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  1. Virgin Trains update after Lime Street closure ashford

    Train services cancelled between Liverpool Lime Street and Runcorn Due to damage to the overhead electric wires between Liverpool ...

    Train services cancelled between Liverpool Lime Street and Runcorn Due to damage to the overhead electric wires between Liverpool Lime Street and Runcorn all lines are blocked. Due to damage to the railway blocking all lines to Liverpool Lime Street, there will be disruption to our services in...

    01/03/2017
  2. Children living in workless households at lowest level since records began ashford

    There has been a rise in the number of working households, with around 9 in 10 children living with at least one working adult. ...

    There has been a rise in the number of working households, with around 9 in 10 children living with at least one working adult. The number of households where no one works has fallen by 828,000 since 2010 and is now at its lowest level in more than a decade, according to new independent...

    01/03/2017
  3. Launch of new fish rod licence and unveiling of three paintings by top wildlife artis ashford

    The Environment Agency has unveiled three paintings by top wildlife artist David Miller to promote angling The images front the ...

    The Environment Agency has unveiled three paintings by top wildlife artist David Miller to promote angling The images front the 2017/18 fishing licences which go on sale today (1 March). The three fishing licence designs depict salmon (Salmo salar), mirror carp (Cyprinus carpio) and brown trout...

    01/03/2017
  4. Better for babies and young children ashford

    Lancashire County Council is asking people to think about growing their family through adoption. A special event will be held ...

    Lancashire County Council is asking people to think about growing their family through adoption. A special event will be held at County Hall to help people find out about adoption and the process involved. The information evening takes place on Tuesday 7 March for anyone thinking about...

    28/02/2017
  5. Distracted driving - mobile phones ashford

    From Wednesday 1 March 2017, new legislation comes into effect that means motorists who are caught using a mobile whilst driving ...

    From Wednesday 1 March 2017, new legislation comes into effect that means motorists who are caught using a mobile whilst driving will receive six points on their licence and a £200 fine, doubling the previous punishment. It is hoped that the tougher penalties will act as a deterrent and...

    28/02/2017
  6. Government launches major new drive on internet safety. ashford

    Ensuring the UK becomes the safest place in the world for young people to go online. UK to be safest place in the world for ...

    Ensuring the UK becomes the safest place in the world for young people to go online. UK to be safest place in the world for young people to go online. Parents now more concerned about their children sexting than drinking or smoking. Ministers have begun work on a new Internet Safety...

    28/02/2017
  7. Man, 32, missing from home in Skelmersdale ashford

    Police are becoming increasingly concerned for the welfare of a 32-year-old man who has gone missing from home in Skelmersdale. ...

    Police are becoming increasingly concerned for the welfare of a 32-year-old man who has gone missing from home in Skelmersdale. Kirk Evans was last seen at around 11pm on February 19th at his home address on Whitburn. He was not at the house the following morning when his family woke up and...

    27/02/2017
  8. Plans confirmed to reduce the risk of avian flu in England after 28 February. ashford

    The Government Chief Vet has confirmed new measures to protect against avian flu that take a more targeted approach to controlling ...

    The Government Chief Vet has confirmed new measures to protect against avian flu that take a more targeted approach to controlling the disease. Following plans set out earlier this month, all poultry keepers across England must continue to observe strict biosecurity measures, with housing or...

    26/02/2017
  9. Housing starts hit 9-year high ashford

    The number of new build homes that have started to be built continued to rise last year to the highest level since 2007, figures ...

    The number of new build homes that have started to be built continued to rise last year to the highest level since 2007, figures released recently (23 February 2017) show. The latest house building data shows that 153,370 new homes were started in the year to December, up 5% on the previous...

    25/02/2017
  10. Planned road works in the North West ashford

    Planned roadworks in the North West – summary for Monday 27 to Sunday 5 March 2017. The following summary of planned new ...

    Planned roadworks in the North West – summary for Monday 27 to Sunday 5 March 2017. The following summary of planned new and ongoing road improvements over the coming week is correct as of Friday 24 February and could be subject to change due to weather conditions or unforeseen...

    24/02/2017
  11. World premier Of "Cilla" The Musical ashford

    Bill Kenwright and Laurie Mansfield present the new musical about the life and legend of Cilla Black, which will open in her ...

    Bill Kenwright and Laurie Mansfield present the new musical about the life and legend of Cilla Black, which will open in her hometown at the Liverpool Empire from Thursday 7th – 16th September before embarking on a nationwide tour. Cilla’s son, Robert Willis, will be the Executive Producer. ...

    24/02/2017
  12. Early squirrel getting some TLC ashford

    A tiny red squirrel is recovering with Wildlife Trust officers after a traumatic start to its life. The four-week-old male ...

    A tiny red squirrel is recovering with Wildlife Trust officers after a traumatic start to its life. The four-week-old male squirrel was found on the forest floor at Ainsdale National Nature Reserve by Natural England volunteers. It is now safely in the hands of Rachel Miller, our Red...

    24/02/2017
  13. Full speed ahead as HS2 gets Royal Assent ashford

    HS2 Bill gains Royal Assent paving way for new rail line that will increase capacity on our railways, connect the biggest cities, ...

