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Everton captain Jagielka: We need consistency

Everton captain Phil Jagielka admits they have to find a way to regain their consistency next season in order to avoid a repeat of a disappointing campaign.

A combination of European football and a high number of injuries left the Toffees facing a relegation battle for a brief period.

Everton captain Phil Jagielka Credit: Press Association

They pulled themselves out of it in a run of six matches from which they picked up 16 points but they can finish no higher than 10th this season and will fall way short of their 72-point tally of 12 months ago.

"It has been frustrating season," said the captain, who recorded a clean sweep at this week's club awards winning player of the season, players' player and goal of the season for his long-range strike in the Merseyside derby at Anfield.

"We have played some really good football and really average football as well and it has been a case of us not finding the consistency of last season.

"We have one more game to go. We hope to finish off well and look at where things went wrong for most of the season and then hopefully address it for the start of next."

Ex-Coronation Street star Michelle Keegan set to marry

Former Coronation Street actress Michelle Keegan will tie the knot over the Bank Holiday weekend with The Only Way Is Essex star Mark Wright.

Former Coronation Street actress Michelle Keegan Credit: Press Association

Keegan, 27, from Greater Manchester and Wright announced their engagement in September 2013, nine months after they started dating.

The couple have been celebrating their upcoming nuptials in recent weeks with a string of hen and stag dos, which saw Keegan take a group of friends away to Dubai.

Michelle Keegan and Mark Wright who are preparing to tie the knot this weekend. Credit: Press Association


Teen arrested after 17-year-old stabbed in Formby

A17-year-old boy has been arrested after a teenager was stabbed in Formby.

Officers were called to Brows Lane, at around 6.40pm yesterday, to find a 17-year-old boy in the road with a stab wound to the side of his body.

He has been taken to hospital for treatment where his injuries are described as serious but are not, at this time, believed to be life threatening.

Brows Lane has been cordoned off for crime scene investigators to carry out forensic inquiries and CCTV from the area is being located.

A 17-year-old was arrested at the scene and is being questioned by detectives on suspicion of section 18 assault.

"We have stepped up patrols in the area to reassure the local community.

"Thankfully, incidents such as this in Formby are very rare and we quickly arrested someone in connection with what happened.

"Our inquiries, however, remain at an early stage and I would appeal to anyone who witnessed what happened, or has any information, to contact us as soon as possible."

– Detective Inspector Cheryl Rhodes

People with information can contact officers via the 101 number or can call Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

Merseyside police target motorists on mobiles

There's been a rise in the number of motorists stopped for mobile use Credit: PA

Merseyside police is starting a week-long crackdown on motorists using mobiles. Last year the force stopped more than four thousand drivers for phoning or texting at the wheel...up more than four hundred on the year before. Officers say mobile use now accounts for about ten per cent of road accidents.

Anti-austerity protest in Manchester

The march will protest at cuts and provide help for the homeless, say organisers Credit: PA

A march against government cuts is planned for Piccadilly Gardens later.

The 'Stand Up To Austerity' protest was organised by two young men who wanted to ensure that the General Election result wasn't the final word on the cuts.

They're asking people to come to the event with provisions for homeless people in Manchester.

Liverpool gears up to greet Three Queens

The three cruise liners come together this weekend Credit: ITV News

Merseyside is gearing up to greet three of the world's most famous cruise liners. The Queen Mary 2, Queen Elizabeth and Queen Victoria arrive on the Mersey over the bank holiday. Tonight there'll be a special light show projected on the Three Graces the iconic buildings on the waterfront before the first liner arrives on Sunday.

A light show will be projected on the Three Graces at Liverpool waterfront from 10pm tonight Credit: PA
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