BTP say that more than one hundred fake tickets were sold for Beyonce concerts in Manchester.
The 2013 Liverpool Santa Dash kicks off this weekend
Neville, the zebra shark, has moved from Blackpool to Manchester Sea Life Centre.
Authorities on Merseyside have decided council tax in Liverpool, Halton and St Helens will go up by almost two per cent. In Liverpool savings of 156 million pounds need to be made.
British Transport Police are investigating the sale of £28,000 worth of fake tickets to see Beyonce. The force is investigating more than 100 cases of ticket fraud relating to her recent concerts at the Phones 4U Arena in Manchester. BTP say most of the tickets were sold for in excess of £100.
The government has warned employers which fail to pay the minimum wage that they face higher fines after naming and shaming two in the region. HM Revenue & Customs say Peter Oakes of Peter Oakes Ltd, Macclesfield, and Lisa Maria Cathcart of Salon Sienna, Manchester, underpaid workers.
– Business Secretary Vince Cable
“Paying less than the minimum wage is illegal. If employers break the law they need to know that they will face tough consequences. We know that people are put off using a business’ service if it is found guilty of not paying its workers the minimum wage. This is a clear warning to employers: you will damage your reputation and face a stiff penalty, if you don’t pay the minimum wage. Any worker who is entitled to the minimum wage should receive it. It’s not only fair, it’s the law. ”
The government has named and shamed two businesses in the region which failed to pay the minimum wage. HM Revenue & Customs say Peter Oakes of Peter Oakes Ltd, Macclesfield, and Lisa Maria Cathcart of Salon Sienna, Manchester, underpaid workers. Higher fines are being introduced next month.
The bustling seaside resort of Blackpool has been named Britain's luckiest town after a study of national bingo wins.
The National Bingo Game Association said residents of the Lancashire town won the national bingo game 22 times last year at Mecca Bingo, winning cash prizes totalling £156,000.
Close behind was Stockton on Tees, then Newport in South Wales, Glasgow and Wrexham in North Wales.
An ITV News survey has found that in Liverpool alone a total of £15,000 in fines have been issued to parents who have taken their children on holiday during school time.
Daniel Hewitt met a family from Bury who were fined after saving more than £1,000 on their term-time holiday.
– Steve Browett, Crystal Palace co-chairman
One idiot has screwed it up for everybody else and it makes me so angry. I hope somebody turns him in because he's not welcome at Selhurst Park.
Stephen Worton from Toxteth was claiming benefits stating he was too sick to work at the same time he was earning 60k running his own roofing business.
Kevin Slack prosecuting told Liverpool Crown Court Worton’s lifestyle was “completely unobtainable to someone genuinely on income support”.
– Roy Paul, DWP Fraud Manager in the North West
This case shows our investigators are working hard to catch criminals who defraud the system and make sure they are brought to justice. Working while claiming is the most common benefit fraud and we are committed to stopping it.