    HS2 Bill gains Royal Assent paving way for new rail line that will increase capacity on our railways, connect the biggest cities, generating jobs and economic growth. ...

    24/02/2017
  14. Authorities need to work together with nightclubs and gyms to prevent drug misuse ashford

    Gyms, nightclubs and festivals should display posters and mount social media campaigns to highlight the risks of drug misuse, a ...

    Gyms, nightclubs and festivals should display posters and mount social media campaigns to highlight the risks of drug misuse, a new guideline from NICE says. Local authorities should work with venues to ensure appropriate channels are used to target people who use drugs, or are at risk from...

    23/02/2017
  15. Storm Doris alert issued to drivers ashford

    Drivers are being urged to be prepared before setting out on journeys today Thursday 23 February after Highways England issued a ...

    Drivers are being urged to be prepared before setting out on journeys today Thursday 23 February after Highways England issued a severe weather alert for the countryÂ’s major roads. An amber alert for gales will be in place across the North, Midlands and East between 6am and 6pm on Thursday in...

    23/02/2017
  16. Avocets return to Martin Mere ashford

    Spring is in the air at WWT Martin Mere Wetland Centre with the first 5 avocets returning to the centre on 19 February as part of ...

    Spring is in the air at WWT Martin Mere Wetland Centre with the first 5 avocets returning to the centre on 19 February as part of the spring migration. The avocets, now currently 11, will remain at the centre until early August, using the reserve as their breeding ground. In the past,...

    22/02/2017
  17. 11 arrests as suspected illicit tobacco factory dismantled ashford

    Eleven men have been arrested as a suspected illicit tobacco factory was dismantled in North West England by HM Revenue and ...

    Eleven men have been arrested as a suspected illicit tobacco factory was dismantled in North West England by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC). The arrests were made in 17 simultaneous searches across North West England and Scotland yesterday. HMRC found residential premises, farms, self-storage...

    22/02/2017
  18. Member of staff assaulted by aggressive man ashford

    Can you help officers trace a man sought in connection with an assault on a member of staff at Liverpool South Parkway station on ...

    Can you help officers trace a man sought in connection with an assault on a member of staff at Liverpool South Parkway station on Sunday 12 February? The incident happened at approximately 5.45pm on board a London Midland service heading towards Crewe. A man, who was believed to be...

    22/02/2017
  19. Prisoner serving life escapes during hospital visit ashford

    At about 3.05pm a report was received from prison officers that Shaun Colin Walmsley, 28 years, originally of Wallace Street, ...

    At about 3.05pm a report was received from prison officers that Shaun Colin Walmsley, 28 years, originally of Wallace Street, Walton had escaped from their custody outside Aintree University Hospital as they were leaving the hospital, where Walmsley had had an appointment. As the prison...

    22/02/2017
  20. Does your pet dog have what it takes to be an opera star? ashford

    Does your pet dog have what it takes to be an opera star? Has your dog got star quality? If your pet pooch is the canine ...

    Does your pet dog have what it takes to be an opera star? Has your dog got star quality? If your pet pooch is the canine equivalent of Brad Pitt or Scarlett Johansson, then they could win a place in the spotlight in the beautiful and romantic opera La Boheme, coming to Liverpool Empire on...

    21/02/2017
  21. Six-point penalty and Ł200 fine for anyone caught using their phone whilst driving. ashford

    Young drivers risk losing their licence if caught driving whilst using their mobile phone. The warning comes ahead of new ...

    Young drivers risk losing their licence if caught driving whilst using their mobile phone. The warning comes ahead of new legislation taking affect in March 2017 which will mean a six-point penalty and £200 fine for anyone caught using their phone whilst driving. A newly-qualified driver...

    21/02/2017
  22. Jo Johnson demands tough penalties on student plagiarism ashford

    The government calls for universities to do more to stop students buying custom written essays online. Universities ...

    The government calls for universities to do more to stop students buying custom written essays online. Universities Minister Jo Johnson is today (Tuesday 21 February) calling on university and student bodies to do more to deal with the spread of ‘essay mills’ - websites which provide custom...

    21/02/2017
  23. Thoroughly Modern Millie at the Liverpool Empire ashford

    Qlocal was invited to the opening night of the award winning musical comedy "Thoroughly Modern Millie" at the Liverpool Empire ...

    Qlocal was invited to the opening night of the award winning musical comedy "Thoroughly Modern Millie" at the Liverpool Empire last night. The show staring Michelle Collins from Eastenders and Coronation Street and Joanne Clifton from Strictly runs until Saturday. Joanne Clifton is a...

    21/02/2017
  24. Morrisons is recalling a batch of Peppered Beef Slices because of Listeria ashford

    Morrisons is recalling a batch of Peppered Beef Slices because Listeria monocytogenes has been found in the product. Product ...

    Morrisons is recalling a batch of Peppered Beef Slices because Listeria monocytogenes has been found in the product. Product details Product: Ready to Eat Peppered Beef Slices Pack size: 150g ‘Use By’ date: 21 February 2017 No other Morrisons products are known to be affected. Risk The...

