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All stories for01 Mar 2012

Widnes artist had taken drugs and alcohol when hit by train

A TALENTED artist was killed by a train when he wandered on to railway tracks after taking the party drug ‘meow meow’.

Magician Paul Daniels forced to pull out of Brindley show following operation

MAGICIAN Paul Daniels has been forced to cancel tonight’s show at The Brindley after he was admitted to hospital.

Liverpool cancer centre plans could kill off Halton General Hospital claims health chief

A HEALTH chief has warned that Halton General Hospital could close because of a £105m cancer treatment centre set to be built in Liverpool.

Denis Betts calls for Hull KR intensity from Widnes Vikings

DENIS BETTS is preparing his Widnes Vikings troops to enter the Craven Park cauldron ahead of their clash against Hull KR on Sunday (3pm).

Robbers steal contaminated motor boats from yard at Mersey View Road in Widnes

VIOLENT robbers knocked a man unconscious and stole five contaminated motor boats from a Widnes storage yard.

Bold Heath garden centre to run art competition as part of Orchid Weekend

ARTY children are being invited to turn their creative eye toward some floral masterpieces.

Widnes born Lynne Doyle finally published her book Kitten Capers after a decade

A DECADE after writing a series of short rhyming stories, a woman from Widnes has finally had her book published.

ICI Rugby Union Club team mates John Kenny and George Grace reunited

MEMORIES of an eventful rugby tour were among the talking points when two old Widnes pals were reunited.

Peggy and Brian Baxter from Widnes get ready to celebrate diamond wedding anniversary

AFTER 60 years of marriage, a Widnes couple are celebrating their diamond anniversary by renewing their vows.

Cheshire Police continue the search for missing Widnes man Keith Fitzpatrick

THE search is continuing for a Widnes man more than a month after he was first reported missing.

Widnes Vikings: Denis Betts looks for further improvement against Hull KR

DENIS BETTS is preparing his troops to enter the Craven Park cauldron ahead of their clash against Hull KR on Sunday (3pm).

Shaun Briscoe: It’s great to be back in action again

PLAYING rugby is something I have done for almost as long as I can remember.

Widnes scouts toast beer festival success

MORE than 130 tipplers in Widnes attended the first real ale festival to be hosted by scouts in the town.

Widnes Vikings fan Bill Fox left fuming after pranksters daub van in Warrington Wolves colours

AN AVID Widnes Vikings fan is seeing red after pranksters decked his van out in the colours of fierce rivals Warrington Wolves.

Runcorn Apex Taxis Darts: Railway win as Beechwood hit the buffers

THE end of season play-offs got under way last Thursday night and in the Town Championship, Section Four team, Railway Sleepers ran out 5-4 winners against Section Three opponents, Beechwood.

Snooker & Billiards: Widnes Bowling Club close in on retaining their crown


Eight wins for Runcorn Rowing Club at Trafford Head

RUNCORN Rowing Club secured eight fantastic wins at Trafford Head.

Illidge shatters 19-year record

RUNCORN Canoe Club enjoyed several successes in ther first domestic race of the year.

Failed asylum seekers in Runcorn foiled by Cheshire police

THREE Libyan men living in Runcorn face possible deportation after they were flagged up to immigration officials by Cheshire police.

Latest figures show Cheshire Police are winning the fight against crime

POLICE have hailed a decline in crime across the board in Cheshire in 2011.

Police praise Polar Ford, Victoria Road, Runcorn, for ‘Safe Plates’ scheme

POLICE have hailed a car dealership in Runcorn for its efforts to combat theft in the area.

Stroke victim Pete Roberts of Runcorn to take on Sport Relief swim at Hatchmere in Delamere Forest

A BRAVE Runcorn swimmer is set to take on freezing temperatures for charity, only months after he suffered a debilitating stroke.

Paul McNally wants Runcorn Linnets to play their part in divisional shake-up

PAUL McNALLY believes the next three weeks will go a long way to sorting the congestion at the top of the North West Counties Premier Division – and feels Runcorn Linnets will have a big say in matters.

Runcorn bookies robbed at knife point

DETECTIVES are appealing for information following an armed robbery at a betting shop in Runcorn.

Runcorn Town must keep up momentum says Simon Burton

SIMON BURTON has warned against complacency as his Runcorn Town side prepare to face struggling Atherton LR this weekend.

