Road recovery firm the AA have been praised as they roll out a special series of free recovery sessions for any NHS staff. Bosses at the AA say they are going to do all they can to help health workers at this time Leaked emails to staff read: “As a business, we have a very special set of capabilities and I...
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Sefton Council have been awarded a government grant to help residents who may be struggling to pay their Council Tax during the COVID-19 outbreak. Sefton will receive a grant of £3.037m as part of £500m available nationally from the government’s emergency Council Tax Hardship Fund. Any residents who are of working age, and have had their bill reduced by an award...
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Chief executive Trish Armstrong-Child commented, “As expected, we are now treating patients who have tested positive for the Covid-19 (coronavirus). After several weeks of preparation, we are well prepared for this. “Both the trust and our staff are respecting our patients’ right to confidentiality in the usual way, giving families the space and privacy they need.” Ms Armstrong-Child added: “In the...
Boris Johnson has stunned millions of Britons with a momentous and tough lockdown announcement to tackle coronavirus: stay at home or face a fine. In a dramatic and historic TV address to the nation, the prime minister said all shops apart from food stores and chemists must close immediately, meeting friends will be banned - but one form of exercise...
POLICE can confirm the man who died following a fatal shooting in Birkdale on Monday 16 March has been formally identified as Stephen Maguire, 27, from Birkdale. Emergency services were called to an address in Guildford Road shortly after 11.35pm to reports that a 27-year-old man had been shot. Our enquires are at an early stage, but we believe this was...
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UPDATE Detectives have launched a murder investigation following a fatal shooting in Birkdale last night, Monday, 16 March. Emergency services were called to an address in Guildford Road shortly after 11.35pm to reports that a 27-year-old man had been shot. Officers and the North West Ambulance Service attended and the victim was treated for critical injuries to his leg and abdomen. He...
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An area of Guildford Road in Southport remains cordoned off after an alleged shooting near to Central Avenue at approximately 11.45 pm, Monday 16 March. More to follow.  
Silcocks bosses have been branded geniuses by the few brave souls venturing outside of isolation and still having fun during the Coronavirus outbreak. Staff at the Silcocks amusement arcade in Southport have taken hundreds of rolls of toilet paper and filled a grab machine with them in a pointed humorous joke aimed at those panicked buying toilet roll.   The machines have...
Police have closed off part of Lord Street this morning following a daring smash and grab raid at a town centre jewellers Prestige Diamonds were targeted in the early hours of this morning in a daring raid by an as yet unidentified group of Male suspects. The would be thieves broke through the metal shutter barrier protecting the shop before smashing...
Police are advising drivers to avoid the Bentham’s Way area of Southport this evening following a major medical emergency OTS understands the air ambulance and a number of emergency response vehicles have been called to an ongoing major incident near to Dobbie’s Garden Centre on Bentham’s Way At least two ambulances and fire crews have been called to the scene while...
It’s only been a few weeks since Debenhams department store shut for the final time but the building is already showing signs of major decay. Bosses at the failing flagship chain pulled the plug on Debenhams across the country, including the iconic looking Southport store on Lord Street. But there are concerns the building may be unsafe after passers by noticed...
Pupils took a trip to Southport’s oldest book shops to enjoy their favourite stories. Children from St John’s C of E Primary School in Crossens visited Broadhurst Bookshop and were given a tour round the store to celebrate World Book Day. Kind hearted owner Kate Chesterton agreed to exchange all the school’s tokens for copies of books to ensure each pupil...
Emergency services have been called to New Cut Lane in Southport after a woman collapsed on the pavement, Wednesday 4 March 2020. An air ambulance was called after First responders and passers by in the quiet suburban street rushed to her side after she reportedly collapsed. The young woman was helped up and was responding to questions by the time paramedics...
Sefton Council have been forced to say sorry for flying a flag above Southport Town Hall which carried an anti-transgender and homophobic message. The council have torn down a flag after coming in for stick online about the flag, which was created by a national anti trans group. hi @seftoncouncil 👋🏼 the flag you’re flying at the moment is a hostile...
A pair of new lifts has been installed at Meols station to improve accessibility for those travelling on the Merseyrail network. The £2.2 million project was funded through the Department for Transport’s (DfT) Access for All programme and forms part of a wider project funded by both the DfT and Liverpool City Region Combined Authority. Offering step-free access across the station,...
