Suspect to appear in court accused of brandishing metal bar in Padgate
A 38-YEAR-OLD man is due to appear in court this afternoon accused of brandishing a metal bar in Padgate.
Lee Horabin, of St Mawgan Court, was charged with affray and possession of an offensive weapon in a public place following his arrest on Wednesday.
He has also been charged with obstructing a constable in the execution of their duty and two counts of criminal damage to property valued under £5,000.
Police were called to the scene at 4.30pm after a number of cars were damaged in the area.
Horabin is expected to appear at Warrington Magistrates’ Court today, Thursday.
A 40-year-old woman, from Warrington, who was arrested on suspicion of obstructing a constable in the execution of their duty, has been released without charge.
March 22, 2018 at 04:32PM
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Fire at Sankey playground being treated as arson
A FIRE at a playground at Sankey Recreation Ground is being treated as arson.
One engine from Warrington attended the scene, off Samuel Street in Sankey Bridges, at 8.50am today, Thursday.
Crews discovered that the fire involved several small bins.
They used water to extinguish the flames and were at the scene for around 20 minutes.
The fire is believed to have been started deliberately, according to firefighters and Cheshire Police have been informed.
March 22, 2018 at 12:42PM
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Boss jumps in at the deep end at Clipper boat race
AN amateur sailor is taking part in a four-and-a-half month trip around the world – on a 70-foot racing yacht.
On Friday, after nearly a year's build-up and weeks of training, Lyndy Geddes, director of operations at Ombudsman Services in Daresbury, embarked on the final three legs of the Clipper Round the World Race.
The 49-year-old, originally from Liverpool, set sail on board the Team Liverpool 2018 CV20 yacht, from the harbour of QingDao, in China, joining a crew of around 20 other sailors.
Lyndy originally signed up to complete leg six of the race but after four weeks of training decided to sign up to two more.
On leaving the UK to join the race in China, Lyndy said: "I was getting to the point in my life where I was thinking 'What have I achieved?'
"I've done well in my career but I never felt like I had done a big thing.
"I don't climb mountains or go on country walks – it is so far out of my comfort zone.
"I wanted to see if I could, and if I was going to do it, I might as well do a big one."
The team will be racing against 10 other boats to Seattle, Panama, New York and Londonderry before crossing the finish in Liverpool, on July 28.
Lyndy will have travelled 15,472 nautical miles, having sailed for 93 days, once she reaches the docks where the race began in August last year.
On board the yacht, Lyndy will take on a range of jobs, including driving, towing the sails and mother watch – when every 10 days two crew members work for 12 hours to feed and take care of the other sailors.
The Clipper Race, now on its eleventh edition, was founded by Sir Robin Knox-Johnson – the first person to sail solo non-stop around the world.
It is a record breaking 40,000 nautical mile race, divided into eight legs and 13 to 16 individual races.
It is the only race to supply 12 identical sailing yachts, each with a fully equipped skipper.
Lyndy will be blogging about her Clipper journey at clipperlyndy.wordpress.com
March 22, 2018 at 12:00PM
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Pupils celebrate World Down Syndrome Day in odd socks
PUPILS at Winwick Road Primary School celebrated World Down Syndrome Day by wearing odd socks.
The Year 6 class sported their colourful socks yesterday in support of fellow pupil Miles Skelton Bayley.
Odd socks were chosen as a symbol for World Down Syndrome Day because chromosomes share a similar shape and those with Down Syndrome have an extra chromosome.
March 22, 2018 at 11:10AM
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Boy band Five to headline the first WA2 Live festival in Orford
BOY band Five and a former winner of The Voice will be performing at the Tetley Walker Club to launch a new festival in Orford this summer.
The Keep On Movin' singers will be joined by Kevin Simm, who won talent show The Voice in 2016, to headline the all-day event at the Long Lane sports and social club on Saturday, June 9.
Also on the line-up are tribute group Spice Girlz, stage actor-turned-singer Katy Barsby, rock band The Patriots, entertainer Nikki Lynch and Warrington's own star-in-the-making Grace Chrougan.
The 1,200-capacity festival will be called WA2 Live and organisers say it 'is already creating a buzz around Orford'.
Five, whose line-up used to include former Sir Thomas Boteler CE High School student Jason 'J' Brown, formed in 1997 and were brought together by the same team that managed the Spice Girls.
Between 1998 and 2001 the BRIT Award winners had three top five albums, including a number one, and nine top five singles.
Their chart-toppers included Keep on Movin', Let's Dance and a cover of We Will Rock You which actually saw the band team up with Queen's Brian May on guitar and Roger Taylor on drums.
The Voice 2016 winner Kevin Simm first found success as part of Liberty X who had 20 consecutive top 10 singles and won a BRIT Award in 2003 for Best Single 2003 with Just A Little.
Kevin joined forces with the group again as part of ITV2's The Big Reunion.
Katy Barsby trod the boards in her youth for productions like We Will Rock You and Rent.
She is also a former member of the Halle Youth Choir and toured with them in the UK and France.
Her repertoire sees her perform a wide variety of covers ranging from the 40s era through to present day.
