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Joe Benton to retire as Bootle's Labour MP

Joe Benton, Labour MP for Bootle, has today announced that he will retire at the next election.

Joe Benton has been MP for Bootle for 25 years

Joe Benton MP, said:

“Following amicable discussions with the Labour Party at Regional and Parliamentary levels, I have decided to retire. Therefore I will not be contesting the next General Election.

“I want to take this opportunity to express my deep gratitude to the people of Bootle for their tremendous support over the 45 years at both local and national level I have had the great privilege and honour to represent them.

I assure them I will continue to do so to the best of my ability for the remainder of this Parliament.

“I place on the record also my appreciation to the Labour Party for affording me the great honour of being part of the Labour team in its historic purpose in fighting for social justice.”

A Bootle Constituency Labour Party spokesperson, said:**

“We’d like to thank Joe for all his hard work and dedication over the years. He has been a fantastic MP for the people of Bootle.”


Lancashire football fan on bus journey to Brazil

There are already plenty of England fans in Brazil.

And thousands more will be descending on the country as the World Cup kicks off in a little over 48 hours.

For most they'll arrive by plane. But for one man Lancashire has chosen a more adventurous route.

And as Chris Hall's been finding out it's a journey that's been hitting the headlines across the South America.


£30,000 reward 10 years after Bootle father killed

Kevin Lavelle killed 10 years ago - reward offered Credit: ITV Granada Reports

A fresh appeal for information is being made ten years after the death of Merseyside father-of-two Kevin Lavelle.

Mr Lavelle, 29, died after arguing with a gang of Welsh railway workers at an Oxfordshire pub.

Kevin was from Bootle. He was beaten with an iron bar and died from a horrific catalogue of 50 separate injuries.

Mr Lavelle was attacked on the night of an England versus Portugal Euro 2004 match at the Cricketers Pub on 24 June 2004 while working in Banbury.

Up to £30,000 is now on offer to anyone with information about the attack in which Mr Lavelle suffered 50 injuries.

A trial at Oxford crown court in 2006 collapsed when members of the gang would not reveal who had struck the fatal blows.

DNA evidence found on the bar came from three men but it could not be proved which one had used it to kill Mr Lavelle.

In March 2009, an inquest returned a verdict of unlawful killing.

Tributes paid to young boxer Vinnie Holligan

Tributes are being paid to a young boxer who died in a hit and run on Merseyside.

Vinnie Holligan, who was 19, died after being hit by a car in Bootle yesterday.

Vinnie Holligan, who was 19

Tributes posted online read:

Shaunagh Moore: “I'm devastated. There was nobody like you Vin, nicest lad ever. Just said it how it is and everyone loves you for it, we will never ever forget you."

Amber Hughes: “I can’t believe the lovely lad I've known since he was a little boy has been so cruelly taken .... Rest in peace”

Norm Searchy: “What a lovely young man and great boxing prospect----RIP...From all coaches and members from Everton Red Triangle x”

A 23-year-old driver failed to stop at the scene, but later handed himself in.

He is currently being questioned by police.

Officers also want to speak to an off-duty doctor who may have vital information about the crash.


Holly's brave fight inspires others

Four-year-old Holly Kitchen is beating the odds and fighting a rare and life-threatening genetic disease - Trisomy 9 mosaic.

People that have any form of Trisomy are born with a whole or partial third copy of a chromosome, instead of the expected two.

Inspired by Holly's story, her family - who live in Bootle, Merseyside, are setting up a charitable trust in her honour.

And her brother Louis has created a moving video about Holly and telling her story.

Stab victim found after burglary

Police called to investigate a burglary found a man with stab wounds.

Officers were called to a house on Southport Road, Bootle, at about 8.10pm last night.

A short while later officers received a report from a member of the public who had found the 31-year-old man suffering serious stab wounds.

He has been taken to hospital for treatment and is in a serious but stable condition.

A 66-year-old man was also taken to hospital with breathing difficulties.

Crime Scene Investigators are at the scene and patrols have been stepped up to reassure the local community.

Merseyside Police said an investigation has been launched to determine the full circumstances surrounding these incidents and officers are working to establish whether they are linked.

Detectives are appealing for anyone with information to contact police or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Police concerned for safety of missing 17-year-old girl

Police are becoming concerned for the safety of 17-year-old Rosie Norris who was reported as missing from her home in Bootle yesterday.

Last night Rosie was reported as being missing from an address on Bedford Road where she has been staying.

Rosie is described as being white, 5ft 1 in tall of a medium build with shoulder length blonde hair and blue eyes.

She is known to frequent the Sefton and Liverpool areas.

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