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Calls to support local businesses this festive season

There are calls for us to support our local small businesses this festive season. The campaign Small Business, Big difference is in it's fourth year.

Labour's Sefton Central MP Bill Esterson says there's a huge opportunity for the North West to become more self sufficient and small businesses hold the key to success:

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Motorists advised to avoid Switch Island in Sefton due to 'serious road traffic accident'

Ormskirk Road Credit: Google Maps

Motorists are being advised to avoid Motorists are being advised to avoid Switch Island in Sefton this evening following a serious road traffic collision involving a motorbike and a 4x4.

The male motorcyclist has been taken to hospital with serious multiple injuries following the collision on Ormskirk Road at 3.35pm.

Police have closed a number of roads leading onto Switch Island and motorists are advised to avoid the whole area where possible to avoid becoming stuck in lengthy delays.

The closures are expected to remain in place for several hours due to the seriousness of the motorcyclist’s injuries and the police investigation work.

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Six arrested after drugs raids in Merseyside

Five men and a woman have been arrested as part of a major investigation into into drug dealing and organised crime.

A number of raids took place this morning across Sefton and Knowsley as part of a 10 month investigation. A large quantity of Class A drugs were also found in one of the houses.

“Organised crime groups who deal in drugs profit from all the misery and damage that they inflict on other people within their community. They are ruthless in protecting their illegal business from rival factions and will think nothing of using violence and intimidation to defend their territory. Decent, law abiding people get caught up in this whether it is hearing about a firearms discharge bear where they live and suffering a burglary or robbery themselves committed by someone with a drug addiction or drugs debt.''

– Superintendent Claire Richards

Sefton Central - Labour Hold

  • Bill Esterson (Lab) 26,359 (53.77%, +11.87%)
  • Valerie Allen (C) 14,513 (29.61%, -4.33%)
  • Tim Power (UKIP) 4,879 (9.95%, +5.71%)
  • Paula Keaveney (LD) 2,086 (4.26%, -15.67%)
  • Lindsay Melia (Green) 1,184 (2.42%)
  • Lab maj 11,846 (24.17%)
  • 8.10% swing C to Lab
  • Electorate 67,746; Turnout 49,021 (72.36%, +0.58%)
  • Bill Esterson (Lab) 26,359 (53.77%, +11.87%)
  • Valerie Allen (C) 14,513 (29.61%, -4.33%)
  • Tim Power (UKIP) 4,879 (9.95%, +5.71%)
  • Paula Keaveney (LD) 2,086 (4.26%, -15.67%)
  • Lindsay Melia (Green) 1,184 (2.42%)
  • Lab maj 11,846 (24.17%)
  • 8.10% swing C to Lab
  • Electorate 67,746; Turnout 49,021 (72.36%, +0.58%)

Man held after body found in Southport

Linaker Street, Southport. Credit: Google Street View

A 31-year-old man has been held by police after the discovery of a man's body at a house in Southport last night.

Merseyside Police were called to Linaker Street in Southport at about 7.45pm, after a woman called police to advise she had found the body of a 33-year-old man at the address.

Officers attended and the suspect, from Skelmersdale, who was present at the address, was arrested on suspicion of murder.

The police said the death is being treated as unexplained.

A Home Office post mortem examination to establish the cause of death will be carried out.

Detectives are appealing for anyone who may have information to contact Sefton CID on 0151 777 3460, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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