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<b>Tues Nov 17:</b>Awards for The Street and Hurricane Films, Central Station not good enough, firefighters threaten action and bogus caller alert

Published on November 17th 2009.

JIMMY MCGOVERN’S THE STREET WON a raft of awards at the Royal Television Society’s North West Awards 2009 at the weekend, including one to Esther Wilson for best newsomer (offscreen).

There was also gold for Roy Boulter and Solon Papadopoulos's company, Hurricane Films, whose six part series, Accrington Stanley . . . Exactly! – a behind the scenes look at the club – won Best Regional Programme and Best Sports Programme.

LIVERPOOL CENTRAL STATION IS TO GET A REVAMP after coming in the bottom 10 in a survey of customer satisfaction ratings. The station will share a £50m modernisation pot with 10 other “left behind” stations around England.

In the future, Transport Secretary Lord Adonis said it would be up to rail operators to ensure minimum standards are upheld. Network Rail said the improvement programmes would begin as soon as possible.

MERSEYSIDE FIRE CREWS MAY BALLOT FOR ACTION over a dispute with bosses over £5m cuts.

The Fire Brigade Union believes the cuts would result in the loss of up to 104 frontline firefighters in Merseyside, and will impact on how the service responds to future 999 calls.

They have given the Fire Authority seven days to reconsider cuts before balloting on industrial action.

A WARNING TO BE VIGILANT has been issued after a bogus water official stole hundreds of pounds from an elderly woman and her son in Waterloo.

Merseyside Police warned householders to be aware when answering the door to strangers.

The robber is described as being around 40, white with a tanned complexion, 5 ft 8in tall, of stocky build and speaking with a European accent.

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