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Inspectors critical of conditions at HMP Liverpool

HMP Liverpool has received a scathing report from inspectors Credit: pa

A report's branded Liverpool Prison one of the worst jails inspectors have ever seen. .

It follows an unnannounced visit....and claims the site in Walton is squalid and fails to offer a safe, decent or purposeful environment.

Inspectors found that drugs were readily available and many cells had broken windows with dangerous jagged glass, damp, leaks and broken or blocked toilets.

Their report stated that violence of all kinds had increased, with assaults on staff more than tripling compared with the last assessment in 2015.

Andrew Neilson is from the Howard League for Penal Reform. He says the prison's problems are systemic.

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Snow: road closures in the North West

A yellow weather warning for ice and snow remains in place for much of the North West today.

A number of roads are still closed because of the snow:

  • A53 Leek Road closed between A54 and Brown Lane
  • A537 Cat & Fiddle Road in between Bull-Hill-Lane (Macclesfield) and A54 (Buxton)
  • A54 between A523 (Bosley Crossroads) and A537
  • A57 Snake Pass between Hurst Road (Glossop) and A6013 (Ladybower Reservoir)
  • Corney Fell Road between Corney and Duddon Bridge

Community garden for soldiers and veterans

Shoulder to soldier team at allotment in Leigh

A charity has set up a gardening project in Leigh to help serving and former soldiers. Shoulder to Soldier aims to give financial and welfare help, as well as organising practical projects like the new garden. Ex-forces engineers are already using their skills to design the layout which will take into account veterans with disabilities.

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Weather warning: Drivers urged to take care after a number of crashes

Drivers are being urged to take care as adverse weather is causing difficult driving conditions this morning.

The M6 Southbound was closed earlier this morning after a lorry overturned.

Since then there's been a multi car crash further up the M6 - with people warned to expect long delays.

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Police have been called out to a number of incidents, and there are reports of fallen trees and surface flooding.

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