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Mersey Gateway to open with a bang

Credit: Mersey Gateway

The new Mersey Gateway bridge is set to open to traffic this weekend. The £600 million toll bridge has taken three and a half years to build.

Vehicles will finally be able to use the six-lane crossing between Runcorn and Widnes just after midnight tonight.

There'll be a firework display over the bridge this evening at 8.30pm to mark the opening.

The project covers more than 9km of road improvements across Halton, including the bridge and a series of major new junctions running through Runcorn and Widnes.

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Patrick's gruelling 3 day challenge

A young man with cerebral palsy is taking on this weekend's Manchester Half Marathon. Patrick Barden, who's 24, is hoping to complete five miles today and Saturday. He expects to do the final three miles on race day crossing the finishing line with thousands of others.

Patrick Barden is looking to complete the run in 3 days Credit: xtra mile events

Woman arrested in connection with James Meadows murder released on bail

James Meadows Credit: Merseyside Police

Police in Merseyside have released a woman who was arrested in connection with the murder of 17-year-old James Meadows.

A force spokesperson said:

We can confirm that an 29-year-old woman arrested on suspicion of murder by detectives investigating the murder of James Meadows in Huyton has been released on police bail this evening pending further enquiries.

– Merseyside Police

James was shot in the head while riding pillion on a motorbike on Sunday. He died of his injuries on Monday.

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