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Police investigating Anfield firebomb attack have charged three men with drugs offences

Police charged the men after executing warrants in Anfield last week Credit: Liverpool Echo

Merseyside Police has confirmed that three men have been charged in relation to raids carried out in Anfield last Friday, 8 February.

The warrants were executed after four police officers were attacked in Anfield with firebombs last Tuesday.

The Elm House Public House on Townsend Lane was issued with a closure order due to police concerns in relation to suspected drug dealing and anti-social behaviour.

30-year-old Graham Long from Vicar Road, Anfield has been charged with possession with intent to supply Class A drugs.

26-year-old Peter Doyle from Vicar Road, Anfield has been charged with possession of a firearm and possession with intent to supply Class A drugs.

41-year-old Alan Pike from Claude Road, Anfield has been charged with burglary dwelling and possession of Class A drugs.

Eleven other men and woman arrested on Friday have been bailed pending further enquiries.

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Hillsborough inquest told to resolve "significant conflict in evidence" about the behaviour of Liverpool fans outside the ground

Sir John Goldring Credit: ITV

The jury in the Hillsborough inquests have been asked to resolve a "significant conflict in evidence" about the behaviour of Liverpool fans outside the ground.

Continuing his summing up, Coroner Sir John Goldring said:

"A number of police officers, not all, who were in the Leppings Lane area give evidence which was critical of the behaviour of the supporters there.

"By contrast, many of the supporters gave evidence to very different effect: that they and their fellow fans behaved normally and sensibly and that their behaviour was no different from that which you would expect at any big football match, but the fans did not contribute to the dangerous situation in any significant way.

"You will have to resolve that conflict."

– Coroner Sir John Goldring

Lawyers acting on behalf of the bereaved families have suggested video footage from the day of the disaster shows no significant misbehaviour by the fans.

The Coroner said the footage may not show everything that happened. He added:

"You will no doubt want to consider the reliability of the evidence from all of those who described events in front of the turnstiles, including police officers, fans and others. Is the evidence reliable? Is it exaggerated? Do you accept it? Do you reject it? These are all matters for you."

– Coroner Sir John Goldring

Nine cadets taken to hospital after suspected drug taking

Altcar training camp in Liverpool Credit: Google maps

Nine cadets were taken to hospital after suspected drug taking at an army training camp.

Police were called to the Altcar training camp in Liverpool after a number of young cadets became unwell overnight.

They were examined and have since been released from hospital.

Parents of other children who stayed at the camp over the weekend have been warned by police to seek medical attention if their child becomes unwell.

Merseyside Police can confirm that they have commenced an investigation at Altcar Training Camp after a number of young cadets became unwell overnight, following a suspected drug taking incident.

The exact circumstances cannot be confirmed at this time, however nine young people have been examined at two local hospitals and since released.

At this time, it is believed that no other cadets have been affected. Parents of other children who attended the camp this weekend, and who have any concerns about the health of their children, should seek appropriate medical advice.

– Merseyside Police spokesman

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Sick Jurgen Klopp sits out clash with Sunderland

Taken ill: Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp Credit: PA Images

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp missed the visit of Sunderland to Anfield on Saturday after coming down with suspected appendicitis.

He undertook pre-match media duties yesterday but was subsequently taken ill and the club announced he would not be at Anfield for the Premier League fixture.

First-team duties were instead to be overseen by the remaining members of his backroom team, including assistant coaches Zeljko Buvac and Peter Krawietz, first-team development coach Pepijn Lijnders and goalkeeping coach John Achterberg.

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