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Southport Latest News

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

At last some good news as the current lockdown starts to unwind. But still the scam stories go on and on and on. I have noticed how the   Read more ...

Leisure group hoping for a brighter future by Tom Martin (February 2021)

A local leisure group from Southport is planning for a bright future by creating more jobs for local people.The last 12 months has been very   Read more ...

Residents urged to stick to lockdown rules as schools prepare to go back by Tom Martin (February 2021)

Residents in Sefton are strongly urged to continue stay at home to help reduce COVID-19 infection rates as schools prepare to reopen. All schools and   Read more ...

Pets at Home in Southport targeted by burglars by Tom Martin (February 2021)

Burglars targeted the Pets at Home store in Southport last night.Police were contacted at 8.50pm on Monday 22nd February following reports that four   Read more ...

Liverpool Metro Mayor responds to 'roadmap to recovery' plans by Tom Martin (February 2021)

Mayor of the Liverpool City Region Steve Rotheram has responded to the Prime Minister’s ‘roadmap to recovery’ and urged him to come forward with more   Read more ...

Calls to support local businesses when lockdown ends by Tom Martin (February 2021)

Southport BID CEO Rachel Fitzgerald is calling on people to support local businesses as they reopen over the next few months. The Prime Minister   Read more ...

Two men from Southport arrested after illegal gathering at music studio by Tom Martin (February 2021)

Two men from Southport were arrested after police were forced to break up an illegal gathering at a music studio in Vauxhall.Officers were called to   Read more ...

Testing ends in Southport for South African variant by Tom Martin (February 2021)

The surge testing operation to understand the spread of a South African variant of Covid-19 in Southport has now been completed. Door to door testing   Read more ...

Atkinson awarded at Culture and Creativity Awards by Tom Martin (February 2021)

The winners of the 2020 Liverpool City Region Culture and Creativity Awards have been revealed in a unique online ceremony to celebrate the   Read more ...

Husband and wife team open up dog groomers by Tom Martin (February 2021)

A husband and wife team from Ainsdale have turned a former sandwich bar in Southport town centre into a dog grooming salon. Neil and Martha Prior   Read more ...

Pleasureland boss speaks out against rail consultation by Tom Martin (February 2021)

The CEO of Southport Pleasureland Norman Wallis has spoken out against the planned changes to the town’s rail service and is urging against making   Read more ...

Two friends to run up sandhill 500 times for charity! by Tom Martin (February 2021)

Two Southport men are taking on a gruelling challenge for charity - climbing a steep sandhill 500 times between them in just one day!  Jon Johnstone,   Read more ...

Church thanked by NHS for supporting blood donations by Tom Martin (February 2021)

A church congregation from Southport have been thanked by the NHS for supporting blood donations. Chief Executive of NHS Blood and Transplant, Betsy   Read more ...

Priest and Parishioner’s walk to end water poverty this Lent by Tom Martin (February 2021)

Fundraisers from Formby have raised £915 and counting to help people across the world have access to clean, safe water for their daily needs. From   Read more ...

Dispersal zone to stop yobs in Formby by Tom Martin (February 2021)

Police have introduced a dispersal zone in an area of Formby following recent reports of anti-social behaviour.The order runs from 4pm today until   Read more ...

Life on Cars: Jaguar plan to become all-electric outfit by Tom Martin (February 2021)

Jaguar call it reimagining the future. Cynics, particularly those of a trade union persuasion, would probably call it a way of shedding 2000 jobs.   Read more ...

Work on £1.4m revamp of Southport Market gets underway by Tom Martin (February 2021)

Southport Market is a step closer to being transformed into a leading food, drinks and events space, with work now underway.  The £1.4m scheme, which   Read more ...

LCR Music Board looking for new Board members by Tom Martin (February 2021)

Liverpool City Region Music Board is looking for new board members to join the panel of experts and influential figures from the world of music;   Read more ...

Southport dad jailed for drug dealing by Tom Martin (February 2021)

A Southport man who began dealing in drugs to fund his own addiction has been jailed.The secret operation run by Mark Davies came to light when   Read more ...

All homeowners in retirement apartments get first vaccine jab by Tom Martin (February 2021)

All homeowners and staff at retirement apartments in Southport have received their first dose of the coronavirus vaccine.Those living and working at   Read more ...

