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2004-03-27 00:00:00 A New Community Champion for Merseyside
COMMUNITY links in Merseyside are to receive a boost next month due Britain's newest Community Foundation being unveiled with ambitious plans to distribute over

2004-03-27 00:00:00 32 YEARS IN JAIL FOR TWO ECSTASY SMUGGLERS
FOLLOWING a Customs operation, two men from Cheshire and Barnsley were yesterday (25/3/04), found guilty of smuggling

2004-03-27 00:00:00 THOMAS COOK UK DRIVE TO RECRUIT 400 MODERN APPRENTICES
TRAVEL GROUP Thomas Cook UK and Ireland is seeking almost 400 young people across the UK to take up modern

2004-03-27 00:00:00 THE BRUSH IS MIGHTIER THAN THE PEN!
A TEAM of desk bound Liverpool city council managers swapped their pens for brushes in a bid to tackle the city

2004-03-27 00:00:00 CHILDREN
MORE than 350 children in the Merseyside area under 16 are thrown out of home each year by parents who hit, neglect and

2004-03-27 00:00:00 RTKL TO
RTKL

2004-03-20 00:00:00 We Want You...
WE ARE looking for the best April Fools Jokes that people have played on each other. If you have a photograph of one and a good story, or just a good story, then send it in to us.... We want to hear from you. The best story will get published on

2004-03-20 00:00:00 Guide Dogs Lake to Lake Challenge
THE Guide Dogs for the Blind association launched its new and exciting fundraising challenge event today

2004-03-20 00:00:00 THE DRIVE FOR MERSEYSIDE
LOCAL bus drivers are gearing themselves up in the hunt for Merseyside

2004-03-20 00:00:00 MERSEYSIDE FAMILY TO STAR IN BRITAIN
THE search is on for the most talented family in Merseyside, to take centre stage at Britain

2004-03-20 00:00:00 DANCE 2004
YOU have to love dance to do it, and this is reflected by the many and varied and excellent schools scattered throughout the UK, filled with eager and talented performers of all ages and abilities. We are trying to reach as many of these schools as

2004-03-20 00:00:00 All aboard! The Listening Bus
DEAF children from the Birkenhead area are being given the opportunity to climb on board a unique mobile technology exhibition when The Listening Bus

2004-03-20 00:00:00 L20 Doubt (Parr Street Studios)
BANDS that gain cult status are often subversive and manic as the past has told us from many generations. But the brand of music that Liverpool based L20 bring, verges on the cult of greats of the future as opposed to the past. Already with a cult

2004-03-20 00:00:00 Sporting chance
IN celebration of the Olympic Games being held this August in Athens later this year, Liverpool primary schools are being invited to enter a special Olympic themed design competition launched today by Eurocamp, with a top prize of

2004-03-20 00:00:00 Tour de Force for Business Centre
MAJOR tour operator Travelscene is to expand its base in Liverpool, with the immediate creation of 17 more jobs, thanks to support from the Liverpool Business Centre. The company, which is based in Harrow and currently employs 90 people nationally

2004-03-20 00:00:00 GRAND NATIONAL PLACE TO DO BUSINESS!
WHEN the Grand National captivates the nation on Saturday 3 April, behind the scenes in the hospitality arena, the racecourse will also be a hotbed for business, according to research. After football, horse racing is the most popular event for corporate

2004-03-20 00:00:00 YOUNG CRIME ACTION TO GET TOUGHER
A TOUGH new scheme in Liverpool to deal with persistent and serious young offenders is to get new powers to monitor young people while tackling the causes of offending. The Liverpool Intensive Supervision and Surveillance Program will be one of the first

2004-03-20 00:00:00 LETTERS TO THE EDITOR "writing to invite"
"Dear Sir, I am writing to invite your readers to join me on a trek through the deserts and wadis of Jordan to the Rose Red City of Petra to raise funds for the Countryside Alliance.

