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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.

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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."

Stab victim found after burglary

Police called to investigate a burglary found a man with stab wounds.

Officers were called to a house on Southport Road, Bootle, at about 8.10pm last night.

A short while later officers received a report from a member of the public who had found the 31-year-old man suffering serious stab wounds.

He has been taken to hospital for treatment and is in a serious but stable condition.

A 66-year-old man was also taken to hospital with breathing difficulties.

Crime Scene Investigators are at the scene and patrols have been stepped up to reassure the local community.

Merseyside Police said an investigation has been launched to determine the full circumstances surrounding these incidents and officers are working to establish whether they are linked.

Detectives are appealing for anyone with information to contact police or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Family left without answers after man admits killing partner and daughter

Sharon Hayter and her disabled daughter Stephanie Owen were found dead at their home in Knowsley Village last November. William Owen today admitted killing the pair at Liverpool Crown Court. Speaking on behalf of the family, Darren Barnett, Sharon's brother said:

We would like to take this opportunity to thank the police and the Crown Prosecution Service for bringing this case to court. Sadly we will never know why he murdered Sharon and Stephanie, and we are left with the lasting emotional scars and are still trying to come to terms with what has happened.

– Darren Barnett, Sharon Hayter's brother

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Robbery was "terrifying" for business owners

Merseyside Police said the robbery happened at 8.30pm on Thursday, April 3, following the first day of the Aintree festival.

Detectives believe many people may have been in the area having a drink or visiting a local bookmakers ahead of Ladies Day.

This was a terrifying incident for the couple who run this business.

This is popular, well-used shop run by a local, hard-working family.

They are simply trying to make a living yet have suffered the ordeal of two criminals coming in brandishing weapons and stealing their takings.

The two offenders were extremely aggressive and the CCTV shows their total disregard for the victims themselves.

– Detective Constable Kevin Reppion, Merseyside Police

Witnesses should call Sefton CID on 0151 777 3823 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

CCTV appeal after Merseyside store robbery

CCTV of two men who robbed a family business in Merseyside has been released by police.

The offenders appear in the footage brandishing a metal coat stand and an iron bar which they used to smash the protective screen in Donna's convenience store in Hawthorne Road, Bootle.

At one point, the owner of the shop was nearly struck on the head by the offenders as he tried to lock the door separating the customer area from the counter and back office.

The man and his wife, who are both local to the area, escaped injury and managed to activate the store's panic alarm before retreating into the back office.

The offenders removed the till before running out of the shop, towards Mill Road. police believe the offenders then fled in a silver car.

Cannabis farms worth £6.5 million discovered on Merseyside

Cannabis plant Credit: PA Images

Cannabis farms worth £6.5 million have been uncovered by Merseyside Police during a month long crackdown on organised crime.

In a co-ordinated campaign led by the force's Matrix Serious Organised Crime (MSOC), officers from across Liverpool, Wirral, St Helens, Sefton and Knowsley seized 6,500 plants and dismantled 84 cannabis farms.

More than 160 people have been arrested in connection with growing cannabis and cash totalling £111,000 seized from them.

Officers say the month-long crackdown aimed to damage organised crime networks by seizing drugs they were growing to fund other criminal activities such buying Class A drugs and firearms.

Superintendent Dave Charnock from MSOC said the results showed what could be achieved when the public shared information with the police about drugs in their communities.

Former PC in court over Gerrard CCTV allegations

Steven Gerrard Credit: ITV Granada

A former Merseyside police officer is due in court accused of misconduct over footage of an alleged incident involving Liverpool FC's Steven Gerrard. Helen Jones, who's 33 and from Kent, is accused of retrieving CCTV pictures from a business in Formby.

The footage is believed to relate to an alleged incident between Gerrard and another man.

Merseyside police say Ms Jones is currently on a career break from the force.

She's expected to appear at Preston Crown Court.

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