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Issue:- Saturday Night, 12 December 2015

Headlines and reports on this page = 5 news items.    Page - 11.

Southport Christmas Ice Rink

IF you are out and about in Southport, lost for ideas about things to do, between shopping on Lord Street, or within the Christmas Market stalls, pop along to the Town Hall Gardens, next to the Atkinson. This year Southport has an Ice Rink, running from 11am to early evening until 3 January 2015, thanks to Southport Big and Barron Financial Solutions. Next door to the rink there is a warm tent, with lots of exiting Christmas Alcoholic Drinks. Also Parched Bar has again popped over to the Town, after a successful few other trips over the summer, to the Food and Drink Festivals held in Southport and in Formby, to name but a few. If you do pop over, please send us a Tweet to @SouthportReport with a message and photo of yourself at the bar or on the Ice Rink, even at both..!

Christmas Cards warn against gun crime

MOTHERS in Liverpool, Knowsley and Sefton whose loved ones are believed to be involved in gun crime are receiving special Christmas cards this year (2015). The cards show bullets and handguns which have been arranged in the shape of a snowflake with the words:- "Together we can make gun crime fall this Christmas." The message inside reads:- "Let's make it a safe and happy 1." The cards have been sent to mothers and to influential women in the individual's lives including girlfriends and grandmothers. It is hoped the card will encourage the women to think about the dangers their loved ones are placing themselves in and to take immediate action to deter their loved ones from becoming involved in gun crime and prevent them from being injured, or killed.

Detective Superintendent Lee Turner, of the specialist Matrix Serious Organised Crime unit, said:- "We hope this will lead to the families of gun offenders talking about the dangers and consequences of firearms. There is a very real danger to all involved in gun crime and we urge mums, who know their sons, or daughters, are involved with gangs who use firearms to help them to get out of the vicious circle they may have found themselves in. We all want the best for our children and we don't want to see them go to prison for their involvement in gun crime, or even worse taken away in a body bag as a result of what are often petty disputes. We know calling us with information will be one of the toughest decisions they will ever make but it could be a decision that saves not only their loved one's life, but the life of the son, brother, nephew or husband of another woman. We take gun crime extremely seriously and are committed to taking firearms and offenders off our streets. We want the communities whose lives are blighted by gun crime to take a stand and give us information about gun crime, anonymously if preferred, so we can act upon it and help eradicate gun crime." Anyone with information about gun or gang crime are being asked to call Matrix on:- 0800 230 0600. Alternatively, information can be left anonymously with the confidential Crimestoppers line on:- 0800 555 111.

Letters to Editor:- "Please get lights on your bikes!"

"I'M a mother, from Southport and I have spotted your posts about both lads and girls on bikes, at night.  I agree that no action appears to be taken when they are going around Formby and Southport without lights on bikes.  Most of them are not kids, but adults!  Then you also have the growing back light only group.  They put a dim, flashing red light on, dress in dark clothing and no light on the front or reflectors on the sides.  If you nearly knock them over they shout at you and look shocked that you did not see them!  Plus, these people are often nearly knock people over on the pavements!  Why are we looking at traffic issues on Lord Street when they can't be bothered to deal with these people?  Why keep targeting motorists in the Town and putting people off coming in, but not bothering about the real dangers on our roads? It will not be long before a rider kills a pedestrian on the pavement or is killed riding without lights!  I ask your readers to think... Please if your partner has a bike, but has no lights, get them a set for Christmas. Lights are not just for kids!" Liz Green.

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