Easter Panto Boot Camp at St Helens Theatre

2016-02-22 13:57:45 admin

Panto Boot Camp for 6 – 16 year olds returns this Easter!

Chocolate isn’t the only brilliant Easter gift you can give this year! In addition to delicious treats, why not book your children into this fun, fabulous four day Panto Boot camp at St Helens Theatre Royal?

Following the huge success of our previous boot camp workshops, St. Helens Theatre Royal are proud to announce that Panto Boot Camp will return for Easter half term 2016! The week is high in energy, laughs and comes with instruction from the talented pantomime regular and qualified drama teacher Radio City’s Leanne Campbell and from St Helens Theatre Royal theatre manager, director and producer Chantelle Nolan who will be teaching about the history of panto and all of the different aspects that go into creating Regal Entertainments’ magical productions.

All children attending the workshop are invited to St Helens’s swashbuckling Easter Panto Peter Pan starring TOWIE’s Lewis Bloor and Radio City 96.7’s Claire Simmo on Friday 8 April for free!

Spaces are limited for this exciting fun filled, four days of workshops and advanced booking is advised to avoid disappointment. Book now for the full four days of workshops for just £60 per child.

During the week the children will be taught performance skills from professional choreographers, singers and actors, which is sure to give them everything they need to know to keep you in the Panto spirit from spring all the way to Christmas!

The Boot Camp will take place from Monday 4th to Thursday 7th April from 9:30am to 3:30 pm. Panto Boot Camp showcase, showing all that the children have learnt, takes place on Thursday 7th April.

How to Book

Contact Chantelle Nolan, Theatre Manager, on 01744 756 000 or email [email protected]

The boot camp is held from Mon 4 – Thur 7 April 9:30am – 3:30pm

Showcase – Thurs 7 April 2016

Free Performance – Peter Pan Friday 8 April, 1pm

£60 per child

Suitable for children 6 – 16 years old.

Book online here.

 

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House Fire on Larkhill Lane Leads to Fire Rescue

2016-02-16 14:45:35 admin

On Sunday, February 14th, a 93-year-old woman suffered smoke inhalation, following a house fire in Formby.

Firefighters were called to a kitchen fire at a house on Larkhill Lane in Formby.

Fire engines from Formby Community Fire Station, Bootle and Netherton Community Fire Station and Crosby Community Fire Station attended the scene.

Firefighters found the fire, which originated in a pan of food on an electric hob, to be out on arrival.

The elderly woman had inhaled a small amount of smoke, but her oxygen levels were at an acceptable level.

The woman was passed in to the care of paramedics, who also attended the incident.

Firefighters ventilated the property and remained at the scene for around half an hour.

The contents of the pan was severely damaged by fire and the remainder of the house was moderately damaged by smoke.

Source: Southport Visitor by Sophie Mccoid-Sou

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Altcar Training Camp Drugs Probe

2016-02-15 23:17:46 admin

Nine young cadets were taken to hospital after a suspected drug taking incident at Altcar training camp in Hightown.

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A group of young trainees became unwell on Saturday night at Altcar Training Camp on Grange Road.

They are thought to have taken drugs, and were treated at two local hospitals after police were called to the camp.

The cadets have now been released from hospital. Police believe no other cadets were affected, but officers have advised any concerned parents to seek medical advice.

A spokesperson for Merseyside Police said to Visiter.co.uk: “Merseyside Police can confirm that they have commenced an investigation at Altcar Training Camp after a number of young cadets became unwell overnight (Saturday 6 February), following a suspected drug taking incident. The investigation will aim to establish whether drugs have been taken and to identify the source.

“The exact circumstances cannot be confirmed at this time, however nine young people have been examined at two local hospitals and since released.

“At this time, it is believed that no other cadets have been affected. Parents of other children who attended the camp this weekend, and who have any concerns about the health of their children, should seek appropriate medical advice.”

Opened in 1860,in response to the threat of invasion by the French, Altcar Training Camp and Rifle Range occupies a remote and wild stretch of the Sefton coast and Major Green believes the site still has many more secrets to reveal.

Story and photo source: Southport Visiter by Tom Duffy

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European hunt for Formby man Dominic McInally

2016-02-15 23:07:40 admin

Dominic McInally believed to be on run abroad as five men jailed for 48 years.

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The alleged kingpin of a cocaine gang that expected to bank £1.25m every month is on the run in Europe, police believe.

Dominic McInally is suspected of heading up a mob who travelled to the border of France and Belgium to pick up a six kilogram coke consignment.

But the package, secreted in a “hide” inside a Seat Leon car was intercepted by Merseyside Police who swooped on the gang near Crosby.

Now, detectives say they are hunting McInally, from Formby, who is suspected of being at the very top of the drug gang.

An European Arrest Warrant has been issued for the 25-year-old as he is suspected of fleeing the country.

Liverpool gang caught trying to flood the UK with high purity cocaine. Left to right: William Marsh, Christopher Corry, Jordan Talbot and Ryan McQueen
Liverpool gang caught trying to flood the UK with high purity cocaine. Left to right: William Marsh, Christopher Corry, Jordan Talbot and Ryan McQueen

Five men were yesterday jailed for a total of 48 years for the monthly £1.25m plot, which could have seen the criminals smuggling up to 24 kilos into Britain every 30 days.

James Gradwell, 24, of no fixed abode, was handed 13 years and seven months in jail yesterday. Christopher Corry, 41, of Halifax Crescent, Thornton, received 11-and-a-half years and Ryan McQueen, 32, of Laurel Vale, County Armagh, Northern Ireland, was given six years.

Jordan Talbot, 22, of Elson Road, Formby, received six-and-a-half years and William Marsh, 28, of Rock Lane, Melling, was locked up for ten years and eight months.

 

James Gradwell
James Gradwell, 24, jailed for 13 years and seven months for drug importation

James Gradwell, 24, of no fixed abode, was handed 13 years and seven months in jail yesterday. Christopher Corry, 41, of Halifax Crescent, Thornton, received 11-and-a-half years and Ryan McQueen, 32, of Laurel Vale, County Armagh, Northern Ireland, was given six years.

Det Supt Lee Turner said: “Despite the conviction of these offenders, this is still an open investigation and I would like to take this opportunity to appeal for the public’s help in tracing Dominic McInally as we believe he may have vital information in relation to this conspiracy.

“I would urge McInally, or anyone who knows of his whereabouts to contact us.”

At court, Judge Norman Wright, while sentencing Gradwell, said: “There is another man for whom there is an European Arrest Warrant.

“That man was the very top of this conspiracy and that man had a leading role.”

The Seat Leon was used as a ‘Trojan horse’ in January 2014 to hide the cocaine, with the gang describing it as a ‘pie car’, a slang term for a vehicle able to hide illicit substances.

Pictures show how the ‘hide’ was in a constructed box within the transmission tunnel.

The gang used a special Blackberry phone, which had a security feature meaning emails couldn’t be read by prying eyes.

Message showed Gradwell boasting of quaffing champagne and sniffing ‘Charlie’ – slang for cocaine – on a ferry.

Story and photo source: Liverpool Echo by Luke Traynor

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