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<b>Wednesday, 22 April:</b> River Caves razed; Car insurance scam, BBC's Hillsborough error and more in the morning's news in 250 words

Published on April 22nd 2009.


River Caves destroyed
ARSONISTS are being blamed for the destruction of one of Southport's most historic funfair rides which was destroyed last night in a blaze that could be seen from Blackpool.

The River Caves, which dates back to the 1920s but was no longer in use, went up in flames in what is suspected to be the third arson attack since the former Pleasureland reopened two years ago.

Insurance scam
A TOTAL of 11 people have admitted being involved in a “crash for cash” insurance scam.The group all admitted conspiring to defraud Allianz Insurance by making claims for fictitious traffic accidents during 2005. They were among 33 people arrested following a three-year fraud investigation by Merseyside Police.

The 22 others charged also appeared at Liverpool crown court and denied conspiracy to defraud. Their trial will begin in October.

On their way
BRITAIN last night moved to deport nine men arrested in Merseyside, Greater Manchester and Lancashire earlier this month following one of the country's biggest anti-terror operations since the July 7 attacks in 2005.

The men have not been charged with any offences. Two other men remain in custody. The nine were last night released by Greater Manchester Police into the custody of the UK Borders Agency in preparation for deportation to Pakistan.

Hillsborough error
THE BBC has apologised after a Radio 1 journalist blamed Liverpool supporters for the Hillsborough disaster. In a Newsbeat bulletin on Monday, it was wrongly stated that an official report had blamed Liverpool supporters for too many fans getting into one part of the stadium that day.

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Mr PlodApril 22nd 2009.

So none of the Pakistani students grabbed in such a spectacular way in Liverpool and Manchester have been charged with so much as parking on yellow lines, let alone terrorism. They have been released, though handed over to the Immigration Police so they can be chucked out. OK, the police have a job to do, but if these guys are innocent are they being deported as a way of justifying ovefr the top police activity, or is it a case of the police 'know' they are subversives, but just can't prove it. We should be told, and there is a way of doing this in Parliament through the Home Secretary. We all need to be alert, including the police, but if innocent people are wrongly netted they should be freed to get on with their own business. There are aspects about this whole incident that are very worrying. Makes you think doesn't it.

AnonymousApril 22nd 2009.

That's very sad about the River Caves. Southport fair was a blast at one time. Very sad to see its decline. I had no idea was still open. But no more eh? Ho, hum.

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