The Devil God's Best Friend

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If you have any interest in: Ufology, Paranormal, Angling, Paganism, the Eco-system and general controversy then this may just be the place for you. I am a published author of books concerning these particular topics...


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Monday, 20 March 2017

Marina Lake Southport - crumbling walls and graffiti





















Dilapidated broken walls and corroded metal railings greet visitors to the classic resort, opposite Morrison’s store.






















Southport’s Marine Lake has been a popular attraction since Victorian times. However it is still crying out for more attention due to relentless graffiti and crumbling walls, etc.





















Recent graffiti around the Marine Lake.




















Surely, the authorities can do better and implement more police and security at this location? Do we actually have a working council these days? Have they cut back so many essential facilities that all that remains are the coffee mornings for the highly paid, Town Hall Top Brass? 































Not the prettiest sites to attract more tourism to the town. 

More can and most certainly 'should' be done for this failing town centre area!




















Nevertheless, we can always rely on Sefton Council for 'some' things... 

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Saturday, 18 March 2017

Accident in Formby, Duke Street






















Several vehicles were involved in an accident this morning at the bottom of Formby Bridge and Duke Street.


The road was cordoned off and traffic redirected by helpful people at the scene of the smash. 

Substantial damage occurred to several vehicles.




Police eventually arrived with traffic cones. 

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Thursday, 16 March 2017

Southport Today: a great town, so long as you have a roof over your head tonight!





Southport is a classic resort and it's a fantastic place to live in or visit. Nevertheless, like other places it does have its issues.

Homelessness and rough-sleeping remains high on the list of ongoing problems.



This unfortunate person spent the afternoon yesterday on a bench by the bandstand in the town centre.




Some people seem to think that such issues are 'funny' and treat  them with contempt. However, they may not be laughing if the same fate befalls them one day, as it may well do.




Anyone can fall on hard times, via grief or ill-fortune and we all need to keep this fact in mind 'before' we try to judge others!


So yes, we have a lovely town yet the down side is something that many folk wish to dismiss as someone else's problem. 


Land around Southport's attractive Marine lake also holds homeless people.

 'Officially', the following information is given...

Help is available to homeless people and others in need.

If you have nowhere to stay, or if it is dangerous for you to return home, or if you will be homeless within the next 28 days you should contact the Housing Options Team immediately.Housing Options Team, Ground Floor, Merton House, Stanley Road, Bootle, L20 3UU. Tel: 0151 934 3541. Opening Times: Monday to Thursday 10.00 am to 4.00 pm, Friday 10.00 am to 3.00 pm.

Out of Hours

For people who become homeless when the office is closed, Sefton Council's Health and Social Care Emergency Duty Team manages the Out of Hour’s service. The service is for emergencies only and can give you general advice and will be able to assist you to find temporary emergency accommodation.

You can contact the Out of Hours service on 0151 920 8234. Monday to Thursday after 5.00 pm. Friday after 4.15 pm and any time at weekends and public holidays.

NB. Nevertheless, how exactly can phone numbers and distant addresses in Bootle help a 'Southport' rough sleeper, or a dispossessed person with no money or means to telephone for help?

Perhaps information dealing with assistance for such people needs posting on billboards etc around the town with a dedicated free phone number. There is however the Samaritans, who offer a free phone help number 116 123.

Moreover, we hear plenty from Sefton politicians about improving our town, yet how much effort actually goes into the ongoing homeless problem? Is it being addressed at its core?



At the end of the day, it will not kill any of us to go out and give a few sandwiches, a bottle of pepsi or a warm blanket to the unlucky ones sleeping rough with the rats on our streets tonight. 

We are all human beings and action does speak much louder than words... 

Pat Regan © 

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Masked shoppers in ASDA create public alarm





















This morning shoppers in Southport’s ASDA supermarket were somewhat alarmed to see a large group of young people rushing around the store wearing what appeared to be surgical masks.




















One ASDA patron, Mr Igor Grindeanu, who regularly visits the shop said.

