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Festive flout raised £5k for charity by Tom Martin (January 2021)

Last month’s Santa Flout in Southport raised more than £5,000, despite the coronavirus restrictions in place at the time.The Southport Hesketh Round   Read more ...

Police launch fresh appeal after machete attack in Southport by Tom Martin (January 2021)

Detectives investigating an assault in Southport are issuing a new appeal for witnesses to come forward. On Wednesday 13th January at around 5.10pm,   Read more ...

Council agrees to invest in residential care for vulnerable children by Tom Martin (January 2021)

Councillors have agreed plans to improve services for some of Lancashire's most vulnerable children, ensuring that a range of specialist support and   Read more ...

Would you pay extra tax to hire more police officers? by Tom Martin (January 2021)

Sefton residents are being asked if they would pay extra through the police precept, which is collected alongside the council tax, to help   Read more ...

Police appeal after man hit by car in Bootle by Tom Martin (January 2021)

Police have launched an appeal for witnesses after a man was hit by a car in the Bootle area yesterday afternoon. At around 2.20pm on Thursday 14th   Read more ...

Man from Crosby wanted on recall to prison by Tom Martin (January 2021)

Have you seen this man?  Michael Sands, 32, from Crosby is wanted on recall to prison. Sands was released from prison on 27 October 2020 after   Read more ...

Town centre cycle lanes to be expanded into nearby villages by Tom Martin (January 2021)

New cycle lanes created in Southport town centre last year, which have split opinion among locals, will be expanded into Churchtown, Crossens and   Read more ...

Man injured in machete attack in Southport by Tom Martin (January 2021)

A man was reportedly injured in a machete attack on Lord Street, in Southport. Police are investigating after a man was seriously wounded at 5.10pm   Read more ...

Couple with coronavirus claim too many people are travelling to Lydiate by Tom Martin (January 2021)

A married couple from Lydiate who caught coronavirus claim there are too many people travelling into the village from outside areas, despite lockdown   Read more ...

Hospital needs patient discharge support volunteer by Tom Martin (January 2021)

Southport and Ormskirk hospitals are looking to recruit a local person to fill a unique and fulfilling position as a patient discharge support   Read more ...

MP backs campaign to support 'excluded workers' by Tom Martin (January 2021)

Sefton Central MP Bill Esterson is backing a new bill that would offer financial help to the millions of workers and business owners who have   Read more ...

Skelmersdale-based firm expands into US! by Tom Martin (January 2021)

A Skelmersdale-based firm is expanding into the US after winning a contract from a leading American construction safety company.Asset management   Read more ...

Revitalise aims to raise £1m for exhausted carers by Tom Martin (January 2021)

Revitalise, which has a centre in Southport, wants to raise £1million to subsidise respite care breaks for thousands of exhausted carers.The company   Read more ...

New codeword to help domestic abuse victims by Tom Martin (January 2021)

A new codeword scheme has been launched to give victims of domestic abuse a chance to ask for help from the safety of their local pharmacy.‘Ask for   Read more ...

Unity bands to support cancer charity by Tom Martin (January 2021)

People in Sefton and West Lancashire are being urged to show support on World Cancer Day for everyone affected by the disease.Cancer Research UK is   Read more ...

Maghull Radio is saved after Champion appeal by Tom Martin (January 2021)

Maghull Radio has been saved thanks to kindhearted donations from Champion readers. We reported at the start of January how their broadcasting   Read more ...

Grassroots rugby union could resume in March if restrictions are lifted by Tom Martin (January 2021)

Grassroots rugby union has been put on hold in the North West, but officials are hopeful of resuming the season in March if lockdown restrictions are   Read more ...

Foodbank thank the community for support during pandemic by Tom Martin (January 2021)

Shoreline Church Foodbank has expressed their gratitude to the community of Southport and its surrounding areas for all their kind donations during   Read more ...

Xmas tree recycling raises £4k for charity! by Tom Martin (January 2021)

A Recycle your Christmas Tree service not only saved people time and hassle last weekend, but also raised £4,000 for the Rainbow Hub, in Mawdesley,   Read more ...

Holocaust Memorial Day Service is moved online by Tom Martin (January 2021)

Organisers of Sefton’s Holocaust Memorial Day Service have been forced to cancel this year’s event. Every year in January, Sefton Council hosts a   Read more ...

