• Ex-orphanage worker admits string of sex offences

    A FORMER care home manager has admitted sexually abusing 12 boys at homes in Wirral and South London. Hotel owner Michael John Carroll pleaded guilty to 35 charges between November 1964 and June 1982 involving boys aged eight to 15. The offences, involving

  • Ginger Spice!

    WIRRAL butcher Stephen Muff has made a sausage to celebrate the Millennium called Ginger Spice, named after one of the tasty Spice Girls. Co-incidentally, it is launched during the week Posh Spice wed. "The Globe suggested a sausage to celebrate Year

  • House fit for a Lord, £325,000

    FOR SALE - a home fit for a Lord. Lord Hunt of Wirral - the former Conservative MP for Hoylake - is selling his family home, a seven-bedroomed detached house in St Margaret's Road, Hoylake. Lord and Lady Hunt's family have now grown up and flown the nest


    WIRRAL Council's planning process for allowing 55 flats on the site of Orange Grove, King's Gap, resulted in a complaint to the Local Government Ombudsman. Following the recommendations of the Nolan Committee report, the council has streamlined planning

  • New Wallasey Regeneration Wirral Show Sponsorship

    NEW Wallasey Regeneration aims to create an all year round leisure and tourism economy in New Brighton as part of its wider programme to improve Wallesey for the next Millennium. An ambitious new programme of outdoor events and activities has been launched

  • 10,000-tonne twin sisters for Cammell

    CAMMELL Laird's reborn-again success story continues. Cable and Wireless Global Marine has issued a letter of intent to Cammell Laird for an order worth around £19m to convert two former Ro Ro ferries into cable-laying ships. The two 10,000-tonne sister

  • Around your area

    STIPENDIARY John Finestein told a Wallasey woman she was close to prison. "If we meet again, you will go down the stairs and I warn you it will be awful. I have seen grown men cry over it," he told 32-year-old Julie Suzanne Maddocks, of Hampstead Road

  • Cupboard Company director disqualified

    WEST KIRBY Company Director Jan Henry Price of Banks Road, West Kirby, has been disqualified from acting as a company director for seven years in the Birkenhead County Court. The order was made as a result of his conduct as a director of JP. Developments

  • Guide dog's 'hairy' moment

    WHEN a guide dog was taken ill, a team of hairdressers proved to be pedigree chums to Isobel and owner Heidi McGeough, aged 28, of Victoria Drive, West Kirby. Heidi was at the Ian Henry salon in Hoylake Road, Moreton, when Isobel was taken ill and suffered

  • Paris trip for Meccano marvels

    A GROUP of schoolchildren from Greasby have won a national competition and earned an all-expenses-paid trip to Paris. The competition, sponsored by Meccano, was themed around the transport we will use after the year 2000. The team of Year 4 children from

  • Thanks, Frank!

    WALLASEY branch of Guide Dogs for the Blind thank Skoda motor dealer Frank Brennan for donating the day's taking at the car wash at Wallasey Car Centre to their charity. Pictured with Frank are treasurer Denise Patterson, Brenda Leigh, Jan Gosling and

  • Drink drive

    JOHN Andrew Doyle, aged 52, of Mark Rake, Bromborough, was fined £400 by Wirral Magistrates after he admitted driving when over double the alcohol limit and he lost his licence for 18 months. The offence ended a 25-year clean driving record. Converted

  • Civic couple hit the road

    FROM hot air balloon to monocycle, Wirral's Green civic couple, Mayor Hugh Lloyd and Mayoress Shirley, continue to pioneer eco-friendly modes of transport and have just traded in the Mayoral limo for a new Jaguar which can run on gas. They are pictured

  • Rovers prepare for the big kick-off

    TRANMERE'S first team squad resumed pre-season training on Friday. The Prenton Park club sends two teams to Runcorn and Skelmersdale on Saturday (both 3pm) before entertaining Division Two club Preston North End at Prenton Park on Friday, July 16. After

  • Athletes face stern test . . .

