November 27, 2014

Tree-mendous – Christmas Tree festival returns to Ormskirk church

After a break last year, Emmanuel Church, Ormskirk is by popular demand bringing back its great day out, the Christmas Tree Festival on Saturday 6th December 10-00 till 4-30 & Sunday 7th December 12-00 to 3-30.

The Church will be full with over 20 decorated and illuminated Christmas trees, with Christmas music on the organ and market stalls in the hall with all day refreshments on sale.

Father Christmas will be visiting all day Saturday.

Entrance by programme 2.50 or at door with a free cup of tea or coffee.

The Minister, the Rev. Melvyn Kelly, said: I invite everyone to come along and bathe in the Christmas Spirit.

"It will be a great day out for all the family, not to be missed!"

It has been announced that Noted organist, Daniel Wakefield is to star in a Christmas Concert, among over 20 decorated and illuminated Emmanuel Church Ormskirk, on Friday 5th December at 7-00 for 7-30.

He will be playing solo pieces and Carols, interspersed with humorous readings by various guests, and Sing-a-longs.

The concert will be produced and compered by Bob Graham.

*Ticklets are 2; further information via 01695 423119

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November 27, 2014

Great ‘minds’ don’t think alike as new charity shop opens

Ormskirk's 12th charity shop opened today - with a twist.

For the new Mind shop on Aughton St. will be opening seven days a week and late nights on Thursday's - at least until the new year - in a bid to capitalise on trade.

It's now looking for extra volunteers and lots of donations to help it on its way.

Pictured this morning with Sarah (front) the assistant manager and manager Victoria are a few of the volunteers and Mind staff who travelled to the town for the opening.

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November 27, 2014

‘Lancashire day’ celebrated in Ormskirk this lunchtime

Local town crier Don Evans was in fine voice this lunchtime as he read out the traditional Lancashire day proclamation to a bemused town centre audience.

Don, from Skem. explained that despite what they think, the town is still very much part of Lancashire - as is Liverpool, Manchester, Bury, Wigan, Oldham, Rochdale, Southport, Formby, Barrow and Leigh - in fact if it's between the Lakes and the Mersey it's in the Red Rose county!

He was joined by Deputy Mayor Coun. Rosie Evans for the short ceremony near the clock - along with a former mayor of Hastings who with his partner was visiting for the day and insisted on taking his own photo.

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November 27, 2014

The 12 online frauds of Christmas

LANCASHIRE Constabulary is running The 12 online frauds of Christmas campaign to protect thousands of people across the county from falling victim to cyber-fraudsters.

Kicking-off on Black Friday (28 November 2014), which marks the start of the busiest four days of internet shopping of the year, the force will be doing all it can to raise awareness of a dozen online frauds that have the potential to ruin peoples festive fun.

Working in partnership with the City of London Police, which is the National Policing Lead for Fraud, Lancashire Constabulary will be looking at the dos and donts of online shopping.

So far in 2014, 74% of all adults nationwide have bought goods or services online, and this December around 50% of UK citizens are expected to use the internet to buy more than half of their Christmas presents.

The majority of people will still have presents delivered to their doorstep or into their email account without a hitch.

However, the reality is there will also be tens of thousands of people across the UK whose Christmas will be damaged, and in some cases destroyed, after finding out they have fallen foul of heartless criminals who specialise in tricking internet users with the promise of great online deals and big cash savings.

Following Black Friday, the focus will be on Cyber Monday (1 December 2014) and the hazards of opening Christmas e-Cards sent via email which, unknown to the recipient, may be carrying a virus (malware) that can embed itself and then corrupt their smart phone, tablet or laptop.

Over the following two weeks, Lancashire Constabulary, along with other forces and organistaions, will look at the threat of ten more online festive frauds, identified by the City of London Polices National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB).

