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CCTV appeal after shop worker racially abused

A CCTV image of the first suspect. Credit: Merseyside Police.

CCTV pictures have been released of two suspects in an alleged racial attack at a shop in Merseyside.

The owner of the store on Duke Street was subjected to abuse and had objects thrown at him during the incident on March 12.

A CCTV image of the second suspect. Credit: Merseyside Police.

This was a frightening and distressing incident for the shopkeeper and I want to reassure the community in Southport that a thorough investigation is continuing.

"Small business owners provide a vital service which people appreciate and we won't tolerate anyone who uses threatening behaviour or racist language towards them."

– Detective Inspector Jimmy Belmar, Merseyside Police
  • Anyone with information should call Merseyside Police on 0151 777 3020 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
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Exclusive - David Cameron gives new hope to Southport woman in a battle against the bedroom tax

A severely disabled woman says she has fresh hope in her battle against the so-called bedroom tax after the Prime Minister agreed to personally look into her case.

Charlotte Carmichael, from Southport, suffers from Spina Bifida and needs a specialist bed to sleep.

Last year, a judge ruled that she should be exempt from paying for the second bedroom she says she needs.

The government are trying to overturn that decision and make her pay for it.

But in an exclusive interview David Cameron has told ITV News he will investigate the matter.

Political Reporter Daniel Hewitt has the story:

In a statement the Department for Work and Pensions said: “Since 2013 councils have received almost £500m of extra funding to support the most vulnerable, including £75m for disabled people.”

  • Watch the exclusive interview with David Cameron in full on Party People at 10.40pm tonight on ITV Granada.

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Appeal to find Southport man not seen since New Years Eve

Adam Whitehurst

Detectives have released a new photograph of a missing Southport man who hasn't been seen for more than two weeks.

Adam Whitehurst, 34, from the Churchtown was last seen by his wife at around 10am on New Year’s Eve. His family and friends are growing increasingly concerned for him as despite extensive police enquiries and a public appeal, he has not been seen nor contacted by his family.

“Adam lives in Churchtown in Southport but works in Manchester city centre and has relatives and friends in Cheshire so I am appealing for people in all these areas to look at his photo and tell us if you think you have seen him since New Year’s Eve. He also has links to London.

“His disappearance is unusual and everyone who knows him are understandably distraught. The police are doing everything we can to find him but we need the public’s help.”

– Detective Inspector Mike Dalton
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Sister of man killed in head-on crash makes emotional plea

The sister of a 47-year-old man from Skelmersdale killed in a head-on road smash has issued an emotional plea for the driver involved to come forward.

Andrew Birch was killed in Scarisbrick. Three other people were injured including his mother, who is still in hospital. His sister Vivian says the family will remain in turmoil until they get answers.

Sister appeals for information after man dies in crash near Southport

The sister of a man killed in a crash at Scarisbrick near Southport has made an emotional appeal for information.

Her plea came as Lancashire Police issued their own fresh appeal in connection with the incident, in which 47-year-old Andrew Birch, from Skelmersdale, was killed on the A570 on Tuesday January 6.

Vivian Wilding said any piece of information, however small, might be able to help the police.

Fresh appeal after three car crash kills man in Southport

Andrew Birch

Police are launching a fresh appeal for information after a major car crash which left one man dead in Southport.

It's believed a BMW was involved in a dangerous manoeuvre, causing other two vehicles to crash head on, killing passenger Andrew Birch who was from Skelmersdale just days before his 47th birthday. His 80 year old mother who was driving was also injured along with the driver of another car and her 15 year old son. Officers say the BMW didn't stop at the scene.

The incident happened at around 6pm on Tuesday 6 January on the A570 Southport Road near The Villa Café. Police released CCTV of the moments before the crash.

“We have launched a major investigation into the collision and we are carrying out numerous enquiries including house to house visits, forensic and CCTV examination. I would re-iterate our appeal for anyone who witnessed the collision to come forward with any information that could assist with our investigation.

“I would also urge anybody who saw any suspicious activity between the time of the collision and when the BMW 335D M Sport was discovered in Clare Walk on Tuesday evening to contact us.

– Detective Chief Inspector Andy Hulme

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Southport girl gives Prince Harry piggy likeness

Olivia presents Harry with a pottery pig

Prince Harry was also presented with a pottery pig at the WellChild awards by a girl from Southport. The ornament was designed to look like him, with the addition of curly red hair and a suit and tie.

Olivia Ruston, who won a young hero award for caring for her severely ill sister, said: "I wanted to make him something to say thank-you for all the work he does for WellChild.

"He said he really liked that it looked like him."

See an interview with Olivia from Good Morning Britain here.

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Tom's joke appeal captures celebrity imagination

Tom Heyes who's 10 and from Ormskirk is compiling a joke book for charity and all sorts of celebrities have seen him their favourites. It's to raise money for Southport Day Centre and the British Heart Foundation, in memory of his granddads.

Our own jester Paul Crone met Tom, and you can watch the video below.

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