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Date:- 27 August 2007

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Yet more shootings

THIS is not a good start to the 800th Birthday celebrations for Liverpool; as the World's media looks at the city, three shootings happen in one week. The first shooting killed 11 year old Rhys Jones. Then Penny Lane was closed while officers investigate yet another shooting. The latest happened on Friday, 24 August 2007, at around 22:30 BST, outside the Alma de Santiago nightclub on Penny Lane in the Mossley Hill.

"The city is already in shock over the death of Rhys Jones and now another shooting!

This area was made famous by The Beatles song 'Penny Lane'. As the International Beatles Week and with it our 800th Birthday is taking place, it is a very damaging time for the city image wise. This area it is usually quiet.

I just do not know what has happened of late. Our thoughts are now with not one family but three families." One resident said.

2 doormen, aged 35 and 44, were both shot, one in has stomach; the other had leg injuries. Police are now looking at CCTV footage.

Merseyside Police said:- "We do not have a motive for the attack, but we believe a gunman travelled to the scene in a dark coloured hatchback car.

The public will notice a raised level of police visibility in the area.

Also Merseyside Police will be carrying out house to house inquiries."

Then on Saturday 25 August 2007 at 18:15 BST, gun shots were fired at a property on Belmont Drive in Tuebrook. Merseyside Police said:- "The road was busy at the time of the incident and are appealing for anyone who saw what happened in the Tuebrook shooting to contact them."

Merseyside Police said:- "We know people are frightened about coming forward, but we will do everything in our power to help all who contact us and if you prefer, you can provide information anonymously by contacting Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111."

Beatles Story To Mark 40th Anniversary of Brian Epstein’s Death With Display Of Rare Memorabilia

DID Brian Epstein think of becoming a song writer?

Items to include a rare handwritten lyric written by Brian Epstein which is thought to be his own attempt at song writing.

Monday 27 August 2007 marks the 40th anniversary of the death of former Beatles manager, Brian Epstein, the man about whom Paul McCartney said:- “If anyone was the fifth Beatle, it was Brian.”

To commemorate the life and times of this remarkable man, the Beatles Story will be exhibiting a wonderful collection of previously unseen photographs, books and other items, all of which have been generously loaned by an American collector, Katie Hickox.

The items include:-

- A discarded note written by Epstein in his handwriting which features a lyric Brian is alleged to have written for Paul McCartney. It is believed that Brian was keen to relieve some of the pressure on the Lennon / McCartney song writing team and that the note reveals his own attempt at composition.

- A previously unseen photo of Brian Epstein featuring the Beatles and two other acts on his ‘stable’ of performers, Gerry and the Pacemakers and Billy J Kramer and the Dakotas.

- A rare signed copy of Epstein’s 1964 autobiography, ‘A Cellarful of Noise’.

- A number of photos and documents taken from NBC’s archives which feature Epstein and the Beatles on their first trip to the USA in Feb 1964.

- A 1967 picture of Epstein taken at the Disc and Music Echo awards where he can be seen chatting to the Monkees’ Micky Dolenz. The photo also shows DJ Jimmy Saville enjoying a trademark cigar!

A number of these fascinating artefacts were originally given by Epstein to his chauffer Bryan Barrett for safekeeping shortly before his death in 1967 and were originally put up for auction in April 2000 at Christie’s.

Director of the Beatles Story Jerry Goldman said:- “We are delighted to be able to mark this anniversary and acknowledge Brian’s enormous contribution to the world of popular music. Without Epstein there might still have been the Beatles but the story would be entirely different.”

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