• Danger of M-way adverts

    WIRRAL South MP Ben Chapman has this week welcomed the response he received from Transport Minister Stephen Ladyman concerning motorway advertising. The MP has long-been campaigning for rigorous restrictions to be imposed governing M-way hoardings, as

  • Merit finals day looms

    Around the Wirral bowling greens with Brian Hampson WALLASEY and Wirral play their Merit finals on Saturday having played their qualifying rounds throughout the week. Wallasey start their competition at 6pm on Marine Park, while Bebington are using the

  • Big wins keep top three on title trail

    Wirral Tennis League report by Geoff Dewhurst THE top three teams in the Wirral Tennis League Division One - Cheshire Oaks I, Wallasey Manor I and Heswall I - all recorded big wins to start the second-half of the season, while Birkenhead I eased their

  • Four runs triumph

    IN the first round of the David Kaufman Memorial Trophy, Parkfield Liscard edged home by four runs against Telco Whitefield. Graham Jones top-scored with 39 and Grant Hughes took 4-43. Birkenhead St Mary's fell by five wickets at home to Old Xaverians

  • TERRIFIED: Schoolgirls' 'happy-slap' scare

    THREE terrified girls sought refuge in a Wirral shopping centre hotly pursued by a gang of teenage school-children clutching mobile phones. Angry father Paul Fitzpatrick said his daughter Whitney Griffiths was "absolutely terror-struck" by the ordeal.

  • MP attacked over election donation

    WALLASEY MP Angela Eagle had free use of a town centre market stall during her general election campaign provided by a company that was at loggerheads with Wirral Council over cash. Parkwood Properties has a £6m plan to extend its Cherry Tree shopping

  • Put vile hell families in wagon containers

    FRANK Field is gaining Parliamentary support for a controversial measure to isolate families-from-hell by housing them in lorry containers - writes Geoff Barnes. The Birkenhead MP is demanding action against anti-social families who wreck communities

  • John's goal is a Wirral Tanzanian tournament

    A LAW student from Meols plans to bring a team of young East African footballers over to England for a tournament but needs your help to achieve his goal. John Culligan came up with the idea of bringing a team from the village of Mvumi, Central Tanzania

  • Patrols increased after late night sex attack

    A MAN is being hunted by police after allegedly raping a woman as she left a Wirral nightclub in the early hours of Saturday morning. The 22-year-old was leaving the club in Argyle Street, Birkenhead, at 2am, and was walking towards a phonebox, when she

  • Mother died driving to son's birthday

    A GREASBY woman died after losing control of her car and hitting the central barrier of the M53 motorway as she drove home to celebrate her son's birthday. Wirral coroner's court heard that Yvette Ledsom, a 38-year-old registered childminder from Brookdale

  • Chantel: Two held

    TWO men have been arrested on suspicion of the murder of Chantel Taylor, the mother-of-three who vanished from her Birkenhead home in March last year, writes Justin Dunn. The men, a 51 year-old and 30 year-old, are both from the Birkenhead area and were

  • Success for snappers

    WIRRAL's amateur photographers have swept the board in the annual Mersey River Festival photographic competition. Among them was Alan Chape from Oxton, who won an Epson Stylus R800 Photo Printer after coming first in the Special Section: Sea Liverpool

  • Our unsung heroes

    WIRRAL Council is currently seeking nominations for this year's Wirral Award. The award confers civic recognition upon individuals or organisations resident or located in Wirral, for an outstanding achievement within the previous 12 months or distinguished

  • Countdown begins to the Wirral Show

    THE 29th Wirral Show - an annual weekend of fun-filled family entertainment taking place on New Brighton Promenade, is just three weeks away. A host of spectacular attractions are waiting to be enjoyed over the course of the show, staged in the New Brighton

  • Spuds are on the menu for competition

    PUPILS from Our Lady of Pity annexe school in Hoylake are pictured with potatoes they have been learning about as part of a project studying food production and healthy eating. The school had entered a competition run by the British Potato Council, and

  • WIRE wants to clean up Wirral

    A NEW enterprise is to integrate with Wirral Council's ERIC service after the Globe revealed collections have slumped by 75% due to new charges. Bosses at Wirral Independent Recycling Enterprise, based in Kelvinside, Wallasey, say the initiative could

