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Severe accident: A565 Merseyside southbound

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A565 Merseyside southbound severe accident, from A566 Knowsley Road.

A565 Merseyside - A565 Rimrose Road in Seaforth blocked and queues southbound from the A566 Knowsley Road junction, because of an accident.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

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
FBU

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
PA

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.

HMRC cleaners in Merseyside to strike over pay and conditions

Cleaners at HM Revenue and Customs offices in Liverpool and Bootle plan to stage a 48-hour strike in a dispute over pay and conditions.

Triad building in Bootle
Google
HMRC is due to move from the Triad Buliding in Bootle to the India Buildings in Liverpool

Members of the Public and Commercial Services union (PCS) employed by ISS will walk out on 15 and 16 July.

The union is campaigning for £10 an hour minimum wage and equivalent terms and conditions for cleaners to other to HMRC staff.

"Cleaners do a vital job keeping HMRC in Liverpool and Bootle functioning, yet they are not paid a decent wage or treated properly at work. All contracted out workers must be bought back in house, paid civil service wages and given civil service terms and conditions."

Mark SerwotkaPCS general secretary

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
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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.

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.

Man stabbed in 'targeted attack'

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

Kingsway
Google

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.

CCTV to help solve dog cruelty probe

The RSPCA is to study CCTV footage in the hunt for those responsible for dragging a dog to its death in a "barbaric" attack.

Lead
RSPCA

The French bulldog's body was found with wire attached to its collar on Brasenose Road in Bootle on 17 June.

Inspector Joanne McDonald said the dog had skin missing on its feet, which suggested it had tried to keep up with a moving vehicle.

She said the "cruel" attack would have seen the animal suffer "horrendously".

“I am hoping CCTV footage taken in the area may be able to help with our investigation," she added.

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.

Police
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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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The Birkenhead volunteer helping the homeless for eight decades
Devoted Peggy Maskrey, 98, has been serving Birkenhead's needy since she was a teenager.

Reds ace Salah 'should join Barcelona'

Former Chelsea striker Samuel Eto'o has urged Liverpool forward Mo Salah to move to Barcelona, saying the Catalan club would be a "better fit" for the striker.

Mo Salah
Reuters

Salah has been in stunning form for the Reds since joining in 2017, scoring 54 goals in 74 appearances.

He has been linked with a move to Real Madrid but 38-year-old Eto'o, who spent five years at Barcelona from 2004, thinks the Nou Camp would be a better option.

Barcelona would be a better fit. Real gave me the opportunity to leave Africa but I know Barcelona's style and I think it would be better for him.

Samuel Eto'o