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Issue:- 27 September  2012


MERSEYSIDE Police are appealing for witnesses after a shop on the Pendle estate in Netherton was subjected to an attempted robbery on Sunday, 23 September 2012. Officers were called to the Supersaver store in Pendle View at around 4pm by a staff member reporting a man had entered the shop armed with a metal bar. On arrival, officers found that damage had been caused to the inside of the store and a window but no-one was injured. Staff were spoken to and it was rstablished that the offender walked into the store and demanded that the staff member open the till. When several other members of staff come to their colleague's aid, the offender backed out of the store, causing damage to window as left. Nothing was stolen during the attempted robbery, but staff were left worried and shaken. Detectives from Sefton CID are investigating and are appealing for witnesses. The offender is described as white, aged in his late teens, around 5ft 8ins tall and of skinny build. He was wearing a bulky grey hooded top with the hood up and a black baseball cap underneath and dark glasses. Netherton Neighbourhood Inspector, Simon Thompson, said:- "This will have been a terrifying incident for the shop staff and we are doing all we can to maintain a visible Police presence in the area while colleagues in CID try and track down the offender. We will not tolerate crimes like this on Pendle or anywhere else in Netherton. The decent, law abiding people on the Pendle estate will be as angry as we are that a well-used community shop has been attacked and I would urge them to have to courage to come forward if they know anything that can help catch the offender."


AFTER the success of his first single ‘Back To Life’, Benny Marchant is back with an album to be proud of. ‘One More Chance’ is set for digital release on 17 September 2012.

After his first single was chosen for the soundtrack of feature length film ‘Crooked Arrows’, Benny Marchant is now set to release the album from which it came ‘One More Chance’.

Having previously worked with Joe Chiccarelli (Radiohead, White Stripes), Benny explored his pop inflections to produce an album produced by Steve Sulikowski (Selena Gomez), full of sing-a-long pop anthems, heartfelt love songs and heavier rock melodies.

The album also features collaborations with Michael Brauer (Coldplay, John Mayer, Paul McCartney) and Kevin Killen (U2, Shawn Colvin, Elvis Costello) creating an EP is chock-full of talent, honesty and noteworthy performances.

Benny will embark on a promotional tour of the UK this Autumn, taking in London, Liverpool, Manchester, Nottingham, Bristol and Sheffield.

Described as- “a cross between Tom Petty and Pearl Jam (no, really)” by Los Angeles Magazine, Benny is looking forward to crossing the pond again and sharing his distinctive sound.

For more information and to keep up-to-date on all things Benny Marchant visit:-; Facebook; Twitter.

Time for clarification on classic car rules, says Labour Euro MP

THE Labour Euro MP Brian Simpson, Chair of the European Parliament's Transport Committee, has called for clarification of media reports inaccurately claiming that classic cars could be forced off the road under proposals put forward by the European Commission.

According to articles in papers including the Metro and the Daily Mail, the proposed legislation would make it "illegal" for classic car owners to modify their vehicles, as any changes would lead to a failed MOT test.

In fact, the legislation makes no reference to failing motorists on their MOT tests on the basis of modifications.

Mr Simpson said that:- "Since the publication of these proposals I have been contacted by many concerned car owners. I want to reassure them that I believe classic and heritage cars are not only a wonderful sight on the roads of the UK, but also a vital element of our nation's heritage. I can assure classic car owners that modifying their vehicles will not be prevented under this proposed legislation."

Mr Simpson added:- "The Commission has recommended new laws relating to how vehicles will be tested for roadworthiness. The laws are designed to make it easier for MOT testing centres to complete accurate assessments. They are not designed to force historic vehicles off the road."

In order to get full clarification on the matter, Mr Simpson met with Commission officials responsible for drafting the proposals. The officials confirmed that the modification of historic vehicles will still be possible, and on 17 September 2012, this was publicly reiterated by the Transport Commissioner Siim Kallas, in a European Parliament hearing chaired by Mr Simpson.

Following the meeting, Mr Simpson said:- "I was delighted to welcome Commissioner Kallas to Parliament, where he publicly confirmed that heritage vehicles will not be affected by these proposals. Any changes will be about finding a good balance between ensuring high standards of road safety and will not be about preventing owners of historic and/or modified vehicles from continuing to enjoy their pastime."


THIS is your chance to experience the Blue Planet Aquarium when the lights go out and the attraction and animals come ALIVE! Back by popular demand is SCAREIUM. This Terrifying Halloween event is an evening of spooky encounters and features the return of the Terror Tour* plus lots of new ghastly encounters! Test their nerves against a series of unexpected and terrifying encounters with a cast of creepy characters. As well as the inaugural Terror Tours staff will don their own frightful fancy dress and even the aquariums team of divers will get in on the action with their very own underwater deadly dive shows. The Scarium event will be on Monday, 29 October 2012 and Tuesday, 30 October 2012, from 7pm until 9.30pm. To book your tickets click HERE!

PLEASE NOTE:- The Aquarium will be closed between 6pm and 7pm.

*Last admission 8.30pm. Not suitable for children under 12 years.

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