Overnight tunnel closures
THE Liverpool to Birkenhead lanes of the Queensway Tunnel will be
closed over 4 successive nights from Monday 28 November.
The closures will be from 10pm to 6.30am on Monday 28 November, then
9pm to 6.30am on the following 3 evenings.
The Birkenhead to Liverpool lanes of the Tunnel will also be closed
during the same hours from Monday 5 December to Thursday 8 December.
Both closures are part of final clean up works on a £9 million
tunnel safety improvement project which included the creation of
seven emergency escapes within the 2.23mile tunnel, designed to
bring safety and security measures up to tough European safety
During the closures, the tunnels team will also clear roadway
gullies and fascia panels.
The Kingsway (Wallasey) Tunnel will operate as normal.
Revolutionary ID Scanner Launched To Combat ‘Yob Culture’
LICENSEES from across the pub, bar, off license and supermarket
trade welcome this weeks launch of IDscan, a revolutionary new ID
Scanning mechanism aimed to combat the rise in ‘Yob Culture’ and
specifically designed to help licensees meet stringent new
government licensing laws set to come into this week.
Despite the Governments
insistence that new licensing laws allowing 24 hour drinking will
help reduce alcohol fuelled anti-social behaviour many responsible
licensees fear the escalation of new powers that threaten their
As a direct result of the new laws, landlords are desperate to find
a solution to the ever growing problem of underage drinkers and
troublemakers using fake ID which jeopardize their licenses . James
Purnell Licensing Minister has stated that, "The new licensing
laws give responsible landlords the best opportunity in almost a
century to tailor their businesses to meet the needs of their
customers. But they must do this responsibly. If they don't, from 24
November they face having their licence changed, suspended or
revoked. They could also be hit with a £5,000 fine or 6 months in
IDscan is a high-speed software system that recognises an
unprecedented range of personal ID - including passports, driving
licenses and national identity cards from around the globe. This
revolution in ID scanning has been specially developed in time for
the enforcement of the Licensing Act this November, when 24-hour
drinking becomes legal. In just seconds this compact and easy to use
unit can read 223 different ID formats, immediately alert the user
to under-age and banned customers and share information about
customers with other venues. Venues using IDscan can produce
detailed reports and photos of scanned customers to work in
co-operation with Police and Local Authorities and give complete
control over identification of those breaking the law.
Tam Thompson, night club owner and entrepreneur, said:- “I
have been in the club and bar trade for many years now but it is
getting harder and harder to protect your business against underage
drinkers and troublemakers. It is crucial that landlords have some
kind of protection against losing our licenses and ultimately our
businesses because of the minority who want to abuse the system. By
using IDscan , responsible licensees can answer James Purnell’s call
for landlords to prove that they can be part of the solution to
alcohol-related crime and disorder."
CAN you help?
Merseyside Police are appealing for information about an assault in
At about 11.30pm on Monday 14 November 2005 a 45 year old man from Churchtown was walking home, after a night out in Southport. He was
walking along Park
Crescent, next to Hesketh Park, heading towards Cambridge Road. As
he neared, the bus stop and the cafe entrance, the victim was
assaulted from behind. The offender was then assaulted by a second
offender who pushed him to the floor.
Following a further assault,
the offenders ran off through the park.
The victim was taken to hospital with a broken rib. He is now
The offenders are described as being white, 5'10" tall, of medium
build and aged in their 30's.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Crimestoppers on 0800
GENERATION TURNED OFF BY POWER CUTS
'Pod-power' youth in the dark about blackouts. As experts
predict a season of power cuts during the coldest winter since 1963,
a shocking new report from B&Q¹ reveals that millions of young
people are more concerned about not being able to use their iPods,
computers or hair straighteners than going without heat, light and
27% of 18 to 24 year olds surveyed admit their biggest blackout fear
was not being able to watch TV - missing an episode of Eastenders is
of more concern than the welfare of the older generation without
heat in freezing conditions. Amazingly, of the 2,670 people
surveyed, 20 people said they would dial 999 for help if the power
went out. 1 in 4, 18 - 24 year olds have never experienced a
power cut - the highest number amongst all other age groups, which
might explain why 40% of the plug dependent generation admitted to
having no idea where the fuse box is.
Most amusing was that 1% of men said the first thing they would do
in a black out would be to eat everything in the fridge before the
food goes off. And, 2/3rds of women admitted they wouldn't even
think to check if their neighbours were also in the dark.
Jacqueline Caston, B&Q spokesperson states:- "Our research
shows that young people are not taking the well-publicised threat of
power cuts seriously. E.ON UK², the distributor that runs
electricity networks in central England, has already warned that
scheduled power cuts in certain postcodes may be introduced in a bid
to conserve energy. As a result, we are urging the public to
take the threat of power cuts seriously and start thinking about
some simple measures that can be put into place. People need to
ensure they have working torches and new batteries to hand, and
battery powered lights could prove really handy to position on
stairs and in children's bedrooms. Everyone should know exactly
where their fuse box is located, as this should be the first port of
call if your power goes off."