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#1
the Article:
http://www.crosbyherald.co.uk/news/crosby-news/2009/03/12/war-hero-faces-being-forced-out-of-her-seaforth-pub-by-gangs-68459-23124744/
The gist:
A WAR hero who saved British soldiers' lives in Basra is being forced out of her Seaforth pub by gangs.

Joanne Rooney's pub, The Seaforth Arms, has been rocked by two burglaries in a week, and cannot survive a third. Intruders inflicted over £3,500 worth of damage when they ransacked the pool table, ran the pumps dry, smashed up the till and stole hundreds of pounds of takings and stock.

Joanne, 36, who served in The Queen Alexandra's Royal Army Nursing Corps from 1991 to 2006, moved in to the pub after leaving the military. The mother of three, who has been decorated for her work in Basra, has been targeted by local criminals since she enforced a zero tolerance drugs policy in her pub.

Joanne initially lived above The Seaforth Arms. However, the family were forced to flee due to threats of arson.

Joanne’s brother, Former Royal Marine Emlyn Williams has helped his sister and been threatened with crow bars and knuckle dusters. He suffered a knife wound to his back in the door way of the pub 18 months ago.

Joanne said:“When I bought the pub, there was a problem with cocaine and pills. I put a stop to it, and forced the bad element out. But ever since I have been targeted. My car was destroyed by vandals. At one point I was forced to keep it on a private drive behind a fence, but the vandals jumped over one night and finished it off.

“I have had bricks thrown through my windows and fires started.

“My family come from the Knowsley Road area in Bootle, and we have always done our best. My brother served in Bosnia with the Royal Marines, and I was with the British Army in Iraq.

“I worked in a trauma team in Basra during the summer of 2005, when the insurgency was raging. I was a target for suicide bombers, and the camp was mortared frequently.

“I have seen teenage soldiers with gun shot wounds to the head and terrible burns. I also treated Iraqi civilians who were caught up in the bombings.

“I have invested all the money I earned during my military career in this pub. We were burgled on February 22 and then again on the 28. One more and I will post the keys back to the brewery.

“I just feel a little let down. I just want to run a community pub. I think that the police could have been a little more supportive, although the community inspector at Marsh Lane has been excellent.

“Running this pub is as stressful as my six month tour of duty in Iraq.

“I am now staying in the pub over night, just to ward off the burglars. It’s such a shame it has come to this.”
Oh yeah and this:

Litherland cadets raised more than £800 after their premises in St Philip’s church hall was vandalised

Mar 12 2009 by Mark Johnson, Crosby Herald

MORE than £800 was raised for local army cadets after their premises were vandalised and thieves made off with equipment.

Cadet member John Simpson, from Condron Road South, Litherland, was part of the team of cadets who visited Sainsbury’s in Crosby to take part in a bag pack. He told the Herald: “We were broken into and our equipment was stolen. A projector, a computer projector and cash was taken. We did a bag pack and raised £820. There was a good sense of togetherness.”
 
#4
the_butler said:
guzzler said:
i wonder if accomodation could be found for a few arrsers to spend next weekend on the urine in the pub,could be fun.
Great minds :wink:
It'd be like the last 15 mins of Shaun of the Dead, but with chavs instead of zombies. I'm in.

(Can we rename the pub to 'The Winchester' while we're there?)
 
#6
skintboymike said:
the_butler said:
guzzler said:
i wonder if accomodation could be found for a few arrsers to spend next weekend on the urine in the pub,could be fun.
Great minds :wink:
It'd be like the last 15 mins of Shaun of the Dead, but with chavs instead of zombies. I'm in.

(Can we rename the pub to 'The Winchester' while we're there?)
She has a pub on Seaforth Road? Must be as hard as a bucket full of nails.
As for zombies, that would pretty much sum up some of the locals
 
#10
Wish I was in Blighty. Could do a bit of a part. Damned shame. hope the power of arrse comes through on this one.Daresay even a showing would deterr these scum. And a few good shoeings.
 
#14
I used to supply the New Johnny Todd in Kirkby a similar sh1thole, invite all the locals in for a free drink, withdraw, lock them in and torch the fecking place, job done.
 
#17
The_Snail said:
JP47 said:
Beer and fighting....oh go on then :D
JP, I'm on the case - when The Butler reads his fucking PMs!!!

Bagsie me a spot on your couch next weekend.
Okay I have read it and you scare me just that little bit more now :wink:
I have tried phoning them but I may just pop around later let them know we care.
 
#18
the_butler said:
The_Snail said:
JP47 said:
Beer and fighting....oh go on then :D
JP, I'm on the case - when The Butler reads his fucking PMs!!!

Bagsie me a spot on your couch next weekend.
Okay I have read it and you scare me just that little bit more now :wink:
I have tried phoning them but I may just pop around later let them know we care.
Any excuse for a bevvie!!!
 
#19
The_Snail said:
the_butler said:
The_Snail said:
JP47 said:
Beer and fighting....oh go on then :D
JP, I'm on the case - when The Butler reads his fucking PMs!!!

Bagsie me a spot on your couch next weekend.
Okay I have read it and you scare me just that little bit more now :wink:
I have tried phoning them but I may just pop around later let them know we care.
Any excuse for a bevvie!!!
Will do sluggs, I'm on Rose Lane waiting for the match to start
 
#20
JP47 said:
The_Snail said:
the_butler said:
The_Snail said:
JP47 said:
Beer and fighting....oh go on then :D
JP, I'm on the case - when The Butler reads his fucking PMs!!!

Bagsie me a spot on your couch next weekend.
Okay I have read it and you scare me just that little bit more now :wink:
I have tried phoning them but I may just pop around later let them know we care.
Any excuse for a bevvie!!!
Will do sluggs, I'm on Rose Lane waiting for the match to start
You dirty toffee.
 

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