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<b>Weds May 12:</b> TUC's dire warning to public sector after Cameron-Clegg pact; drugs and guns in Beetham Tower; headmaster's teaching ban and 65 more wind turbines

Published on May 12th 2010.

CUTS of £6 billion in public services this year have been condemned as a “hammer blow to the North West economy”, by TUC Regional Secretary, Alan Manning.

Following the announcement of the Cameron-Clegg coalition, he warned cuts would threaten the fragile recovery and throw thousands of public servants out of work, with a knock-on impact on private sector suppliers who depend on the sector for income. He also pledged to build another coalition - of 1m union members in the North West - to defend the interests of working people.


A SAWN-OFF shotgun, drugs and ammunition were seized in a raid on a luxury flat at Beetham Tower, Old Hall Street, yesterday.

They also found what is believed to be heroin, mixing agent to cut the drugs and some cash.

A 37-year-old man, from Liverpool, was arrested. It is not the first time the flats,

some of which sell for £800,000, have been raided. Police have previously uncovered drugs factories and guns there.


THE ex- headmaster of Fazakerley Primary School has been banned from teaching for two years.

Gwilym Jones, 63, siphoned off almost £5,000 of school funds into a consultancy firm in which he held a significant financial interest.

He retired from the school in October 2008 after suffering a heart attack.


LIVERPOOL Bay’s windfarm could more than treble in size after its owners were given permission to build 65 turbines to produce power for 200,000 extra homes.

Currently there are 25 turbines on the Burbo Bank site which can be seen from Crosby beach.

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AnonymousMay 12th 2010.

A friend of mine met a few women in a pub who then invited us to join them for a 'party' in Beetham Tower. Being very attractive ladies we didn't say no. Once there after a few drinks we were informed we could bed our choice of lady for a fee. So it isn't just drugs and guns in Beetham Tower folks.

Concerned TaxpayerMay 12th 2010.

Yes, they possess 90% of all €500 notes in this country according to the police.If the police know this much you’d think they’d lock them all up wouldn’t you?Especially with all these public spending cuts on the way.

AnonymousMay 12th 2010.

These Beetham Tower types are the sort who get to lord it up in the so-called 'V.I.P. areas' of high-profile trendy cretin bars. Why don't the police lock them all up?

AnonymousMay 12th 2010.

The deficit can be cured by the people who stole the money. If only Cameron had the nerve to start chopping pieces from the bodies of the bankers who seem to to have got off scot-free, that would concentrate ttheir minds nicely. You or I could go to gaol for stealing £50 or less, but bankers can steal millions because they seem to be above the law. If this had happened in Israel Mossad would have the guilty parties chained up in a damp cellar within 48 hours.

Cut and ThrustMay 12th 2010.

Problem solved! One million trade unionists each giving £6000 (after tax) would easily fill that hole in public spending. Or half a million doctors each giving £12,000 ... or 50,000 footballers each giving £120,000 ... maybe just 1000 ordinary millionaires giving £6,000,000 each. Whatever, it's easily doable.

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