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Vaccines to be cut by a third next month by Tom Martin (January 2021)

Covid-19 vaccine supplies in the North West will be cut by a third in February. The NHS confirmed the weekly supply will be reduced to 200,000 by the   Read more ...

Woman to make a ceramic pet for charity! by Tom Martin (January 2021)

A woman from Holmeswood is offering people the unique chance to have a ceramic made of their pet to raise money for sight loss charity   Read more ...

Man injures leg in scrambler bike crash by Tom Martin (January 2021)

Police appealing for witnesses following a road traffic collision involving a car and scrambler bike in Aintree this morning. At 11.40am officers   Read more ...

Throwline installed next to Hesketh Park lake by Tom Martin (January 2021)

An emergency ‘throwline’ has been installed near the lake at Southport’s Hesketh Park.Set-up securely next to the lake and accessible using a code   Read more ...

Consultation launched to improve Crosby park by Tom Martin (January 2021)

A public consultation has been launched to gather ideas and thoughts on ways to improve the facilities at Crosby’s Coronation Park.Residents across   Read more ...

Check out this week's Scam Alert by Tom Martin (January 2021)

Welcome to another week of scams. The first important information this week is from NHS regarding Covid vaccinations. The NHS has warned people to be   Read more ...

University teams up with arts project by Tom Martin (January 2021)

Edge Hill University has joined forces with a Liverpool arts project to help find the next generation of artists and creative thinkers. The   Read more ...

'Targeted community testing' to begin in West Lancs by Tom Martin (January 2021)

A targeted community testing initiative is to begin in West Lancashire from tomorrow to help drive down Covid-19 transmission rates.The testing   Read more ...

Appeal to get locals to register as plasma donors by Tom Martin (January 2021)

NHS Blood and Transplant is urging local people hitting the 28-day COVID recovery mark to register as plasma donors.People can only donate 28 days   Read more ...

MP wants U-turn on planned council tax hike by Tom Martin (January 2021)

Bootle MP Peter Dowd has called on the Prime Minister to scrap a planned 5% council tax rise that will add £99 to annual household council tax bills   Read more ...

Vandals damage football club's stand by Tom Martin (January 2021)

Litherland Remyca FC are raising money after vandals damaged their main stand.The local football club, who play their home matches at Litherland   Read more ...

Lunt Meadows played part in preventing 'flooding catastrophe' by Tom Martin (January 2021)

North West nature reserves, including Lunt Meadows, have played their part in preventing catastrophic flooding of homes as well as providing habitats   Read more ...

Councils given £1m to boost vaccine 'take up' by Tom Martin (January 2021)

Sefton Council and West Lancashire Borough Council have been given a share of nearly £1million to expand work to support those most at risk from   Read more ...

Patients raise concern over hospital discharges by Tom Martin (January 2021)

A national Healthwatch report, which includes local insight from Sefton, highlights how patients are grateful to hard-working doctors, nurses and   Read more ...

Christine Walkden to appear at this year's Southport Flower Show by Tom Martin (January 2021)

Renowned horticulturist Christine Walkden is to return to the Southport Flower Show this year to share her gardening knowledge with visitors.The   Read more ...

Community groups given share of £70k by Tom Martin (January 2021)

Four local groups in West Lancashire will share a windfall of almost £70,000 awarded through the Whitemoss Community Fund.The fund provides grants of   Read more ...

Laptops to be donated to local children during lockdown by Tom Martin (January 2021)

Staff from a computer repair shop in Southport are asking locals to give them unwanted laptops and devices that they can repair and then donate to   Read more ...

Supermarket giant look to build new store in Southport by Tom Martin (January 2021)

Supermarket giant Lidl has launched a consultation on plans to build a new store in Southport.The proposal is for a new foodstore and parking on land   Read more ...

Byng House to be turned into nursing home by Tom Martin (January 2021)

Byng House, a former respite centre in Southport for armed forces veterans, will be converted into a nursing home after it was finally sold by the   Read more ...

Living Well Sefton supports new health campaign by Tom Martin (January 2021)

Local wellbeing organisation, Living Well Sefton, is supporting Public Health England’s new Better Health campaign encouraging people to work towards   Read more ...

