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Elderly woman killed in Formby car crash

Betty Jones, 84, was a passenger in one of the cars involved in the crash. Credit: Merseyside Police

An elderly woman has died after a car crash in Formby, Merseyside.

Betty Jones, 84, from Southport, died in hospital after the car she was travelling in as a passenger was involved in a collision with another car.

Police say the drivers of both cars stopped at the scene and are assisting officers with enquiries. Credit: ITV News Granada Reports

It happened on Friday afternoon on Orrell Hill Lane, near the Red Squirrel pub.

Police are appealing for anyone who may have witnessed the crash to come forward.

Teenager nominated for top TV award

Eleanor Worthington-Cox in The Enfield Haunting Credit: Sky Living

A 14-year-old actress from Merseyside is in the running for a top TV award.

Eleanor Worthington-Cox has been nominated in the Supporting Actress category of the TV Baftas.

It's for her part in The Enfield Haunting.

Eleanor, who's from Formby, has already won a prestigious Olivier award and has appeared in a Disney movie.


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.

Woman's body found on Formby beach

Police in Merseyside are investigating after a woman's body was found on the beach at Formby.

Officers were called to the junction at Victoria Road just before 7pm last night and made the discovery.

The woman is thought to be in her fifties.

Her death is being treated as unexplained, a post mortem examination will be carried out later today.

Former PC in court over Gerrard CCTV allegations

Steven Gerrard Credit: ITV Granada

A former Merseyside police officer is due in court accused of misconduct over footage of an alleged incident involving Liverpool FC's Steven Gerrard. Helen Jones, who's 33 and from Kent, is accused of retrieving CCTV pictures from a business in Formby.

The footage is believed to relate to an alleged incident between Gerrard and another man.

Merseyside police say Ms Jones is currently on a career break from the force.

She's expected to appear at Preston Crown Court.


Schoolboy arrested over gun ordered from the US

Merseyside Police say the boy has now been released on bail pending further inquiries Credit: ITV Granada Reports

A 15 year old boy has been arrested on suspicion of importing a firearm after a gun ordered from the US was intercepted by police before it was delivered to Merseyside.

Police and UK Border Force officers discovered the handgun in a package due to be sent to a property in Formby.

Detective Superintendent Chris Green, said: " Our message to those involved in gun crime is clear, we are relentless in our pursuit of those who use firearms on our streets.

Preventing the distribution and supply of firearms is a priority for us and we will endeavour to do what we can with partners like the UK Border Force to stop guns from coming in to circulation on Merseyside."

The arrested male was taken to a police station on Merseyside where he was questioned by detectives. He has been released on police bail pending further inquiries.

Boy, 15, quizzed over handgun find

A 15-year-old boy from Formby in Merseyside has been arrested on suspicion of importation of a firearm.

As part of their investigation police say they recovered a handgun which had been ordered from the United States and was destined for delivery to a property in Formby.

"Working together with UK Border Force we were able to stop the weapon from reaching its final destination. Our message to those involved in gun crime is clear, we are relentless in our pursuit of those who use firearms on our streets."

– Detective Superintendent Chris Green

The boy has been questioned and released on police bail pending further inquiries.

Pubs on shortlist of country's best

Simon Crompton, landlord of The Baum in Rochdale, which was named as 2013 pub of the year Credit: PA Images

Two pubs in the North West are in the running to be named pub of the year. Last year's winner the Baum in Rochdale, and the Freshfield Hotel in Formby are regional finalists in the competition run by the Campaign for Real Ale.

Pubs are judged on their atmosphere, decor, welcome, service, value for money, customer mix, and quality of the beer.