Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)

A daily British regional newspaper for Liverpool.

Articles from March 23, 2005

8 MEN ACCUSED OF LORRY HIJACK PLOT; 'Pounds 1m Haul in Raids across Country
Byline: By JAMES GLOVER EIGHT men from Merseyside and Lancashire are accused of being behind a string of lorry hijackings across the country. It is alleged they were part of a gang that has stolen pounds 1m of lorries and their loads in raids...
Are Gipsies Going to Help Win Election
Byline: Tony Barrett IN THE eyes of the British right, gipsies figure somewhere between asylum seekers and political correctness in their list of what is wrong with this country. Seeing shabby caravans parked within a tarmac driveway of pounds...
Boxing: FLOUR-MIDABLE; Fighter Who Almost Lost Use of His Hand to Strike Blow for England
Byline: By NICK PEET Boxing Correspondent TOMORROW promises to be an emotional night for Merseyside boxer Brett Flournoy - who came from relatively nowhere this season to be crowned ABA champion. As the 25-year-old pulls on his first ever England...
CRACKDOWN ON VIOLENCE; Attacks on Hospital Staff Fall
Byline: By KIRSTI ADAIR A ZERO tolerance campaign against hospital violence has cut the number of attacks on health workers across Merseyside. A survey shows that 13% of NHS staff suffered physical violence at the hands of patients or their families...
CRICKET: Bootle Look to Maintain Stranglehold
Byline: By DAVID JONES CAN Firwood Bootle's domination of north west cricket continue? The signing of all-rounder Ronnie Davis, from Lytham, during the winter will undoubtedly strengthen them for the coming season. 'He is a terrific player...
Derby Day Tragedy of Man's Violent Death; Devoted Wife Speaks out after Pub Incident
Byline: By GREG O'KEEFFE A MOTHER-of-three today told how a derby day drink in their local pub ended with her husband's violent death. Clive Hartley, 40, suffered fatal head injuries after getting caught up in an altercation outside the pub....
DRIVERS MAY BEAT STRIKE; Train Guards in Aintree Walkout
Byline: By NEIL HODGSON MERSEYRAIL train drivers could cross striking guards' picket lines to provide a service for Aintree's Grand National weekend. Racecourse managers fear the proposed 48-hour strike on April 8-9 by about 170 guards will seriously...
ECHO READERS SHOW FAITH IN MEMORIAL; Messages of Support
Byline: By CATHERINE JONES THE people of Merseyside have answered the call for a permanent memorial to the work of Archbishop Derek Worlock and Bishop David Sheppard. More than pounds 1,000 has already been pledged from individual donations since...
FIGHT GOES ON; TUC Backs Hospital Campaign
Byline: By SAM LISTER A HOSPITAL could face a court battle if it insists on closing two wards. Campaigners are fighting plans to shut down wards six and seven, which care for elderly patients, at Victoria Central hospital in Wallasey. Now...
Fines Call for Illegal Imports; Foreign Food Is 'Health Risk
Byline: By IAN HERNON TRAVELLERS caught importing illegal meat through Liverpool airport should face onthe-spot fines according to a government watchdog. The move is a bid to reduce the danger to human and animal health posed by food from abroad....
Football: Defence Is Key to Our Success; eresolidfromfrontJackson
Byline: By ROB BRADY MIKE JACKSON insists the best defence is a strong offence. The centre half's return from suspension has seen Tranmere record back-to-back clean sheets, yet he is quick to praise the contribution of the club's forwards. ...
Football: 'Gutted' Lightfoot Blasts Marine over Manager Decision
Byline: By DAVID BASSETT Non-League Reporter CHRIS LIGHTFOOT has blasted Marine's decision to overlook him for the manager's job. The veteran defender quit the Mariners after the Crosby club announced that one-time Vauxhall Motors boss Alvin...
Football: SVEN: LETS MAKE THE NATION PROUD; Eriksson Wants England to Win Qualifier in Style
Byline: By JOHN CURTIS SVEN Goran Eriksson wants his England players to produce a performance which will make the country proud in Saturday's World Cup qualifier with rank outsiders Northern Ireland. But the pragmatic Swede insists collecting...
Football: TIM'S RACE TO MAKE BAGGIES SHOWDOWN; Blues Hoping Cahill Recovers from Oz Trip
Byline: By DAVID PRENTICE TIM CAHILL faces a race against time next week - to travel halfway around the world in time to face West Bromwich Albion. Everton's key midfielder plays for Australia in an international double header - against Iraq...
Football: Warnock's Injury Woe
Byline: By CHRIS BASCOMBE STEPHEN WARNOCK today spoke of his despair at a premature derby exit last weekend, but relief his injury isn't as bad as feared. Despite leaving Anfield on crutches on Sunday, the youngster expects to recover from a...
