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Premier League clubs missed their chance to keep Christmas Eve special

T he almost total lack of regard in which broadcasters hold football fans is no secret, so it should have come as no surprise to learn that Sky Sports is proposing to reschedule Arsenal’s home match against Liverpool for Christmas Eve in what the Football Supporters’ Federation has ...

2017-10-05 14:01 open_in_new
Liverpool faces up to world heritage removal threat with taskforce

The mayor of Liverpool has created a taskforce to work to “reset” the city’s relationship with Unesco after the body threatened to remove its world heritage status.

In July Unesco gave Liverpool a final warning, saying it would remove it from its list of world heritage sites as ...

2017-10-03 15:47 open_in_new
Billy Hatton obituary

Billy Hatton, who has died aged 76, was the bass player and harmony singer with the Fourmost, the Liverpool beat group signed in 1963 with the Beatles manager Brian Epstein’s NEMS company.

Their first hits, Hello Little Girl and I’m In Love, released later that year, were produced by ...

2017-09-27 18:57 open_in_new
Tony Booth obituary

Tony Booth, who has died aged 85, made his mark as an actor through personifying a particular British stereotype. This came through his part in the BBC sitcom Till Death Us Do Part (1966-75), written by Johnny Speight, in which he played the despised leftie “Scouse git” son-in-law of racist ...

2017-09-26 18:43 open_in_new
Two boys held after shots fired outside Merseyside shop

Two boys aged 12 and 14 have been arrested after shots were fired outside a supermarket in Merseyside.

Police said the incident happened outside a Spar store in the Litherland area of Sefton on Monday night. The offender and a second person made off on motor scooters.

Two suspects ...

2017-09-26 16:31 open_in_new
'It's really shocking': UK cities refusing to reveal extent of pseudo-public space
City administrations in Manchester, Liverpool, Birmingham, Leeds, Glasgow and seven others decline to outline the spread of privately owned public areas, or their secret prohibitions – which may include protesting or taking photos Revealed: the insidious creep of pseudo-public space in London ...
2017-09-26 09:49 open_in_new
What next for England’s troubled universities?

B y Friday afternoon, in Liverpool’s universities, freshers’ week was just starting to feel a bit stale. The farewells to family already seemed like ancient history, while the city’s new intake of 17,000 students appeared to have mostly followed an intense journey from bewildered to boozy ...

2017-09-24 02:39 open_in_new
Liverpool council chief suspended on full pay after arrest

The chief executive of Liverpool city council has been suspended on full pay five months after he was arrested as part of a fraud investigation.

Ged Fitzgerald was arrested in May by police investigating alleged financial irregularities at Lancashire county council when he was in charge ...

2017-09-19 14:43 open_in_new
Letter: Pierre Henry obituary

I followed the work of Pierre Henry from his earliest compositions, including his many collaborations with my friend the choreographer Maurice Béjart. When I was appointed as artistic director and choreographer for the opening celebrations of the Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King in ...

2017-09-17 19:37 open_in_new
Liverpool women lobby all-male regional cabinet to hand over seats

Women in Liverpool have written an open letter to members of the all-male regional cabinet asking them to give up their seats and nominate female replacements.

The Liverpool city region cabinet votes on all key decisions of the combined authority, along with the elected mayor, Steve ...

2017-09-10 20:17 open_in_new
Feat of clay: regeneration project that's bringing a Liverpool street to life

I n old pictures, Liverpool’s Granby Street is a bustling thoroughfare packed with shops – takeaways and launderettes, hairdressers and tailors, florists and supermarkets – all serving the lively, diverse, tightly packed community in the neat grid of Victorian streets that surrounded ...

2017-09-10 08:11 open_in_new
Commonwealth Games: Birmingham beats Liverpool for 2022 endorsement

Birmingham has been chosen ahead of Liverpool as the recommended city for England’s bid to host the 2022 Commonwealth Games.

Having beaten Liverpool in a tight race to win the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport’s backing, Birmingham must now convince the government to ...

2017-09-07 15:13 open_in_new
Lynda La Plante: ‘Did you write Prime Suspect? asked my mother – three series in’

I was the middle child. My oldest sister, Dale, died before I was born, so it was Michael, me and Gillian. My parents never underlined it, but Dale was always there – and she had been the most beautiful child.

My parents gave us an incredibly free life. And of course I was really trouble ...

2017-09-01 15:49 open_in_new
Man throws 70 lit fireworks into Liverpool pizza takeaway

Police are investigating after a hooded man threw a box of 70 lit fireworks inside a takeaway in a suspected revenge attack.

CCTV footage shows staff running for cover at Hello Pizza in Liverpool, before the fireworks exploded at about 9.30pm on Monday.

One staff member can be seen ...

2017-08-31 12:17 open_in_new
British trains 'up to four times slower outside the south-east'

Trains connecting Britain’s major towns and cities are up to four times slower outside the south-east, according to research.

Press Association analysis of the quickest possible trains on 19 routes found that services from London travel at average speeds of 65-93mph, compared with ...

2017-08-28 11:37 open_in_new
In Liverpool, a rare housing story to celebrate

L ast weekend, 24 newly renovated houses in Liverpool were opened to the public so that prospective tenants could apply to live there. Within a day all were taken.

That these houses exist at all is something of a miracle, as they are part of the Welsh Streets, an area of handsome ...

2017-08-27 02:37 open_in_new
The return of the KLF: what time is chaos?

M id-morning, Thursday 24 August 2017: I go to a Liverpool branch of Starbucks with a musician/DJ called Raf, whom I’ve only just met, and commit a minor crime against corporate branding – placing a large bastardised Starbucks logo sign, with a drawing of Yoko Ono and the legend “War is ...

2017-08-26 13:25 open_in_new
Gun seized in Merseyside is 'most criminally used firearm in Britain'

A gun seized by police after a shooting in Merseyside is “the most criminally used firearm in Britain”, prosecutors have said.

Speaking during a trial at Liverpool crown court, prosecuting lawyers said the firearm had been used in 19 shootings in the past seven years, more than any ...

2017-08-25 14:15 open_in_new
Tattoos, gravediggers and traffic cones: the KLF take Liverpool

“I t’s not a book launch.” Bill Drummond’s first five words may come as no surprise to anyone who’s followed his and Jimmy Cauty’s inventively abstruse creative partnership since their 1987 appearance as the Justified Ancients of Mu Mu, the band who’d later storm the charts as the ...

2017-08-24 12:57 open_in_new
Merseyside social worker struck off for ‘deplorable’ conduct

A senior social worker alerted a domestic violence perpetrator to the whereabouts of his pregnant victim, weeks after she jumped out of a bedroom window when he threatened to pour boiling oil over her.

Kevin Sinclair, a child protection officer for Sefton council in Merseyside, was struck ...

2017-08-23 23:45 open_in_new
Police reveal how convicted killer planned escape from UK prison

A killer is believed to have fled overseas, six months after he was sprung from custody in an audacious escape orchestrated from behind bars.

Shaun Walmsley, 28, was serving a 30-year term for murder when he was freed by two armed men as he left Aintree University hospital, Liverpool, ...

2017-08-14 16:33 open_in_new