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Edition No. 228

Date:- 28 November 2005

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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 standards.

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 business.

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 prison.”

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."

ASSAULT, SOUTHPORT

CAN you help?  Merseyside Police are appealing for information about an assault in Southport.

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 recovering.

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 555 111.

WIRED 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 hot water.

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."

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