Two weeks ago Birkdale's Lib Dem councillors organised a massively successful exercise distributing free "whips" for local residents to plant in their gardens. Now residents have another chance to collect a free tree this Saturday 29th February, this time in Birkdale Village between 11.00am and 12.00 noon. Birkdale's councillors Simon Shaw (pictured) and Iain Brodie Browne have worked with Mersey...
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POLICE have arrested a man on suspicion of arson following an incident in Southport in the early hours of this morning, Wednesday 26 February. At around 12.50am, Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service (MFRS) informed us of a premises on Bold Street which was alight. Nobody was injured and the fire was extinguished. Following enquiries, a 21-year-old man of no fixed abode...
A local council hopeful has hit out at Sefton’s Labour bosses after seeing an OTS article on Knob Hall Lane. Cambridge ward Tory candidate Sinclair D’alburquerque says he has a hole raft of issues to bring up if he is elected come May. This week Sinclair has been canvassing for votes in the crater ridden Knob Hall Lane just weeks after...
Heavy rain has caused major flooding across the town with the Coastal Road and Bentham’s Way totally submerged in parts, Monday 24 February 2020. In particular the Town Lane areas of Southport is so at risk of flooding, surveys say they could be totally underwater in 100 years. https://www.otsnews.co.uk/birkdale-flooding-leaves-soaked-shoppers-fuming/ One resident said “Town Lane has been flooding for years but now it’s...
Staff at a GP surgery near Southport are breathing a sigh of relief after tests have confirmed a patient doesn’t have Coronavirus as first feared. the patient presented with enough symptoms and history to spark the need for emergency testing and protocols were enacted to shut down the surgery temporarily. Insiders say “there was a suspected case at the practice yesterday,...
A GP surgery just a few miles from Southport has shut in panic after fears a patient has Coronavirus. Tarleton Group Practice have closed its doors as an emergency precaution after fears a patient presented themselves with symptoms of the deadly virus. A patient who visited the practice is believed to have come in contact with the virus and is now...
Furious tourists and locals are reacting with disbelief once more after Sefton announced they’ll be skyrocketing prices to park on Southport beach. A staggering 33% increase will see drivers forced to pay £8 per car just to park in Southport’s golden sands It follows fears that council tax will also increase once again by nearly 4%, the national maximum limit its...
Dog walkers and beach lovers were shocked this morning after a massive pile driver turned up at Ainsdale Nature Reserve. The 20ft behemoth is thought to have been called in to help redistribute a build up of sand dunes following major storm damage from Storm Ciara and Dennis Contractors arrived in the early hours of this morning working for Freedom Major...
UPDATE https://www.otsnews.co.uk/high-tide-leaves-cars-stranded-on-beachside-car-park/ UPDATE https://www.otsnews.co.uk/traffic-bulletin-drivers-urged-to-take-extra-care-in-high-winds/ Southport has been battered by Storm Ciara this morning with the Promenade and coastal road bearing the brunt of its force. The Mad Dog run was cancelled in anticipation of the storm hitting the resort late last night and part of the route is now heavily flooded, justifying the concerns of race organisers. Cars are being forced to proceed with caution...
British Transport Police are hunting a woman who put her life and others at risk after jumping a level crossing in Birkdale. The woman, who is reportedly known to local authorities for previous issues, has been caught on camera breaking the law and putting lives in danger by crossing a live rail line and narrowly missing an oncoming train. The incident...
A firm which transformed the fortunes of the Baltic Triangle in Liverpool, have set their sights on ‘opportunities for expansion’ in Southport. Ten years ago the Baltic Creative Community Interest Company was created and it now manages over 118,000 sq.ft. of workspace specifically designed for the creative and digital sector in the city. As part of their decade anniversary celebrations,...
SHOCKED shoppers in the town centre were left feeling physically sick this afternoon after a woman publicly emptied her bowels on the side of a parked car, Thursday 30 January. The unidentified woman was caught short in the NCP car park on London Street but instead of using nearby toilets, chose to use the side of a parked car and...
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Brexit champions say they are disgusted that the council won’t be hosting a celebration for Brexit Day. January 31 marks the official date when the UK leaves the European Union but despite countless parties and celebrations across the isle, Sefton council have said they don’t want to get involved. Now pro brexit supporters are slamming the council for ignoring the referendum...
A royal fuss is causing concern in Birkdale. The resplendent Queen’s Jubilee Nature Trail, which was named in honour of her majesty’s jubilee celebrations is now the target of lazy dog owners who are not clearing up after their pets. The inconsiderate and irresponsible owners could face heavy fines if they are caught after nature lovers reacted with shock this week...