    20/02/2017
  25. CMA secures better deal for cloud storage users ashford

    Amazon, Apple and Microsoft have committed to providing cloud storage users with fairer contracts, following action by the CMA. ...

    Amazon, Apple and Microsoft have committed to providing cloud storage users with fairer contracts, following action by the CMA. The 3 companies are the latest cloud storage providers to improve their terms and conditions following the Competition and Markets AuthorityÂ’s (CMA) review of...

    20/02/2017
  26. When it comes to fly-tipping, it's a #CrimeNotToCare ashford

    Keep Britain Tidy.Public research shows a staggering lack of understanding about people's role in preventing fly-tipping. More ...

    Keep Britain Tidy.Public research shows a staggering lack of understanding about people's role in preventing fly-tipping. More than a third thought it was OK to do things that are actually classed as fly-tipping, such as leaving something outside because 'someone else might be able to use it.' ...

    20/02/2017
  27. Search engines and creative industries sign anti-piracy agreement ashford

    The IPO has helped broker an agreement to help search engines and creative industries work together to stop consumers being led to ...

    The IPO has helped broker an agreement to help search engines and creative industries work together to stop consumers being led to copyright infringing websites. The UK Intellectual Property Office (IPO) has helped broker a landmark agreement which will see search engines and the creative...

    20/02/2017
  28. NSPCC receives hundreds of contacts about female genital mutilation ashford

    The NSPCC is contacted, on average, more than once a day by people worried about girls who may have suffered or at risk of female ...

    The NSPCC is contacted, on average, more than once a day by people worried about girls who may have suffered or at risk of female genital mutilation, according to new figures. Since the NSPCCÂ’s FGM Helpline was launched in June 2013, it has been contacted more than 1,500 times, with around a...

    17/02/2017
  29. 6 weeks until the pound stops being round ashford

    With only six weeks until the historic new 12-sided pound enters circulation, the Commercial Secretary to the Treasury has visited ...

    With only six weeks until the historic new 12-sided pound enters circulation, the Commercial Secretary to the Treasury has visited the Royal Mint. And Baroness Neville-Rolfe paid tribute to the Royal MintÂ’s role as a global leader in the production of coins and medals - exporting to an...

    14/02/2017
  30. Parks face threat of decline with severe consequences ashford

    The Communities and Local Government (CLG) Committee report on public parks warns that parks are at a tipping point and face a ...

    The Communities and Local Government (CLG) Committee report on public parks warns that parks are at a tipping point and face a period of decline with potentially severe consequences unless their vital contribution to areas such as public health, community integration and climate change mitigation...

    13/02/2017
  31. NSPCC: Hundreds in the North West report drug and alcohol abuse around children ashford

    3,329 calls to the NSPCC Helpline raising concerns of substance abuse near children over the last three years A 23% rise ...

    3,329 calls to the NSPCC Helpline raising concerns of substance abuse near children over the last three years A 23% rise between 2013/14 and 2015/16, with a total of 3,048 referrals to external agencies Figures published as UK marks Children of Alcoholics Week (Feb 12-18) The NSPCCÂ’s...

    13/02/2017
  32. MOT fails could be avoided by basic car maintenance ashford

    New figures have revealed that carrying out basic car maintenance could avoid the main reasons cars fail their annual MOT. ...

    New figures have revealed that carrying out basic car maintenance could avoid the main reasons cars fail their annual MOT. ...

    13/02/2017
  33. Steer Clear Of Vehicle Crime ashford

    High value and prestige cars have always been targets for thieves/burglars. Criminals target cars themselves and also any items of ...

    High value and prestige cars have always been targets for thieves/burglars. Criminals target cars themselves and also any items of value left inside them, like handbags, wallets, tools and Sat Navs. Vehicle registration plates are also sometimes stolen. So what can you do to reduce the risk of...

    12/02/2017
  34. North West traffic officers featured in Channel 5 documentary ashford

    Three North West traffic officers will be featured in a new Channel 5 series which shows the work involved in keeping the roads ...

    Three North West traffic officers will be featured in a new Channel 5 series which shows the work involved in keeping the roads moving during the winter months. A film crew from Winter Road Rescue has spent several shifts with Highways England traffic officers Jason Williamson, Mike Caffrey...

    12/02/2017
  35. 50 days to go until new vehicle tax rates come into force. ashford

    DVLA is reminding motorists that there are just 50 days to go until new vehicle tax rates come into force for all cars and some ...

    DVLA is reminding motorists that there are just 50 days to go until new vehicle tax rates come into force for all cars and some motor homes that are first registered from 1 April 2017. Rohan Gye, DVLA Vehicle Service Manager, said: These changes wonÂ’t affect any vehicles that are...

    11/02/2017
  36. Planned road works in the North West ashford

    Planned roadworks in the North West– summary for Monday 13 to Sunday 19 February 2017. The following summary of planned ...

    Planned roadworks in the North West– summary for Monday 13 to Sunday 19 February 2017. The following summary of planned new and ongoing road improvements over the coming week is correct as of Friday 10 February and could be subject to change due to weather conditions or unforeseen...

    11/02/2017

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