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Alfie Evans: Date set for appeal against ending toddler's life support

The parents of a seriously ill toddler are to appeal against a High Court ruling allowing doctors to switch off his life support.

21-month-old Alfie Evans has an undiagnosed condition, and is in a vegetative state.

He's being cared for at Alder Hey Children's Hospital in Liverpool - wh0 argued that continuing to treat him was "unkind, unfair and inhumane".

A High Court Judge agreed, "with great sadness" - but Alfie's family said they would continue to fight the decision.


Court of Appeal judges will hear a challenge to the ruling by Mr Justice Hayden in London on 1 March.

The judge said doctors should continue treating Alfie until appeal judges had made a decision.


Man in serious condition after being stabbed in Liverpool

The attackers ran down Aldwark Road in Dovecot, towards Page Moss Lane. Credit: Google earth

Police are appealing for witnesses after a man was stabbed in Liverpool.

Police were called on Wednesday to reports that a 38-year-old man had been stabbed in the back on Aldwark Road in Dovecot, after being approached by a group of men.

The offenders possibly then made off from the scene on foot in the direction of Page Moss Lane.

The victim suffered serious injuries and has been taken to hospital for treatment. His condition is described as stable.

I want to make it clear that Merseyside Police will not tolerate the use of knives as weapons on our streets, and the force is absolutely determined to eradicate knife crime.

It is unacceptable for people to behave in this way in a residential area and we would appeal to anyone who might know something, no matter how small, to work with us to help make your community a safer place.

– Detective Inspector Terry Davies

Anyone who witnessed the incident or saw anything suspicious that could help is asked to contact police on 101, or you can also call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously and for free on 0800 555 111 or via their online form.

'Take a lunch break and go home on time' - TUC urges employees

Workers are being encouraged to go home on time. Credit: PA

Workers in the North West are being urged to take a lunch break and leave on time.

New figures show they did nearly three million pounds worth of unpaid overtime last year.

The TUC says almost half a million people here put in an average of 7.6 hours a week in unpaid overtime during 2017.

This averages £5,897 a year that each of those workers is losing out in pay.

The union is calling on bosses to move away from a long hours culture.

Lots of us are willing to put in a bit of extra time when it’s needed. But it’s a problem if it happens all the time.

– Lyn Collins, TUC Regional Secretary

Alfie Evans: parents to appeal decision to turn off life support

The father of a seriously ill toddler from Liverpool whose life support machine was due to be switched off tomorrow has told ITV News he intends to launch an appeal against the High Court decision.

Medics say prolonging Alfie Evans' treatment is not in his best interests - a decision a High Court judge upheld "with great sadness".

But Alfie's father Tom says his son is responsive, and he is "not giving up":

oday's the day that the appeal goes in. It will be in before when it's supposed to be in which is four o'clock today, and it will be stamped and I'm hoping I'll have a receipt to show them to say 'No machine goes off on Friday'

– Tom Evans, father
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