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2020-06-07
 

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Will local or regional lockdowns help stop a 2nd wave?

THE Scottish 1st Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, confirmed the news that no new Coronavirus deaths had been recorded in Scotland's hospitals over the previous 24 hours. But, she stressed that:- "We canít read too much into a single dayís figures and we know registration of deaths are relatively low at weekends, but nevertheless this is..."

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MFRS urges businesses to make fire safety a priority following number of industrial fires across Merseyside

BUSINESSES across Merseyside are being urged to ensure they are operating safely and adhering to fire safety regulations following a series of large industrial fires in recent weeks. Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service (MFRS)...

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Gifts for Patients at Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital

THE Morrisons Foundation has donated ₤8,000 to Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital Charity. Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital has been designated as the emergency cardiac treatment...

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₤4M boost for pop-up cycle lanes

A report that has been presented to Liverpool City Council's Cabinet, on Friday, 5 June 2020, is recommending the fund be created to help the City introduce potentially up to 65 miles of pop up cycle lanes along seven key routes across the City. The 1st branch covering 2 miles has now...

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Police write off over 180,000 crimes in the North West

AN investigation by Layla Moran MP has uncovered over two-thirds of burglaries and vehicle crimes are being closed by Police Forces throughout the North West without a suspect being identified. 181,050 cases in the North West in 2019 were closed unsolved, according...

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RSPCA releases new litter figures and warns of increased dangers as lockdown eases

THE RSPCA has received more than 21,600 reports of animals injured or caught in litter over the past 5 years, new stats reveal. In Merseyside alone, 706 calls about animals affected by litter were...

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Liverpool and Manchester Metro Mayors face off in DJ battle of the North West

THE Metro Mayors of the Liverpool City Region and Greater Manchester will take part in a DJ battle on Sunday, 7 June 2020, to determine which place has the better music and to raise money for good causes during the Coronavirus pandemic. Steve..

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The 'Anthem of Merseyside' to be played by BBC Orchestra
Photograph by Priya Budhi (BBC)

BBC Radio Merseyside and the BBC Philharmonic need your help to reinvent a great Merseyside song into a new classic! The song that best symbolises Merseyside; as picked by you; will be covered by an 80 piece BBC orchestra...

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Liverpool City Council outline support and advice about COVID-19 to people seeking asylum

MAYOR Joe Anderson is writing to people seeking asylum within Liverpool in order to outline how they can access support and advice about COVID-19. In the letter, which is being sent to around 1,400 people housed in the City who are awaiting a decision...

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McDonald's Drive-Thrus reopen leading to traffic issues

AS lockdown eases McDonald's have opened Drive-Thrus all over England. This move has resulted in large queues which are causing disbelief and traffic jams. We had reports of problems all over Merseyside. For example, Aintree and Switch Island's caused grid lock, as the busy takeaway and Drive Thru opened up. Southport, Kew Retail Park caused tailbacks and long waits for those driving by the area. Southport, Ocean Plaza also had...

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5 year old Wirral girl raises over ₤1,800 for the NSPCC with cycling challenge

A 5 year old girl has raised an incredible ₤1,835 for the NSPCC and Childline by cycling 300 km in just 26 days, to help the children's charity still be there for children in these unprecedented times. To put this into prospective,  ₤1,835  enough to answer 458 calls to...

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New venue and dates for the Big Model Hobby Show

THE Organizers  of the Big Model and Hobby Show have had to cancel the 2020 show at Southport Theatre and Conference Centre, due to the Covid-19 issues. Sadly, as the venue has gone under they lost their deposit, so it has been a huge disappointment and costly at that, but they are not throwing in the towel yet. The group has now announced they are taking a...

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New venue and dates for the Big Model Hobby Show

THE big winners from the lockdown are most definitely our furry friends, with thousands of "9 to 5ers" now working from home, the lives of our dogs are only going to get better. Jonathan Ratcliffe of Liverpool office provider Offices.Co.UK explained that:- "Our dog Molly has enjoyed regular walks and more play time than ever, this is a trend that is going to continue well past lockdown and force changes to our workspaces." During lockdown, our dogs have provided entertainment for the...

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Ready, steady, let's get silly!

LIVERPOOL'S Libraries may still be closed but that isn't stopping them from encouraging our youngest residents to pick up a book. Since Friday, 5 June 2020, the City's Libraries have been backing the Reading Agency's annual Summer Reading Challenge; which is going digital for 2020 and is aimed at children aged 4 to 11. Although usually taking place in the summer holidays to encourage children to keep reading during the long break, this year's challenge has been brought forward to support children who are still being home Schooled...

