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Appeal for next of kin of Thongsuk Nalmuk from Crosby

Merseyside Police are appealing for help in locating the next of kin of a 54 year-old man who died in Crosby.

Thongsuk Nalmuk passed away at his home address on College Road in Crosby on Tuesday, 26th February.

There are no suspicious circumstances surrounding his death.

It is believed Mr Nalmuk has family living in Thailand.

Anyone with information is asked to email

Sefton Partners unite against poverty

Sefton’s Welfare Reform and Anti-Poverty Partnership (WRAP) held it’s annual conference last week (February 28) at Linacre Mission in Bootle.

The Partnership is made up of a number of organisations from across Sefton that are dedicated to alleviating poverty and supporting those affected by welfare reform.

This year’s conference was themed around the ‘Power of Partnership to Alleviate Poverty’ and outlined the Partnerships future action plan while celebrating examples of the work that’s already happening in the borough.

Representatives from Sefton Council, Sefton CVS, South Sefton Foodbanks, the Department for Work and Pensions, Sefton’s Citizen Advice Bureau (CAB), Migrant Workers Sefton Community, The Salvation Army and Sefton Council’s Affordable Warmth Team spoke at the event to provide an insight into their work and the pressures they continue to face.

They shared the following statistics:

  • South Sefton Foodbanks gives out seven to eight tonnes of food a month
  • Sefton CAB has written off £7 million of debt to those in need
  • Last year, Migrant Workers Sefton Community helped 184 people into full time employment
  • Footfall at Sefton’s Salvation Army hit 8,900
  • Sefton Council’s Affordable Warmth team assists over 1,000 households

Attendees also had the opportunity to have their say on six potential projects for 2019/20 including a coat bank, debt project, period poverty, friendship, funeral poverty and taking root.

Cllr Trish Hardy, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities and Housing, said: “Many people in Sefton continue to suffer as a result of policies and decisions that are out of their control and I hope that our partnership work can help to rebuild a small element of social security that this Government has taken away.

“I can’t thank all of the people who are involved in the services and activities that are helping to alleviate poverty enough, but rest assured that Sefton Council continues to fight austerity and make it one of our key pledges as we work with partners to help those most affected by welfare reform.”

Residents that may be affected by welfare reform can find information and support at

Bliss Hotel deal revamps Southport’s waterfront

Bliss Hotel is about to become the newest kid on the block, changing the landscape in its inaugural location of Southport; the North West’s premier coastal destination.

Bliss Hotel has rebranded and refurbished the current 133 room Ramada Plaza Hotel which anchors their multi-faceted leisure resort, The Waterfront, which includes a casino, theatre and conference centre sitting on the Marine Lake.

Bliss has recently secured a £15m funding package to support the project which will deliver the new hotel together with a wider and ambitious planning consent over the entire site before pursuing a strategic Bliss Hotel expansion drive for the ‘Super Soulful ‘Hotel Brand to other locations in the UK.

Bliss Hotel will be the first brand in the U.K. to trade under the Wyndham Trademark franchise agreement and immediate works will deliver completion of Bliss Floor 5 comprising new designed rooms showcasing their handmade Millbrook King Sized beds and formation of new and exclusive 60m2 penthouses with incredible views across the Marine Lake and coast beyond.

Bliss Hotel Co-Founder Daniel Broch said: “What a moment for Southport and Bliss Hotel; our shared vision’s about to become a reality fuelled by the enthusiasm and excitement of all those involved – creating anything from scratch is hugely inspiring and challenging; we’re aiming high”

Jez Marvin, from the architects Unwin Jones Partnership added: “The Bliss Hotel project and Waterfront regeneration represents a fantastic opportunity for Southport, the North West and for all involved.

“Unwin Jones Partnership are delighted and excited to have been selected as architect. Bliss have assembled a team full of talent, ideas and energy – we are looking forward to creating something truly amazing together.”

Have you seen Andrew McCluskey?

We are appealing for help in tracing a 37 year-old man who is missing from home.

Andrew McCluskey was last seen in Harrowby Road, Litherland, at 9.30am on Wednesday 27th February.

He is a white male, 5ft 5in tall, of large build with very long brown hair and a beard. When last seen he was wearing a navy blue fleece, baggy blue jeans and brown shoes and was carrying a Bag for Life.

He is known to frequent Southport train station, bus stops around Southport and Bootle Strand bus station.

Anyone who has seen Andrew or anyone fitting his description is asked to DM @MerPolCC or call 101 or contact @missingpeople on 116 000

Sefton joins partners to host ‘Empty Homes’ event

Sefton Council is joining forces and partnering up with other local authorities across Merseyside and Cheshire to host a free ‘Empty Homes’ event.

The event at Liverpool Town Hall aims to offer advice and support to owners of empty properties across the region.

The drop-in session is an initiative from the Merseyside and Cheshire Sub Regional Empty Homes Group to reduce the number of empty privately-owned homes across the region.

There will be a host of information and empty property owners can browse stalls to learn about Council services and their empty property schemes or attend seminars on issues including selling a property at auction, probate, Universal Credit and fire safety.

The event takes place at Liverpool Town Hall, on Wednesday, March 20, between 3pm-6.15pm. For more information contact Elizabeth Walsh on 0345 140 0845.

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