TITAN has been given a 'Licence to sell' James Bond's car!
MERSEYSIDE Police Detectives from the elite crime fighting Unit called
TITAN hopes to get thousands more for it than at a traditional auction after
listing a car that is the same type as James Bond's car on eBay! The Aston
Martin Virage Silver (61 plate), was seized as part of an investigation and
agreement has been reached that it is sold pending the outcome of the ongoing
The sale will also see other times including 2 other cars, BMW 120I
SE Auto Silver (10 Plate) and a slightly less glamorous Vauxhall Vectra Navy
Blue (56 plate). The cars are now listed on
eBay with respective starting prices of:- Aston Martin £79,000, BMW
120 Convertible £13,765 and the Vauxhall Vectra £3,350.
It is the first time
that Titan has sold a sports car under the new under Proceeds of Crime Act
legislation. Bit it is not just cars being listed, as the unity will also be
selling luxury watches and jewellery seized from North West criminals, as a
result of other operations, Titan over 2013. In one of these cases, Operation
Ash, a Jacobs and Co diamond set watch fetched £9,500 and a white gold diamond
set bracelet sold for £3,900. Smaller items such as iPads and Sat Navs have also
ben seized from North West criminals and sold, with all the proceeds going back
into a crime fighting pot, that is shared between the Police, Crown Prosecution
Service, the Courts and the Government. Detective Superintendent Jason Hudson,
the Head of Operations at Titan, said the auctioning of such a luxury and famous
car was a big step forward for Titan's eBay initiative. D/Sgt. Jason Hudson told
the media that:- "Although we have already been selling jewellery and
other items from our cases this is the first time we have been able to sell
vehicles. We currently have over 25 vehicles that have been seized as part of
ongoing Titan investigations that we hope to sell over the next 12 months. There
will be a range of vehicles to suit all budgets. We are using existing
legislation to seize assets but instead of a traditional auction where there are
costs and fees involved and you only reach a small market, we are increasingly
using our eBay shop on the Titan website to reach a far wider set of buyers. The
Aston Martin is a particularly nice car and obviously comes with the prestige of
being the car of choice for a certain Mr James Bond! I'm sure plenty of people
will be keen to view it via our website and be tempted to put a bid in. The BMW
Vectra are also good cars of course and I'm pleased and also relieved that our
seller rating is high and that previous customers have had a good experience!"
The cars will be listed on eBay until Monday, 12 May 2014.
Fast and Furious with Galloway's
took over the track for the day and volunteers offered their cars for visually
impaired people to drive. They were put in control of dual control cars and were
able to experience the thrill of driving; something that many visually impaired
people say they really miss when their sight deteriorates or have never had the
chance to experience at all. Zubeda Adams, another visually impaired person who
attended jumped at the chance to drive around the
Zubeda said:- "I never thought I'd be able to drive a car again after my
sight deteriorated. It's like a dream come true driving again today and I've had
a fantastic time."
Zubeda also took the chance to ride pillion on a performance motorbike being
driven by volunteer, Phil McEntee. There were also sports cars on the track
including a Caterham, an E Type Jaguar and an Austin Healey as volunteer car
owners took visually impaired people for a spin at top speeds giving them a
thrill to remember.
Activities Coordinator for Galloway's, Terry Myles said:- "Galloway's aims
to provide visually impaired people with opportunities to lead an independent
and active life. It's great to give people with sight loss the opportunity to
get behind the wheel of a car – something many of us take for granted. Our
fantastic volunteers ride with them and of course safety is always our top
priority. We have been running this day for a number of years and many people
come back year after year because it is something they cannot experience
anywhere else to my knowledge. The Three Sisters Track is just amazing to host
this and all the drivers give their time and, perhaps more importantly, their
precious cars and motorbikes for free to help people with no or little sight
experience the thrill of speed."
Galloway's is a local charity with a centre on Wright Street in Southport and
relies on donations and legacies to continue its services for people living with
Wine fans see double as twins launch Cheshire Mersey Wine School
IDENTICAL twins are pouring their passion for wine into a new venture for
those who would like to know more about the popular tipple. Entrepreneurial
brothers Mark and Richard Winnington, who hail from Congleton, are opening
Cheshire Mersey Wine School; an independent wine education company; to offer a
range of fun tastings and courses for people who are keen to learn about wine.
