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Fourth teen arrested after man hit with quadricycle dies

Police have arrested four teenagers on suspicion of murder after a man died after being hit by a quadricycle in Wirral.

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John Wilcock Credit: Merseyside Police

John Wilcock, retired marine engineer and company director from Liverpool, died in hospital on Monday.

He had been receiving treatment for cancer at the time of the collision on Tuesday 22nd July and the cause of his death has been withheld by the pathologist pending the outcome of further test results from a Home Office post mortem examination.

A 16-year-old male from Birkenhead was arrested this afternoon following the earlier arrests of two 15-year-olds and a 17-year-old all on suspicion of murder. All four are in police custody

Detectives want anyone who witnessed the collision or saw a quadricycle being ridden on the promenade last Tuesday afternoon to contact them.


HSBC closes bank account of Bolton based charity

A Muslim charity has accused a bank of putting lives at risk for shutting down its account.

The Ummah Welfare Trust based in Bolton has distributed 70 million pounds to projects in 20 countries. It has had a presence in Gaza for the past 10 years.

But the charity has now received a letter from the HSBC to tell them their account is being closed for being beyond the bank's "risk appetite".

Ashley Derricott reports:

Health watchdog calls for inquiry into emergency care consultation

There are calls for an inquiry into a £4 million consultation which could lead to the reorganisation of Accident and Emergency care in Greater Manchester.

It is over plans to take seriously ill patients to a handful of specialist hospitals rather than their own A & E.

Healthwatch which campaigns on behalf of patients claims the proposals were put together behind closed doors and the consultation breaks Parliamentary rules.

However those involved in the Healthier Together plans say the process is legitimate. Andrew Fletcher reports.


Truck driver jailed for life for road rage murder

A lorry driver has been jailed for life for using his 17-tonne truck to murder a motorist.

Mark Slater from Oldham deliberately drove over the head of grandfather Trevor Allen from Salford, in a road rage attack.

Slater admitted causing his death but told the jury he did not see him.

He will serve a minimum term of 15 years.

Our correspondent Rob Smith was at Chester Crown Court for the sentencing.

Atletico willing to offer Hernandez escape route from Old Trafford

Uncertain future - Javier Hernandez Credit: PA Pictures

Javier Hernandez is unsure whether he will remain at Manchester United next year, but Atletico Madrid are willing to offer the Mexican an escape route from Old Trafford should he decide to leave.

Hernandez flew out to the United States to join the club's pre-season tour, but he has so far only made two brief substitute appearances.

Even though new manager Louis van Gaal likes to play with two strikers, Hernandez still faces stiff competition from Robin van Persie, Wayne Rooney, Danny Welbeck and Wilfried Zaha for a first-team place.

In a rushed interview following United's penalty shoot-out win over Inter Milan on Tuesday night, Hernandez was asked if he saw his future at Old Trafford.

"The future, only god knows," he said.

When pressed on his limited match time under Van Gaal, the striker responded: "There is competition here and I will continue to work hard as I always do."

Hernandez was an instant hit at United following his surprise move from home-town club Guadalajara in 2011.

But the signing of Van Persie and the emergence of Welbeck has caused the Mexican to start just 15 Premier League games in the last two seasons.

Van Gaal was asked after the friendly win in Washington whether he would consider selling Hernandez.

He replied: "That I cannot answer because he is a player of Manchester United at this moment."

The latter part of the answer seemed to suggest Hernandez could be on his way out of United.

There are plenty of interested parties, chief among them Atletico.

The Spanish champions have already brought in forwards Mario Mandzukic and Antoine Griezmann this summer to compensate for the departures of Diego Costa, David Villa and Adrian Lopez, but Diego Simeone revealed he is still looking for an extra forward.

Simeone rates Hernandez
''A vertical player'' Diego Simeone on Hernandez Credit: PA Pictures

The Atletico coach thinks Hernandez would be an asset for his side.

"He's a vertical player. He's great in one-on-one situations and he's someone who could be useful to any team," the Atletico coach told a press conference in Mexico, ahead of his team's pre-season friendly with Club America.

"We are speaking to the sporting directors about the type of player we want and then it's up to them to bring the player in. With Javier Hernandez and lots of other great players, anything is possible. We can't close any door until the transfer window shuts."

Inter are also reported to be interested in Hernandez's signature.

Their defender Nemanja Vidic, who played alongside Hernandez at Old Trafford for three years, appears open to the idea of 'Chicharito' coming to Inter.

"He is a great player," Vidic said after Tuesday's game, which went to penalties after a goalless stalemate over 90 minutes.

"He is a Manchester United player but he can play in any team. He is a great professional. That is all I can say."

Cash-in-transit van robbed in Ormskirk

Police are appealing for witnesses after a robbery on a cash-in-transit van in Ormskirk this afternoon.

At around 2pm today (Wednesday 30 July), two men in balaclavas approached a security guard carrying a cash box outside Morrisons on Park Road.

They told the security guard to drop the box before making off with the box.

It is believed that the two offenders then made off in a Black BMW convertible which was waiting for them on Aughton Street.

The driver of the vehicle is described as a while male with a stocky build.

The black box was later found smashed on Black Moss Lane.

DI Jane Webb from Lancashire Police said:

We know that the offenders are likely to have activated the dye mechanism on the cashbox.

I would urge anybody who has witnessed this incident or anyone who appears to have indigo blue dye or ink marks on their clothing or body to contact the police.

Similarly, I would appeal to anyone who saw the Black BMW or who has any information that could assist with our investigation to get in contact with us.

– DI Jane Webb from Lancashire Police
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