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Stable deaths: Man found in stables, not caravan, as initially thought

A man and around 10 horses have died after a stables was destroyed by fire.

Three engines and at least 15 firefighters attended the blaze after being called to the Shorrocks Hill Country Club in Lifeboat Road in Formby, Merseyside, by a member of the public at 5.30am on Thursday morning.

The body of a man, who has not been formally identified, was discovered inside the stables - not a nearby caravan as initially thought - as firefighters battled to bring the flames under control.

Around 10 horses are thought to have perished in the blaze, a Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service spokesman estimated, adding that none survived.

Police and fire services are investigating.


Breaking: one man and up to ten horses dead after stable fire in Formby

Breaking: one man and upto ten horses dead after stable fire in Formby Credit: ITV Granada

Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service has confirmed that firefighters were called to a fire at a stables next to Shorrocks Hill Country Club in Lifeboat Lane, Formby at around 5.30 am this morning.

The fire, which has been extinguished by Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service, completely destroyed the stable building and a caravan.

On arrival firefighters entered the caravan and found the body of a man inside. Formal identification is yet to take place. A number of horses were also found to have died in the stables.

The cause of the man’s death is not yet known and a joint Merseyside Police and Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service investigation into the cause of the fire is underway.

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.

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