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Christmas hit-and-run driver sent to custody

A motorist who ploughed into a group of men on Christmas Eve has been sentenced to youth detention.

Callum Rose, 19, drove the Ford Kuga into the four men as they walked through the centre of Liverpool in the early hours of 24 December.

Car ploughs into group of men in Liverpool leaving one seriously hurt.

He admitted causing serious injury by dangerous driving and breaching a suspended sentence.

Rose, of Munster Street, was sentenced to four years and six months in custody at Liverpool Crown Court.

Callum Rose

Stunt bikes theft: Circus shows saved by motorbike dealer

An Aintree Racecourse-based circus which had three stunt bikes stolen said performances will go ahead this weekend after a motorbike company stepped in to help.

The bikes are specially adapted with odd-sized wheels
Gandeys Circus

Three specially adapted bikes were stolen on Wednesday night from Gandeys Circus, currently based at Aintree Racecourse, by thieves who broke through a fence.

Cirucs Director, Phillip Gandey, said Manchester-based Hunts Motorcyles had provided the circus with new specially modified bikes.

The motorbikes are used to race around the circus's metal "thunder dome" during the show's finale.

Merseyside Police confirmed that the theft of three 125cc Crosser bikes - two red Hondas and a green-and-white Kuba - had been reported.

Liverpool Women's Hospital: Staff to strike over 'unfair pay'

Cleaners, catering staff, porters and security guards at Liverpool Women's Hospital are to go on strike over pay.

Liverpool Women's Hospital staff

More than 40 staff members employed by OCS are expected to walk out on Monday after all UNISON union members there voted in favour of strike action.

The union says OCS, who have been contacted for comment, pays some staff the national minimum wage of £7.83 per hour rather than the £8.93 NHS minimum.

The trust says it has plans to ensure services will not be badly affected.

North West weather: Sunny and mild afternoon

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There should be some bright or sunny spells this afternoon, but low cloud and mist may linger in some areas for the rest of the day. Relatively mild for the time of year with highs of 15C.

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Council in 'green wedge' appeal following park ruling

Liverpool City Council is to appeal a High Court ruling which forced it to scrap plans to build 51 homes in a popular Liverpool park.

Protesters fighting the Calderstones Park development plans

In January, Judge Mr Justice Kerr quashed the council's original decision to grant planning permission on the Harthill scheme because of the impact on Calderstones Park.

As a result, Mayor Joe Anderson said the scheme was "dead" and their plans "would not be resurrected."

Chief Executive Tony Reeves said that position would not change but insisted that the authority wanted clarity on so-called "green wedge" developments.

The judgement raises much wider issues about established planning policy and the difference between green belt and green wedge.

As a growing city, we need a solid planning framework which outlines clear definitions for types of land to help us arrive at consistent decisions around development.

Postman stole cash from cards to buy drugs

A postman from Wirral who admitted opening greeting cards to steal cash to feed his cocaine habit has been jailed.

Stone cards
Merseyside Police

Michael Easton was convicted of three counts of theft after stealing letters containing cash as well as a woman's cancer results and a condolence card.

The 48-year-old admitted deliberately destroying a large quantity of undelivered mail and storing more letters and parcels in his bath.

Easton, of Wirral, was jailed for 10 months at Liverpool Crown Court.

Stunt bikes stolen from Aintree Racecourse-based circus

Three stunt motorbikes have been stolen from a circus, Merseyside Police said.

The bikes are specially adapted with odd-sized wheels
Gandeys Circus

The adapted bikes were taken from Gandeys, currently based at Aintree Racecourse, by thieves who broke through a fence on Wednesday night.

The motorbikes are used to race around the circus's metal "thunder dome" during the show's finale.

A £500 reward has been offered for any information which leads to the conviction of the thieves and the return of the motorbikes.

Merseyside Police confirmed they had received a report of three 125cc Crosser bikes - two red Hondas and a green-and-white Kuba - being stolen.

Hillsborough trial: Liverpool fan focused on 'staying alive'

A Liverpool supporter who survived the 1989 crush at Hillsborough has described "having to concentrate on staying alive" on the terrace.

