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Hightown Beach Clean Group - Founder Member - Tommy Norbury

SINCE 2015 a group of volunteers have been doing clean-ups on the beach and dunes in and around Hightown, led by the group's Founder Member, Tommy Norbury. The Hightown Beach Clean Group have, throughout the UK's Covid-19 Lockdown, continued to help our local marine wildlife and make it a safer and nicer beach for everyone to...

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RSPCA appeal after dead fox on lead found with facial injuries

THE RSPCA is appealing for information after a dead fox with facial injuries was found on a lead on a Wirral footpath. A member of the public made the shocking discovery on 6 July on the Wirral Circular Trail and contacted the...

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Liverpool charity City Hearts support garment worker trafficked into modern day slavery by woman in her own family

Photograph with thanks to City Hearts - Charlene Dacre.

HERE in Merseyside, City Hearts, the national anti trafficking charity whose biggest centre is in Liverpool, is supporting slavery...

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Social Mobility warning as new research highlights young people in "red wall" seats are already 34% more likely to claim benefits than the UK average

THE latest unemployment figures from the Office for National...

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City pledges commitment to UN sustainability goals

LIVERPOOL has committed to a United Nations initiative to find sustainable ways to tackle poverty and improve health, education and economic growth. The UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are an urgent call for...

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A ray of sunshine for British industry during the COVID-19 pandemic

THE COVID-19 pandemic has rapidly swept across the globe, affecting the lives of billions of people worldwide, and having a negative impact on many industries. However, for some...

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Liverpool's Rugby League World Cup 2021 fixtures announced

THE Rugby League World Cup comes to England in 2021 and tournament organisers, 21 July 2020, revealed the much anticipated fixture schedule for what promises to be the biggest...

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Ambitious ₤8.8 billion Economic Recovery Plan for the Liverpool City Region

STEVE Rotheram, Metro Mayor of the Liverpool City Region was published on 24 July 2020, entitled:- 'Building Back Better' an ambitious economic recovery...

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SOS we Local media needs you help

COVID-19 has hit us hard and with out Government help, it could kill off local independent media. Both the PINF and ICNN have come together to launch the 'Save Independent News' campaign. Please sign go onto the campaign sight and sign the online petition. Without independent media in the UK, the risk to our society shows a real and present danger. If the UK is to succeed after Brexit, it will need more than ever the creative industries and its independent media more than ever!

Charitable holidaymakers can now help to raise money for a leading suicide prevention charity

NORTH West based PAPYRUS Prevention of Young Suicide will receive a donation from bookings made through the new social enterprise Charitable Travel. The travel agency says it hopes the "spirit of community and kindness" seen during lockdown will be reflected in future holiday planning. Melissa Tilling, founder and Chief Executive of Charitable Travel, said:- "We think the work PAPYRUS does across the UK is incredible and we are delighted to offer people the chance to show their support simply by booking a holiday. If we have created 1 positive out of Covid-19 then it is learning new ways..."

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Sport is not cancelled as local care home launches a sporting tournament for residents and local community

MAJOR sporting events across the country might have been cancelled because of Covid-19, but the competitive spirit is still flying high at a care home in Liverpool...

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Learning disability awareness training to be delivered to all health and social care staff

Oliver McGowan who passed away in 2016 Picture.

ALL health and social care staff in Lancashire and South Cumbria will receive training from health...

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Merseyside's Police and Crime Commissioner welcomes Government review of PCC role

MERSEYSIDE'S Police Commissioner has welcomed a Government review of the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) model. PCCs were 1st introduced in 2012 to replace Police Authorities...

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World's Strongest Disabled Man Attempts 100 Mile Hand Cycle Ride from Leicester to Skegness for Charity

PETE Linnett, 3x World's Strongest Disabled Man, will...

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Liverpool's Mayor appoints Chair of Race Equality Taskforce

"Change has got to happen", that's the message from the chair of the City's new mayoral Race Equality Taskforce.

THE Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson has announced that Tracey Gore, director of the City's Steve Biko Housing Association, will be seconded to the position of Chair for 6 months and has...

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New solo exhibition opening at Art House Gallery


LOCAL experimental calligraphic printmaker, Kate Tidmarsh, will be mounting an exciting new exhibition at the Art House Gallery in Eastbank Street of her latest artistic exploitations using her versatile hand printing...

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Gibraltar Squadron to receive 2 Cutting Edge Fast Patrol Craft from Merseyside

A ₤9.9 million contract has been signed with Merseyside based Marine Specialised Technology (MST) for 2 new boats to replace the Gibraltar Squadron Fast Patrol Craft. The 6 year contract, which will support 30 jobs and create a further 25, will see construction...

