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CCTV appeal after race hate attack on Liverpool bus

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Merseyside Police has released CCTV images of man officers would like to speak to in connection with a racially aggravated incident on a bus in Walton.

A woman passenger was subjected to comments about her ethnicity by a male passenger who was travelling with a child.

The incident happened on the Number 21 bus from Kirkby to Liverpool, as the vehicle reached County Road in Walton at 1.20pm on May 25.

The offender then assaulted a man who challenged him about his comments.

The assault victim sustained facial injuries during the assault and has been left upset following the incident.

Detective Constable Bob Hart, said: "Incidents of this kind, whereby victims are subjected to racial abuse, be it physically or verbally, will not be tolerated.

"We are investigating a number of lines of enquiry and are keen to speak to anyone with any information that could help our enquiries.

"I would like to reassure people that incidents of this type are rare."

Officers from Sigma, the Merseyside Police's dedicated hate crime investigation unit, are appealing to the man pictured, anyone who recognises him or anyone with information to get in touch.

Anyone with any information is asked to call 0151 777 4843 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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Man shot in the back in Merseyside

Police are investigating after a 24 year old man was shot in the back in Merseyside last night. It happened in the Kirkby on Brook Hey Drive and around 10:30 pmfollowing reports a man had fired shots at two others. His injuries are not thought to be life threatening.

Chief Inspector Mark Morgan, said: "Merseyside Police will be relentless in its commitment to tackle gun crime.

"I would appeal to anyone with information about this incident to contact us as soon as possible so that we can take positive action and bring those responsible to justice."

Kirkby taxi driver shooting arrests up to five

Five people have now been arrested after the shooting of a taxi driver in Kirkby early on Saturday October 19.

Merseyside Police officers found a 61-year old private hire taxi driver inside his vehicle, a silver Skoda Octavia, with injuries to his arm and chest. He was taken to hospital and had surgery for his injuries which are not life threatening. He remains in hospital in a stable condition.

Two men aged, 18 and 20, were arrested and bailed in connection with the incident on Sunday night on suspicion of attempted murder and possession of a firearm.

Three men, aged 18, 19,and 20, have been arrested today, Tuesday, on suspicion of attempted murder and are being questioned.

Two arrested over taxi shooting

Two men have been arrested after a taxi driver was shot amid a dispute between two groups of men at a petrol station.

Police believe the 61-year-old male victim was not the intended target as a shotgun was discharged following the altercation in Kirkby, Merseyside, in the early hours of Saturday.

It is believed four passengers of the silver Skoda taxi had been arguing with a group of six men in Whitefield Drive before gunfire was aimed at the vehicle.

Today, officers from Merseyside Police's Matrix team - which specialises in tackling gun crime - arrested the suspects, aged 20 and 18.

Emergency services were called to the scene at about 1.15am and the taxi driver was discovered alone with injuries to his arm and chest.His injuries were serious but not life-threatening and he is in a stable condition, said police.

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Taxi driver shot in Merseyside

An investigation is underway after a man was shot in Kirkby.

Emergency services were called at about 1.15 am to a garage forecourt on Whitefield Drive. They found a taxi drive inside his car with gunshot wounds to his arm and chest. The 61 year old is in a serious condition in hospital.

It is believed four male passengers in the vehicle had been arguing with a group of six males on the forecourt prior to the vehicle being shot at and the driver injured. The four males were inside the vehicle at the time it was shot. It is not believed the taxi driver was the intended target.

The scene has been cordoned off for examination, house-to-house enquiries are underway and patrols have been stepped up in the area.

The offenders are all described as being white, five of them wore dark coloured clothing and the sixth was wearing a cream coloured Adidas-type top.

This thoughtless and reckless type of behaviour cannot be tolerated, and we are fortunate that no-one else was injured particularly as this took place on a garage forecourt.

"This incident shows the total disregard that the offenders have for members of the community.

"I would appeal to members of the community who know the people involved to come forward so we can take positive action and take the offenders off the streets before anyone else gets hurt.

– Superintendent Kevin Wellens

Man charged with assault after 'disturbance'

A man has been charged with assault after another man was found unconscious. The victim is now in a critical condition after the 'disturbance' in Quarry Green in Kirkby in the early hours of Thursday.

43-year-old, Darren Thomas Morgan of Feltwood Road, West Derby has been charged with Grievous Bodily Harm with Intent. He will appear at Liverpool Magistrates Court tomorrow.

Kirkby company Sonae could face criminal charges after fatal accident

Sonae in Kirkby Credit: ITV Granada

The company in charge of a factory in Merseyside where two engineers were killed when they were dragged into a conveyor belt could face criminal charges after an inquest found that procedures were not followed.

James Bibby, 25, and Thomas Elmer, 27, died while working on a 150ft (46m) tall silo at the Sonae factory in Kirkby on December 7, 2010.

The deaths of the two engineers were caused by a failure to follow procedures and isolate the machinery the two sub-contractors were working on, an inquest jury at Bootle Town Hall found on Tuesday.

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