Why You Should Drive With Your Car Doors Locked?

The St Helens Star brings us this terrifying story of a man who was a victim of a carjacking.

St Helens Dream Phallic Carbuncle Wins Concrete Prize

St helens Dream Sutton ManorThe St Helens Reporter has a story about the artist behind The Dream of Sutton Manor Jaime Pliensa winning a prize for his wrong-way facing, waste of money phallic symbol.

Well he wasn't going to turn it down was he?

It might look good in the pictures, but seen, as the vast majority of motorists see it, from the M62, with just the top of it peeking over the treetops of The Mersey Forest, I guarantee you it looks like the swollen head of a giant Ann Summers' Rabbit.

If you don't see what I mean, cover up the bottom half of this picture from the eyes down and the large member will reveal itself in all its Morning Glory!

Who Saw This Beautiful Rainbow Over St Helens?

YMCA St Helens Lowe House
They say that at the end of every rainbow there lies a pot of gold.
Well today (October 22nd 2009) saw a full 180 degree rainbow that spread, from where we were looking at least, from the Lowe House to The YMCA.
Perhaps there was a pot at either end?YMCA St Helens Lowe House
If you look really closely on this image you will also be able to make out a very faint 2nd band. It was so much clearer with the naked eye, though.

Moore Commits to St Helens

The Engage Superleague Website has reported that England hooker Scott Moore has signed a contract extension with St Helens that will keep him at the club until the end of 2012......(Read More)

What a great move we all say for one of England's brightest prospects to be coming back to Saints where he will hopefully stay for the rest of his career.

He has completed his apprenticeship and we now look forward to him coming into bloom back at The GPW Stadium.

St Helens Council Issues Postal Strike Advice

St.Helens Council has issued advice in lieu of the possibility of a postal strike

Regarding benefits, most housing benefit claimants will not be affected by the strike because they have their benefit paid to their landlord or straight into a bank or building society account.

However, people who are paid housing benefit by cheque may find that the strike will delay delivery of their cheque.....Read More

Free Town Centre Parking for St Helens Christmas Shoppers

The St Helens Star has reported about parking charges being lifted during the 4 Saturdays before Christmas.

Hooray say us, though in fairness who would be daft enough to go to The Trafford Centre on those days anyway?

Read the article here

Johnny Wellies Shows Us His Moves Outside Domino's Pizza St Helens

Local Celebrity Johnny Wellies was spotted outside Domino's Pizza St Helens recently

The Whispering Stops and Someone Finally has the Courage to Suggest that Saints were robbed

We all like a good Conspiracy Theory - none more so than David Prentice from The Liverpool Echo.

Read his take on the strange events at Old Trafford here.

And for a great picture and amusing caption take a look at St Helens Chat

Oh, and Phil Bentham if you are reading this, I hope you have a good disguise for when you come to Knowsley Rd next season ;-)

JD Wetherspoon Buys Chicago Rock Cafe in St Helens

Pub chain Wetherspoons has bought The Chicago Rock Cafe and will re-open next month as The Running Horses, a name inspired by a 18th Century Coaching Inn which stood near the site.

For the full story from The St Helens Star click here

Tests on Harlow Close Babies Inconclusive

Forensic tests on the remains of four babies discovered in St Helens have yet to establish whether they were stillborn or died shortly after birth, a coroner’s court was told.

Nearly six weeks after the remains were discovered, an inquest into the infants’ deaths was opened and adjourned today during a brief hearing at St Helens Hospital.

Lynda Roberts, a coroner’s officer with Merseyside Police, told the court it was believed neither the births nor deaths of the tots had ever been registered.

She added it was believed the infants had never been given names and for “simplicity” in proceedings they would be referred to as babies one, two, three and four.

Three of the babies – the remains of which are believed to date back to the 1980s – were found in a terraced house at Harlow Close, Sutton Heath on Sunday, August 30.

The corpse of a fourth baby was found at grounds nearby a family grave in St Helens Cemetery days later.