The Patriots formed in 2013 and have already played at the likes of the O2 Academy in Liverpool. They also performed to 18,000 people during a sold out St Helens home game against Wigan in the derby.
Nikki Lynch has been performing since the age of 12. She spent a season as an entertainer in Salou, Spain and more recently has been working with producer and engineer Kenny Hayes who is responsible for the success of many Clubland hits.
Grace Chrougan is an 18-year-old singer-songwriter from Warrington.
Her influences include Florence and the Machine and Amy Winehouse and she is currently working on her debut single and EP.
The team at the Tetley Walker Club have brought on event management company, Live Events, to oversee WA2 Live.
Jamie Fildes, director of Live Events, said: "It's a real coup to get big names like this for a new festival. The event is already creating a buzz around Orford and we can't wait until June."
Tickets are from £22.50 and are available now. Visit wa2live.co.uk
March 22, 2018 at 11:09AM
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Manchester airport to charge for using drop-off lanes
MANCHESTER Airport is scrapping its free drop-off lanes forcing people to pay or use a shuttle bus.
From June, passengers being dropped off at Manchester Airport by car will will be charged £3 for five minutes or £4 for a maximum 10 minutes.
The move comes as bosses attempt to relieve traffic around the area.
The aiport is also opening a free off-site drop-off car park on Thorley Lane.
Passengers will be dropped off here before taking a shuttle bus to their terminal.
Regular taxi drivers will be offered a discount while pick-up prices remain the same - £4 for up to 30 minutes in the airport's multi-storey car parks.
Chief operating officer, Tricia Williams, said: "As passenger numbers have grown, we have increasingly experienced major congestion problems on our terminal forecourts, exacerbated by a high percentage of visitors repeatedly re-circulating at peak times.
"The simple fact is our forecourts were not designed to handle the number of vehicles they do today and do not have the capacity to cope with any further growth in the number of people being dropped-off immediately outside our terminals."
March 22, 2018 at 09:30AM
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New Look in Warrington to stay open despite nationwide store closures
WARRINGTON'S New Look store in Golden Square has survived a round of cuts by bosses.
The fashion retailer is closing 60 shops up and down the country, cutting 1,000 jobs as part of a restructuring plan.
The business has sought a company voluntary arrangement (CVA) as it struggles to cope.
But the Warrington store is not on the closure list published by New Look.
March 22, 2018 at 08:42AM
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'My heart broke that day' - bride widowed days before she would celebrate first Christmas with husbandRead Now
'My heart broke that day' - bride widowed days before she would celebrate first Christmas with husband
THREE months ago, Michelle and Stuart Jackson were preparing to celebrate their first Christmas together as a married couple.
But days after first complaining of earache Stuart would be dead at the age of just 56.
Michelle said: "My heart broke that day - my life has changed completely without my husband.
"I was married and widowed in the same year.
"My whole future has been wiped out and I need to try and find a new one without him.
"This is devastating, and very difficult to get my head around."
Stuart and Michelle tied the knot on a beach in the Bahamas in February 2017 after 10 years together, having met at a mutual friend's wedding.
Michelle had moved to Fairfield from Scotland in order to be with the dad-of-two and granddad, who would propose on Christmas Eve 2015.
On December 10 last year, Stuart had been suffering from earache but was still well enough to attend Debenhams' staff Christmas party - with the couple both having worked in the Golden Square Shopping Centre department store.
Three days later, Michelle returned home from a shift and found Stuart asleep upstairs.
She went to do some Christmas shopping at Marks and Spencers, but when Michelle arrived home again she could not wake her husband.
The 45-year-old said: "It took me 10 minutes to try and rouse him, and when he did wake he was confused and not making sense.
"I then realised he had been sick in a bowl that he had tucked under the bed.”
Stuart was rushed to intensive care at Warrington Hospital suffering from bacterial meningitis, but took a turn for the worse four days before Christmas when doctors discovered he had contracted sepsis.
Michelle added: "The nurses were all around him trying to stabilise his blood pressure, but it just kept dropping.
"Eventually his heart just stopped due to the blood pressure dropping so much.
"They spent 15 minutes trying to revive him but he had gone."
Michelle is now working to raise awareness of the devastating condition, and set up Stuart's Forever Fund to support charity Meningitis Now.
She added: "Meningitis Now is a brilliant charity - within two weeks of Stuart passing they had sent a support worker to see me and offered money towards the funeral, but we wanted them to keep it.
"I knew there might be some complications from the meningitis but I never thought I'd lose him.
"He started showing signs of having sepsis in the morning and by 6.30pm he'd gone - it was that quick.
"Not many people have a good understanding of what sepsis is and what the symptoms are, and people could be saved if they did.
"I want to make sure people are aware of how serious sepsis is and what the consequences can be if it's not treated quickly."
March 22, 2018 at 08:00AM
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Warrington Hospital faces £16.8m financial deficit - £13.1m more than planned
WARRINGTON Hospital is facing a funding shortfall of more than £13m.
