A Birkdale High teacher has been left red faced after a virtual assembly went drastically wrong.The unnamed staff member had gone out of their way to put together a special virtual assembly video for their pupils with it then being it sent out to an entire year group.Unfortunately for the teacher they forgot to end the video before off...
Detectives investigating the murder of Stephen Maguire in Birkdale in March have arrested a fourth man today, Tuesday, 22 September.Emergency services were called to an address in Guildford Road shortly after 11.35pm on Monday 16 March to reports that a man had been shot.The victim, 27-year-old Stephen Maguire, was taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead a...
Furious drivers on the northbound carriageway of the Formby bypass have had their journeys ground to a halt thanks to a family of swans.In a scene straight from Hot Fuzz, a group of swans have meandered into the busy carriageway and are refusing to budge as cars begin to pile up behind them.
Southport FC may not be able to start their National League North season after a Cabinet Minister all but confirmed fans would not be able to enter stadia in October.Michael Gove told BBC Breakfast this morning that the phased return of crowds has now been “paused” because of a spike in Covid-19 cases, having initially been planned for 1st...
The Southport Dance Academy has temporarily closed after a teacher tested positive for Covid-19.The Mornington Road based dance school will close for a deep clean after the positive test."One of our teachers Hayley has tested positive for COVID 19 and only a small number of students have been in contact with her."These students have been identified, advised and...
North West towns and cities including Preston, Southport and Ormskirk could soon be connected by rail thanks to a growing cross-party campaign by local MPs, council leaders and business leaders.They have submitted a business case to the Government to restore the Burscough Curves, which were axed during the infamous Beeching Cuts during the 1960s.Before the Beeching Cuts, the Ormskirk...
Southport Pleasureland has taken the decision to end their 2020 Summer season early as Covid-19 restrictions come into force in the region amid rising case numbers.Southport Pleasureland owner Norman Wallis said: "The safety of our guests and staff is of the utmost importance to us."The park had originally opened in the Summer with social distancing measures, the first time...
Residents across Sefton who find themselves in financial difficulty following the end of the Government's furlough scheme may be able to seek support from Sefton Council.The local authority's Emergency Limited Assistance Scheme (ELAS) is available to support local residents who are experiencing severe hardship, a disaster or emergency.Cllr Trish Hardy, Sefton Council's Cabinet Member for Communities and Housing, said:...
Stanley High School has confirmed that 2 "Covid cases linked to the school" have been reported.OTS has been contacted by several parents who said that the entirety of Year 11 has been sent home.The report from Stanley is the second time in 7 days that a Southport-based school has confirmed that someone connected with their premises has tested positive,...
BurglariesBetween the 3rd September and the 16th September 2020 burglaries or attempted burglaries have taken place in the following locations:Albert Road (garage), Wavell Avenue, Bibby Road, Everton Road, Bury Road, Dunbar Crescent (garage)Attempted burglaries 1, Property left insecure 1ScamsA variation on a previous scam has occurred in Sefton. A resident received an automated phone call telling her that a...
Sight loss charity Galloway’s is using National Eye Health Week to promote the importance of good eye health and the need for regular tests.The Lancashire-based organisation warn that people should call their optician and get advice from an eye health professional if they experience a sudden onset of any of the following symptoms:Loss of vision Loss of peripheral...
A first half hat-trick from Connor Woods helped Southport on their way to a 8-1 victory over Ashton Athletic at Brocstedes Park.The attacker’s three goals came in a scintillating opening 45 minutes performance for Liam Watson’s side who bagged six before the break.With five scorers in total throughout the game there was plenty to be positive about with the...
A mother and daughter have hosted a charity bake sale in a sunny Southport park to help raise smiles and money for charity.Sally Tasker heaped praise today on both her daughter and granddaughter, who held a socially distanced yet delicious bake sale on Compton Road playing fields in Southport yesterday (Sunday).
A pop up cycle lane in Southport which has cut off a once busy arterial road through the town has infuriated motorists.Work has been completed on closing off half of the carriageway on Queen’s Road in Southport and after decades of being open to Cars, now only bikes and the occasional bus are...
Shoppers at a popular town centre supermarket screamed in shock this afternoon after encountering rats scuttling around their car.Louise Prendagast says she returned to her car parked at the Victoria Park end of Morrison’s Car Park in Southport today and encountered what she described as a ‘massive’ rat running from under her vehicle.