2004-03-20 00:00:00 Local Southport Winner Donates Car...
GENEROUS Liam Jackson plans to give the new car he has won from a packet of Walkers crisps, worth

2004-03-20 00:00:00 Waterloo RUFC sets sights on Twickenham
WATERLOO Rugby Club will host one of the most important games in its history on March 27, when it plays Wakefield, at home, in the semi-finals of the Powergen Cup.

2004-03-20 00:00:00 Supergrass in Liverpool!
THE band Supergrass (plus special guests 22-20's and Cathy Davey (except Warwick & Folkstone)) are going on tour with the following dates:-

2004-03-20 00:00:00 NEW PLAYGROUND OFFICIALLY OPENED
SMILES from children greeted the Mayor and Mayoress of Sefton, Councillor and Mrs. David Pearson officially unveiled a new playground at Victoria Park. Youngsters from year two at Holy Trinity Primary School were the first to enjoy the new equipment after

2004-03-20 00:00:00 Starsky & Hutch (15) (2004)
WELL yet anouther remake, this time of the cult TV show "Starsky and Hutch" that ran from 1975 to 1979. Now in 2004 I thought the retro days had gone, guess not... This new film is not exactly spectacular and acting has not improved since 1979, even with

2004-03-20 00:00:00 Planning Success Rewarded
LIVERPOOL City Council has received the highest amount of Government funding available for exceeding targets on planning issues. It is one of 24 councils in the country to receive a Planning Delivery Grant of

2004-03-20 00:00:00 COURT ORDERS TENANTS TO ALLOW GAS CHECKS
LIVERPOOL City Council gained court orders against tenants who have failed to co-operate in allowing inspections of gas appliances to be carried out at their homes. Under the Gas Regulations of 1998, the Council is required, as a landlord, to carry out

2004-03-20 00:00:00 THE SEARCH STARTS FOR NEW STARS
SHOWBIZ hopefuls are now being invited to take part in the country

2004-03-20 00:00:00 Liverpool celebrates Faith in One City 2004
THE year 2004 is the year of

2004-03-20 00:00:00 Bitch About. Roberta Lee Investigates....
LAST week we ran "Where are the people?" This week we have this story for you... SOUTHPORT tourism officers returned from the UK

2004-03-20 00:00:00 BOOTLE STAGES CLASSICAL CONCERT
SEFTON'S tourism officers have teamed up with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra to bring a free lunchtime concert to Bootle Town Hall on 25 March. The concert is the second in a series of five this year and following the success of last month

2004-03-20 00:00:00 CONFERENCE EXHIBITION SUCCESS
SEFTON conference team tour are celebrating this week after securing business worth more than

2004-03-20 00:00:00 SOUTHPORT POCKET GUIDE UNVEILED
SOUTHPORT tourism officers have unveiled the latest in a series of guides aimed at improving the visitor

2004-03-20 00:00:00 Final Game Relish leaves much to Savour
THE last league game of the season for Southport's Sandstormers were met with relish after their draw in their previous game as they met rivals Cadishead. At the opening quarter of this game was very close with both defenses working hard to find chinks

2004-03-20 00:00:00 The Friend Ship Launched on the 10 March
THE Friend Ship is Liverpool

2004-03-20 00:00:00 GNF PARTY IN THE PARK
TENS of thousands of people are expected to converge on Liverpool City centre on Grand National Day, April 3, as the people of Liverpool will once again be able to enjoy the biggest day on the racing calendar FREE on a giant screen at Chavasse Park.

2004-03-20 00:00:00 LIVERPOOL SERVES UP
IRAKLI LABADZE is the latest proof that the Liverpool International Tennis Tournament 2004 is master of up and coming talent. Tonight the 22-year old Georgian - dubbed 'the new Goran Ivanisevic' for his booming left handed serve and fiery temper - is play

2004-03-20 00:00:00 Kirkdale Raid
FOLLOWING a planned raid at a house in Kirkdale, Merseyside Police arrested a 22-year-old man in connection with two firearms incidents in the Kirkdale area earlier this month. The man was arrested by officers this week and he is currently being

