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Is the vandalism on Southport's streets the tip of the iceberg?

THE Covid19 pandemic fake news Whac-A-Mole is on the streets of Merseyside, yet again. Not so long back, we had issues with fake news claiming 5g networks would give you the Virus, leading to vandalism of masts and phone infrastructure, along with slogans being sprayed on walls denoting the claims. It is not new information that fake news, lies and falsehoods spread like wildfire and can easily take on a life of their own, but it has never been so dangerous as it is now....


Liverpool during the Blitz, Ancestry unveils poignant new art collection created to commemorate the 80th Anniversary of the Blitz

TO mark 80 years since the start of The Blitz, Ancestry, the global leader in family history, has commissioned a new collection of art depicting life during The Blitz and World War II. The 80 pieces of art, available to view on...


DIY SOS star 'Billy' helps keep Southport DIY enthusiasts safe

BELOVED TV electrician Billy Byrne is helping people in Southport stay safe with a series of videos sharing his top tips for people turning to DIY at home and in the garden. The 65 year old, famous for his role on BBC television show DIY...


New underground luxe lounge bar Dwntwn launches this Autumn in Liverpool City Centre?

LIVERPOOL'S latest contemporary, independent high end cocktail lounge is opening its doors, on the 18 September 2020, to welcome new clients for the ultimate in luxury evening entertainment. Dwntwn, which is based in Harrington Street, just off...


Morrison's to double number of professional florists in its stores

MORRISON'S is doubling the number of fully qualified, expert florists in its stores to 300 this Autumn; to provide fresh, bespoke bouquets for its customers. The supermarket...


Strawberry Field awarded 2020 Trip Advisor Travellers' Choice Award after less than 1 year in business

STRAWBERRY Field have announced it has been recognised as a 2020 Travellers' Choice award winner. Based on a year of...


Donna's our volunteer of the year

THE sky really is the limit for Liverpool City Council worker Donna Hall after she was presented with a high flying national award for her work with the RAF Air Cadets. By day, Donna works as a...


Primary Dance UK launches new scheme for Primary Schools

BURNLEY and Pendle online dance provider Primary Dance UK has launched a new...


Arley Hall Food Festival 'Good to Go'

THE Great British Food Festival is going ahead as planned, at Arley Hall, near Knutsford, Cheshire, and has recently been awarded the Visit Britain:- "We're Good to Go" certification. The...


Liverpool Santa Dash 2020 to go Virtual due to pandemic...

1 of Merseyside's most popular public events is the latest casualty of the Coronavirus pandemic; with this year's Liverpool Santa Dash being brought to a halt. Highly regarded as the City's kick start to Christmas, this year's event would have marked the 17th consecutive year of the festive fun run. However, it is with great regret that organisers BTR Liverpool announce...


Liverpool student, who 'lost' her voice to cancer, releases new single and stars in new charity campaign

MUSICIAN Ruby, 21, a student at Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts, was just 19 when she was diagnosed with leukaemia last year. During her gruelling treatment she became so distressed and weakened that she stopped...


Eat Out To Help Out Resounding Success For Liverpool's Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar and Grill

FOLLOWING on from the hugely popular Eat Out to Help Out scheme, a Liverpool based restaurant has put in place a special early week, set menu that it hopes will continue to attract those wishing to enjoy a meal out. The Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar and Grill, which is located at Hotel Indigo, on Chapel Street, Liverpool, has now launched...


Hate crime on train between Ainsdale and Hillside Stations

BRITISH Transport Police (BTP) have released an image of a woman who may have information that could help their investigation into an alleged incident that is reported to have happened at 8.12pm, on Thursday, 16...


New online booking system for blood tests introduced in Sefton

SEFTON residents will be able to arrange blood tests online with the launch of a new appointment system aimed to ease the demand on existing services following the Covid-19 pandemic. During the height of the pandemic, the service was suspended and revised to comply with social distancing measures and, after making a phased return to operation...


