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<b>Weds May 5: </b>Expo attendees down on estimate; No get out of jail card for Warren; Rapid Hardware's £3m loss and watch out, traffic cops about

Published on May 5th 2010.

Curtis Warren today lost an appeal against his conviction for a £1m drug smuggling plot in Jersey.

The Toxteth-born 46-year-old was jailed in December for 13 years after being convicted by a Channel Island jury last autumn.

Warren’s legal team had claimed the British authorities and Serious Organised Crime Agency used Jersey to set their client up as much of the evidence in the case would have been inadmissible in an English court.


ORGANISERS of the £1.1m Liverpool stand at the World Expo in Shanghai are downgrading their expectations for the event’s attendance.

Liverpool, which is situated in the Urban Best Practice Pavilion had expected to receive about 1 per cent of the estimated 70m visitors, but initial attendances have been much lower than expected, around 560,000 in the first three days. The goal requires 380,000 visitors a day.

Rapid Hardware incurred a “large trading loss” in its final year in Renshaw Street but says it has has been kept stable by property deals and cash injections from directors.

Its move into the former George Henry Lee store is expected to return the business to profit, they say. Rapid recorded pre-tax losses of £1.46m after sales dropped by more than £4m to £8m in the year to January, 2009. This contributed to the group making a total pre-tax loss of £3.38m.


Police will target motorists with high visibility patrols on eight key routes throughout May after it was was revealed more people are likely to be killed or seriously injured on the roads of Merseyside this month.

“With the onset of the warmer weather and with the two bank holidays in May, motorists and pedestrians need to take extra care,” said a spokesman.

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