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Publication date:- 2017-02-10

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UK's leading publisher of romantic fiction returns to roots, taking #RomanceOnTheRoad for Valentine's Day

RUNNING until 20 February 2017, across more than 70 mobile libraries, the #RomanceOnTheRoad campaign celebrates the mobile libraries that make the joys of reading available to those unable to reach a library.  Mobile libraries participating in the Valentine's campaign will create eye catching Mills and Boon displays, which will be shared on social media using the hashtag #RomanceOnTheRoad, with the most creative winning books and chocolate hampers. Five mobile libraries have been specially selected to be the Fabulous Five, decked out, with #RomanceOnTheRoad themed vehicle stickers, a sash for their driver and exclusive Valentine parcels for their valued readers.

Mills and Boon sells more than 200 million novels a year around the globe, but its success is rooted in the mobile library where Charles Boon worked before co-founding Mills and Boon in 1908. Working with the mobile library, Boon learnt what his market wanted and developed a brand that was not only awarded special status in WW2 for its morale boosting benefits, but has continued to be loved the world over today. From the start Mills & Boon recognised the cultural importance of libraries and are delighted to demonstrate their support, extending the success of 2016's #LoveAtTheLibrary campaign, to deliver the love of reading to everyone, particularly those who don't have access to a static library.

The campaign features four books from the most popular Mills and Boon genres to offer something for everyone; from passions of the past to romance in intoxicating locations; and to deliver love right to their door in time for Valentine's Day. Books featured include:- Vows They Can't Escape by Heidi Rice, Miss Bradshaw's Bought Betrothal by Virginia Heath, A Forever Family for the Army Doc by Meredith Webber and Winning the Nanny's Heart by Shirley Jump.

Lisa Milton, Executive Publisher at Mills & Boon says:- "We're really excited to be working with The Reading Agency once again, particularly on this campaign to recognise and reward the work of mobile libraries. Decades ago, Mills & Boon used to advertise libraries in their end pages so it's fantastic to be part of a modern and interactive way to continue spreading the word about the great work libraries do. Growing up I visited my mobile library every week on Friday after school, even now I can remember climbing up the steep steps into the van, the joy I felt when the librarian handed me a book I'd ordered, that unique sound of the book stamp as the book became yours. In the mobile library, I found romance, and I will always cherish that gift."

Karen Brodie, Head of Adult Reading and Publisher Relations at The Reading Agency, comments further:- "A partnership like this with Mills & Boon and public libraries is so important to help us engage more people in reading. Reading for pleasure has enormous benefits for our wellbeing and, after the success of last year's #LoveAtTheLibrary campaign with Mills and Boon, we're very excited to go on the road with mobile libraries this year to reach even more people, and inspire a love of reading."

Did you see an collision with a motorbike and a Tipper van in Formby?

MERSEYSIDE Police have responded to a road traffic collision (RTC) involving an off road bike, in Formby, on Wednesday, 1 February 2017. We are told that a scrambler bike had been witnessed in collision with a Ford Transit Tipper van, on Paradise Lane, at around 4pm. It was initially reported that the rider of the bike was injured in the collision and was driven off in a small silver Ford Fiesta, although nobody attended Hospital with injuries. The driver of the van was not injured and there was no serious damage to the vehicle. The Officers who attended the location have recovered a suspected stolen orange, white and black KTM bike.

Sefton Local Policing Inspector Andy Bragg said:- "We are pleased to have removed another suspected stolen bike from the streets and I would like to thank the community for providing vital information. If you witnessed this incident, know who was using this bike and have any other information about the illegal and anti social use of bikes, please contact us and we can continue to take positive action. Luckily on this occasion, it appears that nobody was seriously injured, but in recent months, we have seen how dangerous such bikes can be, for pedestrians, other road users and the riders themselves. Merseyside Police is absolutely committed to taking any action which makes our roads safer."

Anyone with information on where motorbikes are being stored or used is urged to call:- 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on:- 0800 555 111.

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