July 28, 2014

Crewsaver 24 Hour Race 13th and 14th September 2014!

Preparations are well under way for the 48th year of the Crewsaver 24 Hour Race at West Lancashire Yacht Club, Southport. The club are very excited to welcome you to this years event.

With 52 boats entered so far entries are up on last year, making this event bigger and better than ever! Of those entries we are pleased to see four boats from the recently re-introduced Firefly Class, numerous boats from various universities and a large increase in Lark entries.

Friday night promises to be a lively one; with the hugely popular sailing band Elephant Juice and resident DJ Steve Blackburn confirmed to keep the entertainment going until the early hours! Back by popular demand is the folk afternoon which will take place on the Saturday, followed by a soul night in the evening.

The main marquee has been increased in size to help house all of the additional entries and providing more room for on shore activities which promise to rival last years surf competition. After the catering success of last year, we are again catering in house with beer supplied by Robinsons.

Your local chandlery, 1st Mark , will also be on site selling some of your favourite Crewsaver kit at some fantastic event prices. Due to the extensive popularity of the kit last year he will also be increasing the size of his marquee helping to ensure all the kit you need is on hand to keep you out on the water.

This year we have Robin Jones and Isaac Marsh from Scammonden Water Sailing Club, sailing a Firefly for the full 24 hours in aid of the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation. Please donate to show your support for these two embarking on this fantastic challenge.

Liverpool Yacht Club has gone the extra mile for this years event by building an Enterprise especially for the race; we look forward to seeing the results of all your hard work in September.

Huge thanks must be made to Crewsaver, title sponsor of the event, for their on-going support which enables us to improve on the event year on year. In addition, this year Crewsaver have helped to support a prize draw to win some of their fantastic Phase2 sailing gear range on the Saturday in the main marquee more info to follow on the Facebook page closer to the event.

Thanks also to GJW and Robinsons, our other two main sponsors, for their continued help and support.
We cant wait to see you all and, if you havent entered yet, get your entries in soon so we can make sure we have enough sausages and bacon for the breakfast butties!

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July 28, 2014

Toni Harrison disqualified from driving for 12 months

Toni Harrison disqualified from driving for 12 months


Age: 51

Drove a motor vehicle on a road after consuming so much alcohol that the proportion of it in your breath exceeded the prescribed limit.

Disqualified from holding or obtaining a driving licence for 12 month(s).

Fined 200.00.

To pay victim surcharge of 20.00.

To pay costs of 85.00 to the Crown Prosecution Service.

Defendant's guilty plea taken into account when imposing sentence.

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July 28, 2014

Southport Open Top Tours 2014 Season

Following on from the success of the first two years' operation in 2012 and 2013, the Merseyside Transport Trust (MTT) is pleased to announce that it will once again be operating circular open top tours of Southport during the holiday season of 2014. These tours will be provided entirely by volunteers using historic vehicles.

Starting from the tradition location of Southport Pier, the tours will operate as a free-of-charge circular service taking in the sights of Southport that have on a tour that has proved a popular tourist attraction for many decades. Ensuring that the tours continue operating has proved to be very popular with Southport locals, families and tourists alike; since their first year extra journeys have been added to cope with increased demand and popularity.

Picking up where Arriva left off in 2011, the tours are to be operated using historic Leyland Atlanteans that have been operating these tours in past years and are now in preservation; 1449 (GKA 449L) and 1551 (OLV 551M). After a leave of absence during the 2013 season 1551 went through an intensive rebuild and has been restored to the livery it carried during the 1980s when it originally operated the tour and is ready for its public once again.

Exclusively for the 2014 season, 1449 has been treated to a front end repaint into yellow to commemorate 30 years since the Liverpool Garden festival in 1984 - so here's your chance to come out and ride the festival bus! A closed top vehicle will be substituted in adverse weather conditions.

The tours take in such beautiful Southport attractions as the Marine Lake, Marine Bridge, Royal Birkdale Golf Course, Hesketh Park, Lord Street Boulevard and the Botanic Gardens.

The operation of the tours will commence on Sunday 27th July 2014 and will operate on every Sunday through to Sunday 24th August 2014, also including August Bank Holiday Monday 25th August 2014. Departures are timetabled for 12:00, 13:00, 14:00 and 15:00 hours from Southport Pier, in front of the carousel.

For more information, please consult the MTTs website at: www.mttrust.co.uk .

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July 28, 2014

Children will be seen and heard in Family Courts

Children will be given a greater voice in the family justice system so they can tell judges how they feel and what they think about the family disputes they are involved in.

The government has made the commitment that from the age of 10, children and young people involved in all family court hearings in England and Wales will have access to judges to make their views and feelings known.

The announcement was made following calls from young peoples representative group, the Family Justice Young Peoples Board, that for too long children have been pushed and pulled through the family justice system with little or no say on what happens to them.

Family Justice Minister Simon Hughes said:

Children and young people must by law have their views heard before decisions are made about their future, and where decisions are made that will impact them. At the moment, it is still too often that their views are not heard.

Our commitment to giving children the chance to speak to a judge and make clear their views means children will not only be seen in family courts but they will have their own voice heard. This will put them firmly at the heart of the Family Justice System.

The government will also work with mediator sector so that children have appropriate access to mediators in cases which affect them.

The age of 10 has been used to be consistent with other existing policy and practice in this country. It is the age of criminal responsibility for young people in England and Wales.

The changes that will effect public and private law cases will be implemented as soon as is practically possible.