2004-03-20 00:00:00 Be My Buddy!
TOURISM chiefs are going back to the floor next week (w/c March 22) to find out how they can best promote job opportunities in the tourism industry to local people. The

2004-03-20 00:00:00 Knowsley Residents Urged to `Rat on a Rat
POLICE in Knowsley have re-launched their successful "Rat on a Rat" campaign, which encourages the community to come forward with information about drug dealing. The campaign was first adopted in Knowsley at the end of 2002 after great success in London

2004-03-20 00:00:00 
TEENAGE female singers tend to fall into one of two categories:- the pouting sex bombs like Britney and Christina, or the self-styled misfits of Avril Lavigne and Amy Studt. Thankfully, 19 year old Amy Winehouse is as far removed from those two stereotype

2004-03-20 00:00:00 Channel 4's Location Location Location wants you!
ARE you looking for your dream home? Would you like Britain

2004-03-20 00:00:00 SWITCHED ON THIS WEEK - THE BEST BITS ON TV
(For the week Saturday 20 March to Friday 26 March) 1. Noah's Ark BBC1 Sunday 7pm

2004-03-20 00:00:00 Powergen Punishes Pensioners (Yet Again)
SCORES of Merseyside pensioners with the energy giant, Powergen, face sharp price hikes again this Easter. The firm

2004-03-20 00:00:00 ?
RECENT research conducted by Adrian Flux Insurance in the UK was aimed at finding out what drivers think is most likely to distract them. The insurance group contacted hundreds of its customers, the question was simple "What are the worst distractions

2004-03-20 00:00:00 2004 is a year to savour & celebrate
2004 is a pivotal year in Liverpool

2004-03-20 00:00:00 Fame 04, 2nd Semi Final
ON Tuesday 18 March Southport's successful Fame Search For A Star at Casablanca (Pleasureland) held it's second semi final. The talent was incredible and the standard was so high that the judges had to spend over 15 minuets deciding on who would go on

2004-03-20 00:00:00 CCTV Footage Released shows Wanted Man
MERSEYSIDE Police have released CCTV footage of a man they would like to speak to in connection with the fatal road traffic collision in Bootle at around 12.15pm on Sunday 14 March 2004 in Southport Road at the roundabout junction with Aintree Road

2004-03-13 00:00:00 Liverpool Empire Theatre raises
THE Liverpool Empire raised an outstanding

2004-03-13 00:00:00 WEST COAST WORKS SPEED AHEAD
MERSEYSIDE TRAVELLERS can expect an improved train service when the new West Coast rail timetable is introduced in September this year. And helping ensure that service is delivered on time are Network Rail's engineers, who will be carrying out a major

2004-03-13 00:00:00 Sefton Advanced Motorists
THE Sefton Group of the Institute of advanced Motorists will hold their March meeting on Monday 15th March at 8pm at the Royal Clifton Hotel Southport. The speaker will be Mike Bentley the I.A.M Examiner for the Southport I.A.M. group. Did you make a new

2004-03-13 00:00:00 EVERYBODY LOVES THE SUNSHINE......!
(SOUTHPORT WEEKENDER 7/8/9 May 2004) FOLLOWING the phenomenal success of last year's first ever weekender in May, we are pleased to announce that we have confirmed the same weekend for our first weekender of 2004.

2004-03-13 00:00:00 Taxi driver crashes with Pedestrian
MERSEYSIDE Police are appealing for witnesses to a road traffic collision that took place at about 11:10pm on March 11 in St Johns Lane Liverpool after a pedestrian was hit by a Hackney taxi and taken to hospital.

