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CCTV appeal after race hate attack on Liverpool bus

Do you know this man? Credit: PA

Merseyside Police has released CCTV images of man officers would like to speak to in connection with a racially aggravated incident on a bus in Walton.

A woman passenger was subjected to comments about her ethnicity by a male passenger who was travelling with a child.

The incident happened on the Number 21 bus from Kirkby to Liverpool, as the vehicle reached County Road in Walton at 1.20pm on May 25.

The offender then assaulted a man who challenged him about his comments.

The assault victim sustained facial injuries during the assault and has been left upset following the incident.

Detective Constable Bob Hart, said: "Incidents of this kind, whereby victims are subjected to racial abuse, be it physically or verbally, will not be tolerated.

"We are investigating a number of lines of enquiry and are keen to speak to anyone with any information that could help our enquiries.

"I would like to reassure people that incidents of this type are rare."

Officers from Sigma, the Merseyside Police's dedicated hate crime investigation unit, are appealing to the man pictured, anyone who recognises him or anyone with information to get in touch.

Anyone with any information is asked to call 0151 777 4843 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Two held after road crash leads to firearm discovery in Liverpool

Two people were arrested following a road crash and the discovery of a suspected firearm.

Emergency services were called at about 1.15am to a report of a collision involving a motorcycle and a Ford Fiesta on County Road in Walton.

Paramedics attended and found a 23-year-old man who had been on the motorcycle with injuries to his leg. The driver of the Fiesta had sustained slight injuries.

The 23-year-old man was found to be in possession of ammunition and a suspected firearm was discovered at the scene.

Collision investigators were are at scene and a partial road closure is in place whilst inquiries into the incident are being carried out.

Witnesses should call Merseyside Police on 0151 777 8612 or 0800 2300 600 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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Appeal after serious assault in Merseyside

Merseyside Police is appealing for witnesses after a man was seriously assaulted in Walton last night. Emergency crews were called to the junction of Dunluce Street and County Road at around 7 last night.

They found a 20-year-old man with injuries to his torso and head he remains in a serious condition in hospital.The offenders are believed to have left the scene in a yellow coloured flat-bed van. A search of the area is underway and the scene has been cordoned off for examination.

We are absolutely determined to find these offenders but we need the public’s help in piecing together what happened before and after they committed this crime. Our enquiries are at an early stage, but we currently believe this was a targeted attack.

County Road is a busy thoroughfare and I would appeal to anyone who was out and about at this time and think they saw anything that in hindsight seems suspicious, to contact us with that information. I’d also like to reassure people that incidents like this are rare and neighbourhood officers will be patrolling this area. We take incidents of this nature extremely seriously and we are appealing to anyone with any information about the people responsible for this attack to call us so we can take action against them."

– Detective Inspector Graeme Robson

Convicted murderer arrested in Oldham after going on the run

Arnold Pickering Credit: Merseyside Police/PA Wire

A convicted murderer who stabbed a blind man to death has been arrested in Oldham after going on the run from prison.

Arnold Pickering was arrested for being unlawfully at large at an address in Oldham, police said.

The 44-year-old, who was jailed for life in 1991 for killing a man he wrongly thought to be a paedophile, failed to return to HMP Kennet in Merseyside after leaving the Category C jail on day release on Saturday.

Merseyside Police said he was arrested by officers from Greater Manchester Police and is now in custody.

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MP: 'We care more about human rights of murderers'

The UK has come to "care more about the human rights of murderers" than the victims bereaved relatives, according to a Conservative MP.

Philip Davies raised concerns that letting convicted criminals out on day release was not transparent enough and violent criminals were kept in prisons lacking the kind of security needed to keep them behind bars.

He told Good Morning Britain: "It seems the human rights of murderers seem more important than those of the victims and the law abiding citizens."

Convicted murderer on the run for the THIRD time

Arnold Pickering

Merseyside police are searching for a convicted murderer who's gone on the run from prison for a 3rd time. Arnold Pickering from Greater Manchester was jailed for life in 1991. On Saturday he HMP Kennet in Maghull on day release but failed to return.

Another inmate, who was jailed for robbery also absconded but was arrested in Lancashire last night.

Pickering last absconded in December 2009 when he was let out on day release from HMP Kirkham to work on the bins in Manchester city centre.

He was one of eight prisoners taking part in a controversial scheme run by the Prison Service with Enterprise Manchester - which emptied the bins for Manchester Council at the time.He handed himself in four days later in Motherwell, Scotland.

Pickering, who stabbed a man to death in Oldham in 1990, had also escaped from Strangeways in Manchester on a previous occasion. He was jailed in 1991 for life and ordered to serve a minimum of 18 years.

Pickering had been risk assessed as suitable for temporary release on licence by the Ministry of Justice, said Merseyside Police.

Pictures released of high-value jewellery stolen in Liverpool burglary

A brooch stolen by the burglars Credit: Merseyside Police

Burglars have stolen several items of high-value jewellery in a break-in at a house in Liverpool.

The intruders broke into the house in Aigburth on Bank Holiday Monday, May 5.

A distinctive necklace Credit: Merseyside Police

A number of items were taken from the property including a distinctive ring, brooch and necklace (pictures attached).

It is thought the burglary occurred sometime over the Bank Holiday weekend.

One of the stolen rings Credit: Merseyside Police

Detective Constable Sarah Clayton, said: "Sadly this victim has had a number of irreplaceable and distinctive items of jewellery taken which are of great sentimental value to him.

"I ask members of the public to be on the lookout in case they are offered such items for sale, on the street, in a pawnbrokers or a jewellers."

Anyone with information that may help this investigation is asked to call Merseyside Police on 0151 777 5364 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

CCTV appeal after shop worker racially abused

Merseyside Police issued images after a shop worker was abused in Liverpool. Credit: Merseyside Police

Police have released CCTV pictures of a man and a woman wanted in connection with a hate attack on a shop worker.

The victim was subjected to racist abuse as they worked at the Westminster News store on Westminster Road in Kirkdale, Liverpool.

Police in Merseyside hope this man can help with their enquiries. Credit: Merseyside Police
The CCTV shows suspects in a hate crime against a shop worker. Credit: Merseyside Police

The incident happened when the pair entered the story at around 7.30am on Friday, April 18.

Detective Constable Richard McKenzie, said: "We are dedicated to stamping out racist and any other type of hate crime on Merseyside.

"This kind of behaviour is clearly unacceptable and we will aim to take positive action to put offenders before the courts."

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