Man faces stab­bing charges

Southport Visiter - - Visiter Active - BY JAMIE LOPEZ jamie.lopez@trin­i­tymir­ror.com @jamie_lopez1

A MAN ac­cused of stab­bing an­other man in the neck in South­port has ap­peared in court.

Si­mon Long was found bleed­ing from a neck wound in Knowsley Road on Jan­uary 8 this year.

Po­lice and paramedics were called to the scene at around 5pm.

Mr Long was taken to hos­pi­tal, where his con­di­tion was de­scribed as se­ri­ous but not life threat­en­ing. He has since been dis­charged.

Richard Thom­ley, 48, of Knowsley Road, South­port, was ar­rested and charged with wound­ing and wound­ing with in­tent to cause griev­ous bod­ily harm.

He ap­peared at Liver­pool Crown Court on Tues­day Fe­bru­ary 7 via video link from HMP Liver­pool.

Mar­tyn Walsh, de­fend­ing, said his client had men­tal health is­sues and re­quested an ad­journ­ment for a full as­sess­ment.

Judge El­iz­a­beth Ni­cholls agreed to ad­journ the case un­til March 6 and re­manded Thorn­ley in cus­tody.

ACAMPAIGN has been launched to bring Stir­ling Moss’s his­toric Van­wall rac­ing car to the Atkin­son in South­port.

The Van­wall has a hugely im­por­tant place in the his­tory of mo­tor rac­ing, both lo­cally and na­tion­ally, and bosses now want to show­case it at the Lord Street art cen­tre. Last year, Sir Henry Sea­grave’s Sun­beam was one of three leg­endary race cars to be dis­played at the Atkin­son and was seen by more than 16,000 vis­i­tors.

In 1957, Stir­ling Moss drove the Van­wall to be­come the first Bri­tish car to win a Grand Prix since the for­ma­tion of the World Cham­pi­onships seven years ear­lier. It was also the first time a Bri­tish car had ever won the Bri­tish Grand Prix.

Now, 60 years on, Atkin­son bosses are hop­ing to bring the same Van­wall back to Sefton. The own­ers of the car, the Don­ing­ton Mo­tor Mu­seum, have agreed to loan the car, but the Atkin­son must fund the cost of trans­porta­tion.

The ma­jor­ity of the £3,500 cost has been cov­ered thanks to spon­sor­ship from lo­cal busi­nesses, but the Atkin­son’s trust is now ask­ing for the pub­lic to do­nate to­wards the fi­nal few hun­dred pounds.

Peter Cow­ley, vicechair of the Atkin­son Devel­op­ment Trust, was one of the key peo­ple in­volved in bring­ing the Sun­beam to the Atkin­son and now wants to bring an­other part of the area’s mo­tor his­tory back to the town.

“A lot of peo­ple for­get, or never knew about, Sefton’s his­tory with mo­tor rac­ing,” he said.

“Ain­tree hosted the Grand Prix five times on an al­ter­nate ba­sis with Sil­ver­stone and it would be great to be able to bring a piece of that back. It would be re­ally nice to have it here, just as we did with the Sea­grave car.”

Do­na­tions can be made at the Atkin­son, or by call­ing 01704 533333.

Stir­ling Moss driv­ing the Van­wall in the 1957 Bri­tish Grand Prix at Ain­tree

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