David Duckenfield

Colin Moneypenny said he found himself in a central pen but managed to make his way back out after pressure eased.

Preston Crown Court heard at one point he became aware of a body underneath where he was standing

Match commander David Duckenfield denies the gross negligence manslaughter of 95 Liverpool fans.

North West weather: Dry, bright and mild

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Early mist and fog ahead of a dry and bright day with some hazy sunshine. Staying mild, with highs of 15C.

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Guilty crash pilot 'claimed to be hero'

A pilot who claimed his handling of an emergency landing near to the M62 was so good that a film should be made about it has been convicted of breaching aviation laws.

Crashed plane in potato field

Robert Murgatroyd, of Poulton-le-Fylde, took off in a Piper PA-28 from City Airport in Barton on 9 September 2017.

The plane, which was almost 500lbs over its weight limit, then clipped trees near the M62 and crashed in a field.

The 52-year-old was found guilty of endangering his passengers and six more offences at Manchester Crown Court.

HMP Liverpool: Use of force rules to be reviewed after guards strike

Prison officers who walked out at Liverpool jail today are set to return to work.

About 100 staff stopped work at HMP Liverpool earlier after a guard was sacked for a "pre-emptive strike" on an inmate.

Staff outside HMP Liverpool

The officer, who has 20 years' experience, was forced to act during an "unsafe" incident, the Prison Officers' Association (POA) said.

Prison staff are allowed to hit first if they feel threatened.

Staff at HMP Liverpool said the ruling left them unsafe.

The POA and the Ministry of Justice have agreed to review the way rules on use of force are interpreted across the prison system.

The POA's appeal against the original sacking will still go ahead.

Woman flown to hospital after fire in Kendal home

A woman has been flown to hospital after a fire at a house in Lound Road, Kendal.

All three main emergency services were called just before noon, and the woman was found suffering from injuries that were serious but not thought to be life-threatening.

She was flown to hospital by an air ambulance, in what police say was an isolated incident that did not present a threat to anyone else.

North West weather: Bright, sunny and mild afternoon

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Cloud is expected to break up this afternoon, to leave bright or sunny spells in most areas. In the sunshine, it should feel very mild with highs of 15C.

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Drug-driving arrest after pedestrian dies

A woman has died after being hit by a suspected drug-driver in Liverpool.

Lydieth Lea

It happened at about 00:40 when a Ford Mondeo hit a 60-year-old female pedestrian in Lydieth Lea, Netherley.

Th woman was pronounced dead at the scene.

A 30-year-old man from Liverpool was arrested on suspicion of drug driving after a roadside breath test.

Police asked anyone who witnessed the incident to get in touch.

HMP Liverpool staff walk out over safety fears at 'violent prison'

About 100 members of staff at Liverpool Prison have walked out this morning over fears for their safety at what the Prison Officers Association described as a "violent prison" where staff face assaults "every single day".

Staff at HMP Liverpool stage walk out

The association claims a member of staff at the jail was dismissed after an incident with a violent inmate.

The protest this morning is said to be over the proper implementation of the Use of Force policy.

Assistant General Secretary Mick Pimblet said staff are "obviously very angry".

Speaking to BBC Radio Merseyside, he said:

We have to take it into context HMP Liverpool is a violent prison [and] these staff are facing assaults every single day.

They have to protect themselves - they are using approved techniques and are being disciplined by management, who don't seem to have their safety at heart.

The Ministry of Justice has been contacted for a statement.

Sadio Mane: Liverpool forward's house burgled during Champions League match

BBC Sport

Liverpool forward Sadio Mane's house was burgled while he was playing in the Champions League last-16 tie against Bayern Munich on Tuesday.

Sadio Mane of Liverpool battles with Serge Gnabry of Bayern during the UEFA Champions League game onTuesday
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Items including watches, mobile phones and car keys were stolen.

The incident happened at Mane's house in Allerton, south Liverpool between 18:00 and 23:45 - while the 26-year-old was at Anfield. No-one was in the property at the time.

Forensic examinations are under way and a police investigation is ongoing.

