The Kirkup report found 11 babies and one mother died following "a lethal mix" of failures in a "seriously dysfunctional" maternity unit at Furness General Hospital.
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.
Stephen Tompkinson returns to our screens tonight as Alan Banks in the series four of the award winning crime drama.
Our entertainment reporter Caroline Whitmore was on set to get an exclusive sneak preview:
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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