“I have never seen anything like this before. I immediately thought that this was some sort of terrorist operation in place and could see other people were getting really anxious. My family were genuinely frightened.  I asked a member of ASDA staff what was happening and was told that it was probably some type of ‘cultural thing’, which did not answer my question or allay our fears. The masked people were pulling big cases on trolleys, which could have contained anything."














































 







Once outside the store some of the group removed their masks, while waiting for others to join them.

Another shopper, who wished to remain anonymous, said.

“I suspect this Asian group are used to wearing masks to stop then breathing in city pollution. Do they know something we don’t know about Southport air?”

NB. Some people have mentioned the custom, in certain countries, that encourages the wearing of masks to prevent spread of disease. However, this did not seem to be the case here as they were pulling them off and on regularly as they shopped. None of the group seemed ill in any way.

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Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Battle to save George Drive woods from Council/OVH eco-destruction continues





















Ainsdale’s lovely little woodland in George Drive is still under serious ecologically-destructive threat, from Liverpool - based One Vision Housing (OVH) and Sefton's Council. 

























Bluebell rich pathways due to flower soon.





















A shy Long tailed tit in George Drive woods today.

Sefton Council have written again to residents and campaigners with a letter dated 10 March 2017, stating that the number of dwellings on the OVH scheme has been reduced.

A '5 metre protection area' is also to be included to help legally - protected water voles in the local watercourse, Sandy Brook. Water voles have full legal protection under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981, which means that it is illegal to kill, injure or take one from the wild, or intentionally or recklessly damage or disturb the places they use for shelter. Young male water voles leave the nest when they are about four months old to find new habitats.

https://www.wildlifetrusts.org/water-vole-faq 



































Several species of legally-protected bats are also to be found in the area. One of these species is sensitive to light and excessive street illumination may be detrimental to it.




A bat survey was allegedly done previously, yet some campaigners are asking how extensive it was. Several trees do also hold the potential in the George Drive woods to host bat roosts.

Bats require different roosting conditions at different times of the year. They will often move around to find a roost that meets their needs. Some bats prefer hollow trees, while others like caves or old buildings and some use divergent ones at various times of the year.




























Bats and the Law

In Britain all bat species and their roosts are legally protected, by both domestic and international legislation.

This means you will be committing a criminal offence if you:

Deliberately capture, injure or kill a bat;
Intentionally or recklessly disturb a bat in its roost or deliberately disturb a group of bats;
Damage or destroy a bat roosting place (even if bats are not occupying the roost at the time);
Possess or advertise/sell/exchange a bat (dead or alive) or any part of a bat;
Intentionally or recklessly obstruct access to a bat roost;



The Ainsdale woods here are also prime nesting grounds for many bird species.


















Brambles around the woods are also valuable wild nesting habitat.


For generations local Ainsdale children have happily played in the woods, learning about wildlife and nature. 

OVH and the Council's appalling plans for eco-vandalism, via large scale developments, will decimate a tradition and affect a way of life in a highly negative sense for the entire community. 

So how is the Bootle – based firm OVH doing; does it impress the community or…?

OVH in fact currently gets just 2.7 out of 5 stars on their own Facebook review page.


Sefton also request that any comments about this application should be sent in to them by 24 March 2017 for consideration. They give this email address for contact, should anyone wish to comment on the ecologically destructive proposals: planning.department@sefton.gov.uk


Alternatively you can write to them at the following address:

Planning Services,
Sefton Council,
Magdalen House,
30 Trinity Road,
Bootle, L20 3NJ.




Council responsibility to the natural ecosystem

Various species of wildlife are having their numbers dangerously depleted thanks largely to thoughtlessly erected building developments all across the UK

Unbelievably Sefton Council are partners to an essential 'eco-action' plan - North Merseyside Biodiversity Action Plan

 So what does the plan mean?

Groups such as: British Trust for Ornithology, English Nature (Natural England), Environment Agency, Environmental Advisory Service, Forestry Commission, Groundwork Trusts, Mersey Forest, etc are also partners in this well-meant ecological initiative

UK Action plans are set in force to:

“Conserve, protect and enhance biological diversity”

Is Sefton Council therefore guilty of ignoring this clear eco-directive in Ainsdale? 


Sooner or later available land will definitely run out and species under threat will undoubtedly become nothing but ancient memories in dusty natural history books.

