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North West weather on Monday 15 July

There will be plenty of sunshine to start the week.

There will be some cloud but it should remain dry with temperatures going up to the mid-20s.

The bogus bobby was made after some motorists failed to observe a cut in the speed limit.
The bogus bobby was made after some motorists failed to observe a cut in the speed limit.

Shaun Lyall death: Police looking for suspect

Humberside Police are looking for another person in connection with the murder of Shaun Lyall.

Abdi Ali
Humberside Police

Mr Lyall, 47 was found dead at a house on Sidney Street on 17 July 2018.

Humberside Police said extensive investigations have been ongoing to speak to Abdi Ali, 29.

He is originally from Somalia and has links to the Grimsby area, Sheffield, London, Lancashire, South Yorkshire, Merseyside, Manchester, Milton Keynes, Lincolnshire, and Cleveland.

Anyone who sees him should not approach him, but call the police in the first instance.

Merseyside plan for more firefighters approved

Merseyside's fire authority has approved plans to add 22 firefighters to their ranks along with four extra appliances after the public backed the proposals.

Fire engine pulling out of station

Firefighter numbers have been cut by 32% since 2010 from 923 to 620 and the number of fire engines has fallen from 42 to 26.

According to a report last year, the cuts had "compromised" the way Merseyside fire and Rescue Service responds to emergencies.

But an inspection by the industry regulator last month commended the service, saying it had was "outstanding" at preventing fires and "good" at responding to them.

Fire in car park

The changes will be funded with about £1m from "current reserves combined with robust debt repayment plans," the fire service said.

It confirmed that overnight cover at Liverpool city centre and Wallasey stations will be maintained.

There had been plans to shut these stations overnight last year that had to be shelved after protest from the Fire Brigades Union and public.

We cautiously welcome the move and are still discussing how best to implement it without detrimental impact to firefighters conditions of service.

It's a direct result of an FBU-led campaign in conjunction with local Labour groups which got massive support"

Mark RoweMerseyside FBU Secretary

Wanted man could be in Leeds

A man who is wanted by Merseyside Police could be in Leeds, the force has said.

William Young
Merseyside Police

William Young, 51, is wanted in connection with historic sex offences in Merseyside.

He is described as being 6ft tall, of "proportionate build", with grey hair and blue eyes.

He has links to Leeds and West Yorkshire.

Porpoise found dead next to blood-stained rock

The death of a porpoise whose bloodied remains were found close to a beach in Birkenhead is being investigated by the RSPCA.

The charity said it was discovered next to a blood-stained rock and metal pole at Port Sunlight River Park on 28 June.

Port Sunlight River Park

RSPCA inspector Anthony Joynes said: “The area where the body was discovered is high up on rocks and even at high tide the body is positioned 32ft (10m) above sea level so it is impossible that it got there on its own - it must have been carried."

Porpoises are a protected species and deliberately harming or disturbing them can be punished with six months in prison, said the RSPCA.

WICKET Anderson goes - Lancashire all out

Lancashire 337 & 247, Durham 281

Jimmy Anderson's appearance as last man batting with a runner takes up 17 minutes - and helps to add 11 runs - before he is last out.

Recalled Australian Nathan Rimmington, coming in round the wicket, bowls the left-hander with an inswinger that removed Anderson's off stump to finish with 4-42, for career-best match figures of 8-116, after his 4-74 in the first innings.

Lancashire have a lead of 303, with no Anderson to help them defend it, following his pre-Ashes calf strain scare on Tuesday. But could those 11 runs come in handy later?

Anderson got four of them, while helping Saqib Mahmood move on to 31 not out.

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Close of play at Sedbergh School

Lancashire 337 & 204-7, Durham 281

Sedbergh School, on day three of the Lancashire-Durham game
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Well, even in the short history of first-class cricket at Sedbergh School, that was a pretty dramatic day.

A calf injury to Jimmy Anderson that took him out of the attack.

Then a Durham collapse as their last five wickets went down for just 18 runs in 10 overs, followed by an extraordinary start to the Lancashire innings as they were reduced to 10-2 inside the first four balls of Chris Rushworth's first over.

At 59-5, fuelled by a daft run-out, Lancs led by only 115. But, by the end of the day, Lancs skipper Dane Vilas had made 74 to steer his side into a 260-run lead.

That ought to be a matchwinning lead already. But, don't forget, Lancashire will not have use of Anderson tomorrow. He will be having treatment on his calf strain as he begins his battle to be fit to face the Aussies at Edgbaston on 1 August.

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Fire crews tackle wood yard blaze

Firefighters are tackling a fire at a timber yard in the Vauxhall area of Liverpool.

