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Three arrests after police seize handgun in Speke

The gun will be tested to see if it is linked to any known crimes Credit: Merseyside Police

Three people have been arrested after police have seized a handgun, and a "quantity of drugs," in a house raid in Speke.

Officers say the weapon will be now be tested for any connections to past shootings. Two men, aged 21 and 26, and a 48-year-old woman were taken into custody.

This latest recovery means there is one less firearm on our streets that could be used to cause fear, intimidation or harm.

– Detective Inspector Alan Georgeson

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Teenager stabbed in the street in Manchester

The teenager was attacked in Newton Heath Credit: PA

Detectives are hunting a knifeman who stabbed a teenager on a street in Manchester last night. The 18-year-old was attacked on Scotland Hall Road in Newton Heath, at 9.45pm.

His attacker walked up to him, got into an argument, then pulled out a knife to stab the teen in the back. The victim was taken to hospital, but released after treatment.

Investigators in Cheshire hunt shooter who injured Swan

The bird was peppered with shotgun pellets Credit: RSPCA

The RSPCA's searching for the shooter who injured a swan so badly it had to be put to sleep.

A passer-by rescued the wounded bird from the Middlewich Canal on Wednesday, and took it to a wildlife centre in Nantwich.

X-ray images show the pellets inside the swan's head Credit: RSPCA

X-rays showed four shotgun pellets in the swan's body, alongside an air rifle pellet. The bird was so badly hurt, vets could not save it.

Investigators are appealing to the public for any information on the incident.

It is very distressing to think that people take pleasure in causing harm to these beautiful and defenseless birds. These are deliberate acts of cruelty and we would appeal to people’s consciences not to commit these offences.

– Lee Stewart, RSPCA

Third arrest in hunt for escaped Merseyside murderer

Shaun Walmsley is still missing Credit: Merseyside police

Detectives investigating the escape of convicted murderer Shaun Walmsley have arrested a man in Liverpool. But Walmsley remains on the run after two armed men helped him escape prison officers on a visit to Aintree Hospital on Tuesday. This evening Merseyside police say a 25 year old man from Norris Green is being questioned on suspicion of perverting the course of justice. A 27-year-old man and a 26-year-old woman, both from Norris Green, who were arrested yesterday for assisting an offender, have been released.

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Police 'regret' tasering innocent blind man

Police used taser thinking the man's stick was a gun Credit: PA

Greater Manchester Police say they have apologised to a blind man who was tasered when an officer mistook his walking cane for a gun in Levenshulme. In a statement the force says they regret the incident on Albert Road but have defended the officers involved.

Two witnesses, as well as our firearms officers, believed the man was acting in an agitated manner and in the dark, the folded cane appeared to be a gun. An officer decided that in the circumstances, and to ensure the safety of the man and public, he should deploy a Taser.

– GMP's Assistant Chief Constable Garry Shewan

The force says its reviewing training following the incident and the man was uninjured.

Questions over compensation paid to Guantanamo man

Questions have been raised about what happened to taxpayers' money paid to a man from Manchester, who's thought to have carried out a suicide bombing. Jamal al-Harith is reported to have died after a car bomb was driven into an army base in Iraq.

In 2010 he'd received substantial compensation from the British government over being detained at Guantanamo Bay.

But it's been suggested some of that money ended up paying for his extremist activities.

Rob Smith reports:

Top award for racehorse groomer Elisha

A horse-loving teenager whose care for horses has seen her collect a top national award.

Two years ago Elisha Whittington used her own savings to rescue and look after a pony about to be sold off for meat. She bought her without the permission from her parents.

It sparked a love of horses. Elisha now works at the Cheshire stables owned by former footballer Michael Owen.

Sarah Rogers has been to meet her:

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