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A footballing labour of love

Chris Smith from Altrincham has developed an unusual obsession. He's combining his love of football and Lego. And for the last 3 years he's been building models of British football stadia out of toy bricks. So far he's built 40 out of the 92 Football league clubs including Preston North End's Deepdale, which he says was challenging getting faces laser printed onto the bricks.

Deepdale Stadium. Credit: Chris Smith
Blackpool FC's Bloomfield Road. Credit: Chris Smith


  1. Andy Bonner, ITV News

Why the parents of an 11-year-old gun victim are urging gang members to watch a powerful new TV drama

Rhys was shot dead in Liverpool when he was 11-years-old. Credit: Merseyside police.

The murder of 11-year-old Rhys Jones on his way home from football practice in Liverpool ago shocked the nation.

Now, almost 10-years-on, his parents are urging gangs - or anyone connected to them - to watch a new TV drama about their son's murder.

They want people to see the devastating impact the case has had on them and their wider community.

Our Merseyside correspondent Andy Bonner has seen the series, made by ITV, which starts next week.

City mayor bids for Liverpool Walton parliamentary seat

Joe Anderson, Mayor of Liverpool Credit: Press Association.

The directly elected Mayor of Liverpool, Joe Anderson, is throwing his hat into the ring to become Labour's candidate for the Liverpool Walton constituency.

It's possible the area's current MP, Steve Rotheram, wont stand in the General Election as he's currently running to become directly elected Mayor of the City Region, covering Merseyside and Halton.

If Mr Anderson, who's led Liverpool as council leader and Mayor since 2010, won the Walton seat, it could mean yet another election in Liverpool - this time to replace him as Mayor of the city.

I would hope that the people of Liverpool can understand how I have come to this decision and that party members both nationally and locally will understand that my heart's desire is to fight for the people of Liverpool and Labour's vision for running the country.

"This general election, as a chance to stand up in Parliament for Walton and Liverpool, is an opportunity I must take."

– Joe Anderson, Mayor of Liverpool

Responding to the news, the Liberal Democrat leader in Liverpool called for the city mayoral post to be abolished.

Cllr Richard Kemp described the role as 'redundant' once the city region mayor is elected.

"The fact that Joe Anderson is seeking to leave the council and become an MP confirms the view that we expressed at the budget meeting of the council that the Liverpool City Elected Mayoral position was redundant given the election of a City Region Mayor.

"If Mayor Anderson is successful in getting the nomination we will move a motion to remove the position at the first possible opportunity."

– Cllr Richard Kemp, Leader of the Liverpool Liberal Democrats
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