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<b>Weds June 2:</b> Footie fans warned against kicking off; Protests at 'biased' BBC; marathon MP pulls a fast one...

Published on June 2nd 2010.


ANYONE found in their cups while watching the Word Cup will get a criminal record under a new police clampdown.
The force has launched a “Football Safety Zone” around Concert Square and have promised to get tough on troublemakers.

And offenders caught being drunk and disorderly or involved in minor disturbances are dealt with by an £80 on-the-spot fine and a police caution.

And don't think of watching a game on the big screen in Clayton Square: the plug has been pulled by council officials.

BBC Radio Merseyside was the scene of protests yesterday, as 200 activists showed their anger towards the Israeli bombing of aid ships bound for Gaza.
Last night’s public display in Hanover St, organised by the Merseyside Stop The War Coalition, Liverpool Friends of Palestine, Campaign For Nuclear Disarmament and the TUC, was a protest against the blockade of humanitarian aid to the people living in Gaza and the perceived biased reporting of the BBC over the incident.

A pensioner from West Kirby has been stripped of his title as fastest-ever London Marathon runner in the over 65 category, after it emerged he had taken a 10-mile short-cut.
Tony Gaskell, 70, crossed the finishing line in three hours and five minutes during the event in April.

Tony said he never claimed to have won the race, insisting he dropped out and took the detour as he'd hurt himself falling over another racer. He just wanted to collect his belongings from the finish line.

Everton's Leighton Baines has missed out of Fabio Capello's final 23 players he is to take to the World Cup in South Africa.
Ex-Liverpool defender Stephen Warnock is in, as is Stevie G, obviously. Jamie Carragher was also picked, after coming out of his three year retirement from the national team. Glen Johnson also made the cut.

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