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Shots fired at a house in Liverpool

Police are investigating after they were called to a house on Blackrod Avenue in Speke last night. They were called around 7pm, to a report that shots had been fired at a house.

The offenders are thought to have escaped in a dark coloured vehicle and also possibly on some form of motor bike. Officers from the Matrix Serious Organised Crime team attended at the scene and found damage to the property consistent with a firearm being discharged.

A thorough search of the area was immediately carried out and the house was cordoned-off for forensic examinations to take place. House-to-house inquiries have been carried out and an investigation is underway.

"Luckily, no-one was injured during this incident. Our investigation is at a very early stage, and we are pursuing a number of lines of inquiry, although we currently believe the property was targeted.

"Patrols have been increased in the area to reassure the community and we are now working hard to identify those responsible. "Guns and the criminals who use them have no place on Merseyside and the force will be relentless in its commitment to tackle them head on.

"I would urge anyone with information about this incident to speak to Matrix Serious Organised Crime officers on 0800 230 0600.

– Detective Superintendent Andy Williams


Mother's anger after son dies from seizures in custody

by Matt O'Donoghue

Billy Salton died after spending 33 hours in a police cell in Stockport.

The 19 year old had epilepsy. Despite knowing this, officers failed to monitor him correctly or pass on crucial information that could have saved his life.

Billy's mother Joanna Hynd spoke exclusively to Granada Reports about her anger over her son's treatment.

Read more: Mother's anger after son dies following epileptic seizures in police custody


Hydro-electric power plant milestone on River Calder

by Amy Welch

A community hydro-electricity project in Lancashire has reached a major milestone with the installation of an archimedes screw.

The 13 tonne screw will be turned by the force of the River Calder at Whalley, feeding power into the national grid.

It will generate money for other local renewable energy projects and is expected to be completed in October, depending on the weather.

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