MORE than 100 fine dodgers received unwanted visits from court bailiffs and police officers in the run-up to the festive season when they joined forces to clamp down on people who owe the court cash.
Chester and Ellesmere Port's new team of officers dedicated to supporting other units helped bailiffs finalise 213 fines worth £4,561.44 during the week-long operation.
Sergeant Tony Cooke, who heads the support squad, said: 'The results were excellent with 152 warrants being finalised by arrest or payment of fines.'
A VETERINARY college was heavily smoke-logged following a fire. Ellesmere Port firefighters were called to Leahurst in Neston at 3am last Tuesday but no one was hurt. A brigade spokesman said: 'The fire was in a shower room. The shower unit had a short circuited and melted off the wall.'
DON'T bin it - chip it!
That's the environmental message from the borough council urging people to recycle their Christmas trees.
Borough residents are encouraged to think green after the festive period and chip their unwanted trees instead of binning them.
The Countryside Rangers will be shredding trees at Whitby Park on Saturday January 8, from 10am-3pm. The tree shredding is free and no booking needed.
For more information call: 0151 357 1991.
BRITISH Heart Foundation (BHF) Shops in Cheshire, including the one in the Port Arcades, have launched a Pass on your Pressies appeal to persuade people to donate their unwanted gifts. In the UK, £2 billion is spent on unwanted Christmas presents every year.
To donate your unwanted Christmas presents, either drop them into your local BHF Shop, or call 0870 120 4141 to arrange free collection.