  • Outreach gym opens

    WIRRAL-based TV presenter Esther Mcvey is pictured testing out the equipment at a new 'outreach' gym for people with heart problems. Created as partnership between Wirral Heart Beat and Merseyside Fire and rescue. Some 25 people were present at last Wednesday's

  • Fall led to elderly woman's death

    AN elderly woman died from injuries after falling from a commode chair at the nursing home in which she lived. Wirral coroner's court heard that 92-year-old Edith Bowden, who lived at Hillgrove Residential Home in Eleanor Road, Birkenhead, was being put

  • Father's Day sparks protest

    A TEAM of superheroes, aka campaigners from the Fathers 4 Justice organisation, staged a pre-Father's Day protest in Birkenhead last week. Speaking during Friday's noisy demonstration, which took place outside council offices and the Land Registry building

  • Feedwater's head of steam

    WIRRAL-based water treatment specialists Feedwater Ltd has worked up a major head of steam in its latest business venture in which it has been joined by four renowned companies in related fields. The five businesses have set up the Spirax Steam Alliance

  • Slight increase in parking fines

    RESIDENTS of Neston and Ellesmere Port have seen a 35,700% increase in the revenue their council receive for parking charges and fines - the greatest for any local authority in England. Ellesmere Port and Neston Council raised £716,000 from charging for

  • Chief Constable's ASBO advice

    YOU may have seen articles in the Wirral Globe recently referring to our anti-social behaviour blitz. This is in response to the number of calls we get every year from communities across Merseyside whose lives are affected by all sorts of anti-social

  • We need bins

    As a parent I can appreciate the fact that dog owners should clean up any mess their pet makes, but as a dog owner I can understand why some people do not do so. On many occassions I have taken out my dog and cleaned up its mess, I have then to carry

  • 'Horror' highways? No, just safer

    I READ with some concern the general trend of the article on "Horror Highways". While the article ackn-owledged that the council's highways department mean well it went on to highlight the concerns of drivers that are "fed up" as they are held up by the

  • Humour bypass?

    NOBODY in their right mind would surely ever seriously criticise attempts to make our roads safer and therefore save the lives of motorists and pedestrians alike. However, that doesn't mean we should immediately jump down the throat of anyone who dares

  • Nothing changes

    TWO years ago, I remember reading in the Globe that, after a number of horrific and sometimes fatal accidents, a roundabout was to be installed at the treacherous crossroads next to the Cottage Loaf pub in Thurstaston. So just a quick word, now, of congratulations

  • Leave earlier!

    HAMILTON Square bus lane is not just used by the occasional bus during the day - it's used quite frequently. At night time there are not as many but they still use it. Clatterbridge roundabout is not perfect - which roundabout is - but as long as you

  • Emergency stop

    BRILLIANT column in the Globe regarding Horror Highways. Instead of visiting and leaving Clatterbridge, I nearly ended up in the emergency department. And, do the people who designed the 'St James Disaster' ever actually use it? Name and address supplied

  • Snooker League offers £1,000 prize fund

    NEXT week sees the start of the second annual Rocket Ronnie's Snooker Summer League. After the success of last year's inaugural event, prize money has more than doubled to a total prize fund of more than £1,000. All matches will be held at former World

  • Five-a-side tourney

    A FIVE-a-side football tournament organised annually by Birkenhead Park Rangers has been postponed until Sunday, July 31. It will be held at Birkenhead Park Rugby Club, Park Road North. Entry fee for each team of eight at Under-10, Under-12 and Under-

  • Beatties in takeover talks

    THE OWNERS of Beatties, Wirral's only department store, are in "advanced" negotiations with House of Fraser over a possible takeover. House of Fraser is under-stood to be considering buying out all 12 of the Wolver-hampton-based business's stores. A statement

  • Rider died after bike struck kerb

    A DAY trip to North Wales ended in tragedy when a motorcyclist died when he was thrown from his machine after hitting a kerb. Wirral coroner's court heard that David Johnson, a builder who lived in the Walton area of Liverpool, was returning home after

