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Tuesday, 17 July 2018

Formby: Explosive alarm brings in police response






















Police cordoned off Formby’s Altcar Road area this morning, after reports of an explosive device being found at the Household Waste Recycling Centre. Luckily this was deemed to be a false alarm. 


Merseyside Police advised that they had reports of a mortar being found at a waste facility site on Altcar Road.  

Stephenson Way to the Formby Bypass was duly cordoned off. 

The area is now clear.

Pat Regan © 







Sunday, 15 July 2018

Southport Care Home Boss David Barton Jailed



























Southport residents have been horrified to discover the depths of depravity uncovered, regarding a Birkdale nursing home owner.

Oxford Road’s Barton Park owner, David Barton senior, had spent years swindling trusting elderly residents out of vast sums of money and possessions.

Barton is now serving 21 years for these disgusting crimes.


The tale of Barton’s wickedness against innocent pensioners is so appalling that the National Press have covered it extensively.

The Times

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/barton-park-care-home-boss-david-barton-stole-millions-from-residents-kscjm73s9

The Sun

https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/6774568/david-barton-southport-care-home-jailed/ 

The Express

https://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/988669/david-barton-fraud-plunder-residents-jail-court-case 

The Independent 

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/care-home-owner-david-barton-jailed-millions-fraud-liverpool-crown-court-a8447071.html 

The Telegraph

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/07/13/morally-bankrupt-care-home-owner-jailed-defrauding-wealthy-retirees/

The Daily Mail

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5950915/Care-home-boss-stole-millions-residents-spent-money-luxury-cars-jailed.html

Between 1997 and 2013 Barton had taken more than £4 million from victims. He targeted people who were 'wealthy, vulnerable and childless.'

Barton was caught out by what was described as his “extraordinary greed”. He stole millions from wealthy residents at the luxurious Barton Park Nursing Home.

Barton was reported by the Liverpool press to have showed no emotion as he was jailed. The Judge told him: “You can go.” Barton showed no emotion.

https://www.otsnews.co.uk/judge-jails-care-home-boss-barton-21-years/

Judge Steven Everett said: "I am struggling to remember anyone as dishonest as him, as morally bankrupt as him."

Name Change... 

Barton was originally called Ramamurthie Dasaratha Naidoo and moved to the UK from South Africa with his family in the 1960s. The dad-of-four and his wife Lucinda became directors of his mother and father's nursing home business Choice Classic Ltd in 1992.

The Liverpool press also reported that Barton laundered his ill-gotten gains through the bank accounts of his sons, ex-Conservative councillor David Richard Barton and David Charles Barton.

Source: https://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/care-home-boss-exposed-fraudster-14895542 

Sentencing Barton, he said: "You are a despicably greedy man, a hypocrite who claimed you were caring for the residents. "I'm quite sure the person you cared for the most is no one but yourself, not even your family, with your insatiable appetite for fancy cars and building your property empire."

Rosemary Booth, 69 years, of Hesketh Drive, Southport – who acted as general manager of Barton Park Nursing Home  has also been jailed, for six years, for her part in the conspiracy to defraud.

The BBC also covered the story

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-merseyside-44821876 

Could this situation have been avoided - are regulations stringent enough? 

How could the local regulatory authorities not have spotted  something so desperately wrong (for so long) at this luxury establishment for elderly residents?

Are current regulations in these homes sufficient? Does this odious case indicate that the elderly are being let down by the authorities that are 'supposed' to be in place to protect them from such criminal parasites in the community?

Is this sad tale an isolated incident or just the tip of the iceberg?

More...

https://www.merseyside.police.uk/news/latest-news/2018/07/two-jailed-for-fraud-at-nursing-home-in-southport/ 

http://www.itv.com/news/granada/2018-07-13/despicable-care-home-owner-who-stole-millions-from-elderly-residents-jailed-for-21-years/ 


https://www.msn.com/en-gb/news/newsliverpool/master-manipulator-david-barton-was-such-a-snake-he-even-made-his-victims-funeral-all-about-him/ar-AAA36QD













Thursday, 12 July 2018

Images of the 2018 Orange Parade in Southport


















Crowds came to see the big Orange Lodge March today in Southport.





Plenty of police at the event...




















































































Towards midday parts of the town were getting quite congested.














































































Pat Regan ©

http://pat-regan.blogspot.com/ 




Sunday, 8 July 2018

Southport Air Show: last day 8 July 2018


















The last day of the amazing 2018 Southport Air Show was again a hot one, with clear blue skies and high temperatures.


















I could not help but feel a pang of nostalgia for the poor little Bristol Blenheim Bomber, as it flew off over the Irish Sea all alone. This is the world’s only remaining flying Bristol Blenheim. Therefore, when it’s gone that’s it, the show is finally over…


Nevertheless, today the Blenheim had the sterling company of two loyal spitfire escorts… 


The Tigers Army Parachute Display Team put on their habitually astounding appearance as well… 




Ears plugs may be advised when watching the awesome Typhoon doing its stuff… 


The Wingwalkers did their thing again too.


Pat Regan © 


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Saturday, 7 July 2018

Southport Air Show 2018: Second Day















Day two of the Southport Air Show and more lovely, warm, weather. Perhaps the change to this earlier July time schedule was a wise one.


One spitfire is good but two are even better...

Above: The famous Lancaster Bomber is always popular.

 

The Bristol Blenheim made a rare appearance at the show...

Above: Two spitfires escorting the Bristol Blenheim.















Cat and mouse tactics with the Mig and Vampire pair... 


















Aerosuperbatics Wingwalkers thrilled the crowds... 



Above: aircraft were 'not' the only things flying around the beach today... 

Pat Regan © 


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Southport Air Show 2018: Friday Night Launch




















Images from the opening evening of the Southport Air Show 2018.



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Above: note the strange extra 'ghost plane' effect (@ about 12-16 secs) at the start of the clip. There one second and gone the next.  This seems to be caused by the jet's shadow casting against the smoke trail. 


Above: the mighty Lancaster Bomber, part of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight.


Sunset over the beach during the show.... 

Pat Regan ©