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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.

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.

Shortlist announced for Halton’s Business And Tourism Awards

THE final shortlist for the annual Halton Business And Tourism Awards has been announced.

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.

Knifeman who robbed children in Runcorn is still at large

A KNIFE-wielding robber who has targeted children in Runcorn is on the loose.

Halton Labour Party slams online boundary commission consultation

CAMPAIGNERS opposing planned boundary changes in Halton have slammed the online consultation process, claiming the Government is ‘deliberately’ trying to limit objections to the plans.

Halton firms face fines for late tax returns

A WIDNES-based accountant is warning Halton residents HMRC will be issuing £85m in fines over the next fortnight for late tax returns.

Halton Borough Council lists authorised collection charities for March

CHARITY collections have been authorised by Halton Council for March.

Halton CAB says residents missing out on Warm Front scheme

THOUSANDS of Halton’s poorest families could be missing out on vital grants to heat their homes, while the Government sits on £30m in unclaimed cash.

Halton energy firm shows nuclear know how

A HALTON firm has successfully completed a pioneering trial to dispose of radioactive waste at a nuclear power station.

Halton Borough Council lists authorised collection charities for March

CHARITY collections have been authorised by Halton Council for March.

NHS offers help to people in Halton who want to give up smoking

SMOKERS in Halton are being encouraged to stub it out in the run up to National No Smoking Day by a Widnesian who kicked the habit.

Kayleigh Maxwell of the Preston Brook pub raises cash with cakes for Halton Haven in Runcorn

A CHARITY drive had the sweet smell of success thanks to the baking skills of one Runcorn fundraiser.

Halton Labour Party slams online boundary commission consultation

CAMPAIGNERS opposing planned boundary changes in Halton have slammed the online consultation process, claiming the Government is ‘deliberately’ trying to limit objections to the plans.

Longhorn cattle to graze the banks of the Mersey in Halton

THE imposing figures of a distinctive breed of cattle will soon be a regular sight on a Halton riverbank.

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.

Former girl guides take part in world thinking day at Riverside College

MORE than 70 former girl guides of all ages descended on Riverside College for a special celebration.

Borough youngsters bowled over

THE borough’s children were bowled over as they took par in The Halton New Age Bowls Competition.

Intense inspections due to be held on construction sites in Halton and across Cheshire

CONSTRUCTION sites in Halton and across Cheshire are being put under the safety spotlight as part of an intense inspection which aims to reduce death, injury and ill health.

Runcorn funnyman John Bishop sets off on ‘week of hell’

RUNCORN funnyman John Bishop has embarked on his mission to cycle, row and run 290 miles from Paris to London in five days to raise money for Sport Relief.

Runcorn firm secures £75m contract extension with Shell

A LEADING energy services firm that has a base in Runcorn has been awarded an extension to a contract with Shell worth £75m over two years.

Halton Hospital’s Radio Halton in need of chatty people to volunteer and visit patients on wards

A VOLUNTEER radio station is urging chatterboxes to come forward and join its team.

Widnes woman convicted of being noisy neighbour

THE first person evicted by Halton Housing Trust based on evidence gathered by noise monitoring equipment has been fined for breaching a court order.

Halton’s reoffending rate lower than expected

THE number of adults convicted of crimes in Halton who re-offended in the past 12 months was less than expected, statistics have revealed.

Widnes was ‘the dirtiest and ugliest’ in country hears history group

THE transformation of Widnes from a cluster of villages into an industrial powerhouse slammed as ‘the most depressing town in England’ in 1897 has been discussed at a recent meeting.

Phone mast fighters win again in Birchfield Gardens, Widnes

A COMMUNICATIONS giant is to appeal after its bid to build a phone mast near a Widnes park was rejected.

Halton Clinical Commissioning Group introduces itself to public

AN ORGANISATION set to take on the job of buying health services for the borough has introduced itself to residents.

Environment board to nurture nature reserve of rare birds and cattle near Mersey Gateway in Halton

A GROUP has been set up to protect wildlife on nature reserves along Halton’s river banks as part of a major £600m Mersey Gateway project.

Grabbing incident sparks witness appeal in Runcorn

A SUSPECT who grabbed a teenager’s coat then talked to her has prompted a police alert in Runcorn.

Masked thugs armed with metal bar confront residents in Widnes

BURGLARS armed with a metal bar burst into a property in Widnes.

Artist and foundry tipped for Childe Of Hale statue commission

THE sculptor who created the first Childe Of Hale statue looks certain to be given the task of building its replacement.