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NHS receives the keys to major new Cancer Centre

THE keys to Cheshire and Merseyside's major new specialist cancer Hospital in Liverpool's Knowledge Quarter have officially been handed over to the NHS, following the completion of construction. Clatterbridge Cancer Centre, Liverpool, which opens to patients, on Saturday, 27 June 2020, is part of a ₤162m investment in expanding and enhancing care for the 2.4 million people living in a Region that has...

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Liverpool Arab Arts Festival connects digitally for 2020

LIVERPOOL Arab Arts Festival, the UK's longest running annual festival of Arab arts and culture, returns in July 2020, connecting artists and audiences from across the UK and beyond in a digital festival. Featuring artist in residence, Lisa Luxx; cultural and social activist, playwright, and performance poet Dayna Ash; renowned Arabist Tim Mackintosh Smith; award winning, Palestinian American author, poet, translator...

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Merseyside charities scoop share of ₤1million fund

9 charities based in Merseyside have received donations of ₤1,000 each as part of the Movement for Good awards. The awards, set up by specialist insurer Ecclesiastical, will see a total of ₤1million given to charities across the UK this summer. Members of the public were invited to nominate causes close to their hearts, with 500 awards of ₤1,000 available for donation. Byrne Avenue Trust, Child Lung Foundation, Merseyside Water Rescue, Joseph Williamson Society and Wirral Animal Sanctuary are amongst the local charities set to benefit from the money, following overwhelming public support in the county. More than 1,070 kind hearted residents voted for a total of 67 charities...

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Fatal flat fire in St Helens

MERSEYSIDE Fire and Rescue Service attended a flat fire, on Albion Street, St Helens, on Sunday, 31 May 2020. Sadly, the incident involved 1 fatality. Crews were alerted at 12.48pm and on scene at 12.53pm. North West Ambulance Service (NWAS) also attended the incident. Firefighters discovered the body of a man in a 1st floor flat. Despite 1st aid efforts from Fire Crews and NWAS paramedics, the man was sadly pronounced dead at the scene. 3 Fire Engines attended and 6 firefighters wearing breathing apparatus extinguished the fire using a high pressure hose reel jet. The fire was fully extinguished by around 1.35pm. A joint investigation between MFRS and Merseyside Police has been...

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Research team joins vital studies that will give a picture of the National Coronavirus Impact

RESEARCHERS from Lancashire and South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust are deploying their skills to assist in the national fight against Coronavirus. The research and development team is collaborating with the research team at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust to assist with vital studies that will inform a picture of the national Coronavirus impact. The researchers, based at the Lantern Centre in Preston, have placed much of their usual research activity on hold while they help carry out vital studies into the pandemic. The team of 19 is made up of:- Research Nurses...

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Charity Retail Association launches volunteering matching service

THE Charity Retail Association (CRA) has launched an initiative to help match potential volunteers with charity shops when they reopen on or after the 15 June 2020. From Friday, 5 June 2020, members of the public who are potentially interested in volunteering can go to:- CharityShopVolunteer.Org.UK and sign up in a very simple and short process. Charity retailers who have vacancies will then be able to interrogate the database and identify potential volunteers according to their location and specific charity interest (eg:- medical research, animal welfare etc). The platform has been built...

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"Ordinary Heroes" within Sea Cadets step up in Volunteers Week despite pandemic

AROUND 9,000 "ordinary heroes" are ensuring life within Sea Cadets continues as normal this Volunteers Week, while many are also playing their part in the frontlines of the battle against the Covid-19 outbreak. 85% of Sea Cadet activities at unit level are taking place virtually, despite the loss of hugely popular inshore and offshore boating programmes, Sea Cadets competitions and the International Exchange Programme. Sea Cadets remains a hugely vital part of so many young people with nearly 14,500 cadets nationwide. During lockdown, the impact of our volunteers on their lives hasn't...

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British businesses look set to be more flexible about working from home in the future

BRITISH businesses look set to be more flexible about working from home in the future; with nearly ½ of bosses believing it will save them money. A poll of 1,000 employers in the UK found prior to lockdown, just 45% were comfortable with staff working away from the office. But 7 in 10 are now considering changing previous rules and regulations, after being so impressed with how staff have reacted. In addition, 57% of business owners are already looking at adapting many of their usual practices moving forward. The study was commissioned by Vision Direct...

