Chester Evening Leader

Powering the Northern powerhouse

Michael McDonnell

Crackdown on mobile phone usage gathers pace – police

THE author wonders why so many people have to use mobile phones when driving. Apart from the fact that they’re dangerous, iPhones in particular are often expensive. THE Cheshire police and crime commissioner has been out with officers to warn people of the dangers of using a mobile phone while driving.

Mr David Keane joined officers from the streets … Read the rest

Protect children from Online Porn Shame – Chester Bishop

The Bishop of Chester raised concerns in the House of Lords about how easy it is for children to access online pornography.

Rt Rev Dr Peter Forster was generally supportive of a motion to approve the Online Pornography (Commercial Basis) Regulations 2018 which got passed.

But he remained concerned age-verification procedures would not apply to all sites featuring pornography.

Bishop … Read the rest

North West Ambulance Service paramedics suspend strikes

Paramedics in north-west England have suspended a schedule of weekly strikes to allow talks to commence in a row over pay.

GMB union members will not strike this weekend to allow discussions between the union and North West Ambulance Service management.

Two meetings have taken place involving the conciliation service ACAS.

GMB paramedics have carried 26 hour walkouts each weekend … Read the rest

Stop The Gypsy Crimewave

Yesterday (30th August)  CWaC officers issued a decision notice refusing a “site” application, saying the gypo pitches would be ‘harmful’ to the green belt and the ‘very special circumstances’ did not outweigh the potential harm to the land.

If successful the application would have seen seven holiday pitches changed into homes for Gypsies and Travellers, with each pitch containing a … Read the rest

Fake News Has Been Around Forever (even in Chester)

Young people, in particular 16 to 24-year-olds, on average during a 16-hour day, look at their phones every 6.4 minutes and during this time they will be unwittingly targeted by a great deal of ‘fake news.’ Fake News is extremely dangerous – it is essentially “unregulated” or “unofficial” news that doesn’t tow the line on diversity. It is extremely worrying … Read the rest

Brexit ARMAGEDDON: Health foods banned

EXPERTS have warned that under a “No deal” Brexit, many health foods – like nuts and peas –  will effectively be unapproved for sale and may be removed from the shelves overnight. Leaked government plans revealed a lack of proposed regulation of health foods; the vast majority of public health & safety regulations currently come from the EU.

Shadow Health … Read the rest

Billy Ray Cyrus comes to Chester!

Billy Ray Cyrus and daughter Miley will host and perform at the 2019 CMT Music Awards. The seventh annual awards show will air live April 14 on CMT from Belmont University’s Curb Event Center. Alan Jackson, Brad Paisley, Carrie Underwood, Sugarland, Taylor Swift and Toby Keith will also be among the performers. “Miley and I are so excited to be … Read the rest

Food for thought at the Zoo

A THOUGHT-PROVOKING exhibition inspired by a legendary Bob Dylan song is to come to Chester Zoo.

Hard Rain – an open-air exhibition of dramatic and moving photographs set to the lyrics of Dylan’s famous 60s protest song, A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall, will be at Chester Zoo from May 28.

Aimed at encouraging action on climate change, habitat loss, pollution … Read the rest

City Willing To WAIT for Eddie

SIMON DAVIES today revealed that Eddie Johnson would be a Chester player within the next six weeks. The Blues boss is keen to include the Chester-born striker in his squad after a trial period at the club following a frustrating time yesterday in his failed attempt to release midfielder Paul Rutherford before last night’s transfer deadline. Davies said: “I was … Read the rest

Priest Cleared of Sex Abuse Charges

A priest has been cleared of the sexual abuse of two boys in Bury.

Father John McCollough, 63, had been accused of preying on the youngsters while a minister at Holy Trinity Church in the 1990s.

But after a two week trial at Bolton Crown Court he was found not guilty of 11 counts of indecent assault and one charge … Read the rest