Mick Bowman grudge match tops the bill in Olympia show

WIDNES’ Mick Bowman faces Ian Entwistle in a pivotal lightweight bout at the Olympian MMA Championships on Saturday.

Liverpool FC and Cardiff fans able to claim compensation following Virgin Trains delay on Carling Cup final day

TRAVEL chaos descended on Runcorn at the weekend as fans travelling to the Carling Cup final were delayed by a derailed train.

Pupils from The Bankfield School in Widnes performe Alice at The Brindley

YOUNG thespians from Widnes have been treading the boards in a Runcorn production based on stories by Daresbury’s most famous author.

Daniel Adamson Preservation Society appoints new consultants

AMBITIOUS plans to restore a historic Runcorn steam tug to its former glory have taken a major step forward.

Daresbury firm strikes partnership deal to bring clouds to sunny Bahrain

A DARESBURY Science And Innovation Campus firm has agreed a partnership deal to bring ‘cloud computing’ to Bahrain.

Polar Ford in Runcorn donates £1,000 to Motability

POLAR Ford in Runcorn has donated £1,000 to disability motoring charity Motability.

Runcorn energy firm ACAL Energy receives major funding from the Carbon Trust

RUNCORN-based fuel cell pioneer ACAL Energy is set to benefit from a slice of £1m in funding from the Carbon Trust.

Hammond Performing Company brings dance spectacular to The Brindley in Runcorn

AN EVENING of dance and musical theatre comes to Runcorn later this month with what organisers said will be a ‘vibrant and diverse’ performance.

Former pupils at St John Fisher and Thomas Moore girls’ school invited to reunion at Widnes Cricket Club

A REUNION is being planned for former schoolgirls in Widnes.

Eddie Stobart: Trucks and Trailers returns to TV with feature on Widnes training academy

POPULAR observational documentary Eddie Stobart: Trucks And Trailers will return to screens this Friday with a feature on the firm’s Widnes operation.

Runcorn residents asked to plants trees for Diamond Jubilee

THE Woodland Trust has called on Halton residents to plant a tree to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

Halton fundraisers spring into action for Marie Curie daffodfil appeal

CHARITY fundraisers from Halton have helped to launch Marie Curie Cancer Care’s Great Daffodil Appeal across the borough.

Highland Games for schoolchildren

HALTON schoolchildren were involved in a sporting event with a distinctly Scottish flavour as they held their own Primary Highland Games.

Table Tennis: Fords gear up for title

FORDS A continued their march to the First Division title with wins over Sutton A and Widnes RUC I with trebles from Mal and Denise McEvoy, Ken Bennett and Rob Goldson.

Mums in Halton gather together to showcase and display their homemade products at Christ Church Hall, Weston

MUMS across Halton are gathering together to showcase and sell a range of unique products.

Police in Halton raise awareness on importance of using non-emergency number only for crimes that don’t require urgent assistance

POLICE in Halton have issued warning over the effects of misusing the new police non-emergency number.

Widnes 16 - Leeds 44: Vikings improve despite defeat

Widnes Vikings 16Leeds Rhinos 44

Halton councillor in launch No Second Night out homelessness campaign

A CAMPAIGN to ensure no homeless Halton residents have to spend more than one night on the streets has been launched.

Halton Youth Squad captures Castlefields on camera in Runcorn

HALTON youngsters showcased their artistic flair alongside professional photographer Dave Jones in a bid to capture the regeneration of the Castlefields estate.

Halton Haven Hospice charity shop to set up focus group

AN EVENT is taking place at a Widnes charity shop with customers being invited to suggest improvements.

Campaign for Todger Jones statue in Runcorn receives £5k area forum cash

EFFORTS to set up a lasting memorial to a Runcorn war hero have received a massive financial boost.

Heron Business Park in Widnes almost reaches capacity

THE second phase of the £5.9m Heron Business Park in Widnes is now more than 70% full after developer St Modwen secured a number of lettings and sales.

NWAS launches scheme to cut deaths from heart attacks

PEOPLE in Halton are among those taking part in a scheme to help increase heart attack survival rates.

Ditton and Upton Dad’s ‘n’ Kid’s group in Widnes celebrate the launch of their new DVD

A GROUP in Widnes held their own Oscars-style evening as they celebrated the launch of a new DVD.

Runcorn music technician produces album for Palastian rapper MC Gaza

A MUSIC producer from Runcorn has co-produced an album for Palestinian-based rapper MC Gaza.