From the Big Brother House to the Big House; Star Builder Craig Takes on a Massive Challenge Writes Dawn Collinson
Byline: Dawn Collinson CRAIG Phillips has to be the chirpiest builder on the box, but the former Big Brother winner admits that even he's shed a few tears over his latest property project. A veteran of home makeover shows since winning BB1, Craig...
Give Us Our Just Reward
JUST a fortnight ago, PM Tony Blair told the people of Liverpool the government would not be providing any cash for the city's Capital of Culture celebrations. Insisting the council should foot the bill, Mr Blair spelled out the reasons why the...
Home Style: Get the Great Outdoors for Your Own Four Walls; Create a Breath of Fresh Air with Help from the Birds and Bees
Byline: Michelle Ogundehin THERE'S something in the air as designers take inspiration from nature this spring and bring the birds, bees and butterflies into your rooms. They're fluttering onto everything from wallpapers and fabrics to china and...
JAILED FOR KILLING CHILDHOOD SWEETHEART; Victim's Family Members Sent to Cells over Threats
Byline: By SARAH CHAPMAN A MOTHER-of-three who stabbed her partner to death after a drunken argument was today jailed for killing him. Nichola Mira, 42TEXT: k stabbed 41-year-old William Quinn in the heart after losing control following years of...
Judge's Pledge on Kerb-Crawling as Men in Court
LIVERPOOL'S community judge has promised to clear prostitution from the streets as he launched a crackdown on kerb crawling. Judge David Fletcher banned three men from driving and warned four others they could lose their licences. All seven defendants...
Judge's Pledge on Kerb-Crawl Menace; Tough Message as Seven in Court
Byline: By MIKE HORNBY LIVERPOOL'S community judge has promised to clear prostitution from the streets as he launched a crackdown on kerb crawling. Judge David Fletcher banned three men from driving and warned four others they could lose their...
Look: Beauty: Chocolate That S Heaven Scent; Susan Lee Checks out Some of the Non-Fattening Ways to Beat Your Sweet Cravings This Easter
Byline: Susan Lee EASTER is almost here but all too often celebrating it comes at a price - especially when you step on the bathroom scales But there is a way to enjoy all things chocolate without sacrificing your waistline. The high street is...
Look: Children's Health: Sweet Dreamzzz; Jane Woodhead Finds out How You Can Persuade Your Child to Sleep Easy
Byline: Jane Woodhead THERE will be few parents who have not experienced problems with their children's sleeping habits. Waking up in the middle of the night or refusing to go to bed are both common traits among youngsters. This is not only...
Look: Competition: Why Our Mums Are the REAL Winners; Jane Woodhead and Susan Lee Hear Uplifting Tales
Byline: Jane Woodhead and Susan Lee WE asked you to tell us why your mum is so special - and the responses came flooding in. Here our two winners, who have both won a luxury day out for themselves and their mums at Aintree Ladies Day on April...
Look: Denise Robertson
Byline: Denise Robertson THERE are some things we take so much for granted in this country that we never question how they're financed. For 13 years we have taken the Missing Persons Helpline for granted but, barring a miracle, not for much longer....
Look: Fashion: Gotta Have It
THE beauty counters are awash with new products for spring. Look takes the strain out of shopping to bring you the best IF your blusher ends up looking like red tram lines on your face, check out Estee Lauder's new Tender Blush. Thanks to micro-pigment...
Look: Fashion: Hot Tips in Fashion Stakes; Dawn Collinson Backs Some Favourites for the National Meeting
Byline: Dawn Collinson BETS are well and truly on for April's Aintree Grand National meeting, and there are already some clear favourites in the grand fashion stakes. Hot tips for this year's races are chiffon and a vivid array of bold colours....
Look: Grans with Great Idea for a Story; Jane Woodhead Meets Women Enjoying Their Retirement
Byline: Jane Woodhead AS three grandmothers sat chatting, they decided there was a great deal more they could do with their retirement. And in Joan Brickley's living room, they found the inspiration they needed - a Victorian doll's house. ...
Look: Health: Fit for Life Just a Little of What You Fancy
Byline: JANE WOODHEAD IT JUST wouldn't be Easter without chocolate and I think everyone has to indulge - at least a little. Throughout history chocolate has been considered something special - the ancient Mayans used it in religious rituals,...
Look: Health: My TV Role Woke Me Up to the Danger of Chlamydia; Dawn Collinson Talks to Actress Gemma Atkinson about the STD
Byline: Dawn Collinson IT'S been labelled the 'silent infection', because it's often symptom-free, but shocking new figures have revealed that chlamydia affects one in 10 young people aged 16 to 25. It is now the most common sexually transmitted...
Look: My Net Gain; Susan Lee Meets the Woman Who Lost Eight Stones - and Won Back Her Life - Thanks to Her New American Friends
Byline: Susan Lee LESS than two years ago mother-of-two Louise Carpenter was a virtual recluse. Tipping the scales at more than 24 stones, her self-esteem was at an all-time low and her social life had come to a standstill. Now, having lost more...
