using buckets as toilets in an upmarket area of Southport. OTS understands that residents in an expensive part of Birkdale have launched a complaint to the environmental health department at Sefton Council after seeing neighbours use buckets as toilets in their rear passage. Residents say the buckets...
Southport Lib Dems have been accused of "lies, scaremongering and reckless behaviour" by their Labour opponents after recent comments by the departing local NHS Trust chief. Southport and Ormskirk Hospital Trust Chief Executive Silas Nicholls revealed that he backed Liz Savage's campaign for a walk-in centre for Southport in addition to the local A&E, saying: "I think it would help ease...
POLICE are appealing for information to help trace a 17-year-old girl missing from home in Southport. Mia Powell was last seen at around 7.30pm on Friday, 18 October in Victoria Road, Formby. She is described as a white female, around 5ft 5in tall, of slim build, with straight blonde shoulder length hair. When last seen, Mia was wearing a blue top,...
Police have closed off the Park Pub on Weld Road this morning while forensic officials carry out a detailed crime scene analysis following a major incident last night. Staff have been told to stay away from the Birkdale pub this morning following an alleged assault within the pub grounds last night. Anyone with any information relating to the incident should call...
POLICE are appealing for information following a fatal collision in Southport this morning (Monday 21 October 2019). A report was received shortly after 8.10am that a collision involving a bus and a male pedestrian had happened on Lord Street. Police, Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service and the North West Ambulance Service attended and the man was sadly pronounced dead at the...
UPDATE | 08:45 Following a serious traffic accident this morning and subsequent on-going police investigation, Lord Street, Southport will be closed in both directions between Eastbank Street & London Street near to the Monument. The road is likely to be closed for the majority of the day. Motorist are advised to find alternative routes for their journey today, with diversions currently...
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People power is proving to be the best tonic for the future of a former Birkdale pub. Many business owners have rallied around local community champion Jason McLeod to offer their support and services to spread the good word of his campaign to save the Blundell Arms and transform it into a community hub. Jason has been fighting for years to...
The emergency services were called to Southport Road (A570) at around 11am this morning to reports of a head on collision, Wednesday 16th October 2019. A car collided with a van causing it to flip stop onto it’s roof, the driver of the van had to be cut free. The occupants of the car were both treated at the scene...
Culinary connoisseurs are flooding from across the country to take advantage of Bistrot Verite’s new Michelin Plate accreditation. The already popular Birkdale restaurant has seen a boon in customers through the door after their chefs rightly won the top culinary watermark for their food and unrivalled service. It makes Bistrot Verite the only Michelin Plate restaurant in Southport. The Michelin guide says...
Police are cracking down on the growing numbers of beggars in Southport town centre. Recently three men and one woman have been fined at Sefton Magistrates Court for begging in Southport. The four, all of whom have addresses in the town, were summoned to appear at the court on October 2 but none of them appeared. However, the magistrates agreed to hear...