2004-03-13 00:00:00 MAN DIES IN FATAL ROAD ACCIDENT
A MAN is lying seriously injured in hospital and another died after a fatal road accident on March 6 after an incident in Ince Blundell. A Fiat Brava travelling in the direction of Southport on his way to work at the Lloyds Number 1 Bar in Southport, when

2004-03-13 00:00:00 SOUTHPORT PHOTOGRAPHIC SOCIETY SHOW 2004
AN exhibition of photographs by award winning lens-snappers from all over the country is now open to the 3 April, at the Atkinson Art Gallery on Lord Street in Southport. Open Monday to Wednesday and also Friday from 10am to 5pm and Thursday and Saturday

2004-03-13 00:00:00 Five - Star First for Southport?
A PLANNING application submitted this week for a new and exciting project on Southport's prestigious Lord Street Boulevard to open a new hotel in the seaside resort. Paul Adams of the town's leading restaurant, The Warehouse Brasserie, has applied

2004-03-13 00:00:00 A SMASHING NIGHT OUT
ON Sunday 7 March in Post Office Ave, windows were smashed on all the ground floor windows off all the businesses along the road. Also targeted was Lucy's caf

2004-03-13 00:00:00 MP Announces Cutbacks to Favour Charity
JOHN Pugh MP for Southport announced cutbacks not to save money, but in support Guide Dogs' Safer Streets campaign for blind and partially sighted people earlier this week after undergoing an obstacle trial involving guide dogs.

2004-03-13 00:00:00 GOVERNMENT CASH INCENTIVE IS A SWIZZ
TAX experts in Liverpool are warning small businesses that a cash incentive created by the Inland Revenue could cost more than they think. Small companies are told by the Revenue they could get up to

2004-03-13 00:00:00 Empty Hotel Faces CPO
LIVERPOOL City Council is set to buy a disused hotel after hearing that uncertainty over the building's future was hindering regeneration in the city centre. The Council's Executive Board is to consider a report on March 19 recommending that it use its

2004-03-13 00:00:00 WEST LANCS BIG BAND
THE well known band will be playing at these venues on these nights in Southport if you want to see them.

2004-03-13 00:00:00 Fish removed from overstocked lake
SOME of the fish stocks from Newsham Park Boating Lake are to be removed after a survey found it was overstocked. The survey, carried out by the Environment Agency in the winter of 2002/3 also discovered that cat fish -which is not an indigenous species

2004-03-13 00:00:00 A LESSON IN LAW
LEADING Liverpool law firm, DLA, is holding a seminar aimed at landlords and tenants of commercial property. As from June 2004, substantial changes to the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954 will come into effect. They amount to the most radical amendment

2004-03-13 00:00:00 THOUSANDS SET TO MAKE RECORD SPLASH FOR CHARITY CASH
MORE than 30,000 people from all over England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland will today be perfecting their strokes and completing their final training routines in preparation for the world's largest swimming fundraiser in tomorrow's Butlin's

2004-03-13 00:00:00 "Fame" Search For A Star The Semi Finals. Week 1.
THE semi finals at Casablanca (Pleasureland) started this week on a high note on the 11 March. 17 out of 24 contestants have been chosen for the final to be held on the 1 April 2004. If you missed this semi final the next one will be on the 18 March at

2004-03-13 00:00:00 120 POLICE OFFICERS HAVE BE PROMOTED
120 Merseyside Police officers have be promoted on the 12 March, the largest number to be promoted at one time on Merseyside. The officers will be promoted to either Sergeant or Inspector level and will based in all areas and in a number of different

2004-03-13 00:00:00 Two asteroid fly-bys for Rosetta
TODAY the Rosetta Science Working Team made the final selection of the asteroids to be observed at close quarters during its journey through the asteroid belts of Mars and Jupiter. Rosetta's scientific goals included the possibility of studying one

2004-03-13 00:00:00 LIVERPOOL AND WIDNES SMUGGLER RACKET THWARTED
FOUR men from Liverpool and a man from Widnes were sentenced today at Liverpool Crown Court to a total of eight and a half years in jail after Customs broke up a major cigarette smuggling ring. The gang is believed to be responsible for importing or

2004-03-13 00:00:00 SWITCHED ON THIS WEEK..
Listings By Caren Clark (For the week Saturday 13 March to Friday 19 March) . Murder in Suburbia, ITV1, Saturday, 9:15pm, NEW SERIES, Caroline Catz and Lisa Faulkner star in this new drama about two 'buddy' policewomen who combine solving crimes in the