    WIRRAL AC improved on their previous performance when the second round of the Northern Women's League Divison One was held amid rainy conditions at Cleckheaton, Yorkshire. They finished fifth, ahead of local rivals Liverpool Harriers. However, their overall

  • Road races regain grand prix status

    WIRRAL AC's annual Birkenhead Park Road Race was again well supported, particularly as the race has been re-instated in the Mersey Parks Grand Prix. The races were supported by Ron Hill with additional sponsorship from SIS, New Balance and Max Spielmann

  • Birkenhead Park's new faces

    BIRKENHEAD Park have begun training for the new season with Alex Donkor, backed up by Mike Barnes, John McNally and Mike Swainston, providing the coaching experience. The build-up programme will include a weekend training camp and three warm-up matches

  • Sign on!

    HESWALL Junior FC Under-12s seek players for the 1999-2000 season to supplement their squad in the Eastham Football League. Contact manager John Taylor on 342-9958. BIRKENHEAD & Wirral (Saturday) Football League seeks applications for the 1999-2000

  • Lady Cook beats Menu

    by Robin Bird. FAST lady Paula Cook, only woman in the tough Touring Car Championship and sponsored by the Globe, continues to hang on in there with the men. Thompson in a Honda Accord won Round 13 while Cook in her DC Cook Honda finished 14th out of

  • earl-y treatment can solve a lot of problems

    HAVING reached a time when serious infections such as Distemper are now rare - because vets have convinced most caring owners to have their animals vaccinated - the question now is how can the welfare of pets be further improved? One area where owner

  • VOLVO 2000

    THE MILLENNIUM bug and Millennium Dome might be ever popular conversation topics as we head towards the turn of the year, but Volvo's enhanced safety measures and changes for its model year 2000 cars are sure to see their share of the limelight. Where

  • Wirral Met can live with the best . . .

    From Dr Robert Brooks, Programme Leader Ba (Honours) Business Studies Degree, Wirral Metropolitan College:- FURTHER to my open letter which you kindly published in last week's Wirral Globe, could I now, through your columns and for the benefit of many


    From Frank McCoy:- IS Wirral Metropolitan College's Carlett Park site any more secure under the new management team? Alarmingly, having attended the recent public meeting called by the Board of Governors, I fear the answer may be No. It appears to me


    From Jeremy Herbert, Media and Public Relations, Merseytravel:- NO wonder the roads are clogged with polluting traffic if people follow the same blinkered road as "Fed Up Car Driver", of Heswall (Mailbox, June 30). He says there are no trains and the


    From T.S. Landsberg:- THE only letters I have seen in support of the bus lanes have been from Wirral Borough Council and Merseyside Transport Ltd - the very people responsible for the creation of queues of traffic all pumping out fumes for a longer period


    From P.C.:- COULD someone tell me what right the local council or government has to give priority to buses over any other road user? In most cases, the bus companies are privately owned, profit making businesses, so I find it hard to differentiate between

  • Papers go begging

    From Mrs I. Tasker:- ON alternate Tuesdays, a carrier arrives on our estate (pensioners). It supposedly collects waste paper. Almost everyone on an estate of 53 dwellings, buys newspapers, but every bungalow has a long path. The papers have to be left

  • Teachers do worthwhile job

    From Mrs B. Walker:- I FEEL I have to respond to 'Surprised' (Mailbox, June 23). Presumably, 'Surprised' does not know that teachers have to attend school for a statutory number of days each year, including five more than their pupils, to allow for compulsory


    RESIDENTS on Leasowe Estate have the chance to accept law and order and to develop a happy and safe community, or be stuck with the reputation of a 'smack city'. This is the essence of a message from Area Police Commander Superintendent Ian Shannon and

  • Woman stabbed in rush-hour traffic

    A WOMAN in her late 20s was 'stable' in Arrowe Park Hospital recovering from stab wounds to her neck and upper body yesterday (Tuesday) following a serious incident at Whetstone Lane, Birkenhead, at 8.10am that morning. At the time of going to press,


    MP Ben Chapman weds pharmacist, Ms Maureen Kelly this Saturday. At the Heswall Festival last Saturday, the Labour Member for South Wirral, who lives in Heswall, told the Globe: "I have been looking forward to the day ever since Maureen and I became engaged


    by Robin BirdBIRKENHEAD department store Living is now in its death throes as the Sale-of-the-Century clears the final stock before the Co-op store officially closes on Saturday. Staff continue in the best "Are You being Served" tradition, hiding their

