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Man injured after French police fire tear-gas and rubber bullets at Everton fans

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A photograph has emerged of an elderly Everton FC fan injured after French police fired tear-gas and rubber ‘flash-balls’ at supporters in Lille.

It happened yesterday after supporters gathered in the city centre ahead of their Europa League clash.

Today, the French Embassy in London confirmed police used a stun grenade and fired two rubber bullets on the fans.

A spokesman said police "had missiles thrown at them" after arresting a fan in the city's main square for selling drugs.

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M62 hen party crash: Lorry driver found not guilty

Bethany Jones was killed in the crash

A lorry driver accused of causing the death of 18-year-old Bethany Jones has been cleared of all charges.

A jury at Leeds Crown Court found 45-year-old Kevin Ollerhead, from St Helens, not guilty of causing death by dangerous driving, and and not guilty of causing death by careless driving.

He was driving the lorry which crashed into the back of the minibus near Pontefract in April last year.

20 other women were injured in the collision.

The minibus driver James Johnson, whose vehicle was travelling at less than six miles an hour on the inside lane, has admitted causing death by dangerous driving.


Rubber bullets used on Everton fans in Lille, say police

Scenes in Lille yesterday afternoon Credit: Voix Du Nord

The French Embassy in London has confirmed that police in Lille used a stun grenade and fired two rubber bullets during clashes with Everton fans yesterday.

A spokesman said police "had missiles thrown at them" after arresting a fan in the city's main square for selling drugs.

The individual was arrested over drugs was remanded in custody at the local police station.

No further arrests were made.

Eleven arrested over 'rape' of vulnerable woman in Liverpool

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Eleven people, including a 12-year-old boy and 15-year-old girl, have been arrested on suspicion of the sexual assault of a vulnerable woman in Anfield.

Police were called to a property on Ullswater Street on Wednesday, 24 September 2014.

Following investigations at the scene, detectives believe a 43-year-old woman had been attacked by a group of males.

Detective Superintendent Tim Keelan, said:

"This was an appalling attack on a woman in her own home and we would urge anyone who has information, which could help us bring those responsible to justice, to come forward.

"It is possible that some of those who were in the flat on the day may have talked to people, including friends or family, about what happened and if they have we would urge them to contact us.

– Detective Superintendent Tim Keelan

Bar staff to start breathalysing clubbers before serving

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Door supervisors in bars and clubs in Liverpool are being issued with breathalysers as part of a new campaign called “Say No to Drunks”, which aims to stop people who have had too much to drink being served further alcohol.

Bar staff who serve people who are drunk could be issued with a £90 fixed penalty notice and if it goes to court the fine could be up to £1000 on conviction. Premises could also have their licence reviewed.

Around 25 bars and clubs in Ropewalks have agreed to take part in the pilot scheme.

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Liverpool's alarming cancer rates - new research centre

Vital research into cancer treatment in Liverpool Credit: PA

One of the North West’s leading cancer research charities is moving its headquarters to Liverpool - a city with alarming rates of the illness.

It will be a hub for research into causes and treatment.

Liverpool has some of the highest cancer figures in the country with people living in Liverpool 20% more likely to be diagnosed with cancer than those living anywhere else in the UK.

To coincide with the opening the charity is announcing £2 million to fund research including into stomach cancer - in Liverpool instances of stomach cancer are 44 per cent higher than the UK average.

The new North West Cancer Research Centre including Clatterbridge Cancer Research will be at the University of Liverpool, London Road.

Students create film about Liverpool health campaigner

Students at Edge Hill univeristy have created a documentary about the journey of a Victorian health campaigner.

Kitty Wilkinson was known as the 'saint of the slums' after she started Liverpool's first washhouse during the cholera epidemics of the 1830s.

The film will be shown at the Liverpool Irish Festival this weekend.

Click the video below for a preview of the film:

Liverpool's Balotelli has manager seeing red

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has challenged Mario Balotelli to prove he has a long term future at the club.

The striker's been reprimanded after swapping shirts with a Real Madrid player at half time in last night's Champions League match at Anfield.

His actions didn't go down well with the manager or supporters as Mike Hall reports

Police use tear gas on Everton fans in Lille

Everton fans say French police used tear gas on a large crowd of supporters after futher trouble ahead of tonight's Europa league group match.

Eyewitnesses say the trouble was sparked after plain clothed officers tried to confiscate flares from some Everton supporters.

Riot police used tear gas to disperse the crowd in the city's main square.

Last night two toffees fans were hurt after a fight in a bar involving around 50 local men.

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