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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.

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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.

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