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One injured in chemical explosion at Liverpool University

Fire-fighters were called to the University of Liverpool chemistry building in Oxford Street just before 9am this morning.

They were called after a small chemical explosion on the 4th flour of the building injured. A post-doctorate researcher was injured in the blast and is currently receiving treatment in hospital.

Three fire appliances were sent to the scene along with the Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service Hazardous Materials (HazMat) Unit.

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Man wanted in connection with Sexual Assault at Creamfields

Police are looking to speak to this man in connection with an alleged sexual assault Credit: Cheshire Police

Police are looking to speak to the man pictured above in connection with an allegation of sexual assault at the Creamfields Music Festival in Daresbury last August.

The victim is a woman in her early twenties from Scotland, who reported the incident to police after the festival had concluded. The sexual assault is alleged to have occurred in a tent at the festival overnight between Sunday August 24 and Monday 25 of August.

The man is described as white, around 21 years of age, approximately 5? 8" tall and of medium build. He had dark hair which, at the time of the festival, was shaved all over. At the festival he was wearing a white short sleeved t shirt, and he had a chain around his neck with two rings on it. He stated his name was Jaimie, and had a Scottish accent, and may be from the East Kilbride area of Scotland.

Police are asking the man, if he recognises himself, to make contact with either Cheshire Police or Police Scotland. Police are also asking anyone who may recognise the man to call 101 or the Crimestoppers hotline on 0800 555 111.

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Worst first date in the world? Woman leaves comedy gig after TWO minutes

A man has been put off looking for love after his first date in 18 years ended in disaster.

Recently divorced Gary Robinson, from Chorley, Lancashire, took his date to see comedian Richard Herring.

The deeply religious woman was so offended by his routine about religion that she angrily approached the stage, asking why he didn't do more jokes about garlic bread, like Peter Kay.

The 49-year-old IT specialist later sent a text to check she was OK and she replied: “It would have been OK if you took me to see Peter Kay.”

He admits he will probably “leave it a little while” before trying the dating game again.

Bin the Blade campaign nets 1500 knives in Greater Manchester

Police seize 1500 knives and sharp weapons Credit: PA

Greater Manchester Police has taken over 1500 knives and other sharp weapons off the streets during the ‘Bin the Blade’ knife surrender.

They range from domestic kitchen knives to swords, axes and hunting blades. The most unusual items include wartime cut-throat razors, a small knife in the shape of a shotgun cartridge and a number of ornamental daggers.

The campaign is part of the ‘Save a Life, Surrender Your Knife’ initiative. Surrendered knives will be used to create a spectacular 15-24 feet tall Angel statue in memory of those whose lives have been tragically lost to knife crime.

Bin the Blade success in Greater Manchester Credit: PA

We will continue to work hard to make the streets safer and will take strong action against anyone who carries a knife and believes they are above the law.

We are extremely proud of the people of Greater Manchester for their support. I look forward to seeing the resulting sculpture, a fitting memorial to people whose lives have been taken through violent crime.

– Detective Chief Inspector Debbie Dooley of the Xcalibre Task Force

Knife crime causes misery to victims, their loved ones and the wider communities so it’s good news that so many weapons have been handed in and are no longer on the streets of Greater Manchester.

– “Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner Jim Battle

Nine in 10 want action to protect young from alcohol

Young people need to be protected from alcohol - Drink Wise survey Credit: PA

Nine out of ten people in the North West want the government to do more to protect young people from alcohol that's according to a survey by Drink Wise. The findings will be presented at Downing Street today by the South Manchester Liberal Democrat MP John Leech and Drink Wise director Hazel Parsons.

2550 people across the region were interviewed.

· 89% of respondents said the government needed to do more to protect young people from alcohol

· 88% of respondents said the government needed to restrict alcohol marketing to young people

The research from Drink Wise’s highlights a high level of public concern about the effects of alcohol on children. I call on the government to look again at the effectiveness of their strategies for tackling these problems.

– South Manchester Liberal Democrat MP John Leech MP

Today is all about making it clear to the Government the grave and growing concerns we have about children’s exposure to alcohol, and the fact that these concerns are shared by the vast majority of the people we spoke to in the North West. Our research shows two million children are harmed by someone else’s drinking, and 15 children a day are being hospitalised because of alcohol – hundreds of those as young as 11. It’s time for the government to look again at alcohol, and wake up to the scale of this problem. It urgently needs to look seriously at restricting alcohol marketing – and end the pocket money pricing of alcohol.

– Director of Drink Wise Hazel Parsons

Domestic abuse campaign launches in Cumbria

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Crimestoppers have launched a new campaign to increase reporting of domestic abuse in Cumbria.

On average, Cumbria Police deal with over 17 incidents of domestic abuse every day across the county, with almost half of these being against people who have experienced violence before. However, it is believed that many more cases go unreported.

Called ‘Behind Closed Doors’, the campaign aims to highlight that too many victims are suffering in silence at the hands of their partner, spouse or family member.

Domestic abuse is a serious crime but it remains largely hidden behind closed doors, leaving the victims trapped, powerless and isolated.

This campaign is designed to both signpost those who are victims to where they can receive help and support and also to give their families and friends a way of helping them.

– Lynda Shaw, Chair of Crimestoppers’ Cumbria Committee

Abuse can be physical, psychological, sexual, and financial, according to Crimestoppers it is thought the average victim will endure up to 35 assaults before speaking out. And, without help, the abuse is likely to increase over time or even result in death.

Victims are often too afraid to speak and, in many cases, neighbours, friends and even family will suspect that the offence is taking place but are reluctant to get involved.

If you are a victim of domestic abuse yourself or if you think you know someone who is please call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111

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