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Dobbies' search for Santa -
Candidates in Merseyside can apply to work in Santa's Grotto this Christmas
THE hunt is on for Santa to work
in Dobbies Liverpool and Southport stores this Christmas. In partnership with
Great Grottos, the magical experience is 1 of the most anticipated events in the
Dobbies’ Christmas calendar, and suitable candidates are being called on to fill
Santa's boots. The safety of customers and team members is Dobbies' number 1
priority and as a result the grotto experience will be different this year.
Santa will be adhering to social distancing guidelines with children selecting
their own gift. Santa's elves will also maintain their distance and wear a face
covering at all times, with customers over 11 years old, also required to wear a
Graeme Jenkins, CEO at Dobbies', said:- "Santa's Grotto is 1 of our most
popular festive experiences in our Liverpool and Southport stores and the role
of Santa is perfect for enthusiastic individuals who are keen to ensure our
customers have a 1st class experience. We will be closely following Government
guidelines to ensure all events from our Christmas programme are safe and
enjoyable for all."
Applicants aged 28 years and over are invited for the role of Father Christmas,
with a full training programme provided for those who are successful. This is a
highly rewarding and enjoyable role guaranteed to get customers into the
Christmas spirit, and successful candidates will be responsible for creating
memorable moments for visiting families and children.
Great Grottos are looking for reliable, hard working individuals with a cheerful
personality, who are able to stay in character and adhere to company values.
Successful candidates will begin work from 14 November 2020.
Tickets for Santa’s Grotto are available to book online, with customers
encouraged to book in advance to avoid disappointment. Customers can also Book
with Confidence, with a full refund provided by Dobbies' if the event is
For more information about Santa vacancies at both Dobbies' Liverpool and
Southport, please see:-
Liverpool issues a stark warning!
LIVERPOOL'S Mayor, Joe Anderson,
has issued the following statement today on social media:-
"Liverpool has now reached the level of 80 per 100,000
people testing positive for Covid-19. With the R rate
nearing 1.3%. An increase of 100 people in last 24 hrs total
now at 410. A real worry and concern that unless we all take
this seriously we could face a City Lockdown." This
statement comes at the same time as we seeing a rise in
posts by "No Mask" groups in the area.
Please remember, masks not only help stop the spread of the
virus, but thy also help us to keep trade and life moving.
So please, put your masks on and keep social distancing! Our
lives and livelihoods depend on it!
crackdown on illegal hare coursing with refreshed action plan
THE Country Land and Business
Association (CLA) Rural landowners are calling for specific
sentencing guidelines to target criminal gangs betting on
the killing of hares with dogs. Hare coursing, where dogs
compete against each other in pursuit of a hare, was
outlawed by the 2004 Hunting Act but now takes place
illegally without the permission of the landowner. It has
also been reported that the crime sometimes involves live
streaming to another location where bets often worth
thousands of pounds are placed on the outcome. Following
numerous of incidents of hare coursing throughout autumn and
winter, the CLA has updated its action plan this year which
outlines how farmers, landowners, the Police and Government
can work collaboratively to bring those involved to justice.
The organisation is calling for tailored sentencing
guidelines such as vehicle seizure and compensation paid to
the landowner for any damage caused.
CLA North Adviser Libby Bateman said:- "Fines imposed
under the Hunting Act are unlimited, yet too often they
amount to just a few hundred pounds. This is not an
effective deterrent for a lucrative crime perpetrated by
criminal gangs. The Police are able to seize vehicles and
dogs – both of which would have a direct impact on hare
coursers. Police Forces have the power to tackle these
criminals but they need evidence to catch perpetrators and
bring them to justice. This is why we encourage people to
record and report any suspicious activity to the Police.
This can be done by dialling 101 to speak to your local
Police Force or contacting Crimestoppers on:- 0800 555 111."
A farmer (who wanted to remain anonymous due to reprisals)
from the East Riding in Yorkshire, said:- “Criminals
involved in this illegal activity; which is banned; often
threaten landowners and damage property. These criminal
gangs are still travelling to our area, trespassing on
private farmland to chase hares with dogs. The only way to
stop these criminals is to report any suspicious activity to
here to read the action
plan in full.
Top Tips - what to do
if you see hare coursing taking place:-
1. Do not approach hare coursers.
2. Report any suspicious activity in the countryside to the
Police on:- 101.
3. Call:- 999 if you suspect a crime is actually taking
Total UK cases COVID19 cases
in and around Liverpool City Region
total number of UK
Coronavirus (COVID-19) infections that have been laboratory
confirmed, within the UK, has risen by:-
2,621 cases and the
total number now stand at:-
371,125, that includes tests
carried out by commercial partners which are not included in
the 4 National totals.
The number of COVID-19 associated UK fatalities added to the
total, was sadly reported to be:-
9 according to the
Department of Health. The total number of deaths of people
who have had a positive test result confirmed by a Public
Health or NHS laboratory is:-
The number of COVID-19 patients currently in UK Hospitals:-
884. The current number of COVID-19 patients currently in
mechanical ventilation beds in UK Hospitals:-
number of COVID-19 patients admitted to UK Hospitals:-
In England, there are a total of:-
320,380 confirmed cases.
North West - total of:-
61,277 confirmed cases.
The number of laboratory confirmed cases within the
Liverpool City Region are as follows:-
St. Helens, 1,485
The number of laboratory confirmed cases within
Local Authorities around the Liverpool City
Region are as follows:-
Blackburn with Darwen,
Bury, 1,852 confirmed cases.
Cheshire East, 2,562 confirmed cases.
Cheshire West and Chester,
Lancashire, 9,330 confirmed cases.
Manchester, 5,053 confirmed cases.
Oldham, 3,327 confirmed cases.
Preston, 1,685 confirmed cases.
Rochdale, 2,575 confirmed cases.
Salford, 2,201 confirmed cases.
Stockport, 2,163 confirmed cases.
Tameside, 2,323 confirmed cases.
Trafford, 1,867 confirmed cases.
Warrington, 1,712 confirmed cases.
Wigan, 2,564 confirmed cases.
Daily reported Covid19 deaths are now measured across the UK
as deaths that occurred within 28 days of the 1st
laboratory confirmed positive Covid19 test.
Daily and cumulative
numbers of COVID19 patients admitted to Hospital. Data are
not updated every day by all 4 nations and the figures are
not comparable as Wales include suspected COVID19 patients
while the other nations include only confirmed cases.
Previous 24hr Data
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