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Birkenhead man calls for all dogs to be muzzled after his Jack Russell is victim of vicious attack

The owner of a Jack Russell which nearly died after it was attacked by another dog is calling for all dogs to be muzzled.

Leslie Whittaker's dog is called stitch - a name her owner claims became a reality for the animal when it was nearly ripped in two by a lurcher dog.

It has promoted more debate from some councillors over whether dogs should be muzzled or kept on leads in public parks.

There are some distressing images in this report by Amy Welch.

Owner whose pet was savaged wants all dogs muzzled

Dog recovering from injuries
Stitch was left with serious injuries after the attack Credit: Leslie Whitaker

A man who's Jack Russell was viciously attacked by another dog wants them all to be muzzled. Leslie Whitaker's dog Stitch was savaged by a Lurcher dog in Birkenhead Park and left with serious injuries. The eight year old dog had to have emergency surgery to reconstruct her ribs. Mr Whitaker says he's haunted by what happened that day.


Celebrations mark 80 years of Birkenhead Library

King George V opened Birkenhead Library in 1934. Credit: Wirral Council

Celebrations will take place this weekend to mark 80 years of Birkenhead Library.

The library was opened in 1934 by King George V, replacing an earlier library in the town, which dated from 1856.

An old image of the historic library in Birkenhead. Credit: Wirral Council

The Friends of Birkenhead Library are holding an event in the library on Saturday, July 5, at 2.15pm, with a special talk on the building of the Queensway Tunnel by Peter Bishop.

Cllr Chris Meaden, Wirral Council's Cabinet Member for Leisure, Sport and Culture said: "Birkenhead Library is an historic building which has been at the very centre of Birkenhead life for 80 years.

"Now more than ever it is a crucial part of what makes the town tick, and this will be a wonderful celebration."

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Birkenhead Library today. Credit: Wirral Council

Police: Nazi-sympathiser had an 'obsession with Hitler'

A Nazi-sympathiser who planned to blow up a number of mosques has been jailed.

Ian Forman, of Birkenhead, was convicted of Engaging in Conduct in Preparation of Terrorist Acts contrary to the Terrorism Act 2006 at Kingston Crown Court.

Det Supt Ian Hassall from Merseyside Police says Forman had an obsession with Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler.

Read more: Nazi sympathiser jailed for plotting to blow up mosques

Forman could have caused 'considerable damage' to mosques and people

"Thankfully, we will never know how far Forman was prepared to go in acting out his racist fantasies.

"However, we do know that Forman had carefully selected a number of targets to meet his own means. Had he carried them out, his attacks could have caused considerable damage to both property and people at several Mosques.

– Detective Sergeant Matt Findell, of the North West Counter-Terrorism Unit

Read more: Nazi sympathiser jailed for plotting to blow up mosques


Terror plotter caught after researching bombs at work

Forman built bombs at his home in Birkenhead
Forman built bombs at his home in Birkenhead Credit: GMP

A Nazi-sympathiser who planned to blow up a number of mosques has been jailed for 10 years. Ian Forman plotted to attack mosques in Merseyside and had built a bomb at his home in Birkenhead.

Forman first came to the attention of police in April 2013 while he worked as a receptionist at Manisty, a glass recycling firm in Ellesmere Port.

Colleagues found that he had been researching chemicals and explosive substances on the internet during work hours - a clear breach of company policy.

Police release images of men suspected of racial abuse in Birkenhead

CCTV of suspect Credit: Merseyside Police
CCTV of suspect Credit: Merseyside Police

Merseyside Police has released CCTV stills of two men they would like to speak to in connection with a hate crime in Birkenhead on Sunday, 26th May.

At about 5.10pm two men entered the Everfresh store on Rock Lane West.

The pair allegedly made derogatory remarks about the ethnicity of the staff.

Although uninjured the staff have been left very shaken following the incident.

Detectives believe the men pictured may be able to help them with their enquiries and would urge them or anyone who recognises them to contact the police.

Postmortem reveals boy died from head injuries

Merseyside Police have confirmed that a post mortem carried out following the death of three-year-old James Curtis in Tranmere has concluded that he died as a result of a blunt force trauma to the head.

Emergency services were called to a property in St Catherines Gardens to a report a three-year-old boy had been injured after a fireplace fell on him on Monday.

Paramedics took the boy to hospital where he later died.

Police say the matter is not being treated as suspicious at this time.

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