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Edition No. 156

Date:- 19 June 2004

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PROPERTY MARKET STILL BUOYANT IN THE NORTH

FIGURES released today show signs of the housing market slowing down in the north of England despite reports by estate agents that nationally, the housing market is spiralling out of control.

Estate agents reported the latest figures for May that a slow down is on its way despite a 26.8% increase last year, that there was an overall fall in prices of 0.4 % on housing prices. 

Despite the overall recorded drop, figures from the Eastern and Western regions show that the market is still buoyant across a large proportion of the north of England. 

Prices in Manchester and Grimsby, saw a 2.4% increase, from £136,784 in April to £140,061 in May. Lancashire prices also rose by 4.6%.

BIKE BONANZA

LIVERPOOL is set to go bike-crazy next week due to the forthcoming Liverpool Cycle Festival.

All types of cycles from penny-farthings to the most up to date electric bikes will feature in the Liverpool Cycle Festival which takes place between 21 June and 27 June 2004.

The Festival is part of Merseytravel's Green Transport festival, a month of activities highlighting environmentally- friendly forms of transport.

On Saturday 26 June the Festival and try out track moves on to Lord Street where there will be events such as cycle skill workshops, and free bike checks taking place. There will also be a waterfront bike ride, suitable for all, starting at 2pm.

The venue moves to Croxteth Country Park on Sunday 27 June 2004 where an all day series of events including free rickshaw rides and cycle orienteering will take place. A bike ride throughout the park will start at 2pm. There will also be entertainment and live music as well as the chance to win a bike in the festival's competition which can be entered on the Saturday and Sunday. 

Throughout the week there will also be cycling events for the city's schools at Everton Sports Centre and Garston Village Hall,

Dave Boyer, Highways Manager, said:- "This week is a great opportunity for people to find out more about cycling in the city and have some fun with a form of transport that is healthy, convenient and friendly to the environment."

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HUB festival celebrates Mersey Street Beat

BUSINESS in the Community 'BIG TICK' Award Recognizes the EFITC's Commitment to Supporting Local People

The BIG TICK is awarded to companies that are able to demonstrate a high standard of excellence in the way they organise and integrate responsible business practices, companies that are making a positive impact on both society and business.

Dave Connor, Manager of the programme comments:- "Winning this BIG TICK award is a great honor for us. It's great that the work we undertake has been acknowledged for the significant impact it has on the people that we work with. It is also thoroughly rewarding for all involved. The programme has gone from strength to strength and will continue to grow and support people in the local area." 

Everton FC has been running its football in the community programme since 1986, utilising the skills of retired players in a community role that serves the club's local communities. The success of the programme, initiated and developed by Ted Sutton, has seen it grow from reaching a couple of thousand people per annum in 1986 to more than 50,000 per year today. 

Bogus Official Burglary, 1400 hrs Monday 14 June
Report thanks to Merseyside Police

A LADY in her 90's from Janes Brook Road, Southport answered the door to a man who claimed there was a flood in the upstairs flat and needed to check her flat. She allowed him access to the kitchen and bathroom and stayed with him. Offender asked her to watch the taps as he went into another room. She later found her property was missing from other rooms.

It is believed that the offender had an accomplice who was not seen. The victim remained with the first offender at all times although she left the front door open which would allow the accomplice access.

A large amount of cash was stolen from the flat.

The offender is described as being around 22yrs, 5 feet 9 inches tall, of grubby appearance with dark hair short in style, straight at the sides and curly on top, wearing a dark coloured suit.

Anyone who may have witnessed anyone acting suspiciously in the Janes Brook Road area or has information about the burglary is asked to contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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