After decades of taking up space on the promenade, Council highways chiefs have finally decided to get rid of the Horse Bus Stop near to Funland.An order has been made for the ‘revocation’ of the horse drawn omnibus stop on the Promenade which has been barely used in the last ten years.
Police and insurance officials are hunting a driver of a grey car which will have suffered serious damage after colliding with other parked cars in Southport.Unfortunately little is currently known about the offender or his vehicle after incorrect details were left at the scene of the accident on Bankfield Lane in Southport near...
Traffic lights on a busy Lord Street junction have failed tonight.The light system on the corner of Nevill Street and Lord Street have totally failed with cars inching out into the junction at low speed to try and avoid a collision.The lights failed shortly after 8pm and heavy Saturday night traffic is causing serious safety concerns.Light night revellers have...
Police have been called to an accident hotspot after yet another smash at a well-known danger junction.Two cars have collided at the junction of Portland Street and Cemetery Road just after 6pm.It’s thought one car had travelled through the traffic light controlled crossing at the wrong time causing the near head-on collision.Both police and paramedics were alerted to the...
Cyclists say they couldn’t ‘help but laugh’ after noticing a glaring error on a brand new pop up cycle lane in the town centre.For years cycling has been supposedly banned along Chapel Street with signs along the pedestrianised street telling people to get off their bikes.But recently thanks to...
A chimney fire in Ince Blundell has inadvertently led to mile long traffic tailbacks as thousands of people head to Southport this afternoon.A massive smoke stack at a private property near to Ince Blundell woods is currently on fire and crews from Merseyside Fire and Rescue are having to use large scale equipment...
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Health Secretary Matt Hancock announced a host of new coronavirus restrictions for Merseyside yesterday following a drastic rise in new cases throughout the region.Here's what the new restrictions mean for Southport are the surrounding areas: What are the new rules? Residents in Merseyside, Warrington, and Lancashire will be prevented from socialising with anyone who does not live in their household or...
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Sefton Council Leader Cllr Ian Maher has responded to today’s news that the Government has announced new restrictions for Merseyside and Sefton from Tuesday 22 September, in the light of rising numbers of confirmed COVID-19 cases across the City Region.Cllr Maher said: “I know people will be concerned at this news but with infection rates rising in people of...
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Southport is once again set to plunge into a semi lockdown state as part of Merseyside-wide Coronavirus restrictions.Pubs will shut early, care homes visits have been severely restricted and meetings at home have been banned in a swathe of new restrictions set to hamper the spread of the virus.The government has officially confirmed that Southport will be included in...
The Guest House, Union St, Southport recently received the Southport & West Lancashire Campaign for Real Ale Branch, North Merseyside, Pub of the Year 2020 award voted for by local branch members.Owing to Covid 19 restrictions the usual presentation with many branch members and regulars present was not possible but it is hoped to do a more formal presentation...
Data protection of customer information across Southport may be forgotten as local businesses continue to focus their efforts on Covid ComplianceTo ensure businesses could re-open as safely as possible, the Government implemented new measures requiring organisations to collect personal information about their visitors using the NHS Test and Trace system. However, as businesses...
A specialist school in Ainsdale has closed today according to teachers after a confirmed case of Covid-19 in the school.An alert was sent to parents at Merefield School in Ainsdale last night from teachers to say that a confirmed positive case of COVID-19 had been made.It is currently unconfirmed...
Work on '@No.4', Birkdale's newest bar, is nearing completion ahead of opening this week.No date has yet been confirmed for opening but a post on the Birker's Bar Facebook page suggests the new premises, which is next door to Birkers, is a sister bar and will open this week.
With a recent survey of the country’s coronavirus testing sites showing a quarter of people turning up for tests did not have symptoms, Sefton’s Director of Public Health Margaret Jones has reminded residents they should only book a test of they have symptoms.Mrs Jones said: “Testing is a crucial tool in helping prevent the spread of COVID-19 but with...
A Southport-based home care group has launched a new operation in Preston as part of a £200,000 investment.Fast growing family-run home care provider, Alcedo Care, has opened a new regional office at Fulwood Business Park to support and accelerate its ambitious expansion plans for the Lancashire region.Complementing the group’s...