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Southport Waterfront to Host Snooker’s top stars at Players Championship

Southport will host a snooker world ranking event for the first time early next year when the Coral Players Championship comes to the town.

The event will run from February 24th to March 1st in 2020 at the Southport Waterfront. Tickets will be on sale soon.

The Coral Players Championship features the leading 16 players on snooker’s one-year ranking list. Ronnie O’Sullivan won the title last season, beating Neil Robertson in the final. The match had a memorable finish as O’Sullivan made the 1,000th century break of his career in the last frame.

Other top stars in the field last season, when the event was staged in Preston, included Judd Trump, John Higgins, Mark Selby, Mark Allen, Neil Robertson and Mark Williams.

The one-year ranking list started at the Riga Masters last July, and the cut-off point for the Coral Players Championship is the Shoot Out which finishes on February 23rd. The top 16 on the list at that point go through to Southport.

The 16 players will start in a seeded draw, with a knockout format. All matches will be best of 11 frames, until the final which is best of 19.

It’s the second of three events in the Coral Series, preceded by the 32-man Coral World Grand Prix in Cheltenham (February 3-9) and followed by the eight-man Coral Tour Championship in Llandudno (March 17-22). The player earning the most money across the series will receive the Coral Cup and a £100,000 bonus. All three events are televised live by ITV.

Total prize money in Southport will be £385,000 with the winner to receive £125,000.

A spokesman for World Snooker said: “We are very excited about bringing this prestigious tournament to Merseyside for the first time. We know there’s a lot of support for snooker in the area so we’re expecting big crowds, and once tickets are on sale fans must get them booked early as many of the sessions will sell out.

“The Southport Waterfront is a fantastic venue in a beautiful location on England’s North West coast. It’s will be a superb stage for snooker’s biggest names.

“The Coral Players Championship will bring together 16 of the best players on the planet. The great thing about the Coral Series is that all 128 tour players begin the season on zero as they start the race to qualify for the three lucrative events. So only those in form make it into the elite field.

“That race is well underway now and it will be fascinating to see whether all of the big names make it to Southport, or whether we get new faces and outsiders earning a place in the line-up.

“For fans in the area it’s fabulous news as it’s a chance to see live sport at its very best, and the value for money is exceptional.”

Emma Lloyd, Head of Creative for Waterfront Southport said:
“This is huge for the venue and the town. We are delighted to be working with the team at World Snooker to bring it to the Waterfront and we hope it’s the start of a great working relationship. The North West is known for its love of snooker and Southport is no different!”

Ticket details will be announced as soon as they are available

Police crack down on criminality in Sefton

Police cracking down on criminality in Sefton are taking part in a day of activity today (Wednesday 25 September.

Operation Vermont uses officers from across the force to focus on community issues. Today this is supporting the ongoing work of Operation Target – our ongoing work to tackle serious and violent crime on Merseyside.

Officers from across the force, including targeted teams, roads policing officers and community officers, gathered at King’s Gardens off Stanley Road in Bootle at 8am before heading out into Bootle, Litherland, Seaforth, Netherton, Formby and Southport. Mounted officers will also be deployed throughout the day.

They have executed five search warrants, and are carrying out open land searches, roadside operations and high visibility patrols across South Sefton to disrupt criminal activity and bring people to justice.

Chief Inspector Matt Moscrop said: “This is an intelligence-led operation aiming to detect criminal activity in Sefton, and deter criminals from engaging in behaviour that harms their community.

“In recent weeks and months, the community in South Sefton have experienced a number of violent incidents which have included the use of firearms and knives.

“Operation Target is aimed at cracking down on this type of serious and violent crime, but we know from speaking to people in the heart of our communities that other types of criminality such as drug dealing, burglary and antisocial behaviour have a huge impact on the quality of their lives.

“The activity we are carrying out today is aimed at letting all those people who want to commit criminal acts and make other people’s lives a misery that they are not above the law. We are out carrying out warrants, searching the areas they may store knives, guns and drugs, and stopping vehicles.