  • Ex-councillor sent to crown court

    EX-WIRRAL Labour councillor Paul Michael O'Connor, 35, has been sent for Crown Court trial on DSS deception allegations. O'Connor, of Chapelhill Road, Moreton, elected to go before a jury on two charges of obtaining cheques each worth £75.68 by falsely

  • saturday night

    NEVER fear if you can't get to London to see cult 70s musical Saturday Night Fever Wirral Theatre School is including a rip-roaring segment from the show in their Summer production, Showtime 99. On stage at the Floral, New Brighton, on July 9 & 10


    THE annual two-day Wirral Show - by far the largest event of its kind to be held on the peninsula - takes place this weekend (Saturday and Sunday, July 10/11) on New Brighton seafront. Organised by the Rotary, Lions and Round Table Clubs of Wallasey,


    CAMPAIGNING Malcolm Smith plans to address next Monday's full meeting of Wirral Council in the hope the penny will drop that public toilets are urgently needed in Higher Bebington and the park near the library. "Since the toilets were demolished late

  • Proposed Spital road changes in computer tests

    CONTROVERSY and uncertainty continue over the future of Spital crossroads. News that the junction is to be upgraded has prompted many residents to contact the Engineers' Department of Wirral Council to voice their concerns over the safety of pedestrians

  • Steve, Hunter of Irish 'Bachelor' award!

    GLOBE reporter Steve Hunter is jetting out next week to take part in the Mullingar International Bachelor of the Year contest in Ireland. If he wins, Steve gets £1,000 for Claire House children's hospice. Steve, aged 25, was 'press ganged' into entering

  • Beware the demon barber

    FIND out what exactly is in Mrs Lovett's famous meat pies when the Studio Company brings the blood-curdling story of Sweeney Todd to Port Sunlight's Gladstone Theatre from July 8-10. Stephen Sondheim's musical tale of the Demon Barber of Fleet Street

  • Ben to marry

    WEDDING bells will be ringing at Westminster on Saturday when Wirral South MP Ben Chapman weds pharmacist Maureen Kelly. Converted for the new archive on 13 March 2001. Some images and formatting may have been lost in the conversion.

  • Track safety

    RAILTRACK has spent £40,000 improving safety on the Melrose Avenue crossing. It will also be easier to use. The measures include installation of a new non-slip surface, better signage, a new wicket gate and realignment of the existing crossing gates to

  • Tulip in bloom!

    A NEW £12m, state-of-the-art factory owned by Danish company Tulip International has opened at Wirral International Business Park, Bromborough. The factory was officially opened by Barry Morris, director of Marks and Spencer's Food and Home Division.

  • Jobseekers earn a crust!

    GETTING dough under the New Deal are five Wirral jobseekers working in the bakery at Arkady Craigmillar, Bromborough. Richard Birks, Faye Huxley, Kevin Aldred, Anthony Scully and Graham Harvey have jobs as process operators under the Government scheme

  • Around the Globe

    TRANMERE Rovers fan for 75 years, Margaret McGinley celebrated her 100th birthday this week at Nazareth House, Claughton. Young son John McGinley, aged 69, of Woodchurch, said: "Mum looked great on her big day and still follows Tranmere Rovers through

  • Mermaids kidnap MP - all in a good cause

    WIRRAL charity Crossroads - Caring for Carers held a thrills-and-spills-filled raft race on the Marine Lake, West Kirby. The event is one of many events the charity is organising to celebrate 25 years of respite care and our picture shows Wirral West

  • Ferret

    FERRET-FANCIERS from all over the area will be converging on Neston Town Hall on Saturday for the Big Event of the North West Ferret Owners' Club. Starting at 10am, there will be classes galore, stalls, attractions, advice and prize-giving at 3pm. Don't


    SPECULATION is mounting that Tranmere Rovers' star central defender, John McGreal, could be about to join former skipper Kenny Irons at fellow Nationwide League Division One club Huddersfield Town. Tranmere Chief Executive Lorraine Rogers said: "I wouldn't

  • Stewards sign on

    TRANMERE Rovers remind stewards that the registration evening for the forthcoming 1999/2000 season takes place next Tuesday (July 13), between 7.30pm-9.30pm, in the Prentonian Suite at Prenton Park. Anyone else interested in becoming a steward may attend

  • Sunlight can't stop Caldy's title march

    LOCAL CRICKET REPORT by Andrew Stratton CALDY stretched their advantage at the top of the Bromborough Paints Merseyside Competition with an easy derby success at Port Sunlight. The margin was 103 runs. Dave Aston top scored with 42 and Richard Battersby

  • Blues sign 'pocket battleship'

    TONY Atherton, Chairman of Selectors at New Brighton Rugby Club, could hardly contain his delight at signing Hew Thomas from Leeds. The highly rated 24-year-old prop 'pocket battleship' joins the Blues after a successful season in the Allied Dunbar Premiership

  • Tricky wind, good sailing!

