LJLA's ready for its
busiest weekend of 2016
IT'S likely to be Liverpool John Lennon
Airport's (LJLA) busiest weekend of the year, as the August Bank Holiday getaway
begins once again on Friday, with around 70,000 travellers expected to pass
through the Airport over the long weekend.
The Airport has continued to see increased passenger numbers throughout 2016
with almost 350,000 more passengers choosing to use the Airport so far this
year. This weekend is likely to be the Airport's busiest Bank Holiday period for
5 years with the Airport expecting around 8% more passengers compared to the
same period in 2015.
The majority of the region's holidaymakers are likely to be heading off
somewhere warmer from Liverpool, including the sunshine resorts on the
Mediterranean as passengers take advantage of the wider choice of holiday
destinations available from LJLA. Weekend breaks are expected to be popular too
with passengers travelling to various European Cities and further afield to the
likes of New York on Aer Lingus' North American flights via Dublin.
This year has seen 2 new operators commence services from Liverpool with Spanish
airline Vueling flying to Barcelona 3 times a week and the start of the TUI
weekly flight to Palma.
Bookings with TUI from Liverpool have sold so well, that the tour operator
announced earlier this year that it will be expanding its Liverpool programme
for Summer 2017, by adding a further weekly departure to Palma, in addition to
new weekly services to Tenerife and Ibiza, with flights for Summer 2017 already
on sale. In total, 6 new services have commenced this year, along with increased
frequencies on a number of existing services too. Growth is expected to continue
throughout 2016 with another new route to commence shortly, with Ryanair
starting flights to Sofia at the end of October 2016.
Robin Tudor, Head of PR for Liverpool John
Lennon Airport, commented:- "It's been our best Summer for many years in
terms of passenger numbers and the August Bank Holiday weekend is set to be our
busiest weekend of the year once again, with passengers from across the region
taking advantage of the convenience of flying from Liverpool with even more
great destinations now available."
Sisters News and Book Shop
MERSEYSIDE Police are appealing for
information to assist detectives investigating an armed robbery in Bootle that
took place, on Sunday, 14 August 2016. We are told that at around 10.55pm, a man
wearing a balaclava and in possession of a meat cleaver walked into Sisters News
and Book Shop on Peel Road and approached the counter. He is then said to have
placed a black rucksack on the counter and made demands for money, threatening
the member of staff. The contents of the till were placed in the bag and the man
left the shop on foot towards Rimrose Road. The man is described as white,
medium build, in his 20's and wearing a green coat, with his head and face
covered by a hoody and balaclava. A silver or light coloured Skoda Octavia Taxi
was seen close to the shop at the time of the offence, the driver of which may
have seen some or all of the incident. Detective Inspector Mike Dalton from
Sefton CID said:- "Although thankfully not injured, the victim was
understandably left upset by this incident. We are determined to find the man
responsible and bring him to justice, and will continue to provide reassurance
and advice to local businesses in the area. We believe that other customers in
the shop may have seen a man acting suspiciously across the road. I am also
appealing for any Skoda Octavia Taxi drivers who recall dropping a fare at this
location just before 11pm to contact us urgently, as your information could be
key to identifying the offender."
Anyone with information is asked to call Sefton CID on:- 0151 777 3059, call:-
101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on:- 0800 555 111.
6 arrested in Southport after warrant executed
MERSEYSIDE Police arrested 6 people
after a significant quantity of what is believed to be Class A drugs and
cannabis was seized at an address in Southport, on Friday, 19 August 2016.
Police Officers executed a Misuse of Drugs Act warrant at an address on Hampton
Road, Southport, at about 10.40am and recovered around 200 wraps of white and
brown powder, and cannabis. The wraps have been recovered for forensic
examination and are being examined by Crime Scene Investigators. A 19 year old
man, from Walton, a 45 year old man of no fixed abode, a 41 year old woman, from
Southport, a 43 year old man, from Southport and a 40 year old man, from
Southport, were all arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply
controlled drugs (Class A). Sergeant Stuart McLoughlin, from the Matrix
Serious and Organised Crime unit, said:- "Merseyside Police treats all
drug supply seriously and the discovery of this quantity of drugs has
significantly disrupted the supply of this drug in to our communities. We
believe this was a sophisticated operation and I have no doubt that this
involved organised crime. The fact we have prevented a significant quantity of
drugs from reaching the streets, where they fuel so much other crime, is
extremely satisfying. Criminals make considerable money through the sale of
drugs and this is money made on the back of misery that drugs bring to our
communities. Today's arrests and seizure shows Merseyside Police will do all it
can to take action against those who line their pockets to the detriment of our
society." Anyone who has any information about those involved in the
production or supply of drugs, is urged to contact Merseyside Police on:- 101 or
Crimestoppers, anonymously, on:- 0800 555 111. We will act on all information.
Public welcome at Trust board meeting
SOUTHPORT and Ormskirk Hospital NHS
Trust will hold its next board meeting on Wednesday, 7 September 2016, at
9.30am. This meeting will be held in the Clinical Education Centre, at Southport
and Formby District General Hospital. Members of the public are welcome to
observe the meeting. Anyone with a special requirement should contact the Trust
in advance on:- 01704 704 783. The agenda will be available on the Trust website
in advance of the meeting. Supporting papers will be made available on the day.