Gold haul seized by HMRC set for ₤750,000 auction

8 gold bars seized by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) and valued at almost ₤750,000, are being auctioned off with proceeds going back into the public purse. Weighing around 16kg altogether; equivalent to the weight of an adult Staffordshire Bull Terrier; the bars were seized at Manchester Airport in November 2018. They were...


Crosby Camera Club takes its meeting online for start of a new season this September

CROSBY Camera Club has announced that its new season will recommence in September 2020, with meetings being held online for the moment. Rather than holding weekly meetings in Crosby Library, the club has decided to host fortnightly talks via Zoom. Steve Sefton, President of Crosby Camera Club, said:- "Due to the ongoing pandemic we've taken the decision..."


Liverpool marks Merchant Navy Day

LIVERPOOL will mark Merchant Navy Day, on Sunday, 6 September 2020, with a special service and wreath laying ceremony. The annual celebration raises awareness of past, present and future Merchant Navy seafarers and also remembers the 36,000 men who died at sea during World War 2. A public service of celebration will take place in the grounds of Liverpool Parish Church...


MP hails "hidden gem" facing Brexit uncertainty

BILL Esterson MP visited what he called a "hidden gem" in his Sefton Central constituency, a manufacturing business which employs 140 people.  Sykes Seafoods was established in 1862. It uses the latest food production equipment to process prawns...


As Universities go back is the UK Government "encouraging a public health crisis?"

MANY headlines and news reports, both online and on TV, are asking questions as students prepare to return back to Universities and Colleges. Advice has been given to Higher and Further education establishments by the UK Government and by organisations like the registered charity Universities UK. But many point out that the lack of Government preparedness means that...


Police Commissioner invites 'imaginative' bids to keep young people safe over autumn ½ Term?

MERSEYSIDE'S Police Commissioner is inviting community groups to submit 'imaginative' bids for projects which will divert young people away from crime and anti social behaviour during the autumn ½ Term, essential work in spite of the challenges posed by Covid19. Jane Kennedy has announced that she is releasing a new round of funding from the Police Property Act Fund (PPA)...


Creamfields 2021 - More acts announced

THE countdown has officially started for Creamfields 2021 and to mark the occasion the electronic festival giants have announced more acts to the ever growing line up including:- Nina Kraviz, Afrojack, Jamie Jones, Alan Fitzpatrick, Solardo, Paul van Dyk, Josh Wink, Richy Ahmed, Aly and Fila, Matrix and Futurebound feat. Rhymester, TNT aka Technoboy n Tuneboy, Sub Zero Project, Headhunterz, Sound Rush, DJ Isaac, Adaro, Sefa and Andy Whitby. This latest onslaught join the...


Communities Secretary announces new members of the UK Holocaust Memorial Foundation

COMMUNITIES Secretary Rt Hon Robert Jenrick MP has today announced the appointment to the UK Holocaust Memorial Foundation of:- Sir Jon Cunliffe, Deputy Governor for Financial Stability at the Bank of England. Mona Siddiqui OBE, Professor of Islamic and Interreligious Studies at the University of Edinburgh. Matthew Westerman, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Imperial...


Annual Schools' Road Safety Banner Competition - is on!

RECOGNITION Express North West based in Southport is delighted to confirm that after months of uncertainty, now that Schools have returned, the hunt is on once again to find the UK's junior poster artists to design a road safety banner for November's BRAKE Road Safety Week, running over 16 November to 22 November 2020. Promotional products, badges and School uniform specialist Recognition Express has renewed its sponsorship...


Police in the North West record 60% increase in online child sex crimes in just 1 year?

POLICE in the North West have logged 1,742 online child sex offences in 2019/20, an increase of 60% in just 12 months. Data obtained by the NSPCC reveals 10,391 crimes were recorded by all 46 forces across England, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Channel Islands for 2019/20. The offences across the UK increased by 16% from the previous year where data from Police forces is available and...




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