Walton road crash leads to arrests after gun found

Two men have been arrested after police found a gun and ammunition following a crash between a car and a motorcycle.

The crash involved a motorcycle and a Ford Fiesta on County Road, Walton, in the early hours Merseyside Police said.

Paramedics found a 23-year-old man who had been on the motorcycle with injuries to his leg. The car driver had sustained slight injuries.

The motorcycle was reported stolen and a second man, aged 22, who had been a passenger, was arrested nearby.

Both were arrested on suspicion of possession of a firearm and theft of a motorcycle and both have been taken to hospital for treatment, police said.

Their injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.

Police are investigating and have asked any witnesses to come forward.

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    17:58: Coming up Roger Johnson Presenter, North West Tonight

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    17:30: Everton team news Mike Hughes BBC Radio Merseyside Sport

    Everton have arrived in Germany for tomorrow night's Europa League game with Wolfsburg.

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    The government says it will consider matching a £200,000 Ebola donation, made by Southport firm Inciner8 to provide incinerators to countries affected by the disease.

     
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    17:14: Reds winning friends

    Coaches from the Liverpool FC Foundation have visited Bulgaria for training sessions with children ahead of the club's Champions League visit to Sofia for their game with Ludogorets.

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    17:06: Disabled 'waiting' for benefits Paul Burnell BBC News

    Half of Wirral's disabled people applying for the new Personal Independence Payment (PIP) are still waiting to receive a decision on their claim, Birkenhead MP Frank Field has claimed.

    "These delays of weeks and months on end are causing untold misery to my constituents who are contacting me to say, 'I applied at the beginning of the year and I still haven't received a penny from them,'" Mr Field said.

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    16:54: News on the hour Alex Dibble BBC Radio Merseyside

    An investigation's begun into how a train driver suffered a severe electric shock on the tracks in Runcorn.

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    16:44: Free sport sessions Tom Airey BBC News

    Wavertree Sports Park will be hosting a series of free sports events for disabled adults tomorrow.

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    16:30: What do you think? Tom Airey BBC News

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    16:23: Community's 'confidence in police

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    Ch Supt Rowley Moore said Merseyside is "one of just a few forces to have a dedicated investigation team" to deal with hate crime.

     
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    16:09: Sefton Meadows review Claire Hamilton Political reporter, BBC Radio Merseyside

    Plans to build housing on Sefton Park Meadows are under review.

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    Liverpool Council says it's waiting for independent panel to report before taking plans to build 15 villas any further.

    The Green Spaces Review Panel isn't expected to report until next summer.

     
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    15:59: News on the hour Alex Dibble BBC Radio Merseyside

    An investigation's begun into how a train driver suffered a severe electric shock on the tracks in Runcorn.

    It happened in September when power cables were damaged and fell onto the rails.

     
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    15:45: Students' course fears Liverpool Echo
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    Train electric shock 15:35: Tom Mullen BBC News Online

    I've read the Rail Accident Investigation Branch's findings into an incident where a train driver suffered a severe electric shock in Runcorn.

    The driver was treated by a doctor travelling on the train after power cables fell onto the tracks in September.

    He was injured after getting out of the train to check for a marker on the track, in order to report his location.

     
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    15:15: Boyfriend stabbing charge BBC Radio Merseyside

    A 21-year-old woman has appeared in court charged with stabbing her boyfriend Kyle Farrell to death in Dingle, Liverpool, last week.

     
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    14:58: News on the hour Alex Dibble BBC Radio Merseyside

    The gay rights charity Stonewall says homophobic hate crime remains a "real issue" after new figures revealed an increase in the number of reported offences in Merseyside.

    Sixty five attacks on people because of their sexuality were reported from the start of 2014 to October - up from 51 for the whole of 2013.

     
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    Emergency pothole repairs 14:52:

    BBC Travel reports slow traffic and one lane closed on the M53 northbound after a large pothole caused problems.

    Emergency repairs to the road service are underway between Junction 8 for Ellesmere Port Docks and Junction 7 at Overpool.

     
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    14:30: Boss backs Gerrard Phil Kinsella BBC Merseyside Sport

    Ahead of the crucial Champions League tie against Ludogorets in Bulgaria tonight, the Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has defended captain Steven Gerrard following criticism.

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    Rodgers says Gerrard is the "best player he has ever worked with" and there is no sentimentality in his selection.

    The Reds go into tonight's game 3rd in Group B with just two group games left.

     
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    14:22: Tiny turacos Tom Airey BBC News

    Two tiny Firscher's turacos are being hand-reared at Chester Zoo after they were rejected by their mother.