The graduates; both former assistant managers at Majestic Wine; are the newest
franchisees within the successful and rapidly expanding
LocalWineSchool.com family; a
UK wide network of independent wine schools providing evening tastings, Saturday
events, 4 and 8 week courses, private parties, bespoke tastings and corporate
events for beginners and experts alike.
The brothers' school will cater especially for the Cheshire and Merseyside areas
with venues based in the vibrant heart of Liverpool's Albert Dock and in the
beautiful historic city of Chester.
The school's first Liverpool event, an Introduction to Wine Tasting evening,
will take place at 7.00pm on Friday, 11 July 2014, at Jury's Inn, Albert Docks,
L3 4FN. The first similar Chester event will take place at 7.00pm on Friday, 18
July 2014, at The Pitcher and Piano, St John St, CH1 1DA. Tickets are now on
The 24 year old twins' love of wine stemmed from a trip to Italy in 2010, when
they visited Franciacorta; a regional vineyard specialising in sparkling wine.
After taking a tour of the vineyards, the presses and production facilities and
experiencing a tasting session, they were completely hooked on the world of wine
and were determined to pursue careers in the industry.
The duo both achieved places on Majestic Wine's graduate management scheme,
based in separate branches, where they gained Wine and Spirit Education Trust (WSET)
qualifications, honed their retail skills, visited wine making countries, ran
customer tastings and were promoted to assistant manager roles.
Mark, who holds a degree in Media and Marketing from Liverpool John Moores
University, worked in Majestic's Kendal, Birkdale and Macclesfield branches. His
twin Richard – who studied Hospitality Business Management and Events at
Sheffield Hallam University - worked throughout the Clitheroe, Macclesfield,
Chester and Ashbourne stores.
Mark said:- "At Majestic, we most enjoyed hosting tastings, interacting
with customers and talking about hundreds of different styles, grape varieties
and regions. We decided to look for a new challenge this year which would enable
us to work for ourselves and create our own tasting experiences. We found localwineschool.com when browsing online, and thought it presented an ideal
opportunity to do what we love most; talking about and tasting wine; within a
fun, relaxed environment in the local area we know best. At Cheshire Mersey Wine
School we aim to offer an entertaining, informative and local wine tasting
service, designed to helpeveryone enjoy learning about the most exciting liquid
on the planet."
Richard said:- "We're really looking forward to bringing more people into
the wonderful world of wine and wine tasting. Few hobbies are as much fun as
learning about wine, and it's a great pleasure to go out and open up this world
that many people find confusing and complicated, so that this
fantastic product can be enjoyed and understood by anyone with an
interest in it. We want to bring a contemporary, fresh twist to wine
tasting; and to get rid of any notions of these events being
intimidating, formal experiences."
The localwineschool.com network has schools in London, Edinburgh, Glasgow,
Manchester, Bristol, Birmingham, Newcastle, Lancashire, Hertfordshire,
Yorkshire, Cambridgeshire, Sussex, Surrey, and Hampshire. Chris Powell, the
founder and owner, set up the first school in Newcastle in 2000.
Chris said:- "The twins bring so much energy and passion to the wine
school network and we're delighted to have them on board. Their enthusiasm and
customer-facing skills, as well as their in-depth knowledge of the
Cheshire and Merseyside areas, made them the ideal candidates to
launch our newest franchise."
The brothers will also be appearing at the Congleton Food and Drink Festival on
Sunday, 15 June 2014, from 10.30am to 4.30pm in Congleton Town Centre.
Richard and Mark's top 10 wine tips:-
1. Don't be afraid to try new wines
2. Ask plenty of questions and no question is a stupid question.
3. Try pairing regional dishes with regional wines – it works!
4. Screw caps are just as good as corks despite what people say!
5. The more you spend on your bottle of wine, the more 'wine' you're paying for
after all the tax & duty.
6. Share it – Good wine is always drunk best with good company.
7. Drink what you enjoy, doesn't matter if it's cheap and cheerful – Wine is
8. If you struggle to match the right wine to the right food then follow the
basic principle of 'Red Wine – Red Meat' and
'White wine – Fish, White meat.'
9. The colder your wine the less flavour and aromas you'll detect. Whites can
come across quite watery and reds become
very tannic and alcoholic (whites between 8 to 10 degrees also reds between 14
to 18 degrees Celsius).
10. Monks were the best wine makers; Thanks to Dom Perignon we have one of the
finest champagnes and its principles and
production are still used today.
Job Advert:- "Charity Shop Manager
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A working pattern will be agreed with the successful candidate but applications
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