Man faces stabbing charges
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