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Mayor hints at Giants comeback

The Giants generated millions for Liverpool's economy Credit: ITV NEWS

Liverpool Mayor Joe Anderson has hinted that the much celebrated 'Giants' might be returning to the streets of Liverpool.

According to the Liverpool Echo Mr Anderson said he was holding talks with Jean Luc Courcoult, the director of Royal de Luxe, the French theatre company that created the giant marionettes.

The hugely successful giants have already come twice to Liverpool, first in 2012 to commemorate the centenary of the sinking of the Titanic and again in 2014 for the 100th anniversary of the start of World War One.

It is thought that their return may be planed for 2016 to celebrate the 100 years since the battle of the Somme.

The Giants have been a huge boost to Liverpool's economy, it is thought that their visit in 2014 generated close to £50m.

We will be looking at how we could finance that there. It is important that we get the private sector to help us deliver that if that is what they want, because it was fantastic for the city

– Mayor Joe Anderson speaking to the Liverpool Echo


Debate over Liverpool landmark

Liverpool's St Luke's, better known as the Bombed Out Church. Credit: Liverpool City Council

Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson wants people to take part in a consultation over the future of St Luke’s church in the city centre.

He said the well-known landmark, known as the Bombed Out Church, needs £150,000 of urgent work to secure the building's future following storm damage last winter.

Mr Anderson said he wants to keep St Luke’s in public ownership, but also the site improved and the current arts programme developed "so that future generations can use the site".

The council's planning a public meeting in September.

Row over Beatles memorabilia

The Fab Four Credit: PA

The Mayor of Liverpool's demanded an apology from Conservative MP Brandon Lewis, who accused the City Council of spending £2m on Beatles memorabilia. Joe Anderson claims the allegation is 'blatantly' untrue and says he wants a personal apology in Parliament.

Joe Anderson, Mayor of Liverpool Credit: PA

Mayor Anderson said: “Once again, this Government is making scurrilous allegations about me and about the city of Liverpool which are blatantly untrue. This is appalling behaviour."

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Mayor of Liverpool pays tribute to men killed in Algeria

The Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson has paid tribute to two men from the city killed in a terrorist attack in Algeria.

Paul Morgan, 46, and Garry Barlow, 49, were killed by Islamic militants who stormed the gas plant in Sahara desert.

Mayor Anderson said the thoughts and prayers of the people of Liverpool were within the two families, adding that the city 'stood shoulder to shoulder with them' in their grief.


Liverpool Mayor calls for ex-MP to be stripped of knighthood over Hillsborough 'smear campaign'

Former Sheffield MP Irvine Patnick was knighted in 1994 Credit: Martin Keene/PA Wire

The Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson has written to the chair of the Honours Forfeiture Committee calling for Sir Irvine Patnick to be stripped of his knighthood.

Sir Irvine, who was a Sheffield MP at the time of the HIllsborough disaster, was named as one of the sources of controversial stories in The Sun newspaper in the days after the tragedy.

In his letter Mayor Anderson condemned the former MP for a "vile and appalling smear campaign" which has led to fans being "vilified and stigmatised" to deflect criticism from South Yorkshire Police and other authorities.

Mr Anderson asked for the committee to give "urgent consideration" to the actions of the former MP which, he says, have "brought the honours system into disrepute".

Mr Anderson said: "He disgracefully took a lead in actively briefing the media with despicable lies about the role and behaviour of Liverpool fans that day to deflect criticism of the police and other authorities.

"These lies have tormented the families, survivors and people of Liverpool for 23 years."

Sir Irvine yesterday issued an apology over his actions. He said he was "deeply and sincerely sorry".

Joseph Thompson shooting prompts Mayoral visit

Joseph Thompson, who was shot dead in Norris Green, Liverpool

Joseph Thompson was shot dead on Ravensthorpe Street in Norris Green in the early hours of Thursday, June 14.

Since then armed police have patrolled the streets in the area to try to reassure people who live there.

It is thought Mr Thompson's murder may have been linked to a gang feud.

Liverpool Mayor Joe Anderson is due to meet police and community leaders in Norris Green today to see how gun crime is being tackled.

He and Merseyside police are also encouraging anyone with information about the shooting to come forward.

Merseyside police vows to crackdown on gun crime

"I want to make it very clear that we are not prepared to tolerate these incidents and we will be taking a strong and robust approach against those suspected of being involved.

"We would like to reassure the local community that this was a targeted attack and that incidents of this nature are still rare. We are not prepared to allow the close work we have developed with the community to be disrupted.

"I want to urge those with information to make contact with us on 0151 777 8676 immediately so that we can bring the offenders to justice and I promise you that we will act on all information given to us in our relentless pursuit of those involved.

"We can't always solve crime on our own - sometimes we need to be pointed in the right direction by local people. If you want to report a crime, but you do not want to be identified to the police, call Crimestoppers.

"Their staff will record your information and pass it on to the police so that it can be used to solve the crime. Your call will not be traced, and you won't have to testify in court or give a full statement, no matter how useful the information turns out to be.

"Crimestoppers want to know what you know not who you are and you can call them at any time on 0800 555 111.

"I would also like to thank the law-abiding people in Norris Green for their continued patience and understanding whilst this police activity is taking place."

– Chief Superintendent Jon Ward, Merseyside Police's North Liverpool Commander
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