Dodger the unwanted dog finally finds a new home! by Tom Martin (January 2021)

A dog who was nearly put down by his owner five years ago because he was unwanted has now found a new home, thanks to Freshfields Animal   Read more ...

Tonic company takes over unit at new Mersey Reach site by Tom Martin (January 2021)

A TONIC company has taken over a 12,133 sq ft unit in the new Mersey Reach industrial development in Aintree, with plans to create a £5million art   Read more ...

Views wanted on police budget in Lancashire by Tom Martin (January 2021)

West Lancashire residents have been asked to give their views ahead of setting the police budget for the next financial year. Lancashire's Police and   Read more ...

Locals asked to give feedback on hospitals by Tom Martin (January 2021)

Health leaders in Southport, Formby and West Lancashire are inviting people to share their views and experiences of local healthcare by getting   Read more ...

Vaccinations roll-out to 'gather pace' over next few weeks by Tom Martin (January 2021)

The roll-out of Covid-19 vaccinations in Sefton will “gather pace over the coming weeks”, with more ‘at risk’ people to be invited to get their first   Read more ...

Southport could enjoy a real “renaissance” if Town Deal is approved by Tom Martin (January 2021)

Southport could enjoy a real “renaissance” as a destination for families and business delegates if a £50million bid for Town Deal funding is   Read more ...

Residents can now apply for new health insurance card by Tom Martin (January 2021)

Residents in Sefton and West Lancashire can apply for a UK Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC).Under Britain’s new agreement with the EU, UK   Read more ...

Residents to take part in once-in-a-decade census survey by Tom Martin (January 2021)

It’s been nearly ten years since the last census, so residents of Sefton and West Lancashire will soon be able to take part in the once-in-a-decade   Read more ...

Police say 'vast majority' of crowd outside Marine's stadium stuck to social distancing by Tom Martin (January 2021)

Merseyside Police say “the vast majority” of people who gathered outside the Marine Travel Arena before yesterday’s match against Tottenham obeyed   Read more ...

Animal charity gets £5,495 donation from local firm by Tom Martin (January 2021)

A local solicitor has donated £5,495 to Freshfields Animal Rescue following a Charity Will Month. Mike Prendergast, of Dickinson Parker Hill   Read more ...

Local football sides could face a second null and void season by Tom Martin (January 2021)

The Northern Premier League and North West Counties League could both be declared null and void for a second successive season. All games in both   Read more ...

Audiology services expanded in south Sefton by Tom Martin (January 2021)

A Crosby audiology business has increased its capacity by opening additional clinics in Bootle, tackling a five-month lockdown backlog of audiology   Read more ...

Brave Marine do the town proud with battling performance against Spurs by Tom Martin (January 2021)

Marine 0Tottenham 5There was no fairytale cup upset for Marine in their FA Cup clash with Tottenham Hotspur, but they did the town proud with a   Read more ...

Woman dies in early morning flat fire by Tom Martin (January 2021)

A 37-year-old woman tragically passed away yesterday morning after a flat fire in Litherland.  Merseyside Fire and Rescue say they were called out to   Read more ...

Cash box stolen from security guard at Formby petrol station by Tom Martin (January 2021)

A man assaulted a security guard and stole a cash box outside a petrol station in Formby earlier today.Police have launched an appeal after the   Read more ...

Post Office services to return to village by Tom Martin (January 2021)

A local post office will return to Up Holland later this month, as well as a new cafe and community space once Covid restrictions are lifted.Post   Read more ...

Residents treated to cruise experience at home! by Tom Martin (January 2021)

Residents at the Athena Healthcare Group have been treated to a cruise experience at home!The locals were taken on a brief break from the icy British   Read more ...

Council has 'generally positive outlook' on finances despite pandemic by Tom Martin (January 2021)

Lancashire County Council claim there is a “generally positive outlook” for their finances, despite some uncertainty due to the ongoing Covid-19   Read more ...

Couple reunited in care home after nearly a year apart by Tom Martin (January 2021)

A 96-year-old woman from a care home in Mawdesley was reunited with her husband after nearly a year apart due to coronavirus…after he decided to move   Read more ...

Revitalise shines a light on struggles of disabled people by Tom Martin (January 2021)

During the latest lockdown, Southport-based Revitalise wants to ensure that the struggles facing disabled people and their carers during the pandemic   Read more ...

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