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She's done it! Woman drives 1,000 miles for charity

Ashleigh Howey from Halewood, who was going on possibly the world's longest driving lesson has completed her mission.

She and her driving instructor were planning to travel from John O'Groats in Scotland to Land's End in Cornwall.

And We're delighted to say that this morning she made it. She completed 994 miles and smashed her fundraising target of a thousand pounds for Alder Hey children's hospital and Alzheimer's UK.

For more information on Ashleigh's mission click: JustGiving

Cowardly thieves targeted disabled man, say police

Three men who forced their way into the home of a disabled man in Merseyside and stole his safe are being hunted by police.

The men pushed the man's carer to the ground when she answered the door at the house in Halewood on Saturday.

They fled on foot with the safe which contained a quantity of cash.

The offenders are described as young men. One of them was white, of medium build and around 5ft 7in tall. He was wearing a grey Berghaus jacket, with some red markings, with the hood up and a scarf covering his face. The other two men were wearing dark clothing and had their faces covered.

"This was a despicable incident which understandably left both the carer and the householder extremely scared and upset, but thankfully uninjured.

"This was carried out against the home of a vulnerable, disabled man where he has every right to feel safe. It is appalling to think that his home has been targeted in this way by such cowardly individuals."

– Detective Chief Inspector Julie Milburn

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Matthew Pullman wanted on recall to prison

Matthew Pullman Credit: Merseyside Police

Merseyside Police is appealing for the public’s help in tracing a man who is wanted on recall to prison.

Matthew Pullman, 25, who is from the Crewe area, was jailed for 16 months in June 2015 at Chester Crown Court for assault.

He was released from prison on Friday 18 December 2015 but is wanted on recall for breaching his licence conditions.

Pullman is believed to have links to Halewood and the Winsford area of Cheshire.

He is described as being 5ft 8in tall, of slim build, with dark brown hair and blue eyes.

Anyone who knows Matthew Pullman or thinks they may have seen him recently is asked to contact Wavertree police station on 0151 777 5469 or leave information anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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'Most Wanted' Liverpool drug trafficker held in Tenerife

Stephen Blundell handed himself in to Spanish police on Monday. Credit: Crimestoppers.

A Liverpool drug trafficker who headed a crime group that supplied huge amounts of heroin to the South West of England has been arrested in Tenerife after two years on the run.

Stephen Blundell, 36, from Halewood, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply heroin but fled to Spain before he could be sentenced in April 2013.

He was later jailed for nine years eight months in his absence.

Police say Blundell controlled a crime group which included a Cornish grandmother caught transporting £50,000 heroin under pasties in her shopping bag.

He was held after handing himself in to the Spanish authorities in Tenerife on Monday.

Extradition proceedings will begin tomorrow when Blundell appears at the Spanish National Court in Madrid.

Blundell is the 64th fugitive to be located through Operation Captura – the initiative between Crimestoppers, the National Crime Agency and the Spanish authorities.

He featured in the Captura ‘unlucky thirteen’ campaign launched in November 2013.

Blundell's initial wanted photograph. Credit: Crimestoppers.

It was only a matter of time before he was caught as the Spanish National Police had been carrying out intelligence-led operations in Tenerife.

"The law enforcement net was tightening and I believe he handed himself in when he realised his days on the run were numbered.”

– Hank Cole, Head of International Operations for the NCA

New Land Rover revealed at Halewood

New Land Rover model

A new sports utility vehicle which has helped create 250 jobs is being revealed today by Jaguar Land Rover .

The new seven-seater Land Rover Discovery Sport will be made at Jaguar Land Rover's Halewood plant on Merseyside and is part of the £200 million the company is spending on developing the Discovery family of vehicles.

The new 2.2 litre turbo diesel-powered vehicle will be available from January and prices will start at £32,395.

The extra jobs take the total number at Halewood to 4,750 - more than treble the number employed there in 2010.

The Discovery Sport is being revealed at Spaceport America in New Mexico, US, the base for Virgin Galactic's sub-orbital space flights.

JLR is also launching the Land Rover Galactic Discovery competition, in which four people can win a trip to space with Virgin Galactic.

JLR said its capital spending for the 2014/15 financial year was expected to reach up to £3.5 billion.

Gas leak at Halewood chemical plant

A cordon was set up around Pentagon Fine Chemicals in Halewood Credit: Google

Emergency services were called to a chemical plant in Halewood after reports of a gas leak.

Roads around Pentagon Fine Chemicals in Lower Road were shut as a precaution. An investigation found that some gas had escaped but the leak was confined to the site.

Chief Inspector Chris Hitchell said: "I want to reassure people living in the area that there was no danger to local residents and no escape of any chemical from the site."

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