John to run over 2,000 miles for Southport Lifeboat by Tom Martin (February 2021)

A 76-year-old Southport man who has completed hundreds of marathons and half marathons is urging people to help him raise vital funds for Southport   Read more ...

This week's Scam Alert by Tom Martin (February 2021)

Welcome to another week of scams. Action Fraud have reported that over 500 people have contacted them in one week about fake Sainsburys emails   Read more ...

Burglars target Screwfix store in Southport by Tom Martin (February 2021)

Burglars attempted to break into a Screwfix store in Southport last night.At around 9.20pm, officers were called to the shop, on Old Hall Farm   Read more ...

Surge testing in Norwood ward is completed by Tom Martin (February 2021)

Surge testing in the Norwood ward to find any cases of the South African variant of Covid-19 has now been completed. Door to door delivery of home   Read more ...

Schools helping foodbanks reach more families by Tom Martin (February 2021)

During these unprecedented times, the charity behind Southport Foodbank has been aiming to reach families who have traditionally felt a sense of   Read more ...

Southport could lose its direct rail link with Manchester by Tom Martin (February 2021)

Southport could lose its direct rail link with Manchester Piccadilly, under new plans from the Department for Transport (DfT).Southport BID has   Read more ...

Women's Organisation launches free training courses by Tom Martin (February 2021)

The Women’s Organisation has launched a new series of fully funded, accredited training courses, open to men and women living within the Liverpool   Read more ...

Hotel quarantine comes into force by Tom Martin (February 2021)

All British and Irish citizens and UK residents who arrive in England after being in a high-risk Covid country now have to quarantine in hotels from   Read more ...

No decision yet on non-league football season by Tom Martin (February 2021)

Non-league clubs across Sefton and West Lancashire will have to wait a little longer before they find out the fate of the remainder of the season.The   Read more ...

Three arrested after ram raid at Southport fashion store by Tom Martin (February 2021)

Three men have been arrested after a ram raid burglary at a fashion store in Southport. Just before 10.20pm on Friday 12 February, officers were   Read more ...

Journalist forgot he had penned time travel novel! by Tom Martin (February 2021)

Writing a novel is an unforgettable event - but that’s precisely what happened to Merseyside journalist Ian Ross.After being on the brink of death   Read more ...

Foodbank van allows volunteers to reach even more people by Tom Martin (February 2021)

As the coronavirus pandemic continues to impact on local services, the introduction of a new foodbank van could not have come at a better time for   Read more ...

Health leaders want your say on future plans by Tom Martin (February 2021)

Health leaders in Southport, Formby and West Lancashire are inviting local people to share their views on health and care services. By getting   Read more ...

New faces at Hesketh Bank Community Centre by Tom Martin (February 2021)

Hesketh Bank Community Centre has announced a change in Trustees.  Steve Kirby, Chairman said: “Following our success in raising the funds to rebuild   Read more ...

£22k repair work begins on Hesketh Park conservatory by Tom Martin (February 2021)

Repair work is now underway at Hesketh Park’s historic conservatory after Sefton Council’s Green Sefton team secured a £22,000 grant from the   Read more ...

Pensioner needs surgery after street attack by Tom Martin (February 2021)

A pensioner needed emergency surgery after he was assaulted while walking along a street in Southport.  Detectives are appealing for information   Read more ...

Door-to-door delivery of home tests gets underway in Cambridge and Dukes wards by Tom Martin (February 2021)

Testing teams will start knocking on doors across Southport’s Cambridge and Dukes wards today (Thursday) to deliver COVID-19 home testing kits and,   Read more ...

Prezzo to close 22 restaurants by Tom Martin (February 2021)

Restaurant chain Prezzo, which has a branch in Southport, is to axe 22 restaurants and cut 216 jobs after it was rescued out of administration. It’s   Read more ...

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

Welcome to another week of scams. The BBC plans to increase TV licences from April by £1.50, and it reminded me of reports that phishing texts are   Read more ...

Latest mobile testing unit opens in Southport by Tom Martin (February 2021)

From today, people living and working in Southport’s Cambridge, Dukes and Norwood wards who don’t have coronavirus symptoms, can now get a test at   Read more ...

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