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21 May 2002

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Southport Night Life

Nigh Time Safety in Southport

Thursday the 16th of May saw the launch of the Southport Nightime Safety Initiative at the Scarisbrick Hotel. 

Lord Fearn and other dignitaries were in attendance and told how the Initiative would work, and how it would cut down crime. 

The whole point of the  Initiative is to promote a feeling of safety within the resort at night, for those out socializing, and to cut down the number of violent incidences at the weekend.   

Southport Neighborhood Inspector Steve Hall said: “Southport has a very successful ant-crime partnership with the local daytime businesses and we are confidant we can extend tat partnership to the nigh time economy."

“Southport has a wealth of restaurants, bars and theatres that attract people from all over the country.  As a tourist resort it enjoys a reputation for being safe and welcoming.  By extending this partnership into the evening we are further proving our commitment to making Southport a crime-free resort.” 

Although the Initiative has been up and running for a couple of months now, with high-visibility police patrols, other comprehensive measures are now being added, these include, a radio link which has been installed between all members of the Initiative, enabling them to all talk to each other and the police, to ensure rapid responses to violence and troublesome customers.  And an exclusion policy for any person caught committing a disorderly or violent act, steals, uses or deals in drugs, anywhere near a member premises.

The partnership will meet once a month to monitor the Initiative and to share information about crime and offenders.  This will have a very positive effect and a reduction in crime can only follow.

Bill Asbury from Southport Town Centre Management explained:- “Merseyside Police have been very supportive and we applaud the excellent work by the team.  It is important that the business community work together and we welcome new members to the group.  I would urge any Southport business to get involved.”

Area Commander, Chief Superintendent Dave Jones of Merseyside Police added:- “Last year the force introduced Neighborhood Policing and the Southport Town Centre team are working hard with the business community to make the public of Southport feel safer.  They are achieving excellent results and we are in daily contact with the businesses and their staff.  My message to any criminals in Southport is that businesses, the public and the police working together will take swift action against you.”

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Swimming with Sharks!

If you would like to swim with sharks and raise money for National Leukaemia charity, you can. The Blue Planet Aquarium has teamed up with The Anthony Nolan Trust to bring to you the chance to swim with sharks.

The dates currently arranged are Wednesday 5th June, Wednesday 3rd and 31st of July and Wednesday 28th of August. You will get access to the aquarium after the public has left for the day, from around 4.30pm to 8pm in the evening. You will get a guided tour of the attraction while the divers are kitted up and given a safety briefing and then spectators will watch from the Aquatheatre and the underwater safari the divers, who will spend about 30 minutes in the water. Each group will consist of 6 divers and 2 spectators each. Each diver will have the opportunity to swim with Sand Tigers, Lemon Sharks, Stingrays, Nurse Sharks and shoals of Jacks, Grunts and Snappers. They can also gather sharks teeth from the coral sand while their previous owners cruise by!

It costs the charity £50 to fully test each volunteer joining the bone marrow register, and no government or lottery funding is received. Swimming with sharks is the latest in a long line of fundraising events from the charity, which include abseiling, dragonboat races and overseas treks.

The charity holds the largest independent bone marrow register, which currently holds 300,000 names. However, even with this amount of people the chances of a patient finding a bone marrow match is still slim. Unlike blood, there are millions of different types of bone marrow, the charities main aim is to increase the amount of people on the register, to increase the chance of a patient finding a suitable match.

Bone marrow transplants are needed when chemotherapy and radiotherapy are no longer an option, and tend to be the very last hope for those patients. There are around 7000 people currently looking for suitable bone marrow donors.

For more details please call 01423 879510 or visit our website at 

Learn to dive!
Ormskirk Sub~Aqua Club  was established in 1975 and has a broad band of members from all walks of life with various diving experiences. We are an open and friendly club and have a busy diving and training schedule held during the year. The club owns a 5.8 metre rigid inflatable boat that we commonly use to dive the wrecks of Liverpool Bay and beyond.

Within the last two years we have had trips to Oban, Anglesey, Seahouses on the North East Coast, Normandy and have arranged for this year to dive the Clyde and Scapa Flow in the Orkneys.
OSAC is a member of BSAC who have a membership of over 55,000 with some 1,200 branches in more than 50 countries around the world and are the UK Governing Body for underwater sports!  
If this sounds like your type of fun the ask for more information and a try-dive, by contacting any of the committee members on our club training night at the Ormskirk Park Pool, ever Wednesday at 9.00pm.  Also see our web page at:- 

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