  • Thieves uproot orchids at reserve

    THIEVES who dug up a number of native marsh orchids from a conservation area risk up to six months in prison or a £5,000 fine if caught. The native British orchids were growing in a field managed for nature conservation near Clatterbridge before Paul

  • Talented youngsters playing to help hospice

    YOUNG Wirral pianists Rachel Light and Katie Laing are preparing to play their part in a special charity show at the Gladstone Theatre this week. The two eight year olds are taking part in a concert in aid of Claire House featuring 'The Beethovens.' The

  • Store plan set to be approved

    WIRRAL planning authority is poised to give the go-ahead for a multi-million pound complex for the peninsula's main shopping precinct, centred on a massive food-store. Shops and offices in Catherine Street and Grange Road would be demolished to make way

  • Pensioner parents' struggle

    BIRKENHEAD MP Frank Field is battling for legal and financial reform to ease the plight of Britain's "pensioner parents." A survey of 800 grandparents in Wirral revealed the sacrifices and strains - both physical and financial - many senior citizens are

  • Tributes paid to TA crash victim

    A TERRITORIAL Army mechanic from Rock Ferry died from multiple injuries he received when his bike collided with a car on Monday morning. The collision, between 22-year-old Andrew Ireland's machine and a Toyota Avensis, happened at the junction of Waterpark

  • Hoylake stages revolution!

    A HOYLAKE company's revolutionary new aerator initiative, which has the potential for energy-saving equivalent to the output of a small nuclear power station, is being trialled by United Utilities. The Newton Industrial Group has developed a wastewater

  • Does your firm deserve a corporate knighthood?

    COMPANIES across Wirral and Merseyside will be receiving a leaflet indicating how to apply for a Queen's Award for Enterprise, described by previous winners as being "like a corporate knighthood." Nominations are also being invited for the Queen's Award

  • Summer evening classic

    MORE than 3,000 classical music fans turned out to enjoy a special concert in aid of Clatterbridge-based St John's Hospice in Wirral on Saturday night. Conducted by Sir Edward Warren, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra burst into life for its

  • Don't let them close us down

    Bu Justin Dunn A PENSIONER spoke to the Globe from her closure-threatened hospital ward to plead: "Don't let those idiots close us down." Margaret Moss is one of many elderly and infirm in-patients at doomed wards 6&7 at Victoria Central Hospital

  • Decision time for resort developers

    CONTROVERSIAL plans to change the face of the New Brighton seafront seem to set clear a major hurdle next week. The £70m regeneration scheme, which has taken years of preparation, goes before Wirral planning authority on Tuesday for ratification and likely

  • Hurley Spirit ceremony

    New Brighton RNLI's £135,000 rescue hovercraft Hurley Spirit will be officially named on Saturday by its donor Kay Hurley. The inshore rescue craft - the fifth in the RNLI fleet - will play a vital role in lifesaving operations on the mudflats of the

  • School's joy as it wins top marks

    STAFF, pupils and parents of Mostyn House School are delighted with the findings of their most recent inspection. The newly-published report by the Independent Schools Inspectorate recorded the quality of teaching and learning at the Parkgate School and

  • More phones - but mobile mast invasion seriously overestimated

    YOUR article "Invasion of the mobile phone masts" (Globe, June 15) seriously over estimates the number of new sites that will be needed for mobile phone network base stations. There are currently around 45,000 base station sites, including masts, in the

  • Never mind the roads, what about learners?

    I WAS highly entertained by your Horror Highways feature (Globe, June 8) and pretty much agreed with all the comments your reporter made. However, there is another menace on the roads out there that we also need to deal with. I'm talking about the scourge

  • Accidents are waiting to happen . . .

    I AGREE with your condemnation of the St James roundabout fiasco. In all my years of being involved in traffic management, I have never seen such a cock-eyed system. It was obviously designed by computers for use by other computers. It is a disgrace.I

  • New lights are just ridiculous

    I WAS very interested in your article about Horror Highways. I agree that all those junctions are a serious problem. During the past few weeks, traffic lights have been placed at the junction of the busy A41 and Coronation Drive, Bromborough - one entrance