Lynda Roberts told the court: “As a result of recent allegations made to police an investigation commenced into the death of four babies in St Helens. As part of that investigation remains of four babies were recovered.

“Apparently neither the births nor the deaths were ever registered, nor is it believed the babies were given names.”

The court was told ongoing enquiries aimed at establishing their age and the cause of death had been inconclusive.

She added: “For simplicity (at this stage) the babies will be referred to as baby 1,2, 3 and 4.

“It has not yet been established whether they were stillborn or died shortly after birth.”

St Helens Coroner Christopher Sumner adjourned the hearing and a full inquest will take place at a later date that is yet to be fixed.

Lab Bomb Plot Trial Postponed until New Year

A Judge today agreed that the trial of a man accused of threatening to blow up a St Helens laboratory should be delayed until January.

Jean Claude Rubagire appeared at Liverpool Crown Court today (Monday, October 12) where he was due to stand trial over a security alert at Alfred H Knight on Prescot Road on March 5 this year.

The trial, which had been listed to begin today and expected to last more than two weeks, was dramatically adjourned until January next year pending a psychiatric report requested by the prosecution.

Witnesses had been braced to give evidence this week, but face a further delay of several months.

Dressed in prison regulation blue shirt and grey sweater, Rubagire, who is from Africa and is currently in Walton Prison, clutched a stack of papers as he listened intently to the proceedings.

The 35-year-old, who has been in custody since March, is charged with threatening to kill by detonating a bomb. He also denies a further charge of causing a bomb hoax.

Judge Bryn Holloway extended his custody time, which had due to expire tomorrow this month until February 1.

For the full background to the story updated live on the day these events unfolded see our post here

Jean Claude Rubagire is set to face court after denying a series of charges in connection with a major security alert at Alfred H Knight on Prescot Road on March 5 this year.

The high-profile incident saw a tense six hour stand off, involving armed police, the bomb squad and more than ten fire engines.

It is alleged Rubagire walked into the factory equipped with a utility belt made to look like an explosive device.

The 35-year-old, who has been in custody since he was arrested in March, has denied the accusations levelled against him.

At an earlier hearing, the accused, who is from Africa, entered a plea of not guilty to a charge of threatening to kill by detonating a bomb that would cause carnage and risk the lives of two men and a woman at the firm’s metal sampling laboratories in Grange Park.

He also denies a further charge of causing a bomb hoax.

A two-week trial is scheduled to begin on Monday.

Hero who Gob Smacked Yob Tracked Down to St Helens

A Dad seen flattening a yob in a clip sweeping the internet was yesterday unmasked as an ex-soldier - with TWO black belts.

The Sun newspaper tracked down Gulf War veteran Jason Smith, 35, who said: "He deserved it."

Burly Jason - a 15st master in karate and jiu-jitsu - was filmed felling the foul-mouthed idiot outside his home as a crowd gathered.

The clip has been viewed 200,000 times on The Sun's website.

Jason, who has been a bodyguard to stars, had no idea why local "hard nut" Les Andrews stood on his step ranting and raving in St Helens, Merseyside.

He decked him with a single blow.

Wife Rebecca, 23, who had cowered with 22-month daughter Boudiccia, said: "I was proud."

Andrews, 23, was arrested and hit with a curfew for yobbery.

Jason said of becoming a web sensation: "People sick of yob culture enjoy seeing someone turn the tables."

Read more:

Vicious Assault Outside St Helens Bar Leaves Man Fighting for Life

Sophie's Bar Duke St St HelensA vicious assault outside the popular Sophie's Bar on Duke St St Helens in the early hours of Saturday morning 10th October has left a man in hospital fighting for his life with serious head injuries.

Witnesses describe the assault, which took place at 2 a.m., as being sickening to watch.

Police immediately cordoned off the vicinity in the search for clues and this remained in place until lunchtime.

A man was reportedly arrested soon after the incident in Chapel St.

More details to follow.