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Liverpool's Iconic Light
Ship has been removed from Liverpool!
THE iconic Planet Light Ship, a
floating light house, which was once sited off Formby Point, in the River Mersey
Estuary has been removed from the Albert Dock site after arguments over unpaid
bills of around £10,000 in unpaid mooring fees.
The "Planet" was the last manned Mersey Bar lightship until
1972 and is the only remaining 1 of its type in
the world. This is a hugely historic vessel and many are now asking why
Liverpool City Council has not stepped in. This vessel is/was 1 of the most
iconic and recognisable parts of Liverpool and the region. Now the worry is that
this would famous ship could be lost from Liverpool forever, or worse still
scrapped and lost for good. We are told that after it was removed from Canning
Dock East, via tugboat, it was taken to a port outside the City.
The Canal and River Trust took possession of the vessel, over the allegations
that it did not have a license to trade and over the unpaid mooring fees, have
stated that:-"If the owner, Mr Roberts, pays the Trust the monies he owes
us, he can recover the ship.” Also that:- "It is not being
scrapped.” Now there is also the worry that should Mr Roberts be unable to pay, it
could be sold and then find its way to the scrap yards. Like other lightships
around the world, for example the Irish Light ship, named:- 'Skua’,
which was scrapped in 2012. There are only a handful of these iconic craft left
in the world, with most being broken up. So will this valuable bit of maritime
heritage be consigned to history books? Let's hope not, but if sold, it could go
to the breakers yard! That is why some are calling now on Liverpool Council to
act. A fund was created on the Chuffed
website, to help save the very last Bar
Lightship, but it only raised £1,200 of its £20,000 target. The campaign page
was closed on 24 August 2016, oddly marked as "Completed?"
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This video was shot by Dave Graham and added to YouTube. It shows the owner
pleading with the bailiffs not to take it away…
Fact file:- The "Planet" was the last Mersey Bar
manned Lightship and was anchored some 9 miles to seaward of the Mersey Bar, off
Formby Point. It had a crew of 7 who worked on 2 week shifts. In 1972 it was
moved and in 1979 began service in the English Channel off Guernsey. It was
decommissioned in 1989, it was the last manned lightship in UK waters.
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Appeal for information
following an assault in Bootle
MERSEYSIDE Police are appealing for
witnesses to an assault of a man in the Bootle area, on Monday, 5 September
2016. The alleged assault took place at around 6.30pm. We are told by Merseyside
Police that the victim was inside The Ice Parlour shop, at the junction of
Aintree Road and Worcester Road, in Bootle. As he walked towards the exit, the
victim bumped into a man and following a verbal altercation, the man attempted
to punch the victim and, following a struggle, bit him, causing the victim to
lose part of his right ear. The man then left the location in a Ford Focus
Estate. The suspect is described as white, in his 20's, 5ft 9in tall and of a
stocky build. Detective Inspector Mike Dalton of Sefton CID said:-
"This was an appalling attack which has left the victim with permanent injuries
and understandably distressed. Any acts of violence will not be tolerated and we
will make every effort to bring those people responsible to justice. We are keen
to speak with a number of witnesses to the incident, including three men and one
woman who gave the victim assistance in the immediate aftermath. Anyone who saw
a man getting into a dark Ford Focus estate outside the shop at around 6.30pm
may also have vital information." Anyone with information on this
incident is asked to call Sefton CID on:- 0151 777 3835, call 101 or
Crimestoppers anonymously on:- 0800 555 111.
Whiteness Appeal follows man
being assaulted at a pub in Litherland
MERSEYSIDE Police are appealing for witnesses
after a man was assaulted at a pub, in Litherland, on Saturday, 17 September
2016. We are told that at around 10.45pm, a call was received, by Merseyside
Police, stating that a man in his 40's had been stabbed at the Jubilee Inn, on
Hatton Hill Road. Both the Police and the North West Ambulance Service attended
the location and found a man with a slash wound to his neck. He was taken to
Hospital where his condition was assessed. The suspect is described as white, in
his 30's, of medium build, with a tattoo on the inside of his forearm. He was
wearing a dark t-shirt, grey Adidas bottoms, and dark Nike 110 trainers.
Detective Inspector Robbie Moss from Sefton CID said:- "This was a serious
assault which could so easily have resulted in life threatening injuries. We are
particularly keen to speak to anyone in and around the pub last night who saw
the incident or the men involved during the evening. This initially appears to
have been a targeted attack, within a group of friends drinking at the Jubilee
Inn. The Pub was busy around the time of the attack and I have no doubt that
some of those customers may recognise the man responsible from the description
or have information which will be vital in bringing him to justice.”
Anyone with information is asked to call Sefton CID on:- 0151 777 3834 or
Crimestoppers anonymously on:- 0800 555 111.
Mass fight on West Street, Southport
ON Sunday 18 September 2016, at around
2.30am, a report from the public was sent to Merseyside Police about fighting
nearby the bars Kahiki Bar and BarBaric and an investigation into the disorder
has now been launched. We are told that several men, in the West Street area,
are believed to have be involved. Both Police and the North West Ambulance
Service attended the location and 5 people were found to have sustained minor
injuries. It is thought that some of whom are initially believed to have been
innocent bystanders. We are told that none of the people hurt required Hospital
treatment. Extensive enquiries are underway to establish the full circumstances
and identify the perpetrators. CCTV from West Street is being examined by
detectives and any witnesses to this incident are urged to contact Police at the
earliest opportunity by calling Sefton CID on:- 0151 777 3803. You can also
call:- 101, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on:- 0800 555 111. We are told the
both closed early, soon after the incident as the staff didn't feel safe to
remain open that night.
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