Sunday Snippets, 23 June 2024

Welcome to “Sunday Snippets” a weekly feature from Birkenhead News. It is a round-up of the important local news stories you may have missed over the last seven days. Click or tap on each story to read the full article.

BBC Panorama investigation uncovers abuse of children at SEND school

An undercover BBC Panorama investigation has exposed abuse of children at a Wirral SEND school.

BBC reporter Sasha Hinde went undercover at Life Wirral, an independent secondary school in Wallasey, for seven weeks.

Staff members were recorded making cruel and offensive remarks about pupils or appearing to put them in a headlock. In some cases, they are shown directly addressing students using homophobic and ableist language.

Below are links to all of the news articles covering this story:

Council ‘acted immediately’ after concerns about bullying and abuse at Life Wirral school

Inspector said ‘staff know how to spot signs of abuse’ at Life Wirral

BBC says Panorama investigation was ‘firmly in the public interest’ in response to Life Wirral statement

Owners of Life Wirral premises ‘terrified’ as they ask people not to damage building

Plans to turn hotel into school thrown out following BBC Panorama probe

New Brighton demands action to tackle sewage

Weeks before voters go to the polls, a seaside resort is demanding action to help protect swimmers on its shores.

Campaign group Clean Mersey was hoping to launch a bid in May to get bathing water status for New Brighton beach but applications are currently suspended while a review of the regulations around bathing waters take place.

This means for a popular resort like New Brighton, swimmers and other water users might not know how safe the water is for at least another year.

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Inspirational Wirral teacher wins prestigious national teaching award

Students and staff of Ridgeway High School are celebrating the announcement that languages teacher, Kate Hytner, has received a prestigious national teaching award.

Kate has been recognised with a Silver Award for Teacher of the Year in a Secondary School in the Pearson National Teaching Awards. She is now in the running for a coveted Gold Award.

Gold Award winners will be announced at a glittering awards ceremony in London and on the BBC’s The One Show in November.

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Birkenhead election special: On the campaign trail with candidates and voters

In one of Labour’s strongholds, a door-to-door campaign is hoping for a surprise upset.

The Birkenhead constituency has always voted Labour since it was recreated in 1950 and in the last general election, Labour won with 59% and the Green Party were in last place with 3.3%. However, after continued success in local elections since with 10 out of 21 Birkenhead councillors, the Green Party feels things could be different this time.

YouGov’s latest constituency poll shows Labour on 53% with Reform UK second on 16%, Greens on 13%, Conservatives on 9%, and the Liberal Democrats on 8% in the town. However, the Green Party believes this could be underestimating local factors and the race is in fact much closer.

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West Kirby RNLI rescue three people cut off by the tide at Middle Eye

On Wednesday, 19 June, volunteer lifeboat crew from West Kirby RNLI rescued three people who were cut off by the tide at Middle Eye.

At approximately 10.46pm, West Kirby RNLI were tasked by HM Coastguard to reports of three people cut off by the tide at Middle Eye.

The casualties had made the call to the Coastguard themselves asking for help after realising they were surrounded by the high tide.

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Family seeks £5m+ for land in West Kirby

A family is asking for at least £5m from a developer to build 40 houses – plans previously opposed by hundreds of people.

The land, known locally as the Sheep Fields, sits just outside West Kirby town centre and up the hill from the Wirral Way and the West Kirby Concourse leisure centre.

It includes several fields, a large detached Victorian house at 90 Grange Road called Greenfield as well as Barclays Meadow, a two-storey detached house.

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Man who ‘will never get over’ brother’s death issues warning message to drivers

A man who “will never get over” his brother’s death has issued a warning message to drivers nearly five years on.

Dave Jones’ brother Simon was hit by a driver in November 2019 who ran over him at the roundabout on Market Street at the junction of Station Road in Hoylake. He died four days later from his injuries.

Since then, Dave has been a volunteer for Aftermath Support, a Wirral-based charity that provides support for those who are affected by people being killed and seriously injured on the road. It was set up as a pilot project with Merseyside Police in 2005 and has helped thousands of people, including Dave.

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Thanksgiving service for Frank Field takes place in Oxton

Final tributes have been made to the late Frank Field who “saw something in Birkenhead which nobody else saw”.

The former Labour Minister and crossbench peer Baron Frank Field who represented the town of Birkenhead from 1979 until 2019 has been buried at Birkenhead Priory followed by a memorial service that paid tribute to the late politician.

Though from London originally, local politicians and his family said he came to love the town for its people and stood up for them where he could.

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Why pharmacies across Wirral are turning off the lights

Pharmacies across Merseyside are wearing black and working in darkness as part of a “funeral” protest.

Victoria Pharmacy on Victoria Road in New Brighton is one of many taking part in the protest calling for more NHS funding for pharmacies across the country.

Staff there said they “want people to see how bad it is” pointing out that if the pharmacy goes under, the Post Office that runs in the same building is likely to go too.

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Wirral Police weekly news round-up

This is the Birkenhead News weekly round-up of police and crime news in and around Wirral during the last seven days.

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