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Residents advised to keep windows and doors closed after Kirkby fire

Dozens of firefighters have been tackling a fire at a warehouse in Kirkby through the night. Crews were called out to Charleywood Road at around 11 last night to a fire involving plastics at an industrial unit.

Area Manager Dave Mottram said: "Due to large volumes of smoke from the fire, residents living near the area are advised to keep doors and windows closed to prevent smoke entering their property.

"This has been a significant fire and firefighters have worked hard at the scene throughout the night to deal with this fire."

Concern after girl, 13, goes missing from home

Miya Morgan Rooney was last seen by family in Kirkby last Friday. Credit: Merseyside Police.

Concern is growing for a 13-year-old girl from Liverpool who has been missing since Friday.

Miya Morgan Rooney was last seen by relatives in Kirkby at around 4am on 20 February.

Miya is described as white, 5ft 3ins tall, of slim build with long, dyed black straight hair and hazel eyes.

She was last seen wearing a flowery top, a black parka coat with a fur hood, light blue jeggings, and grey and pink trainers.

Merseyside Police say Miya is known to frequent the Kirkdale and Kirkby areas.

The force said it's carrying out extensive enquiries to find Miya as her family and friends are "growing increasingly concerned about her whereabouts".

  • Anyone who knows where Miya is or has seen a girl resembling her description or photograph since Friday is asked to call Merseyside Police on 101 or the Missing People charity on 116 000.

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James Bulger's mother marks anniversary of his death

James would have celebrated his 25th birthday last month. Credit: Press Association.

The mother of murdered toddler James Bulger has posted a poignant tweet to mark the anniversary of his death.

Two-year-old James was abducted and murdered on 12 February 1993 by two ten-year-old boys, Robert Thompson and Jon Venables.

Last month he would have celebrated his 25th birthday.

In his memory Mrs Fergus, from Kirkby, set up the James Bulger Memorial Trust, a charity which provides free holidays for bereaved children, youngsters who are crime victims or who have done good for others.

She's currently planning a black tie and tiara ball to raise funds for its work.

Mrs Fergus set up a charity in James's memory. Credit: Press Association.

Concerns growing for missing Merseyside man

Richard Greenwood. Credit: Merseyside Police.

Merseyside Police is appealing for the public's help to trace the whereabouts of a 43-year-old man who has been missing from home since Friday.

Richard Greenwood was last seen by his family at his house on Melverley Road, Kirkby, at around 10pm on Friday night.

He was reported as missing to police earlier today, Sunday, 11 January.

Officers are now carrying out extensive enquiries to trace his whereabouts.

Richard is described as white, of a slim build with brown hair.

When he was last seen he was wearing a white tracksuit top with blue arms and grey tracksuit bottoms.

Richard's friends and family are now becoming increasingly concerned about his welfare and officers are appealing for the public's help to locate him.

Anyone who has seen Richard, or someone who resembles him, or knows of his whereabouts, is asked to call officers via the 101 number or the Missing People Charity on 116000.

CCTV appeal after race hate attack on Liverpool bus

Do you know this man? Credit: PA

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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