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Violent convict wanted by police

Michael Leslie Johnston

Merseyside Police are searching for a violent convict after he was released from prison.

Michael Johnston was sentenced to 17 years in 2009 after being convicted of wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm. He was released on licence in February 2016 with supervisory conditions.

The 34-year-old from Old Swan is wanted by officers after he failed to comply with his conditions and was recalled to prison last month. Police say they've made extensive efforts to find him and are now asking for help from the public.

Officers say anyone who has seen Johnston should call Merseyside Police on 0151 777 5466 or 0151 777 5469, on 101.


Police crush seized bikes on Merseyside

Merseyside police have released footage of seized bikes being crushed. The force has so far seized a total of 185 vehicles, including 95 confirmed stolen vehicles, which have been reunited with their owners, where possible. A total of 150 arrests have also been made, including for driving, theft and drug offences.

The operation has been focussed on communities across Merseyside which have been suffering from the nuisance and criminal use of off-road motorbikes, ranging from anti-social behaviour and their use in serious and organised crime, including firearm incidents.

“These riders have absolutely no regard for other road users and are putting innocent people, as well as their own lives, in danger. The statistics from this operation speak for themselves and highlight the importance of carrying out these campaigns."

– Merseyside’s Police Commissioner Jane Kennedy

Watch: Merseyside Police firearms unit face looming crisis, union claims

There are calls on Merseyside for more firearms officers after the force missed out on a slice of millions of pounds of extra funding for counter terrorism.

Since 2009 Merseyside Police say they have lost around 30 firearms specialists.

Unions and the Police claim they're losing officers from their already depleted ranks, to Greater Manchester.

Matt O'Donoghue has the details:


Man injured in 'hit-and-run' as he helped with flat tyre

A man who stopped to help a motorist change a flat tyre in Merseyside has been injured by a 'hit-and-run' driver.

It happened on Woolfall Crescent in Huyton at around 9 PM on Tuesday.

Merseyside Police say they were called following a report that a car - believed to be a silver VW Golf - had been in collision with a 21-year-old man as he helped another motorist change a flat tyre.

Following the collision, the driver failed to stop and the offender and vehicle have not been located.

The pedestrian sustained minor back injuries as a result of the collision and was taken to hospital for treatment. His condition is described as stable.

  1. Andy Bonner, ITV News

Anger over plans to use football-style red and yellow cards against people begging on the streets

The red and yellow cards being used by Merseyside Police. Credit: ITV News.

A homeless campaigner has hit out at a new scheme where police are showing red and yellow cards to street beggars.

Officers in Liverpool want to crack down on anti social behaviour with the threat of kicking them out of the city centre.

But there are worries it could stigmatise some vulnerable people.

Our Merseyside correspondent Andy Bonner has the details:

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