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Liverpool's Walton Prison is "of concern"

Aerial view of Walton Prison, Liverpool Credit: PA

The overall performance of Liverpool's Walton Prison "is of concern" according to a new report.

The National Offender Management Service gave the jail a rating of two, which suggests concern.

Meanwhile, Altcourse Prison in Fazakerley, which is privately-run got a rating of three which means it is meeting the majority of its targets.

Children's charity in Liverpool could close after allegations of bad financial management

Kids Company founder Camila Batmanghelidjh Credit: PA

A children's charity which works in Liverpool has reportedly told ministers it will close - just days after it received a £3 million grant from the Government.

Kids Company has been hit by allegations of bad financial management, prompting its high profile founder Camila Batmanghelidjh to quit as chief executive.

Ministers agreed to give the extra cash to help restructure the charity despite objections from a senior civil servant who warned they did not think it would be "value for money".

Fears have been raised about what will now happen to the 36,000 children and young people the charity helps across Liverpool, London and Bristol.

The charity operates nine centres and two therapy houses supporting vulnerable, inner city children.

Mayor of London Boris Johnson said "there have been questions raised about some of the financial management of the organisation" but stressed the charity has done important work for troubled children.

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Cipriani available for the World Cup after being re-bailed over drink-drive allegation

Danny Cipriani during an England training session at Pennyhill Park, Surrey. Credit: Press Association.

Rugby star Danny Cipriani, who was arrested on suspicion of drink driving following an early morning car crash, has been re-bailed.

The Sale Sharks and England player, 27, was unhurt in a collision between his Mercedes and a Toyota in the Chelsea area of west London shortly after 5am on June 1.

A police spokesman confirmed that the 27-year-old had been re-bailed to a date in mid-November pending further inquiries.

The timing means Cipriani will be available for England's squad for the World Cup, which ends on October 31.

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