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Don’t miss this op-paw-tunity to make new friends

A dog owner has established a new dog-walking group to help meet like-minded fur baby parents in Southport.

The Southport & Surrounds Small Breed Dogs Meet Up group has been created online with it’s first meet-up set to take place on Thursday 18 April at Formby Nature Reserve.

Angela Salmon, founder of the group, recently moved to Southport with her partner and their Maltese-Yorkie cross (Morkie) Teddy.

New to the area and looking to meet new friends for herself and Teddy, Angela is inviting her fellow dog-owners to join her for a walk-through Formby Nature Reserve followed by a drink in The Railway pub.

2019 is Sefton’s Year of Friendship and the theme running throughout April is the impact animals and pet ownership has on loneliness. Meet-ups like this are a perfect example of how animals bring people together and help their owners get out and about to make new friends.

Teddy, Angela’s Morkie, woofed: “It’s Teddy here, I’m arranging a small bread dog meet up for friendly dogs as I’ve just moved to the area and want some new playmates!

“I’m a very outgoing chap who loves to play and this is my favourite walk of all. The squirrels smell so interesting and the air is nice and fresh, plus there’s lots of other doggy smells along the route!”

The walk will last for around 30 to 45 minutes followed by refreshments at The Railway. While the meetup is for small dogs, dog-owners who have more than one dog are welcome to bring their other dogs even if they’re not small breed.

For more information about the event and to RSVP visit

£260,000 sexual health clinic opens in Bootle

Sefton residents needing advice on their sexual health will be able to get help and advice from a new clinic opened this month.

The new community sexual health clinic in Bootle is £260,000 investment in the service by Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust in Sefton Sexual Health Service.

It opened on 4 April on the fifth floor of St Hugh’s House in Stanley Road and incorporates services previously available at the nearby May Logan Centre and the PACE service for under 19 year-olds at Bootle Health Centre.

The opening coincides with the relaunch of Sefton Sexual Health website, As well as a feature that help users quickly find the service they need, it contains information on all contraception methods, STI testing and treatments.

Matron Wendy Hicks and service manager Lynne Hindle said: “We are thrilled to be able to open our new sexual health clinic in south Sefton offering an integrated sexual health service to all who live, work, study and play in the local area. We hope the new website will support service users to access the right service at the right time for their sexual and reproductive health needs.”

Silas Nicholls, Chief Executive, added: “I’m delighted we’ve been able to work with our public health partners Sefton Council to deliver this new service.

“It represents a significant investment by the Trust in a service which is as much about preventing disease as it is about treatment. ​

Sefton Sexual Health clinics at Southport Centre for Health and Well-being, Maghull Health Centre and Netherton Health Centre will continue as usual.

Funding announced for new lifts at five Liverpool City Region rail stations

Five train stations across the Liverpool City Region will see millions of pounds invested to improve disabled access by installing new lifts to provide step-free access to platforms.

The upgrades are part of a £300m national funding package from Department for Transport known as the ‘Access for All’ programme, aimed at making it easier for all passengers to use the rail network.

The stations in the region which Merseytravel and the Liverpool City Region successfully lobbied to become part of the scheme are Birkenhead Park, Broad Green, Hillside, Hunts Cross and St Michaels.

Funding for the construction of a new lift for the Northern Line platform at Liverpool Central station has also been confirmed.

In all 73 stations, including those in the Liverpool City Region, will receive funding over the next five years as part of the national programme.

The money from central government will need to be matched by local funding, and the exact amount that will be spent on the five stations will be determined following scoping work for each specific project.

Missing: Mark Poole from Southport

Have you seen this man?

We are appealing for help in finding a 58 year-old man who is missing from home in Southport.

Mark Poole was last seen at 2.30am today, Friday 5th April, walking down Clifford Road towards Lyndhurst Road.

He is described as white male, of large build, with grey hair and grey stubble.

When last seen he was wearing a black coat with a ripped pocket on the right side, a maroon and beige checked shirt, black jeans and black lace up shoes.

Anyone who has seen Mr Poole or knows of his whereabouts is asked to DM @MerPolCC, call 101 or contact the Missing People charity on 116 000.

Unconfirmed report firearm was seen in Bootle

Police can confirm officers attended an unconfirmed report a firearm was seen in Bootle today (Thursday 4 April 2019).

A report was received at 12.40pm that a male wearing a navy-coloured North Face tracksuit was in possession of what a member of the public believed may have been a firearm on Stanley Road.

He was then seen to enter a newsagent on Stanley Road alongside a group of five males, who left on foot a short time later.

Officers are in attendance and enquires to establish the full circumstances are ongoing.

Following a search of the area no weapon or anyone matching the descriptions of the males have been located.

Witnesses are being spoken to and CCTV opportunities explored.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Merseyside Police social media desk via Twitter @MerPolCC or Facebook Merseyside Police CC. You can also call 101 quoting incident reference 397 of 4 April or contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously, on 0800 555 111 or via their online form at:

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