    SAILING ROUND-UP by Andrew Stratton WIND played tricks during West Kirby Sailing Club's Annual Regatta on Saturday, but it did not detract from a successful event supported by nearly 90 yachts and dinghies. Trophies were at stake for several of the home-based

  • Beach soccer

    BEACH soccer is set to return to Wirral! Birkenhead & Wirral Association Football League, sponsored by Roberts Moore Nicholas Jones Solicitors, in conjunction with Wirral Sport Development Unit, is staging the first amateur five-a-side soccer beach

  • Avoid those holiday breakdowns

    EVERYTHING'S packed from suitcases with seemingly enough changes of clothes to last a whole year to 'I-Spy' games for the kids, plasters for the inevitable minor mishaps to antihistamine for those nasty wasp stings. You and your family may be ready for

  • Fresh look at diesel from Cubbin & North.

    ALL over Europe, sales of diesel fuelled cars are still booming - up nearly 20 per cent in 1998 - everywhere, that is, except in the UK. At three and a half million, one in four new cars in Europe is diesel-powered. In 1998 sales rose 33 per cent in Spain


    by Robin Bird. EASTHAM MOTORS not only sells a Ferrari look-a-like coupe at the fraction of the price - but sells cars that can win the Acropolis Rally - something a Ferrari can't do! Hyundai Motor Sport World Rally Team secured the second victory of

  • Student's 'thank you'

    From Kate Miller:- FOLLOWING all of the recent bad publicity of Wirral Metropolitan College, I, too, think that the closure of the Carlett Park Campus, and the redundancies of up to 170 staff, is a great shame to us all. I have been a business studies

  • Why I welcome the new-look Wirral Way . . .

    From Peter Owen:- FOR most of my life I have cycled, climbed, walked the hills and ski-ed. In fact, every spare moment of my time was spent enjoying the countryside. Then, six years ago, I broke my neck, thanks to a soft drinks can wrapping itself round

  • Mr Mick Farley - an apology

    A LETTER purporting to be from "Mr Mick Farley, of Claughton Firs, Birkenhead" was published in good faith in Mailbox in the June 23 edition of the Wirral Globe. We wish to make it unequivocably clear that Mr Farley, of Hanover Close, Claughton, was not

  • Living store will be missed

    From Joan Townsend:- WE all realise that the passing of time brings changes, but the closure on Saturday of Living, the Co-operative department store in Grange Road, will, sadly, result once again in the loss of jobs in Birkenhead. I extend to those employees


    From Francis W. Johnson:- I AM lead to believe that the original toll system for The Queensway Tunnel was raised to pay for its construction (it opened in 1934), and was to stop in 1984. It was then discovered that if another tunnel was constructed that

  • Courses as usual at Wirral Met

    From Ray Dowd, Principal, Wirral Metropolitan College:- I REFER to the open letter from Dr Robert Brooks regarding the provision of higher education courses at Wirral Metropolitan College published in the Wirral Globe last week. I wish to confirm that

  • Thank you all . . .

    From C.H:- I'D like to thank the wonderful ambulance staff and the casualty department and Ward 20 at Arrowe Park Hospital for the help they gave my father after his recent fall. They not only cared for him, but for my mother and myself. Name and address

  • Here's to the r-and-b concert in the park!

    From 'A. Plummer':- Dear Councillor, Well done! What a great lark! An r-and-b concert To be held in Vale Park*. With drums, harps and guitars, They'll be strutting all their stuff. Make sure the publicity's Professional enough. See the whole nation Get

  • If you'd bothered to check . . .

    From C. Griffin:- IF 'Surprised' (Mailbox, June 23) had bothered to check with his or her local primary school, I am sure he/she would have found that the staff were in school on the day of the elections. Every school has to take the same number of 'training