The Ministry of Justice will be working with the Family Court judges, with the Children and Family Courts Advisory and Support Service and most importantly with young people themselves to implement this change

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July 28, 2014

Palestinian flag to fly at Preston Town Hall

The flag of Palestine is to fly atop of Preston Town Hall, after Councillors approved a request from the Palestinian campaign group 'Children of the Ghetto'.
Councillor Peter Rankin, Leader of Preston City Council, said:
We are flying the flag in solidarity of the people of Gaza who are locked in a bitter and long lasting conflict with Israel.
As well as the military conflict, there is also a blockade that is having a devastating effect on the people living in Gaza, causing un-necessary hardship and misery. By flying the flag we can raise awareness of the suffering of the people of Gaza and have empathy for them. Over 600 men, women and children have been killed. World leaders must intervene to stop this dreadful conflict.
Obviously, we dont condone violence and there is wrong on both sides of this particular conflict. Our hope is that there is a ceasefire and then for dialogue to try and somehow see a way through towards a lasting peace.

Background information
Children of the Ghetto are a community organisation campaigning for the people of Palestine
Children of the Ghetto made a formal request for the flag of Palestine to be flown by Preston City Council
The request was approved and the Palestinian flag will be flown at the Town Hall from 5.00pm on Friday 25 July 2014 until 9.00am on Monday 28 July 2014

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July 28, 2014

Are you registered yet?

The electoral registration process is changing for the first time in 100 years, and this week Preston residents will receive a letter telling them if they are on the electoral roll.

12,500 people living in Preston are not registered, and the council want to help change that. Its quick and easy to register yourself online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote . However, we know that some people dont have internet access or wont be sure how they can get on the electoral roll.

Chief Executive at Preston City Council, Lorraine Norris, said:
This is a huge change to the electoral registration process and I understand some people may be apprehensive about those changes. Staff are here to help residents with making this happen.
Peter Welsh, Head of electoral services at the council, added:
We have received some money from Central Government to help us promote this campaign as its really important that people are on the electoral roll.
There is a general election in 2015 and if youre not on the register, you wont be able to vote. But this isnt just about voting, being on the electoral roll helps with other things too like getting credit for a mobile phone contract, a mortgage or a new car.
Upcoming roadshows on our Citizenzone vehicle will have staff on hand to help people register there and then. There is also a chance to win 500 in high street shopping vouchers. Its simple, quick and easy so let us help you.

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July 28, 2014

Man questioned after roof protest

Police are questioning a man after a rooftop protest in Poulton.

Police say the alarm was raised at around 0615 on Sunday morning when the man was spotted on the roof of The Teanlowe Centre.

It emerged it was a dispute over domestic arrangements, as Radio Wave listeners told us about the unfolding drama.

A full discussion on the situation followed on the Radio Wave Facebook page during the course of the morning , and listeners at the scene sent in photos showing the man on the roof.

The man eventually came down just after 1100 and led away for questioning.

The operation was confined to the Teanlowe car park.

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July 28, 2014

Edge Hill honour for Lancashire comic

Well known Lancashire comedian and actor Johnny Vegas has been awarded an honorary doctorate from Edge Hill University.

Vegas - real name Michael Pennington - was given the award at a ceremony held by the University following a successful career in writing, producing and as an artist.

St Helens-born Vegas, 44, began his career in 1995 and went on to win the Festival Critics Award at the Edinburgh Festival two years later.

Vice chancellor Dr John Cater told QLocal: "Michael, or Johnny as most will know him, is a talented writer, producer and artist, and has links with the university becoming a household name in the world of comedy and entertainment.

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July 28, 2014

Armed police surround Station Road

Armed police surrounded a house at South Shore amid reports a gunman was holed up inside.

Officers were called to the address on Station Road just after ten o'clock this morning believing a man had a handgun.

The force helicopter was also scrambled as the drama unfolded.

Police have not found anyone inside the property and the operation has been called off.

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July 28, 2014

Week of activities for Blackpool’s Fairtrade Week

When: Monday 28 July Friday 1 August.
Activities include: Un-fair Tug-of-war, Fairtrade Event and Fairtrade Picnic.
Fairtrade Town founder visits Blackpool as town gears up for Fairtrade Week.

Bruce Crowther, founder of the first Fairtrade Town, will visit Blackpool to deliver a free seminar for residents and local entrepreneurs in an attempt to encourage more support for Fairtrade in Blackpool.

The seminar, taking place at St Johns Conference Centre, St. Johns Square, is being hosted by Blackpool Fairness Commission and Blackpool Council in the quest to gain official Fairtrade status for the town.

Cllr Martin Mitchell, who campaigned for Blackpool to become a Fairtrade town, is looking for businesses to get on board: We know that some businesses in Blackpool are already in support of Fairtrade and we are looking for more of them to get on board in helping us to become a Fairtrade town and make Blackpool a fairer place to live and work.

Being a Fairtrade business is a bigger gesture than just stocking a couple of products adopting Fairtrade status will help motivate employees, stand out from the crowd and, of course, keep customers happy.

Blackpool residents and businesses are invited to attend the FREE seminar on Wednesday 30 July, from 6.30-8.30pm, where the founder of the first Fairtrade Town in Garstang, Bruce Crowther, and the manager of Sainsburys new flagship store on Talbot Rd will talk about how supporting Fairtrade can boost sales and increase customer loyalty.

To register for the seminar and to find out more, please visit www.blackpool.gov.uk/Fairtrade

Blackpool Fairtrade Week events include:
Monday 28 July, Un-fair Tug-of-war on the beach opposite Comedy Carpet at 4pm, to highlight the unfairness facing many of the worlds poorer countries who have the odds stacked against them when competing on the global market for trade.
Wednesday 30 July, Fairtrade Event at St Johns Conference Centre at 6.30pm-8:30pm, seminar delivered by Bruce Crowther.
Friday 1 August, Fairtrade Picnic at Stanley Park, on the field at the side of the childrens play area at the park from 1pm 3pm.
Posted on Friday 25th July 2014

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