Man Threw Drugs into Walton Jail
Byline: By JAMES GLOVER Crime Reporter A CONVICTED robber has been jailed for seven years for throwing drugs over the wall of Walton jail. Mark Chung, 30, was convicted at Liverpool crown court after he was caught hurling a milk carton stuffed...
One-Stop Shop to Bring New Lease of Life to Swimming Baths
FOR nearly a century, thousands of children trooped through its ornate doors to learn t o swim. With its red pressed brick, painted stone dressings and decorative green glazed tiles, Picton Baths was a classic piece of early 20th century architecture....
OUR SHORTLIST FOR PROPERTY AWARDS; Region's Best Developers
Byline: By ADRIAN BUTLER WITH all judging now done, we are now able to reveal the companies who have been shortlisted for the Liverpool Daily Post & Echo Regional Property Awards in association with the Royal Bank of Scotland. The ECHO can...
Posener: Shall I Buy My Pal's Beauty Parlour
Q A FRIEND has been running a beauty salon business but wants to sell out so that he can move to Spain. He has agreed with me that I can take over for a payment of pounds 10,000. Is there any reason why I should not go ahead A There are many aspects...
Racing: FORD ON TRACK FOR AINTREE BID
Byline: By MIKE TORPEY Racing Editor CARRIE FORD'S dream of becoming the first woman to ride a Grand National winner has moved a step closer with confirmation that, at the very least, her horse Forest Gunner will get a run. As 107 entries, a...
RESIDENTS' FURY AS TOWER GOES AHEAD; Council U-Turn Causes Outrage
Byline: By NICK COLIGAN CAMPAIGNERS say they will not give up their fight to stop a 40-storey tower block being built on their doorstep. Councillors yesterday gave the go-ahead to controversial plans to erect the luxury Beetham West Tower off...
Review: Gloves Are off as Icons Do Battle
Byline: JOE RILEY INSIGNIFICANCE Liverpool Playhouse MOVIE siren Marilyn Monroe, scientist Albert Einstein, politician Joe McCarthy and baseball hero Joe DiMaggio holed up in a 1950s New York hotel room discussing the price of celebrity: 'Your...
Rugby League: Scully out of Derby Showdown
Byline: By JOHN LAWLESS Rugby League Correspondent ST HELENS will go into Good Friday's derby against archrivals Wigan Warriors without captain Paul Sculthorpe. The Great Britain star picked up a hamstring injury in last week's 64-16 mauling...
SHOPS PLANNING A SUPER EASTER; Roadworks 'No Bar to Trade
Byline: By KATE MANSEY CITY centre traders hit by roadworks declared today: 'It's business as usual.' Traders on Renshaw Street preparing for Easter sent a message to shoppers that they were open as normal. The street has been subject to extensive...
'SHORTFALL' IN CULTURE FUND; Pounds 5m Is Not Enough, Says Arts Chief
Byline: By JOE RILEY Arts Editor A pounds 5m government grant for Capital of Culture celebrations is not enough, says Liverpool's arts chief. Cllr Warren Bradley said the offer of doubling of government funding to pounds 10m was 'pretty derisory'....
Should You Wear Your Heart on Your Sleeve; as Charity Wristbands Become a Fashion 'Must Have', Rachael Tinniswood Asks Have We Forgotten Their True Meaning
Byline: Rachael Tinniswood WHEN Liverpool stars Steven Gerrard and John Arne Riise were pictured wearing Hillsborough Justice Campaign wristbands during the Reds' clash with Chelsea in the Carling Cup final, they sparked more than just an interest...
STAFF SAFETY FEAR; Security Guard Plea for Store
Byline: By MIKE HORNBY UNION leaders are meeting superstore Argos after staff complained about their safety. There are no security guards at the Paradise Street store in the city centre. Workers say they have been threatened and attacked -...
Student Says Roon Lashed out at Him; Police Probe Club Incident
Byline: By JAMES GLOVER Crime Reporter POLICE are investigating claims that Wayne Rooney assaulted a student in a Manchester nightspot. The ex-Everton striker was apparently goaded by Patrick Hanrahan, 22, inside nightclub Tiger Tiger, and branded...
Table Tennis: Ladies Win through to Third Final in Four Years
Byline: By DON DAVIES THE Liverpool Ladies team reached the final of the Pat Archdale Cup final for the third time in four years as they came second in a round robin group with Wolverhampton and Leicester. Liverpool beat 16-times Pat Archdale...
Your Home
THIS three-storey semi detached on Balliol Road, Bootle, has seven bedrooms and three downstairs entertaining rooms. On the ground floor is an entrance hall leading to a front lounge with original open fireplace, rear sitting room, dining room and...
Your Home: Packs Are Good Move
MORE than 80% of home-buyers and sellers say the introduction of Home Information Packs is a good idea, according to a governmentcommissioned survey published today. The findings, issued by the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister, are the first part...