The hospital trust is expected to post a deficit of £16.8m for the end of the 2017/18 financial year - £13.1m higher than the planned deficit of £3.7m.
Key factors for the inflated deficit have been a £4.6m shortfall in sustainability and transformation funding as well as £5.3m of cost improvements not being delivered.
Meanwhile, the suspension of spinal surgery at Warrington Hospital in October cost the trust £2.3m.
A total of £700,000 was also lost due to the cancellation of procedures during the winter.
Additional pay costs, including agency staff, added £3.5m to the deficit.
The trust has taken out loans in order to fund the deficit and pay its suppliers.
Andrea McGee, director of finance and commercial development at Warrington and Halton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said: "The 2017/18 planned deficit of £3.7m presented a significant challenge to the trust, with the main areas of risk being the recurrent achievement of the 2016/17 control total, the resolution of contract negotiations, the ability to switch off unfunded pressures - mainly pay - and the ability to achieve a £10.7m cost improvement programme.
"The plan assumed access to sustainability and transformational funding of £7m.
"Loans have been required to fund the deficit and to enable the trust to pay supplies in an appropriate timeframe."
The trust was also hit with £1.8m of fines and penalties, but received an addition £5.1m in winter pressures funding and public dividend capital.
Warrington and Halton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust will undergo 'internal mitigations' in order to reduce the deficit during the final month of the financial year.
Ms McGee added: "The trust is working on internal mitigations to reduce expenditure in the last month of the financial year.
"Looking towards next year and beyond, the trust is working in collaboration with external providers and commissioners within the sustainability and transformation plan to seek to address clinical and financial constraints through collaboration, recognising that there are no additional funds in the local system.
"Warrington Together and One Halton Integrated Care Partnerships will see health and social services working closer to provide more integrated care for the people of Warrington and Halton.
"By working together, we will see pathway integration and efficiency through the local health economy, which will be digitally enabled through the use of care records, risk stratification and patients accessing personal health records."
March 22, 2018 at 07:00AM
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Pensioner avoids jails after hiding camera in teenage girl's bathroom
A PENSIONER who hid a camera in a teenager’s bathroom has avoided jail so he can care for his ill wife.
Alan Griffiths, of Newton Road, Winwick, taped a camera to the base of a toilet with masking tape
Police found 30 photos of girls as young as three being sexually abused on Griffiths’ laptop.
Griffiths, 71, was a very close friend of the family’s and had frequent access to the house.
Liverpool Crown Court heard how he would often take the children to school and carry out jobs around the house.
Christopher Taylor, prosecuting, said: “Alan Griffiths entered the woman’s property and stuck a camera to the base of the toilet with masking tape.
“When the woman saw the camera, she noticed how a light was flashing, indicating the device was switched on.
“She saw her legs through the lens and when she clicked through photos on the camera, she saw the man in his home.”
The 19-year-old called police who then searched the man’s property.
The court heard how the teenager saw Griffiths as a grandfather figure and the pair had a 'special bond'.
The court also heard how Griffiths possessed images on his laptop depicting teenage girls and toddlers engaging in sexual activity.
Emily Kempster was present at Liverpool Crown Court on Thursday to read out her victim statement.
She said: “I had to take time off work as I was too anxious to leave the house. I received counselling from a colleague when I returned.
“I was struggling to cope with work and found myself crying. I went from being really sociable to sitting inside, I was so confident and now I just go to work and go to my boyfriend’s house.
“I’m nervous around older men and find I cannot trust them, if they get too familiar at work I get very anxious.
“I don’t have many friends left either because I’ve pushed them away.
“I have a re-occurring nightmare of Alan sitting in the house and laughing at me. I do not feel safe at home and I feel like I am always being watched.”
Stephen Swift, defending, said: “This is a tragic instance of a 71-year-old man appearing in court for the first time.
“There was a bond between the pair and a valuable friendship. Mr Griffiths is a hard worker and has been a carer for his wife for 10 years.
“This is a man who has become increasingly isolated in his life. He apologises for the distress he has caused this young woman.”
The pensioner was handed a 15-month suspended sentence in addition to 120 hours unpaid work, and a rehabilitation activity.
A restraining order remains in place and Griffiths will be registered on the sex offenders list for 10 years.
Judge Flewitt QC, said: “She is a young lady who you know, she looked up to you and she trusted you.
“You were good to her and her family. It is a tragedy that a positive and constructive friendship for both of you has been lost.
“You have shattered that girl’s confidence and set her back for some time.
"But I can see that you regret your actions
“Each child in those pictures is an abused child somewhere in the world. So long as there is a market for such abuse, they will continue to be used.”
Judge Flewitt then praised the victim for her courage to read out a statement before handing a 15-month suspended sentence to Griffiths who pleaded guilty to one count of voyeurism and three counts of possessing indecent photographs of children..
The complainant’s angry family expressed their frustration at the suspended sentence.
Alex Kempster, Emily’s brother, told Warrington Guardian: “It is infuriating because it has caused so much distress for my sister.
“It’s disgusting how he can be allowed to walk free after admitting to what he did.”
March 22, 2018 at 06:00AM
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