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Nearly 600 suspected members of county lines drugs gangs have been arrested across the UK in the past week, the National Crime Agency has said.
500 men and 86 women were arrested in raids in Norfolk, Suffolk, Cheshire, Bedfordshire and other areas.
Police forces led by the National County Lines Coordination Centre also seized cocaine worth £176,780; £312,649 in cash; and 46 weapons.
County line drugs gangs - linked by a network of mobile phone lines and often coercing children and vulnerable adults - travel out of their usual urban territory and into rural areas to sell drugs.
The NCA estimates there are about 2,000 city-based gangs - mostly from London, Birmingham and Merseyside - exploiting young people to sell drugs in smaller towns.
From being bullied for daring to dream about playing for St Helens, to scoring a hat-trick for the club on his Super League debut - Josh Taylor has proved to be one very determined teenager.
Taylor is a hard-running, energetic, home-grown Saints rookie who wears the red and white 'V' on his chest with the sort of pride that only a lifelong fan of the club can appreciate.
The 18-year-old is also autistic.
But his condition will not stop him from achieving his life's ambition, as he is one of the inaugural members of Saints' learning disability rugby league team, which plays in the Community Integrated Care Super League.
At school, I was bullied about rugby. I always said I wanted to play for Saints so this is like 'wow'.
I'm walking in the footsteps of my heroes for my hometown club.
A batsman has been suspended over claims he headbutted a bowler who got him out during a heated cricket match.
Eccleston Cricket Club tweeted that there were "shocking scenes" after the opposition batsman was given out caught behind on Sunday.
The Lancashire cup game was abandoned and Merseyside's Rainhill Cricket Club have suspended their player.
The police are not thought to have been called but an investigation has been launched by the local cricket board.
A "controlling and jealous" boyfriend stabbed his partner to death after her plans to attend her grandmother's funeral sent him into a rage.
Adam Brettle, 24, repeatedly stabbed 29-year-old Samantha Gosney at her home in St Helens, Merseyside.
The mother-of-two dialled 999 as the attack began but fell silent during the call, Liverpool Crown Court heard.
Brettle, of no fixed address, admitted murder and was ordered to serve life with a minimum of 19 years.
The first rail services directly linking north Wales, Cheshire and Liverpool have started running for the first time in more than 40 years.
Direct daily trains between Wrexham and Liverpool are among the 215 additional weekly services.
Two Wrexham to Liverpool services will run each day from Monday to Saturday, with one in the opposite direction.
The services are being introduced thanks to Network Rail's upgrade of the Halton Curve track in Cheshire.
The new National Rail summer timetable has come into effect, with 1,000 new train services being introduced across Great Britain.
Last year, an extensive shake-up led to weeks of chaos on the Northern network after the operator tried to introduce 1,700 extra services.
That led to huge delays and cancellations with more than 15,000 services cancelled over the past twelve months due to the failed implementation of the timetable.
This year, Northern says it intends to bring in just 210 extra services including brand new trains on long distance routes connecting larger towns in the North.
The operator says it will monitor the latest changes carefully and respond quickly to any problems.
Former Great Britain scrum-half Bobbie Goulding says keeping fit helps him following drink and drug problems.
A woman whose daughter's killer has never revealed what happened to her body has welcomed plans to change the law regarding parole.
Helen McCourt was abducted and murdered in 1988 by Ian Simms. Marie McCourt has always opposed his release from prison.
Helen's Law would place "greater consideration on failure to disclose the location of a victim's remains", said the Ministry of Justice (MoJ).
Mrs McCourt, of St Helens, said it felt "like a big weight has been lifted".
One hundred people have been fatally stabbed in the UK so far this year.
Fifteen have happened in the North West, including 17-year-old Yousef Makki, a Manchester Grammar School student from Burnage, who died after being stabbed in the street in Hale Barns in March.
The police have made arrests in nearly all of the cases and have charged suspects in 85.
Fifteen people have been arrested after dawn raid on suspected drug dealers and other organised crime across the North West.
Ten people were arrested in Mersesyide and Greater Manchester in connection with drug pushing in Liverpool city centre.
Homes in the Toxteth, Anfield, Tuebrook and Crosby areas, as well as in Greater Manchester, were continuing to be searched.
In Oldham, seven properties were searched as park of a crackdown on an organised crime group working across the wider north of England.
Greater Manchester Police arrested five men on suspicion of robbery and burglary offences.
The "disease" of serious violence on Merseyside should be treated as a public health issue, the region's police commissioner has said.
Jane Kennedy made the claim at the launch of a new Violence Reduction Partnership aimed at tackling the root causes of violent crime.
It follows the success of a similar model in Scotland, which saw the number of homicides fall by half in a decade.
Ms Kennedy said it could take ten years to "really turn things around".
HS2 will not offer value for money and risks "short changing" the North of England, a group of peers has warned.
A report from the House of Lords Economic Affairs Committee also said it was "far from convinced" the new high-speed railway will be built within the £55.7bn budget.
It said the project should not go ahead without a new assessment of its costs and benefits.
The government said it "fundamentally disagreed" with the report.
Police officers are trying to find a missing 16-year-old girl who's been missing from Wakefield for five days.
Nicole Harris was last seen in the Quebec Street area of the city, but a national search has now started for her.
She is known to have links to various parts of the country including South Yorkshire, Shropshire, Humberside, Merseyside and North Wales, West Yorkshire Police said.
Nicole who is described as a "vulnerable teenager", is 5ft 3ins tall and has long brown hair and a burn scar on the side of her nose.
Any early mist patches will lift to leave today dry and fine with sunshine.
The sunshine will be hazy as times due to high cloud. It will be a warm day for most.
Maximum temperature 22C.
Fine this evening with lots of late sunshine. It will stay dry overnight with mainly clear skies. A few mist patches may form overnight ahead of another dry, fine and sunny day tomorrow.
A convicted armed robber wanted on recall to prison has been found hiding in the loft of a house in Merseyside.
Edward Metcalfe, 38, was found at an address in Winchester Avenue, Waterloo earlier.
A Merseyside Police spokeswoman said he had been arrested and taken back into custody after breaching the terms of his release under licence.
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Any early mist patches will lift to leave today dry and fine with plenty of sunshine, although high cloud will make the sunshine hazy at times. Warm with a light breeze.
Fine this evening with lots of late sunshine. It will then remain dry overnight with mainly clear skies. A few mist patches may form overnight. A light breeze.
Maximum temperature 21C.
BBC North West Political Editor
They may only be 13 miles apart, but a lot more divides Liverpool and St Helens than the East Lancs Road.
One is football mad, for instance, while the other is better known for its love of rugby league.
Then we come to attitudes on the United Kingdom's membership of the European Union.
While people in the Liverpool City area voted 58% to remain in the EU nearly three years ago, it was exactly the opposite story in St Helens with the same proportion wanting the UK to leave.
A man accused of 21 offences including eight rapes has been visited by a judge in prison after refusing to appear in court.
Joseph McCann, of Aylesbury, is charged with the kidnap and rape of eight alleged victims aged between 11 and 71.
The offences are alleged to have been committed between 20 April and 5 May, in London, Watford, Cheshire, Manchester and Lancashire.
Mr McCann was arrested in Congleton in Cheshire following a police manhunt.