2004-03-13 00:00:00 New Firearms Legislation
MERSEYSIDE Police are urging owners of self contained air cartridge guns to take heed of the new legislation that comes into effect from Friday 30 April. From this date anyone who owns an air weapon that uses self-contained gas cartridge system such as

2004-03-13 00:00:00 Car Stolen from Marshside, Southport
POLICE on Merseyside are appealing for information about the theft of a motor vehicle in Southport. It is believed that between the hours of 7:30pm and 11:30pm on Sunday 22nd February a high value, convertible, blue Lotus Elise was stolen from an address

2004-03-13 00:00:00 Southport shopper's fears laid to rest
SOUTHPORT shopper's fears have been laid to rest today after discount retailer B&M Retail Ltd announced that rumours of a store move were false. Since the move of local retailer Morrison's from their location in the town centre to the Safeway's site

2004-03-13 00:00:00 WALTON MAN BIDS TO BECOME BRITAIN'S MECHANICAL MASTERMIND
A WALTON mechanic has beaten hundreds of budding mechanical masterminds from across the UK to reach the final of the Champion Spark Plug Technician of the Year competition 2004, set to take place this weekend on the Wirral. Anthony Gannon, 38, who runs

2004-03-13 00:00:00 Payroll Charity donations Favour Workers
GOVERNMENT research released this week showed an overwhelming support of charitable donations made directly from pay packets from employees in Merseyside. In a recent poll, 72 percent of workers in Merseyside think employers should offer them the chance

2004-03-13 00:00:00 MOBILES GIVES DEAF PEOPLE A HEARING
A MOBILE phone has today been launched in the North West which allows deaf, hard of hearing or speech impaired people to hold real-time, interactive conversations whilst on the move. The mobile text phone is available across the region by provider

2004-03-13 00:00:00 Bitch about!
FIRST a quick recap

2004-03-13 00:00:00 England rugby world cup star and Teacher of the Year launch new learning guide to make children SAT exam winners.
SORRY for the delay on running this report, as it was due to technical errors. On 4 March England rugby world cup hero and most capped player in the world Jason Leonard teamed up with leading Key Stage 2 education website Juniors.net to launch the @Kids

2004-03-13 00:00:00 Exclusicve Interview... SWINGING SKELLIES
MEETING up with Neville Skelly at Liverpool's Andersons Bar on what was to be yet another cold winters day and ironically not the ideal setting for a jazz star whose appearance is more likened to that of a footballer than of an up and coming jazz musician

2004-03-13 00:00:00 Eggcitement for all ages this Easter
THERE is an 'eggs-cellent' programme of fun free activities for all ages at National Museums Liverpool this Easter, including creative workshops, hands-on fun and roleplayer characters bringing the displays to life.

2004-03-13 00:00:00 SON ARRESTED FOR ATTACK ON PARENTS
A MAN has been charge with the attempted murder of a woman and the murder of her husband earlier this week after an aggravated domestic incident in Formby earlier this week.

2004-03-06 00:00:00 Crossens Nursery School
FOR the third time in seven years Crossens Nursery School

2004-03-06 00:00:00 IT'S LIVE...
WE HAVE started playing on Liverpool Reporter music from top local bands from Merseyside and a few who from out

2004-03-06 00:00:00 ROVERS AIMING SIGHTS ON LAST FOUR
TRANMERE Rovers will be bidding to reach the semi-finals of The FA Cup for the first time in their history when they take on

2004-03-06 00:00:00 ROVERS AIMING SIGHTS ON LAST FOUR
TRANMERE Rovers will be bidding to reach the semi-finals of The FA Cup for the first time in their history when they take on

2004-03-06 00:00:00 Fatal Road Traffic Collision on Banks Road, Southport
POLICE on Merseyside are appealing for witnesses to a fatal road traffic collision

2004-03-06 00:00:00 A GREAT RUN!
DO YOU fancy taking part in the worlds biggest Half Marathon?

