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North West Ambulance Service 'requires improvement'

The North West Ambulance Service has been told it 'requires improvement' in a new report by health watchdogs.

The trust say there are plans to continue to recruit paramedics from abroad to fill vacancies. Credit: Press Association

The report by the Care Quality Commission says the trust struggled with staffing levels, and expressed concerns the service couldn't meet the needs of patients. The trust say there are plans to continue to recruit paramedics from abroad to fill vacancies.

Nicola Kemp is from the Care Quality Commission and Derek Cartwright is Chief Executive of the North West Ambulance Service.

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Evacuations underway as 'major' gas leak in Liverpool

By Ed Tyler

Liverpool city council is urging people to avoid the city centre where possible due to a 'major gas leak' on London Road in Liverpool.

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Emergency services have sealed off the area around Royal Liverpool University Hospital and roads closed in both directions East of Daulby Street.

Merseytravel has announced that all services within the city centre are subject to long delays and cancellations.

This will also come as unwelcome news to many of the city’s drivers after the M62 was also closed in both directions this morning due to a major collision.

The collision at around 6.50am between junctions 8 and 7 led to many Liverpool-bound commuters having to take alternative routes to work.

Further long delays are now expected due to the gas leak, where some people have been moved from their homes.

Watch: We had exclusive and fascinating behind-the-scenes footage of Cilla's statue being made

Almost 18-months-ago Granada Reports was broadcasting from Mathew Street as Liverpool was coming to terms with the death of Cilla Black.

Her name of course will aways be linked with the Cavern, where she started out as a cloakroom attendant.

So as the club turned 60 today, a statute's been unveiled to her. Our cameras were the only ones allowed to follow its construction from the very beginning And Victoria Grimes joined the crowds for the unveiling:

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Bronze statue of Cilla Black to be unveiled in Liverpool

Under cover: the statue on Mathew Street Credit: Jim Cook, ITV Granada

A new statue of Cilla Black will be officially unveiled on Mathew Street as part of the celebrations.

The late star worked as a cloakroom girl before finding fame.

The bronze sculpture is being commissioned by her three sons, Robert, Ben and Jack, who are donating it to the city in memory of their mum.

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