“I hope law abiding members of the public feel reassured that we are out and about and visible in their communities.

“We are concentrating our resources in Sefton today, but this type of activity is happening all year round across Merseyside and I want to reassure people that we work both visibly and behind the scenes with partner agencies to gather intelligence and educate people on the dangers of gun and knife crime.

“We have carried out similar days of action in other parts of Merseyside and are already hearing from offenders we have arrested that many are choosing not to carry knives because they know there is a greater risk that they will be caught.

“This is extremely encouraging but we will not be complacent, and will continue to put uniformed and plain clothed to disrupt anyone prepared to risk the safety of others and themselves by carrying a weapon.

“I would encourage anyone who has information about criminality in their neighbourhoods to contact us so that we may take positive action and make the streets of Merseyside safe and enjoyable places for people to live, work and visit.”

Anyone who has information about drug dealing in the community or knows where weapons are being stored or who is using them can contact us by sending a DM to @MerPolCC, calling 101 or contacting Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Get ready at the double for Sefton’s latest duathlon

Fitness fanatics are being encouraged to get ready at the double ahead of the 2019 Active Workforce duathlon.

Taking place once again at Litherland Sports Park next week (Wednesday October 2) the fun duathlon will consist of a 1.5k run, followed by a 5k cycle and a further 1.5k run to the finish.

Places are still available to take part and competitors over the age of 16 from across the region are welcome, with entries priced at £10 for Active Workforce members and £15 for the public.

Changing rooms, showers and lockers will be available and water and refreshments will be provided after the race. There will also be limited bike hire, please inform Active Workforce if you’ll need a bike upon registration.

Cllr Ian Moncur, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, said: “Each year the Active Workforce duathlon proves to be an incredibly popular sporting event

“This is a great opportunity to try a different sort of challenge that you might not have tried before and participants can run or walk at their own pace.”

To sign up for the Duathlon email active.workforce@sefton.gov.uk.

Part of Sefton Council’s leisure offering, Active Workforce provides opportunities for fitness and wellbeing both in and out of the workplace.

To find out more about Active Workforce visit www.sefton.gov.uk/activeworkforce

Sefton performers wanted to support Borough Of Culture

Sefton Council is looking for bands, musicians and performers to take part in a special event later this year to launch the Sefton Borough Of Culture celebrations.

Sefton will be named Liverpool City Region’s Borough of Culture in 2020 and a number of launch events are being planned to celebrate everything Sefton has to offer.

As part of this, a special event will be held in Crosby on Friday, November 8 and organisers are appealing for local performers, musicians and bands to take part.

While final details of the event are yet to be announced, those who are interested in finding out more should email Kerry.pavey@sefton.gov.uk.

Man arrested after firearms discharge in Bootle

A man has been arrested following a firearms discharge in Bootle last night (Saturday 21 September 2019).

Shortly after 9.10pm, officers were called to Markfield Road to reports that damage consistent with a firearms discharge had been caused to the window of a house. Officers attended and later found the exterior wall of another house had also been damaged.

House to house, forensic and CCTV enquiries are continuing and community policing officers have been in the area to speak to local residents and offer reassurance.

An investigation was launched to establish the exact circumstances and a 23-year-old man from Knowsley Village has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and possession of a Class B drug (cannabis) with intent to supply.

Detective Inspector Andy McCourt said: “We want to trace a male on a bicycle who we believe was the intended target of this shooting.

“He is described as white, aged between 14-17, with long dark hair and what is described as a chubby face.

“It is believed this male sustained injuries, possibly as a result of falling off his bike in Malvern Road.

“We would ask that this person comes forward and speaks to us. I would also ask parents, who may have a child matching the description who returned home with injuries on Saturday night, to contact the police.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact @MerPolCC on Twitter, call 101 with crime reference 19100545698, or you can contact @CrimestoppersUK anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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