2004-03-06 00:00:00 SWITCHED ON THIS WEEK
For the week Saturday 6 March to Friday 12 March

2004-03-06 00:00:00 LIVERPOOL SETS COUNCIL TAX
AT THE annual budget meeting last night, councillors voted in favour of a 2.8% increase in council tax bills, keeping in line with

2004-03-06 00:00:00 Letters to editor:- RESIDENTS ANGER AT WASTED TAXATION
"I WONDER how many other of your readers would agree with my feelings on our local authority and the cost of policing of our town.

2004-03-06 00:00:00 Simply Red's Mick Hucknall to chair An Audience with Alastair Campbell in Manchester
THE Singer Mick Hucknall will be guest Chairman for the interactive Question and Answer session where the audience asks

2004-03-06 00:00:00 Sandstormers Latest.
THE Southport Rugby League team's game at Rochdale

2004-03-06 00:00:00 Sandstormers Latest.
THE Southport Rugby League team's game at Rochdale

2004-03-06 00:00:00 Bitch about! Roberta Lee Comments on
THE open-ended questions of the public on Merseyside, personally investigated

2004-03-06 00:00:00 Unfair Dismissal Claims to Soar under New Law
COMPANIES, WHICH have not yet put in place procedures to deal with the effect of Employment Regulations Act 2002

2004-03-06 00:00:00 Cash Bonanza for Heart Research
PEOPLE with heart problems in the North West are to gain a speedier, more flexible

2004-03-06 00:00:00 Tracing the Relatives of Jean Haines
THE Coroner's Office in Southport is trying to trace relatives of 77 year

2004-03-06 00:00:00 Liverpool legal eagle heads for solicitor status
A high-flying young legal professional is training to become a solicitor at one of the countries leading conveyancing law

2004-03-06 00:00:00 FRIENDS OF THE BOTANIC GARDENS MUSEUM TALK


2004-03-06 00:00:00 FRIENDS OF THE ATKINSON ART GALLERY TALK
ON Wednesday 10 March at 7:45pm, Anthony Wynne will be

2004-03-06 00:00:00 Drugs Seized in Southport and Ainsdale
A RAID on the 4 March by Merseyside Police on three houses in Southport and Ainsdale proved successful. Three men and one woman

2004-03-06 00:00:00 CHILDREN BILL WELCOMED BY NSPCC
THE NSPCC has today heralded the Children Bill as the biggest opportunity to improve the lives of children in the last 15 years.

2004-03-06 00:00:00 WIN A POETRY BOOK!
HERE'S your chance to win a copy of the National Poetry Anthology 2004 (RRP

2004-03-06 00:00:00 POETRY WINNERS
LISTED below are all the winners for the Merseyside and Lancashire areas. The overall winner collected

2004-03-06 00:00:00 Murdered Robert Campbell from Mossley Hill
MERSEYSIDE Police has named a man who died after an incident at the junction of Dovedale Road and Queens Drive

2004-03-06 00:00:00 Are you the Southport poetry Champ?
THE search is on for the Southport poetry champion...

2004-03-06 00:00:00 March at the Carling Academy
WELL it was a fantastic run of heats that have lead up to what is promising

2004-03-06 00:00:00 JONES AND FERRY JOIN POPS PARTY AS DONNY OSMOND ADDS EXTRA DATE!
2004 LIVERPOOL SUMMER POPS...

2004-03-06 00:00:00 JONES AND FERRY JOIN POPS PARTY AS DONNY OSMOND ADDS EXTRA DATE!
2004 LIVERPOOL SUMMER POPS...

2004-03-06 00:00:00 Your Smoking Poll
WHAT do you think about smoking, we want your opinions, please answer the

2004-03-06 00:00:00 3 Men Charged
THREE men were charged with possession of an offensive weapon after they were arrested at Liverpool John Lennon Airport in...

2004-03-04 00:00:00 Pleasureland scoops prestigious award.
THE Pleasureland Amusement Park has yet again gained the prestigious Sefton Excellence

2004-03-04 00:00:00 Sandstormers Latest.
THE Southport Rugby League team's game at Rochdale

 
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