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It took eight months to build the 82 statues, which include lions, meerkats and giraffes.
It took eight months to build the 82 statues, which include lions, meerkats and giraffes.

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.

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.

Calls for more help to support homeless and hungry

People relying on a Merseyside street kitchen to survive have called for more help to escape from poverty.

Hope for the Hungry
Hope for the Hungry

The demand for help at Hope for the Hungry, which provides hot food and drink to those in need, has increased since opening in 2016, volunteers have said.

Now, many who use the service have called on the Government to do more to help to get people out of poverty, according to the Local Democracy Reporting Service.

John Johnson was one of many who felt politicians were oblivious to the true hardship.

"This shouldn’t be Hope for the Hungry's job," said John.

"We don’t see political people in this area. They only come round during election time or when there is an event," the 19-year-old said.

Gordan Smith, 42, added: "I think politicians are ignorant to what is going on, as long as they’re alright they’re not bothered."

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.