Throughout The 12 online frauds of Christmas campaign officers will be talking to local people and sharing top safety tips via traditional and social media. More internet safety advice can also be found at and

Lancashire Constabulary Superintendent Lee Halstead, head of cyber crime, said: So many people will be doing their shopping online this Christmas and we want to make sure they dont fall victim to cyber-fraudsters and their scams. People need to understand the threat of cyber-crime and what they can do to stop themselves becoming a victim.

Over the next few weeks well be posting loads of tips on our social media channels on how to stay safe and we would urge people to follow us and take the advice on board.

If anyone falls victim to one of the dozen festive frauds, or any other type of cyber-fraud, they are encouraged to report it to Action Fraud the City of London Police-based national reporting centre - on 0300 123 040 or at .

If we have the evidence to take direct action, then we will move swiftly to disrupt and shut down online criminal activity and identify and find those responsible.

City of London Police Commander Steve Head, who is the National Police Economic Crime Coordinator and overseeing The 12 frauds of Christmas campaign, said: Easy access to the internet has revolutionised the way we shop and pay for Christmas gifts and festive breaks, and how we go about searching for a New Year romance. Unfortunately it has also made us vulnerable to crooks that specialise in creating online cons that lure people in with the promise of cheap deals and stress-free purchasing, or that corrupt our smartphones, tablets and lap tops with computer viruses.

The key to staying safe this December, and throughout 2015, is to understand the nature of the threat we face and to have easy access to information that will keep us out of the clutches of cyber-fraudsters.

This is why we have created the The 12 online frauds of Christmas and set-up a unique law enforcement and public and private sector partnership that I believe can deliver the campaigns key information and safety tips to millions of people who will be using the internet over the next few weeks in search for the best possible gifts and the most stress free festive period.

Tony Neate, CEO, Get Safe Online, said: Every year theres a mad rush as shoppers get online to order presents in time for Christmas, starting with Black Friday. Shopping online can be a great convenience for Christmas shoppers but we also need to stay vigilant and take care with what were buying, who were buying from as well as how to pay for purchases.

Sadly, year on year we hear about people thinking they have got the perfect Christmas gift for someone but they end up disappointed because they didnt recognise the most common scams out there.

We are urging online shoppers to take a step back and think before they buy always question if it is too good to be true, do your due diligence to check the authenticity of the site or product and make sure you use secure and protected methods of payment.

You can follow Lancashire Constabulary at or

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November 27, 2014

Stolen Motorcycle Recovered

The motorcycle stolen from outside The Hogfather on Saturday has been recovered.Email from the owner below.

On Saturday (22/11/14) I had my motorcycle stolen from outside The Hogfather Motorcycles, Im happy to say that today (27/11/14) it was recovered from a footpath on Warwick Street.

I fully believed the motorcycle would not be recovered, I thought it had gone and I was extremely surprised to find it parked up (thanks to a tip off from a member of the public).

I dont believe the thief knew he was on CCTV, thankfully due to the footage The Hogfather Motorcycle caught of him in the act we were able to quickly get the word out there (with the help of the local press) and that is why I believe the motorcycle was found abandoned.

Sadly the thief has not been caught, but as the motorcycle has been recovered and there is limited damage I am willing to not press charges as long as the thief hands himself in at The Hogfather Motorcycles, to pay for the damage and inconvenience caused. However, if you know anything regarding the thief I am willing to offer a 100 reward to the person who advises the thiefs identity on a successful conviction.

The thief is most likely a local resident, he probably walks by the area fairly regularly and after reviewing the CCTV footage this does not look like a planned crime. It looked like it was done on the spur of the moment with no planning or real thought.

The thief was spotted pushing the motorcycle down Portland Street and Cedar Street heading towards the Fine Janes Brook/Loxley Road estate. This area is also fully accessible via the footpath the motorcycle was recovered from, it is my belief that the motorcycle was taken and stored there, someone from this area or the area it was found abandoned will know the thief.

