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Concerns for missing Liverpool man

James Bennion was last seen in the early hours of Sunday. Credit: Merseyside Police

Police say they are increasingly concerned for the whereabouts of 20-year-old James Bennion who has been missing since the early hours of Sunday.

James, from Wavertree, was last seen at about 3am in the Concert Square area of Liverpool city centre after leaving Baa Bar on Fleet Street.

Merseyside Police said James' family and friends are very concerned as his disappearance is out-of-character and James has not gone missing before.

He is described as being white, 5ft 9in tall, of a slim build with short brown hair. He has a pale complexion and blue eyes.

He was last seen wearing a navy blue t-shirt with a picture of a record and the word ‘record’ in grey writing printed on the front of it and dark jeans.

James is known to have links to the Ellesmere Port and Chester areas.

Anyone who has seen James since Sunday should contact Merseyside Police on either 0151 777 5337 or via the 101 number, or Missing People on 116000.


Elderly women "extremely shaken" after cash burglary

by Andy Bonner

Two women in their 80s have been left "extremely shaken" after a man stole a significant amount of cash, Merseyside Police say.

Detectives are appealing for information following the confrontational burglary at an address on Tintagel Road in Croxteth on Friday afternoon.

I'd ask anyone who maybe saw men in the area acting suspiciously, to get in contact.

Any information, no matter how small could be vital in tracing the offenders and bringing them to justice.

If you know who may be responsible for the incident, I'd ask you to think how you would feel if this was your mum or grandmother - any information you may have can help us catch these callous people.

– Detective Sergeant Steve Reardon, Merseyside Police

The man is thought to have entered the house uninvited claiming to be there to fix a pipe because of a burst.

Officers say the victims were uninjured but left upset by the incident.

The offender is described as being in his 30s with dark hair.

He was wearing a navy blue anorak and blue trousers and is not thought to have had a Liverpool accent.

Anyone with information should contact St Anne Street CID on 0151 777 4035 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.


Kirkby taxi driver shooting arrests up to five

Five people have now been arrested after the shooting of a taxi driver in Kirkby early on Saturday October 19.

Merseyside Police officers found a 61-year old private hire taxi driver inside his vehicle, a silver Skoda Octavia, with injuries to his arm and chest. He was taken to hospital and had surgery for his injuries which are not life threatening. He remains in hospital in a stable condition.

Two men aged, 18 and 20, were arrested and bailed in connection with the incident on Sunday night on suspicion of attempted murder and possession of a firearm.

Three men, aged 18, 19,and 20, have been arrested today, Tuesday, on suspicion of attempted murder and are being questioned.

Officer's forgotten grave to be marked after 120 years

The forgotten grave of a police officer who was killed on duty 120 years ago will be marked with a headstone for the first time.

Police Constable James Gordon was attacked with iron bars as he stopped a gang of men breaking into a boiler works factory in St Helens, Merseyside, in 1893.

Although his death is listed in official police records, his grave at St Helens Cemetery was left unmarked.

The Police Roll of Honour Trust have now commissioned a specially engraved headstone to be erected on the grave at a ceremony to mark the anniversary of Pc Gordon's death on November 13.

"We may never know why this local police hero was left in an unmarked grave in this cemetery for 120 years.

"The Police Roll of Honour Trust are proud to be able to place a memorial headstone here in his honour.

"It means that now everyone in Britain will know where the young Pc James Gordon lies at rest, his duty well done."

– Steve Lloyd, manager of the Police Roll of Honour Trust

Bravery award for Merseyside officers

PC Nathan Jackman

Two Merseyside police officers who saved a stab victim’s life and caught his attacker have won the North West regional Police Bravery Award.

The award was presented to PC Nathan Jackman and PC Peter Stevens by ACPO’s President, Sir Hugh Orde, which followed a reception at 10 Downing Street.

The officers were called to a property in Birkenhead following reports that a man had attacked a woman and another man with a knife. The pair had been stabbed repeatedly, the male victim had a punctured lung.

PC Peter Stevens

PC Stevens immediately gave first aid to the victim, using a supermarket carrier bag to create a ‘flutter valve’ which stemmed the flow of blood to ensure his lungs did not collapse – a course of action which saved the victim’s life.

PC Jackman, who was still in his probationary period, located and detained the suspect who was down the street and still armed.

The offender pleaded guilty to two counts of murder and was sentenced to 10 years in prison.

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