We are doing what we can to save this little bit of old, rural, Southport countryside from OVH's Bootle bulldozers but your help is always welcome.

Get writing today - it's well worth saving our precious UK green spaces for wildlife and for the community.




Thursday, 9 March 2017

Southport’s Midweek Visiter criticised for encouraging unscrupulous back-street kitten breeding



































A controversial 'kitten-selling' advertisement has appeared several times in this week’s edition of the Midweek Visiter. This irresponsible advert is believed to potentially encourage unscrupulous back-street breeding of unneutered cats. Why has the Visiter permitted this to be included? 

One could perhaps imagine that this unwise inclusion was simply a 'solitary' editorial mistake. However, the advert appears no less than three times in the 7th March 2017 edition of the newspaper on pages 4, 39 and 41. So why exactly is a kitten selling advert in a local newspaper so controversial?  OK, let's forget opinions and examine some hard facts...

Tackling the cat crisis

The RSPCA and other responsible charities have called for cats to be neutered and micro-chipped. They advise that the overpopulation of cats is a serious UK crisis, with many unwanted kittens being dumped each year. Back street kitten selling, for quick profit, is undoubtedly helping the cat crisis to escalate.

The RSPCA stated:

‘The cat population in the UK has reached crisis point. Despite subsidised neutering schemes from rescue organisations, more and more cats are coming into our care and less homes are taking in cats. Our centres are full and we're left to pay expensive private boarding fees. Urgent action is needed to increase neutering rates and reduce the number of unlucky cats that end up in rescue centres.’

https://www.rspca.org.uk/adviceandwelfare/pets/cats/health/neutering

The RSPCA believes that neutering cats at an early age reduces their ‘hunting instinct’ and as such reduces the chances of cats hunting endangered species. One unneutered female cat can produce 18 kittens in a year and can end up with 20,000 descendants in just five years.

Leading cat welfare charity Cat Protection claims the stray cat population has now hit an all-time high as shelters struggle to keep up with the enormous numbers of cats being brought in.

The consequences of this immoral kitten market can be disturbing. Frequently unsuspecting purchasers buy vulnerable kittens that are sick and often too young to leave their mother. This of course results in a lack of vital nutrients for the kitten to develop properly. Disease and illness may set in and later poor socialisation may become an issue. Many die and others are dumpted into the wild by cruel owners to become feral. The latter breeds at will and the ramifications to already struggling local wildlife populations are devastating.  The average cat kills up to around 40 small creatures each year. The UK’s domestic cat population is estimated to be between nine and 10 million, which amounts to at least 300 million deaths of small creatures a year.

Sir David says – buy your cat a collar to help save our birds.




Sir David Attenborough has warned that cats are killing huge numbers of birds in British gardens. The TV naturalist said cat owners should buy bell collars for their pets to help stop the deaths.

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2013/dec/10/cats-killing-birds-gardens-david-attenborough 

Additionally, more UK housing developments near to attractive green spaces are seeing yet more irresponsible families bringing in more pet cats. This is leading to wide-ranging cat predation of our UK wildlife and numbers of birds, mammals and amphibians etc are being decimated.



Hard-pressed charities are now being forced into highlighting the fact that numerous thoughtless families take on the responsibility of a pet cat, only later realising that they are financially unable (or simply unwilling) to provide adequate care for their pet’s growing needs. This avoidable fiasco leads to yet more dumped cats and undue strain on overstretched charities with limited resources, like the RSPCA.

If you own a pet cat (or any other species) be responsible for its actions. 

Please help cats and help our UK wildlife by saying ‘NO’ to unscrupulous back-street cat breeding today.

If you own a cat then please do not add to the growing crisis – get it neutered, keep it indoors (uncontrolled cats outdoors do get hit by road vehicles) or at least provide it with a collar bell ASAP.



Why a locally - established newspaper would openly encourage this cat crisis situation to escalate further is not fully understood. Perhaps their management wish to explain just what they are playing at?

The media should set a good professional example and encourage ‘responsible’ pet ownership instead of unregulated (and frequently cruel) back-street kitten breeding.

Our sympathy should be reserved for badly treated cats, our hard-pressed animal charities and UK wildlife under threat, due to human irresponsibility surrounding this appalling crisis situation.