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"Ordinary Heroes" within Sea Cadets step up in Volunteers Week despite pandemic

AROUND 9,000 "ordinary heroes" are ensuring life within Sea Cadets continues as normal this Volunteers Week, while many are also playing their part in the frontlines of the battle against the Covid-19 outbreak. 85% of Sea Cadet activities at unit level are taking place virtually, despite the loss of hugely popular inshore and offshore boating programmes, Sea Cadets competitions and the International Exchange Programme. Sea Cadets remains a hugely vital part of so many young people with nearly 14,500 cadets nationwide. During lockdown, the impact of our volunteers on their lives hasn't...

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PCC unites with colleagues to make statement on the death of George Floyd

FOLLOWING the death of George Floyd, Merseyside's Police Commissioner is joining with her PCC colleagues to reiterate her commitment to working with communities to continue to strengthen the relationship between the Police and the public. Jane Kennedy has united with the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) equality, diversity and human rights leads David Munro, PCC for Surrey and Hardyal Dhindsa, PCC for Derbyshire, to release the following statement:- "Alongside our communities, we are saddened and appalled by the footage that has emerged from the US..."

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2 bikes stolen and 2 threatened in Hesketh Park, Southport

MERSEYSIDE Police have issued an appeal for information following a robbery, on Friday, 5 June 2020, in Hesketh Park, Southport. A spokesperson for Merseyside Police said:- "Our Officers were called at 8.45pm, to the park, following a report 2 male offenders with their faces covered and carrying hammers had approached 2, 22 year old males, in the park, making threats. They then stole a bike from 1, and smashed both menís mobile phones with the hammers, before heading out of the park towards Southport Town Centre.  No one was physically harmed during the incident. The bike is described as a blue and black pedal..."

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PCC unites with colleagues to make statement on the death of George Floyd

FOLLOWING the death of George Floyd, Merseyside's Police Commissioner is joining with her PCC colleagues to reiterate her commitment to working with communities to continue to strengthen the relationship between the Police and the public. Jane Kennedy has united with the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) equality, diversity and human rights leads David Munro, PCC for Surrey and Hardyal Dhindsa, PCC for Derbyshire, to release the following statement:- "Alongside our communities, we are saddened and appalled by the footage that has emerged from the US..."

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Office Christmas Parties Cancelled - thousands forced to forget festive party plans

WORK and office Christmas Parties are being cancelled across the UK as venues and businesses try to guess what will or will not be allowed at the end of 2020. Large gatherings of people are likely to be restricted for the foreseeable future, and this is leading to those who have forward booked large work and office parties being told their party plans will not now happen. Jonathan Ratcliffe from Office Space company Offices.Co.UK explains:- "Just as we thought 2020 could not get much worse, we've had to cancel our Christmas party; as have many of our clients..."

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₤180m of Existing Liverpool City Region Schemes that will help drive our Economic Recovery

₤180 million of investments in the Liverpool City Region's economy that were made in 2019 will be vital to driving the Region's post COVID-19 economic recovery, says Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram. Published at its meeting on 5 June 2020, which includes its Annual General Meeting, the Combined Authority's 2019 to 2020 Annual Review highlights investments in key strategic projects across the whole City Region and priority economic sectors from digital infrastructure and advanced manufacturing to the Mersey Tidal Power scheme. The Combined Authority will also consider the...

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Chief Constable Andy Cooke and PCC Jane Kennedy pay tribute to Inspector Graeme Rooney

MERSEYSIDE Police Chief Constable Andy Cooke, said:-"Following the sudden and tragic death of Inspector Graeme Rooney on Tuesday evening I wanted to take time out to pay tribute to an Officer who was respected across the board and served the force impeccably for more than 27 years. Graeme was out cycling with friends, in Altcar, when he was involved in a road traffic collision with a transit van and sadly he died, as a result of his injuries. An investigation in to the collision is now being carried out by Lancashire Police. Many..."

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NSPCC virtual assembly with guest hosts Ant and Dec, David Walliams and Minister for Children and Families

THE NSPCC moves their Schools' assembly series:- 'Speak Out. Stay Safe' online, to continue its vital work helping children to stay safe from abuse and neglect. The special broadcast hosted by Ant & Dec, with a helping hand from David Walliams, deals with some of the additional worries that children are experiencing due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Since January the NSPCC's Childline service has delivered 6,938 counselling sessions to children and young people impacted by Coronavirus. Also, during 7 weeks of lockdown (23 March 2020)...

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