I would like to thank everyone who helped provide information on the motorcycle when it went missing and also to the local press for helping get the word out there so quickly. Id also like to thank The Hogfather Motorcycles for doing everything they could to help recover the motorcycle.

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November 27, 2014

Lancashire Constabulary praised in national police assessment

LANCASHIRE Constabulary has been praised in the new annual programme of Police Force Inspections known as the PEEL Assessment.

The PEEL Assessments, which stands for Police Effectiveness, Efficiency and Legitimacy, report on how well each force in England and Wales tackles crime and anti-social behaviour; provides value for money; and provides a service that is legitimate in the eyes of the public.

Forces are assessed by a series of independent inspections, consultation and data monitoring, and then given a graded judgment of either outstanding, good, requires improvement, or inadequate.

In terms of police effectiveness, Lancashire was rated as good at reducing crime, preventing and investigating offending and tackling anti-social behavior while the efficiency with which the force carries out its responsibilities was rated as outstanding. It was also judged that the force is acting to achieve fairness and legitimacy in most of the practices that have been examined this year.

Commenting on the Constabularys success Chief Constable Steve Finnigan said: I am extremely pleased with the findings of the PEEL assessment and very proud that it recognises the high quality services that we are delivering to victims here in Lancashire, particularly the most vulnerable in our society.

The inspection has recognised that we are working as hard as ever to keep people safe through challenging times and we now want to build on this by working closely with the people of Lancashire and our partner organisations to continue to keep our county safe and to ensure that communities feel safe. We must not be complacent and we recognise that there is always room for improvement; this assessment is about listening to feedback and learning.

CC Finnigan also praised Constabulary staff and said: For the last five years, Lancashire Constabulary has been going through a significant period of change yet our people have continued to deliver the great policing services for the public of Lancashire.

The quality of our people is the one common denominator highlighted in this and other Inspections. It is the defining factor that we know makes the difference between being average and being excellent.

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November 27, 2014

We Wish You a Very Merry Vintage Fair at The Atkinson

Join us at The Atkinson on Saturday 20 December for a very merry and jolly day of vintage delights as we invite you to A Very Merry Vintage Fair.

The last Pillbox Vintage fair held in the summer, attracted over 3500 people and now they are back bigger, better and with lots of merriment.

Stalls will offer a great mix of the very best in vintage clothing, accessories, jewellery and homeware.

As always it is free admission so whether you are looking for that unique Christmas outfit, stocking presents or just a very merry browse, please join us as we celebrate the festive season.

Families coming to the fair can take part in the Seaside Christmas Designs drop in sessions taking place in the galleries from 1pm to 3.30pm. Come along and make Vintage Christmas Cards and Designs for print all inspired by our traditional seaside and local wildlife.

Dont forget to visit our stunning Egyptology Gallery, showcasing a collection not seen for over 40 years. Let us take you back thousands of years to the time of the Pharaohs and come and see what the Egyptians lives were really like.

Of course throughout the day our Bakery will be serving some tasty festive fare so pop in on Saturday 20 December from 11-4pm and celebrate A Very Merry Vintage Fair with us!

More information about The Atkinsons Christmas programme online at or you can call The Atkinson Box Office on 01704 533333. You can also purchase your tickets over the counter during The Atkinsons opening hours.

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November 27, 2014

Black Pool Friday

Special Day of Discounts
Blackpool supporters will be able to take advantage of some great offers this Friday after the club announced it was joining the companies offering discounts on a vast array of products.

The 24-hour sale, known as Black Friday, originates in America and is traditionally held on the Friday after Thanksgiving. It sees huge reductions being made on products for a limited time before they return to their original price the following day. That flash sale will be this Friday (28 November) and fans will be able to take advantage either in person or via official club websites, meaning nobody should miss out.

The good news for Seasiders is that these fantastic prices won't be just limited to club merchandise but also to match tickets and hospitality packages as well.

The discounted period will run throughout the course of Friday, with all offers being withdrawn at midnight.



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