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Next of kin: William Henry Topham

Sefton Coroner’s Office is appealing for information to find the next of kin of a man from Bootle who recently passed away. 

70-year-old William Henry Topham died at his home address in Clare Road, Bootle on Friday, 18 January 2019.

His death is not being treated as suspicious.

Anyone with information is asked to contact 0151 934 4566.

Next of kin: Thomas Anthony Gordon

Sefton Coroner’s Office is appealing for information to find the next of kin of a man from Bootle who recently passed away.

74-year-old Thomas Anthony Gordon died at his home address in New Strand, The Palatine, Bootle on Sunday 5 May.

His death is not being treated as suspicious.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Sefton Coroner’s office on 0151 934 2746.

Missing: Thomas James Proudlock

Merseyside Police is becoming increasingly concerned for the whereabouts of Thomas James Proudlock.

Mr Proudlock, 28 years was last seen at his home address in Beresford Drive, Southport on Friday, 3 May.

He is described as white, 5ft 8in and of medium build. He has short brown hair, which is described as being longer on top. He is normally unshaven or has a full beard and speaks with a Liverpool accent.

He was last seen wearing a red tartan shirt, black jeans and carrying a black waterproof rucksack.

Mr Proudlock has links to Liverpool, Southport, Lytham St Anne and Lancashire.

Officers would urge Mr Proudlock or anyone who has seen him since Friday, 3 May to contact 101 or @MerPolCC

Sefton organisations needed to help with loneliness study

The project about loneliness and social isolation (PALS) is looking for groups or organisations in Sefton to help them conduct a study based at Liverpool John Moores University.

The project aims to find out how important connections with other people and the community are to health and wellbeing.

A social networking tool called GENIE will be evaluated to see how effective it is at reducing unwanted social isolation. GENIE can help participants to create a visual map of their support network, then connect people to local organisations and others within the community who have similar needs and interests.

Half the people taking part in the study will be able to use GENIE to map their support networks and match them with local activities. The other half will continue their work as usual but will be able to use GENIE later, after six months.

The PALS team is looking for new community organisations to partner in this study to help recruit participants and deliver the intervention. There is funding attached for the organisations who will receive £90 for each intervention participant and £55 for each control participant.

Sefton Council is celebrating it’s Year of Friendship throughout 2019 and studies like this are extremely important in tackling the growing issue of social isolation.

A number of organisations are already involved including; Age UK Wirral, the Living Well Sefton Community Connectors CVS, Wellbeing Enterprises, May Logan Centre and Irish Community Care.

For more information contact Karina Kinsella at or call 0515 231 4210.

Southport Festival welcomes the legends of Soul at the Waterfront

Iconic British band Soul II Soul head to Southport to headline the 2019 Southport Festival.

On Friday 10 May the band that had huge successes with the hits Keep On Movin’ (which sold over a million copies in the US alone) and the UK number one single ‘Back To Life (However Do You Want Me)’ perform in the beautiful surroundings of the Floral Hall Ballroom.

The double Grammy Award winning and five-time Brit Award nominated band progressed from being one of the leaders of the 1980’s warehouse scene to pioneering British black music around the world and securing commercial success for themselves and the huge number of artists they have influenced.

As well as selling 10 million albums worldwide, the main man Jazzie B was awarded an OBE for services to music in 2008, as well as winning an Ivor Novello Award for Inspiration, as “the man who gave British black music a soul of its own”.

Tickets are £27 and available online at, by calling Box Office on 01704 500036 or over the counter Monday -Saturday 11am – 4pm.

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