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Southport Reporter®

Edition No. 111

Date:- 09 August 2003

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Merseyside Police Appeals.
Information issued by Merseyside Police.

06/08/03 Robbery - Southport

MERSEYSIDE Police is appealing for witnesses to a robbery in Southport.

At about 10.40pm on Saturday (2 August 2003) a man entered the Spar at High Park Place on High Park Road and threatened staff. The staff in the shop handed over the till and a number of phone cards.

The offender is described as about 5' 5" tall, with striking blue eyes, light coloured, thin eyebrows and a clear complexion. He was wearing a black woollen hat pulled down to just above his eyebrows, a dark coloured checkered scarf around his face and a black fleece top.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Southport CID on 0151 777 3465 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

06/08/03 Cash In Transit Robbery - Audley Street, City Centre

MERSEYSIDE Police is appealing for witnesses following a robbery in Audley Street in the City Centre.

At 12.10pm on Friday, 1 August, a secuirty van was outside P&S Taylor in Audley Street, just behind TJ Hughes. While the guard was being handed cash bags from inside the van, a man appraoched and stole one. In the struggle that followed the offender lost his shoes, he ran off barefoot up Audley Street, turning left into Kempston Street.

He is described as white, with a dark complexion and short dark hair. He is about 5'8", with a slim build and is thought to be in his mid 30s. He was wearing a yellow vest and dark shorts.

The Robbery Reduction Team are asking any witnesses, or anyone who has information to contact them at Smithdown Lane on 0151 777 5796 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

06/08/03 Cash-In-Transit Robbery, Edge Lane

MERSEYSIDE Police is appealing for witnesses to a robbery in Edge Lane.

At 2.50pm on Monday, 4 August, a security firm were outside Thomas Cook in Edge Lane when a man stole the cashbox. The man ran off and turned left into Binns Road. He is believed to have then escaped in a red Granada Estate, registration K903YDC, which was seen turning onto Edge Lane from Dryden Road towards the City Centre with red smoke billowing from it.

The man is described as olive skinned, a stocky build and dark, closely shaved hair. He had dark eyes, a big nose and is thought to be between 25 and 30-years old and 6' tall. He was wearing a light grey T-shirt, dark grey tracksuit trousers, training shoes and white gloves.

The Robbery Reduction Team are asking for any witnesses or anyone who has any information to contact them at Smithdown Lane on 0151 777 5796, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

E-Fit Released Following Robbery in Huyton


FOLLOWING a robbery in Huyton during the early hours of Thursday (31 July) morning, Merseyside Police has released an e-fit of a man they want to question.

Shortly after 3am on Thursday morning two men, dressed in hooded jackets broke through the door of a house on Campbell Drive. They verbally threatened the occupiers, a man and woman, whilst holding a knife. Nobody was harmed during the incident. They ordered the victims to hand over their car keys and after taking the keys, they left the house and drove off in the direction of Pilch Lane. 

The cars stolen were a Blue Volvo V70 and a black Mercedes estate. The vehicles were found on Friday in the Croxteth area and have been taken away for forensic testing.

The e-fit available is of a man described as white, about 6ft tall, 17 to 23 years of age, of athletic build with fair, closely cropped hair. He has a Liverpool accent. 

Anyone with information is asked to contact Knowsley CID on 0151 777 6566 or the free, anonymous Crimestoppers hotline on 0800 555 111.

07/08/03 Alcohol Robbery in Kirkby

MERSEYSIDE Police is appealing for witnesses or information about a robbery in Kirkby.

At about 4.35pm on Monday (4 August) two men forced an HGV wagon to stop on Arbour Lane. One of the men, who was wearing a balaclava threatened the driver with a blunt implement. The victim then ran offand the offenders hooked up the load to another tractor unit and drove it off. 

The load contained about £30,000 worth of Blossom Hill and Hardys' wine and Spar branded vodka, brandy and whiskey.

The first offender is described as white, 5' 7 tall and of stocky build. The second offender is described as wearing a balaclava and dressed in dark clothes.

If anyone knows where the wine or spirits are being sold in the Merseyside area, they are asked to call Knowsley CID on 0151 777 6571 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111

6/08/03 Robbery - Stanley Racing, Scotland Road

MERSEYSIDE Police is appealing for witnesses following an attempt robbery at Stanley Racing, Scotland Road, Liverpool, at 4.50pm on Tuesday, 5 August.

A man, believed to be armed with a gun concealed in a plastic bag, walked into the bookmakers, threatened two members of staff and demanded cash from the tills. The two members of staff managed to get to a rear store room from where they contacted the police and the empty handed offender escaped on foot.

He is described as: male, white, mid 20's, thin build with short black hair and prominent cheek bones. He was wearing a purple coat with the hood pulled around his face and was carrying a white plastic bag.

Merseyside Police is appealing for witnesses who may have been passing the scene ( near to the new tunnel entrance) or the local community who may have seen this individual fleeing from the scene to contact the Robbery Reduction Team at Smithdown Lane on 0151 777 5794, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
 
A Spooks or Smudge?
Report and Photographs by Patrick Trollope.

WELL a few weeks ago we placed a link and some images to a group who emailed us photographs they said had spirits on. This is your reaction to the images…. Click to see..

Jo said:- "Is this a joke. Check your lens. The photos I've seen from your web site look fake. Do you really thing your photos picking up super nature waves? Or are you just conning people into believing that you can. Would like to see more evident than your photos." 

Kim said:- "I think that is very very frighting. Nice images."

Steven Kingston said:- "It might just be, but I can not see the images clearly on the web pages, so you can not come to a conclusion." 

Pedoja said:- "The 'orb' is a phenomenon that ypou often get with a digital camera.... I have had several, nay loads, of photos 'spoiled' because of the 'orb'.

As for the grey smokey stuff... No idea..... but could just be another glitch in the digicam image."


Our Editor's conclusion is that it is not spirits; one effect could be coursed by decentration aberrations caused by the incorrect alignment of the elements of the lens top its common optical axis. The most likely is that it is lowlight exposure picking up the reflected light on the cloud base on most of the sky images and the orbs are a combination of circles of confusion coursed by reflected light of dew or light rain and/or muck on the lens or CCD or flare from moon light.   There are countless other courses and not spirit based. Sorry, but try again. 

To visit the web page in question go to /james.mcdowall4/ 

Please keep the emails coming in and if you
have any hypothesis or shots that back the group, let us know.  EMAIL US

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