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Issue:-  07 November 2014

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Southport's 1st Halloween Parade...
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A spooktacular parade through the streets of Southport was held on Halloween, 31 October 2014. The event has raised mixed reactions from locals and visitors as young and old, dressed in costumes attended the town’s festivities. For those taking part, this event was fantastic fun, as we found out after talking to many of the participants. This event was part of a weeklong themed series of events, around Halloween, leading to organisers dubbing the town:- "The nation's Halloween Capital." The parade started at 6:30pm from Pleasureland and snaked its way down the Esplanade, onto the Promenade, turning off down Neville Street, then running along Lord Street. It then turned off and headed down Coronation Walk, back on to the Esplanade and finished at the start, in Pleaureland's car park. Even though the event replaced the Christmas Lights Parade, it was not as big, as it was the first year and it had been very quickly organised, this was a fantastic starting place to build up from. Taking part were the Ormskirk & Southport District branch of the Oddfellows Society, D'vine catering Southport, Goldwing Motorbike Club, Dance Flava, Baby Ballet, Pleasureland, The Champion, Barry Pedder's "Addams Family" hearse, a headless horse rider, local fire dancers, Southport Offshore Rescue Trust and a few others. On the Town Hall Gardens, there was hot food and drink to purchase, including; candy floss, toffee apples, hot doughnuts, hot chocolate and much more! Well done to all who took part, as it was very entertaining. As well as the photos in this edition, we also have some video footage from the event on our Facebook Page. To see the rest of our photographic coverage from the event, please click on here now!  Also did you enter into the spirit of things and take part or do you think Southport should not do this type of event? Let us know by emailing us to:-

Arson attack in Southport as young children and parents sleep in their house!

MERSEYSIDE Police are appealing for witnesses and information after a fire was started deliberately at a house in Southport, at around 1.30am, on Saturday, 1 November 2014.

Officers, from the Sefton area, were called to the house on Norwood Road by Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service, who had atened a man living at the house had been woken up by his dog barking at around 12.50am. Luckily he went downstairs and found that 3 wheelie bins had been set on fire outside his house. The fire then spread to a caravan on the drive and subsequently to the house itself. The outside walls were damaged and some windows were smashed, but it is a miracle no one was injured.

The property has been forensically examined by crime scene investigators and house to house inquiries have been carried out. Also CCTV is being located and reviewed and an investigation into the full circumstances surrounding the incident is continuing. 

Detective Inspector Rob Hill, Sefton CID, said:- "Whoever did this is incredibly reckless and has put an entire family's lives at risk. In total, 2 adults and 3 young children were in the house at the time of the incident and it is only through sheer good fortune that none of them was injured, or even killed. I'd like to reassure the community in Southport that incidents such as this are very rare and we are doing everything we can to bring the people responsible to justice. Norwood Road is a very busy road and even though this happened in the early hours of Saturday, it's likely that people were still on their way home from Halloween events or nights out. I'd appeal to anyone who saw people acting suspiciously in the area, or has any information whatsoever about this fire, to get in touch with us as soon as possible." 

Anyone with information can call detectives in Sefton CID on:- 0151 777 3011 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on:- 0800 555 111.

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Southport Weekender, November 2014 - Part 3
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900 children in North West to face Christmas homeless
Trust voted number one for quality with Gold Award
1 in 4 workers in the North West earns less than living wage
£5000 lifeboat lotto jackpot turns the tide for Nicola
An Nidiot's guide to Jon Richardson..
Wirral teacher's travels to explore best practice in foreign language teaching
A Giant's life through a lens
10 things you need to know about tax avoidance
Did you go to the Family Bonfire and Grand Firework Display in Victoria Park, Southport?
Annual Service of Remembrance
Amy and Zoe grow UK's fattest sunflower face
Gold awards for revamped loos at Church Square Shopping Centre
An Evening With Noel Fielding
Social care plans to be considered
Merseyside running community awards 2014 winners announced
Paloma Faith live in Liverpool
Lord Mayor's postcard to commemorate the past
New Liverpool base seals success for the North West's NHS innovation experts
Do you know these men who are on CCTV footage at JD Sports in Aintree?
Merseytravel's 'Walrus' smart ticketing scheme to get underway with electronic Saveaway
What effect will the 'Northern Futures Summit' in Leeds have on Merseyside?
Digital highway is a road to nowhere for many rural retirees
Southport's 1st Halloween Parade - Photo Coverage
Karen Potter Craven Minor JFL
Holding Out for an Arriva Hero?
Comedy's Best Kept Secret at Southport Comedy Cub
Warning to Sefton Residents be vigilant after a series of distraction burglaries
Men jailed for violent robbery in Liverpool station underpass
Support scheme praised by Citizens Advice
Event shows how to survive the winter
Appeal after medication was lost on a bus
Appeal for witnesses after 14 year old is assaulted and robbed in Crosby
Devastated mum appeals to thieves to return jewellery
WLLR's Steam Trains for Children in Need
Fall into Reading
Chairman bids farewell after 8 years at Trust
Chief Constable of Merseyside Police receives award from the British Horse Society
Appleby Bridge family paid tribute to her
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