North West weather: Dry, sunny and mild

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Today is expected to be dry with cloud breaking to leave some bright or sunny spells in most areas. In the sunshine, it should feel very mild with highs of 14C.

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'No more orders' after gate opened at Hillsborough

A former police inspector has told a court he can recall no orders after the match commander authorised a gate at Hillsborough to be opened.

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Robert McRobbie was in the ground's police control box in April 1989.

He told Preston Crown Court that David Duckenfield twice refused requests from an officer to open a gate to relieve a crush outside the ground before agreeing to a final "frantic" appeal.

Mr Duckenfield, 74, denies the gross negligence manslaughter of 95 fans.

North West weather: Cloudy afternoon with some rain

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This afternoon will be mostly cloudy and breezy afternoon with outbreaks of rain and drizzle. However, it will be fairly mild with highs of 11C.

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Merseyside Police and Crime Commissioner not seeking re-election

Merseyside’s Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Jane Kennedy said she will not be seeking re-election in May 2020.

Merseyside’s Police Commissioner Jane Kennedy
Merseyside PCC

The Labour politician told the party this weekend that she would not be putting herself forward for re-selection.

PCCs are elected to oversee how crime is by local police forces and ensure the force is effective.

Ms Kennedy became Merseyside’s first PCC in 2012 and was re-elected to serve a second term in 2015 with 61.7% of the vote.

In a statement, she said:

I have been immensely privileged and honoured to serve the people of Merseyside.

After considering it very carefully with my family, I have come to the decision that I will not stand for re-election next May.

By that point, I will have served more than seven years as PCC, and I will be ready to step back from public life and hand over the responsibilities of this hugely important job to the next commissioner.

Two arrests after car stopped with £50k inside

Lee Thomas

Newsreader, BBC Radio Stoke

More than £50,000 has been seized by police after they pulled over a vehicle on the M6 near Stafford.

Cars pulled over on motorway
Staffordshire Police

Staffordshire Police says it was stopped last night between J13 and J14 and a bag of cash found inside.

The force adds that two women from Liverpool were arrested on suspicion of money laundering and are still in custody.

Liverpool murder: Fifth man arrested over James Taylor shooting

A fifth man has been arrested in connection with the fatal shooting of a father who was waiting to pick up his daughter from a dance class.

James Taylor
Police handout

James Taylor, 34, was found in Holy Cross Close, Liverpool after witnesses described hearing a number of gunshots on 7 February.

Merseyside Police believe he was killed in a "targeted attack".

The latest arrest, of a 34-year-old Liverpool man, was made on Wednesday. Four others have been released on bail.

The men, aged between 24 and 50, were previously held on suspicion of murder or conspiracy to commit murder.

Away task in Champions League suits Reds' strengths - Lawrenson

BBC Sport

Former Liverpool defender Mark Lawrenson has said the Reds should not panic after being held to a 0-0 draw in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie against Bayern Munich last night.

Mo Salah

In an article on BBC Sport, he said:

Some Liverpool fans might be disappointed with Tuesday's 0-0 draw with Bayern Munich, but I think Reds boss Jurgen Klopp will be quite happy with how the tie is poised.

It is true that Liverpool did not create anything like the kind of chances they would normally do, but that was not because Klopp decided to ditch the attacking football that saw his side blow teams away on their way to last season's final.

The reason this Champions League last-16 first leg was so cagey was not down to the Reds. It was because of Bayern's defensive game plan, and how well they executed it.

Read more of his analysis here.

It's not the game we dreamed off - Klopp on Bayern draw

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Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has described his side's 0-0 draw with Bayern Munich in the first leg of their Champions League last 16 tie as "not perfect but good enough to work with".

Hillsborough match commander was 'basically a spectator'

Hillsborough match commander David Duckenfield was "basically a spectator" in the police control box on the day of the disaster, a court has heard.

David Duckenfield

Former police sergeant Michael Goddard told Preston Crown Court in practice, it was ground controller Bernard Murray who would have run the operation.

He said Mr Duckenfield could not be commander "because he was so new", having been in the role three weeks.

Mr Duckenfield, 74, denies the gross negligence manslaughter of 95 fans.