Mental health nurses are to be posted in police stations and courts on Merseyside in a bid to reduce reoffending by mentally ill criminals.
Merseyside medium Derek Acorah has been charged with failing to provide a breath test following a car crash in Southport
The forgotten grave of a police officer killed on duty 120 years ago is to be marked with a headstone for the first time.
A Southport man has been charged with failing to take a breath test following a car crash in the town.
63 year old Derek Johnson from Scarisbrick is due to appear at Sefton Magistrates' Court on December 30th.
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.
– Detective Sergeant Steve Reardon, Merseyside Police
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.
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.
Merseyside Police has installed fogging devices in shops in a bid to stop robberies.
It is part of an operation to clampdown on theft in the run up to Christmas.
Police in Merseyside are starting their Christmas clampdown on thieves in the run up to the festive season.
They'll be providing an increased presence in all six of the force areas and using anti theft devices in a bid to deter criminals who target retail premises.
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.
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.
– Steve Lloyd, manager of the Police Roll of Honour Trust
"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."
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 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.
Merseyside police are selling off items confiscated from criminals. Police are putting a number of items on ebay with the cash being ploughed back into crime fighting.
Titan, the North West Regional Organised Crime Unit, launched the initiative this week on its website (www.titanrocu.org.uk) by auctioning jewellery seized during a Class A drugs investigation at a starting price of £7,500.
The jewellery was seized during a 2010 investigation by Titan into a gang operating in Merseyside and West Lancashire. The operation, known as 'Operation Ash', led to four men being jailed for more than 20 years.
At a Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA) hearing at Preston Crown Court in May, ringleader Vincent Graham from Southport was told that the jewellery, along with his other assets, were being confiscated to pay back the majority of the estimated £926,981 that he made from the drugs conspiracy.
Detective Superintendent Jason Hudson, head of operations at Titan, said more auctions would follow soon.
He said: "This is just the start of us selling the ill-gotten gains of convicted major criminals and re-investing the proceeds back into tackling others like them.
"Expensive jewellery, luxury furniture, fast cars - these trappings of wealth are things that most ordinary people can only dream of yet serious organised criminals have been enjoying them while blighting communities with their drugs and violence.
"Law enforcement agencies are using the Proceeds of Crime Act and court confiscation orders to their full potential and hit criminals in the pockets as well as with prison. By using ebay we hope to sell criminals' assets at the highest price we can.
To see the items being sold on ebay visit www.titanrocu.org.ukand click on the 'ebay shop' on the bottom right-hand corner of the Titan homepage.
Merseyside Police has defended their gun crime strategy after figures revealed an average of three shootings every week in a six month period.
The record contrasts to that of Greater Manchester Police, who say they're winning the war on weapons.
More than seventy incidents were recorded during that time last year - they include shots at people and property.
Some say there is disparity with the way the figures are recorded between forces.
But the head of Merseyside's gun crime unit told Granada Reports he's going to commission research to find out why Liverpool gangs turn to guns.
Our Merseyside Correspondent Andy Bonner has this exclusive report:-