Fire at wood yard
Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service

The fire in Regent Road was reported at 11:35, Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service said.Pallets were on fire, creating a "huge plume of smoke" in the area.

Fire at wood yard
Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service

Nearby homes and businesses have been advised to keep their windows and doors closed and motorists are being asked to avoid the area.

Injury scare over Anderson

Lancashire 337, Durham 234-5

Slight injury scare over England paceman Jimmy Anderson at Sedbergh School - just a month away from the first Ashes Test.

He has pulled up in his run-up and, after three attempts to bowl the third ball of the 84th over, he has walked off. Josh Bohannon is completing the over.

Hopefully, just a precautionary measure, wit the Ashes series due to start in a month's time at Edgbaston. The BBC commentary team suspect it might be an Achilles injury, based on the stretching exercises Anderson was trying.

Jimmy Anderson took his 950th first-class wicket at Sedbergh School yesterday
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Jimmy Anderson took his 950th first-class wicket at Sedbergh School yesterday

Lancs also had a slight scare over England opener Keaton Jennings.

He apparently made a visit to Lancashire Royal Infirmary yesterday after injuring a finger trying to field the ball in the slips. But he is back out there this morning.

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Man stabbed in 'targeted attack'

A man in his 20s was stabbed in a "targeted attack" in Prescot, police have said.


Emergency services were called to Kingsway after reports of a Ford Focus being damaged at 18:15 yesterday.

When officers arrived at the scene, a man was found with head injuries described as "slash wounds".

"Our initial enquiries suggest this was a targeted attack, but we’re keeping an open mind," Det Insp Jackie Guinness said.

Close of play at Sedbergh School

Lancashire 337, Durham 199-5

Sedbergh School day two
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Another thoroughly decent day's cricket at this already very popular new first-class cricket venue.

Still a very well balanced game of twists and turns.

After resuming this morning on 275-5, Lancs might have hoped for a few more.

But Durham battled back well to bowl the hosts out for 337, before Cameron Bancroft and Alex Lees then put on 70 for the first wicket - the highest opening partnership made by any side against the Red Rose this season.

At 136-1, Durham were then looking very good until old masters Graham Onions and Jimmy Anderson suddenly clicked into top gear, with three wickets for no runs in 17 balls. But Durham have again battled back well and, although they lost Jack Burnham just before the close, they are well in this match.

Sedbergh - Lancashire's new jewel among out grounds

Lancashire 275-5 v Durham - match resumes 11:00

Of all the 23 County Championship matches to be played at out grounds this season, none of have received quite as much fuss and attention as Lancashire's arrival at Sedbergh School for their meeting with Durham.

Scenically situated in the rugged Cumbrian fells, and rather conveniently exactly halfway between both Manchester and Chester-le-Street, each 75 miles away, it proved so popular on Sunday that it was admission for members only.

Opposing captains Dane Vilas (left) and Durham's Cameron Bancroft

And the players quite like it too, especially Durham paceman Chris Rushworth, who spearheaded his side's attack with 2-50 from 21 overs.

"It's a glorious place," Rushworth told BBC Newcastle. "Everyone loves playing at out grounds and when you come somewhere as picturesque as this it's quite hard not to enjoy it.

"The overhead conditions looked like it would be perfect to bowl but the wicket probably didn't do as much as we thought it would. We've done a decent job. Equally, Lancashire will be quite pleased how they've gone. If we're being picky though, if you choose to bowl first, you're probably looking at having them more than five down."

Merseyside Police in £4.2m drive to stop gun and knife crime

Some £4.2m will be poured into a new initiative to crack down on shootings, stabbings and other serious crime in Merseyside.

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Merseyside Police has been given the Home Office grant from its £100m Serious Violence Fund.

It will be used to improve intelligence, pinpoint crime hotspots and issue frontline officers with metal detecting gloves.

Gun and knife crime rose by more than a third in Merseyside in 2018.

North West weather: Bright and sunny spells

Bright and sunny spells are predicted for today with highs of around 17C.

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A proper cricket match

Lancashire 108-3 v Durham

There might be a bit of a game going on at Edgbaston today, but one former Lancashire legend certainly knows where his bread's buttered.

It's 45 years ago almost to the day since David Lloyd hit his highest Test score, 214 not out, for England against India at Edgbaston.

But, rather than go back to Brum to watch that one, the former Lancashire opener has instead stayed up north at captivating Sedbergh School, watching his old side add a new entry to their collection of home first-class venues.

And, being Bumble, he was even persuaded to do a quick turn at the mike for Radio Lancashire.

Where did he get that hat though?

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