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    14:17: Motorist jailed Runcorn & Widnes Weekly News
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    14:00: News on the hour Alex Dibble BBC Radio Merseyside

    The gay rights charity Stonewall says homophobic hate crime remains a "real issue" after new figures revealed an increase in the number of reported offences in Merseyside.

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    Willy Russell and Julie Walters, pictured in 2003 and 1980 respectively

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    13:00: News on the hour Alex Dibble BBC Radio Merseyside

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    12:00: News on the hour Giulia Bould BBC Radio Merseyside

    The number of violent homophobic attacks recorded by Merseyside police has gone up this year.

    In 2012 there were 57 incidents. Last year, there were 51 but up to October this year there were 65 such crimes.

     
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    Champions League news 11:49: BBC Sport

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    Manager Brendan Rodgers is likely to make changes from Sunday's 3-1 defeat at Crystal Palace, with defender Alberto Moreno expected to start at left-back.

     
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    11:41: M56 moving Tom Airey BBC News

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    11:32: Service for teenager Giulia Bould BBC Radio Merseyside

    There will be a service of thanksgiving in Anfield later in memory of a Merseyside teenager who was found hanged at his home.

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    10:49: Increase in homophobic attacks BBC North West Tonight

    There's been an increase in the number of violent homophobic attacks reported to Merseyside Police.

     
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    10:38: M56 update Tom Airey BBC News

    Traffic officers have opened lanes two and three on the eastbound side of the M56 in Cheshire after a lorry fire, but there's still major disruption in the area.

    Police said the incident, between Junctions 11 and 10, is still causing some congestion in Ellesmere Port, Chester, Runcorn and Warrington.

    Junction 12 and 14 slip roads remain closed to stop traffic joining the motorway.

     
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    10:28: Steven Naismith interview BBC Sport

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    10:19: Phone rage incident Chester Chronicle
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    10:13: Indecent image investigation Tom Airey BBC News

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    Computers and other devices were seized during raids this morning. Arrests were made in locations including Chester, Widnes and Ellesmere Port.

     
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    10:05: Construction workers' demo Marc Gaier BBC Radio Merseyside

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    09:58: News on the hour Giulia Bould BBC Radio Merseyside

    There continues to be traffic problems this morning because of a huge lorry fire on the M56 in Cheshire.

    Queues are backing up for at least five junctions with the motorway closed on the eastbound side between Junction 11 and Junction 10.

     
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    09:47: Traffic at a standstill

    Cllr Mike Jones tweets: Traffic at a standstill on M56 East bound, best to avoid

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    M56 delays 09:33: Tom Airey BBC News

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    The incident, on the eastbound side between Junction 11 and Junction 10, has forced the closure of the carriageway.

    Motorists are being advised to leave the motorway before Junction 12 at Runcorn and follow diversion signs.

     
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    09:26: With the horses Leanne Harper Reporter, BBC Radio Merseyside

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    Murphy's Law police horse

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    Homophobic attacks 09:14: Liverpool Echo
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    08:59: News on the hour Giulia Bould BBC Radio Merseyside

    There's traffic chaos because of a huge lorry fire on the M56 in Cheshire.

    Queues are backing up for at least five junctions with the motorway closed on the eastbound side between junction 11 for Preston Brook and junction 10 at Stretton.

     
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    08:51: Suarez strikes BBC Sport

    Former Liverpool striker Luis Suarez scored his first goal for Barcelona last night - but he was overshadowed by another forward.

    Suarez

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    08:41: Arrest after stand-off Tom Airey BBC News

    A 35-year-old man has been arrested after a house in Tuebrook was surrounded by armed police for several hours last night.

    Moscow Drive

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    Sunset 'UFO' 08:30: Tony Snell BBC Radio Merseyside

    We've been talking about UFOs on Breakfast. Tris Brown from Liverpool City Council has got in touch to share this great shot of the sunset over the Mersey last night.

    Sunset

    The "UFO" in the picture turned out to be a reflection from a hallway light!

     
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    08:20: Lorry fire

    BBC Travel reports the M56 is closed between Junction 11 at Preston Brook and Junction 10 for Stretton on the eastbound side, heading into Manchester.

    It's due to a lorry fire, which has caused significant congestion on the Runcorn Widnes Bridge.

     
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    BBC weather

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    08:00: News on the hour Giulia Bould BBC Radio Merseyside

    There's traffic chaos this morning because of a huge lorry fire on the M56 in Cheshire.

    Queues are backing up for at least five junctions in and around Runcorn.

     
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    08:00: Good morning Tom Airey BBC News

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