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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:

Police concerned for missing elderly man

Merseyside Police has issued an appeal for help to find an elderly man from the Wirral who went missing from a care home late on Sunday night.

Officers have been searching Hoylake and the surrounding area overnight after Edward Don disappeared from Hilbre Court nursing home on Barton Road.

He was reported missing at around 9pm.

Care home staff are becoming increasingly concerned for his welfare.

He is described as white, around 5ft 4ins tall, of heavy build with a predominantly bald head and grey hair. He was last seen wearing a dark blue jumper, black trousers and brown shoes with Velcro straps.

Anyone with information or who may have seen Mr Don is asked to call 101 straight away.

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Police uncover cannabis farm 'worth £1.5 million'

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Police on Merseyside say they have discovered a cannabis farm with an estimated annual yield of 1.5 million pounds.

Officers recovered 415 plants from nine rooms of a two storey flat at Rake Lane in Wallasey today.

A quantity of plant matter was also recovered. Merseyside Police’s specialist cannabis dismantling team attended to remove the plants.

An investigation is ongoing.

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"Cannabis cultivation by criminal gangs can cause serious harm in our communities.

"Criminal groups involved in the cultivation of cannabis are usually involved in other serious organised crime.

"Our communities can help us stop these groups, who are only interested in making money, from turning houses and flats into potential death traps."

– Chief Inspector Paul Sutcliffe
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Police say some of the signs that cannabis is being grown are:

• Strange smells and sounds

• Frequent and varied visitors to a property, often at unusual times

• Gardening equipment being taken into a property, such as plant pots, fertiliser, fans and industrial lighting

• Windows are sealed and covered or the curtains are permanently closed

• Heat from an adjoining property

• Birds gathering on a roof in cold weather

• Individually these activities may seem commonplace, however, together may indicate something more sinister

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Police launch double murder investigation after two women found dead

Map shows Cathedral Road in Liverpool. Credit: Google Maps.

A man has been arrested on suspicion of murder after the bodies of two women were found at a house in Liverpool.

Merseyside Police said the bodies were discovered at an address in Cathedral Road, Anfield, just before 10am today.

Patrolling officers arrived at the house after concerns were raised for the welfare of the occupants, the force said.

A 42-year-old man from the Anfield area has been arrested on suspicion of murder and is currently in custody, where he will be questioned by officers.

A Home Office Post Mortem will take place to determine the causes of death for both women.

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CCTV appeal after 'frightening' city centre sex attack

Merseyside Police has released CCTV footage following an attempted sexual assault in Liverpool City centre.

It happened around 4.30am on Sunday, 27 March, when the female victim became separated from friends in the area of Tithebarn Street, near to the junction with Vernon Street.

A man approached the victim and made an offer to help her find a taxi rank.

After walking for a short time, the man dragged the victim into a shop doorway and attempted to assault her.

She was able to escape on foot.

The man is described as Asian, in his early 20s, of medium height and wearing a blue jacket and jeans.

"This was a frightening incident for the victim, who was led to believe she was being helped by a stranger before the incident took place, and we are keen to speak to anyone who recognises the man from this footage to contact police.

“We can see from the CCTV that cars were in the area, including a private hire taxi which appears to stop close to the time and place of the offence. Any information provided, however small, could prove vital to our investigation.”

– Detective Inspector Colin Rennison, Merseyside Police
  • Anyone with information is urged to contact Merseyside Police on 0151 777 4808, or call 101. Information can also be passed to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
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