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2 Southport businesses have secured funding from Made Smarter, the movement helping SMEs join the Industry 4.0 revolution

UNITED Automation and Flavourfresh Salads are working with the North West technology...

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Disabled woman from Southport abused by member of the public in face covering row

A shocking video has highlighted the abuse disabled people are experiencing in the wake of new...

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New fund to bring culture to the streets

A commissioned flash mob perform on Liverpool’s Church street back in 2017 as part of the Sgt Pepper celebrations.

A brand new ₤200,000 fund has been created to bring energy, culture and vibrancy on to the streets of Liverpool. Following recent announcements from central Government that socially distanced live performances are now allowed, Liverpool City Council and Arts Council England are...

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Appetite To Eat Out Strong Following Marco Pierre White Restaurant Re-Opening

A popular Liverpool restaurant has enjoyed a successful re-opening following the easing of the current lockdown.  The Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar and Grill, which...

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Community hero receives Royal Stamp of approval from Queen's representative

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NEIL McEwen has been recognised for his hard work in providing food and care packages to the local community by Her Majesty's Lord Lieutenant of Merseyside. Neil, Environment Officer for Regenda Homes


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Council helps Alder Hey patient's wheelie bin dream come true

LIVERPOOL City Council's refuse team has been on a very special mission to bring joy to a 10 year...

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 NHS at risk from future trade deals, says MP

THE MP for Sefton Central and Shadow International Trade Minister, Bill Esterson MP said that  the UK Government had also failed to protect the UK's high food standards in the Trade Bill, which passed through its final stage in the House of Commons, on Monday, 20 July 2020. Mr...

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Change to brewer duty is the:- "Wrong measure at the wrong time," says MP

Les O’Grady pictured with Bill Esterson MP on a pre-Coronavirus visit to the Neptune Brewery in Maghull.

A Merseyside MP has raised concerns about the Government's changes to beer duty for micro breweries, saying the new scheme risks putting some brewers out of business at a time when they...

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Rimrose Valley running track to be extended

A community led project to reinstate 'Chaffers' running track on Rimrose Valley has been given the green light to continue its work. The popularity of the project has


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Failing Police collaborations cost forces money, time and effort - HMICFRS

COLLABORATION between Police Forces when done well can save money, reduce bureaucracy and improve efficiency and...

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LGA's response to the UK Government's Flu vaccination programme statement

RESPONDING to the expansion of the flu vaccination programme, Cllr Paulette Hamilton, Vice Chair of the LGA's Community Wellbeing Board, said:- "Extending the free winter flu jab to as many..."

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Report recommends Southport's St Teresa's should remain open

SEFTON Council's Cabinet is set to consider a report which will recommend that St Teresa's School in Southport remains open. The Council has always been keen to explore every avenue and, recognising the impact of...

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CLA encourages responsible metal detecting

THE CLA (Country Land and Business Association) is calling on all metal detectorists to abide by common sense rules contained in the Metal Detecting Code of Conduct after Northumbria Police recently arrested a man for theft


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Every pupil in North West to see another rise in funding in 2021

SCHOOLS across the North West are set to receive ₤5.3 billion in 2021, which is a ₤221 million increase from 2019, in the next step to level up funding across the country. Funding figures released, on Monday, 20 July 2020, show


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MP backs Metro Mayor's bid for funds boost

MP Bill Esterson is backing the Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram's bid for a ₤1.4bn funding boost for the Liverpool City Region.  The Sefton Central MP said the Region needed support from the Government to:- "build back better" following the Covid-19...

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Learning Disability Support and Care Services

CARE England, who are the largest representative body for independent providers of Adult Social Care, within England, has called upon Government to improve the future sustainability of the learning disability sector...

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Letter to Editor:- "Public Toilets within Southport"

THE following email was sent to us on Friday, 17 July 2020 by Sharman Whitehead. It reads:- "Went to Southport for a nice day out today. Arrived after a long journey to find all public toilets were closed. Cafes and..."

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LGA responds to the new laws to extend homes upwards and relaxing of planning applications

RESPONDING to new laws laid in the UK's Parliament, on 21 July 2020, in which will mean full planning applications will not be


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It takes 6 adults to raise a child in the North West

IT takes an average of 6 adults to raise a single child in the North West, with Grandmothers (39%), teachers (35%), grandfathers (34%), aunts (20%) and uncles (19%) all playing key roles alongside parents, according to the results...

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MP calls for new Motorway Junction to open

SEFTON Central MP Bill Esterson has called on Highways England to approve the opening of the new M58 Junction 1 slip roads:- "without delay." The ₤5.5m project, which provides a Northbound off slip and a Southbound on slip to the M58...

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