Ormskirk Street Pastors get £3,000 donation by Tom Martin (January 2021)

Ormskirk Street Pastors has been given a £3,000 donation to help their work in the community.The local group has benefited from a fund by   Read more ...

Former firefighter watch manager to take on 54 mile challenge by Tom Martin (January 2021)

A former watch manager with the fire service in Formby will take part in a 54 mile cross country march this summer to raise money for charity.Matthew   Read more ...

Cancer survivor urges others to back campaign by Tom Martin (January 2021)

A Southport cancer survivor is backing Cancer Research UK’s campaign for World Cancer Day and is urging people to join him by donating or wearing the   Read more ...

Feedback wanted on plans to improve Ormskirk town centre by Tom Martin (January 2021)

Local residents have been asked for their thoughts on plans to improve Ormskirk town centre.West Lancashire Borough Council want to hear your views   Read more ...

Three men jailed for murder of Robert Beattie by Tom Martin (January 2021)

Three members of a gang who doused a man in petrol and set him ablaze in Skelmersdale have been jailed for a total of almost 60 years for his   Read more ...

Police patrol buses to enforce coronavirus rules by Tom Martin (January 2021)

Police have been patrolling the local bus network to make sure commuters are abiding by coronavirus rules.During the recent police operation, 319   Read more ...

Sharkie the police dog passes away by Tom Martin (January 2021)

A retired police dog who served under Merseyside Police and Lancashire Police has passed away.A spokesperson for Lancashire Police Dog Unit said:   Read more ...

Care home residents enjoy sensory art therapy by Tom Martin (January 2021)

Residents of Birkdale Tower Lodge care home have been enjoying sensory art therapy to inspire creativity and relaxation.Staff were delighted to   Read more ...

Freya runs in memory of beloved pet dog by Tom Martin (January 2021)

A youngster who was left devastated after her furry best friend passed away is raising money in his memory.Freya Procter, 11, whose family are from   Read more ...

Top police boss to step down by Tom Martin (January 2021)

The Chief Constable of Merseyside Police has announced he will step down.Andy Cooke has informed Merseyside’s Police Commissioner on his intention to   Read more ...

Man jailed for 'horrendous attacks' on two victims by Tom Martin (January 2021)

A man has been jailed for five years following “horrendous attacks” on two victims in Southport.Jonathan Doran, 35, of Canterbury Way, in Netherton,   Read more ...

Firefighters praised for response to pandemic by Tom Martin (January 2021)

Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service (MFRS) has been praised for its response to COVID-19 and the way it stepped up to support the community throughout   Read more ...

Man charged with attempted murder after flat stabbing by Tom Martin (January 2021)

A 22 year-old man has been charged with attempted murder following an incident in Waterloo on Boxing Night, Saturday 26th December 2020.Emergency   Read more ...

Virtual careers fair to help Lancashire residents by Tom Martin (January 2021)

A Virtual Careers Fair is being held next week to support Lancashire residents looking for employment, retraining or volunteering   Read more ...

Tributes paid to influential businessman Herbert Silcock by Tom Martin (January 2021)

One of Southport’s most recognisable businessman has passed away.Herbert Silcock Snr died after a short illness, peacefully at home on 20th January   Read more ...

'Significant' postal delays in Ormskirk and Burscough by Tom Martin (January 2021)

There are “significant delays” to the postal service in the L39 and L40 postcodes of Ormskirk and Burscough after a large number of staff at the   Read more ...

Electric bikes, hoverboards and Segways stolen from garage by Tom Martin (January 2021)

Burglars targeted a garage in Southport and stole 89 electric bikes, 50 boxes of bike accessories (including locks, helmets, lights and gloves), ten   Read more ...

Locals urged to use NHS111 before going to hospital by Tom Martin (January 2021)

People who need urgent NHS care across West Lancashire and Sefton are being asked to contact NHS 111 before going to a hospital accident and   Read more ...

MP wants better flood defences in Maghull after this week's downpour by Tom Martin (January 2021)

MP Bill Esterson wants better flood defences in Maghull after this week’s Storm Christoph forced local authorities to advise some residents to leave   Read more ...

Supermarket staff thanked for enforcing virus rules by Tom Martin (January 2021)

Sefton Council’s Director of Public Health, Margaret Jones, has shown her support to the borough’s supermarkets in their efforts to make sure   Read more ...

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