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Date:- 06 March 2006

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MERSEYSIDE Police are appealing for information following a fatal road traffic collision in Southport.

At about 1.10am on Saturday 4 March 2006, officers were called following a report of a collision on Eastbank Street.

On arrival officers found a man, later identified as being 38 years of age and local to the area. He died a short time later at the scene. The victim has been named as 37 year old Andrew Roden from Southport. Mr. Roden had two young daughters aged 6 and 11 years of age.  A post mortem examination took place on Sunday afternoon.

Detectives are appealing for anyone who may have witnessed the collision to contact them. It is believed that the victim ran across Eastbank Street, in the direction of Scarisbrick New Road and near to its junction with Tulketh Street. He then came into collision with a saloon type car which came from the direction of the Lord Street area. The victim was then lying in the road,suffering from injuries when a car passed him on the opposite side of the road. Two further cars, which were being driven towards the roundabout at Scarisbrick Road then swerved to avoid him. A third vehicle, a silver BMW travelling in the same direction, collided with him and stopped at the scene.

Detectives are appealing for the drivers involved to come forward.

DCI Bob Marsden said:- "I'd firstly appeal for the driver of the first saloon car who collided with the victim to come forward. I believe this driver knew they had collided with the man but left the scene anyway. I'd also appeal for the two drivers who swerved to avoid the victim to come forward. They have done nothing wrong however they may be vital witnesses who can help us to trace the offender."

Anyone with information is asked to contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or Copy Lane CID on 0151 777 3165

North West Air Ambulance incident - Kirkby, Merseyside

THE North West Air Ambulance was called out today at 9.14am to a road traffic collision on an icy road in Kirkby, Merseyside.

A woman in her early 40's obtained suspected minor injuries when her car collided with a bus. The North West Air Ambulance worked alongside the land ambulance crew to treat the woman who was taken to a nearby hospital by the land crew.

The North West Air Ambulance is a registered charity, receiving no mainstream funding yet it costs over £1.3 million a year to maintain this vital life saving service. For the patient, the NWAA is the fastest emergency service. Donations can be made by ringing 08010 587 4570

Battle Of The Bands – FINAL At Casablanca, Southport

THE night was dark, cold, and icy and the wind was up, but on stage in Casablanca were four bands that were more fearsome than the freak storm outside… YES, it was ROCK ON as the battle lines were drawn in front of a maximum capacity audience of all ages. Taking to the stage to wage war with devilish sounds that sent shivers through the spine and burst eardrums were four local bands, Strikeout, Lobe, The Last Round and Fight Benjamin. A sign on the door said:- "Battle of the Bands THE FINAL!! featuring some of the most exciting up-and-coming acts from the North West. WARNING...likely to be LOUD!!!", but I don’t know who were louder, the bands or the massive fan base who queued inside and out waiting to hear the roar and thunder from the guitars and drums…. The shrieks from the singers and cries from the backing singers…. Well done to all who put on the event. It was so good the queue, which fought to get in, stretched down towards the Marine Lake at one point! Winning the night was the band Fight Benjamin, but voting by slips handed in by the audience showed it was very close and all the bands deserve a slap on the back for what was a most excellent contest!

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