Charities work very hard in educating people about neutering. So this reckless  unregulated kitten- selling  advert appearing in a local newspaper is just not good enough.

Wildlife, over-worked animal charities and the cats themselves deserve better than this! 

More ...
http://www.otsnews.co.uk/southports-midweek-visiter-criticised-for-encouraging-unscrupulous-back-street-kitten-breeding/ 







Monday, 6 March 2017

Southport: how safe is it today?



Graffiti is again a problem at Southport’s Marine Lake. Additional damage to older lakeside buildings and more low-grade graffiti has also been exposed following clearance work around the lake.

























OTS News has also revealed today that the latest Marine Lake disturbance is being treated as attempted murder. 

http://www.otsnews.co.uk/southport-man-charged-with-attempted-murder-following-marine-way-bridge-attack/

Detective Sergeant Tony O’Brien said: “We are looking to identify and confirm the details of a man and woman who located the weapon on Saturday close to Marine Parade; in addition to anyone else who witnessed the incident, as we know that members of the public were close by. Your details could be vital in the investigation.”

Anyone with information is asked to call detectives on: (0151) 777 3075, call 101 or the Crimestoppers line anonymously and for free on 0800 555 11
















Antisocial and disruptive behaviour is apparently being tabled as 'high priority' by police with the latest town centre dispersal zone in force. This order intends to curb the rising level of antisocial behaviour The leading question is: Does it go far enough?


More vandalism was also recently highlighted at the pier entrance, yet that particular area does not appear to be included on the latest police dispersal zone map. 


Adding to this increasingly chaotic situation is the latest incident on the Marine Way Bridge when a male was hit by a vehicle. Police later took away a knife from the scene for forensic examination and we are now hearing of attempted murder... 


This currently unacceptable run of antisocial (and now potentially murderous) conduct in our town is clearly not being fully addressed by the authorities. The entire situation is like a dog chasing its own tail and the beleaguered public are the ones left paying the price. 

The ultra-selfish minority of noisy misfits that plague our town (usually under the protective cloak of night time) are a blight on the community that serve no useful purpose. In fact they serve only one purpose and that is their own hedonistic desire to destroy, harass others and basically suit themselves. Via their greedy self-obsessed egos they let down society, the good people of their own age group and their own families. The old question always typically arises - where exactly are their parents when these little darlings are out wrecking the town, for fun? 

Lip Service reactions by officialdom - letting us all down? 

Lip service reactions (to simply appease growing public fears) by our authorities are obviously not sorting it out properly and the root cause is being dismissed, time and time again! 

What exactly is going wrong in Southport and how far can the police, council and other authorities actually go to make our allegedly 'classic resort'  safer for normal families who just want to live in peace? Clearly we cannot expect apathetic parents of malcontents to act with any form of decency so the law-making authorities must get up to speed for the benefit of the law-abiding, respectable, majority. 





Southport residents deserve MUCH better  than this current antisocial fiasco! 

We have a great little town and a few selfish trouble-makers should not be allowed to spoil it for everyone else. 

More: http://pat-regan.blogspot.co.uk/2017/03/police-closed-marine-lake-bridge.html

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Saturday, 4 March 2017

Police at Marine Lake Bridge Southport; knife also found at scene - Update!


















Emergency services were called to the Marine Way Bridge, Southport shortly after midday (Saturday 4th February 2017). Police apparently arrived to find that a male had been struck by a vehicle traveling along the bridge. 



Update, Knife taken away by Police:

A witness has since come forward alleging to OTS News that police have now bagged up and taken away a 'knife' at the accident scene. 

OTS News reported earlier that a woman was assaulted by a male near to Southport's pier. Following this assault he jumped in front of a car on the Marine Way Bridge.

http://www.otsnews.co.uk/watch-marine-way-bridge-closed-after-man-was-struck-by-car/ 


















































Police were swiftly on the scene.

Pat Regan © 

http://pat-regan.blogspot.co.uk/2017/03/police-closed-marine-lake-bridge.html


Now on OTS News

http://www.otsnews.co.uk/police-at-marine-lake-bridge-southport-knife-also-found-at-scene-update/ 

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