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Edition No. 138

Date:- 07 February 2004

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Police Investigate Jewelry Theft

MERSEYSIDE Police has launched an investigation after a road traffic collision on February 3 at the junction of Hanover Street and Seel Street, in Liverpool city centre.

Police received a report of a theft of jewellery from a jewellers store on Bold Street at 4pm, and an unmarked Vauxhall Vectra police car responded to apprehend what was reported to be the three offenders involved. 

Just before 4.05pm, as the unmarked car was turning round on Hanover Street near to the junction with Seel Street, it collided with one man who is believed to have been involved in the theft.

He has suffered a leg injury and paramedics have attended and taken him to hospital. The driver of the police car is shaken but otherwise unhurt. 

The area on Hanover Street has been cordoned off, and Crime Scene Investigators are to attend the jewellers' shop on Bold Street to gather evidence. An investigation has been launched by detectives into the theft and inquiries are underway to trace the offenders. 


THE Liverpool heat of the Silver Stars Talent Contest, now in its 32nd year and organised by the city council's sports and recreation department, has seen generations delighted by the showcase of city's senior citizen entertainers to perform their talents on stage.

The competition is open to anyone aged 60 or over who lives in the city and can sing, dance, tell jokes or has the ability to entertain an audience in any way. Last year's winners of the Liverpool heat - the Tant Sisters from Fazakerley - went on to win the regional and national final of the contest, and scooped the first prize of £1000.

Auditions will take place on Wednesday 28th April at the Neptune Theatre on Hanover Street in front of a judging panel. Twelve acts will be selected to appear in the Liverpool heat, which will take place at the Neptune Theatre in May. 

The winner will represent the city at the north west final at the Floral Hall in Southport in early June, and could go on to the national final.

Contestants must live within the Liverpool city council boundary. Acts can contain up to four people plus an accompanist. Entry forms can be obtained by calling 0151 233 6359

Model Village For Sale

THE announcement that Ray and Jean Jones, the designers and developers of Southport Model Village have decided to sell their Model Railway business due to their retirement from running the tourist landmark, known to many outside and within the Southport region. 

The couple stated that they have been involved in the running of the company over the past ten years, believe that now is the time for a change and a fresh approach. It is now up to a new owner to run the successful business that also has an online shop, running all year round selling railway sets. Ray Jones told us that “We have had a lot of fun over the years developing the site, but our family life is rapidly changing as our children are now grown up. We want to look for pastures new. We will miss it but the business needs a new pair of legs to enable the business to achieve its next set of goals.” 

For the right people this is a golden opportunity to take control of a highly rewarding business which is set in a beautiful location is now for the taking. Not only is the Model Village included in all future developments proposed within the marine lake area, by Sefton Council, but the company is also at the forefront of a massive upturn in the interest and sales of large scale model railways on its websites. 

For further details contact Ray Jones on:- 01704 214266 or See the attraction and shop on-line by visiting

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