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Police try to trace driver in hit and run

Merseyside Police has issued CCTV footage of a hit and run accident in Wallasey. A 69-year-old man was struck by a passing vehicle as he was cleaning his car which was parked on Newton Road. He was taken to hospital where he was treated for a fractured pelvis and two fractured ribs and he's now recovering at home.

The collision left the victim in complete shock and with a number of serious injuries. Thankfully, he has been discharged from hospital and is now recovering with his family. The CCTV we have issued appears to show a car, possibly a silver Skoda Fabia estate, colliding with the victim and we would appeal for the driver of that car to come forward so that we can speak to them and establish exactly what happened. The footage also shows a number of vehicles which pass by the incident immediately after it happened, including a distinctive white hackney cab. These drivers may have information which is vital for our investigation and I would appeal to them, or anyone else with information, however small, to get in touch with us as soon as possible.

– Constable Bryan Watts, Roads Policing Unit

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Police hunting Liverpool man release raid footage

Detectives who are hunting a Liverpool man wanted in connection with series of raids across the North West and the Midlands have released dramatic footage.

25-year-old Andrew White from Fazakerley fled to Spain after officers began to close in.

He was arrested by Spanish police along with five other Britons after string of similar raids but disappeared after he was bailed.

Andrew White Credit: Merseyside Police

The footage shows a number of attacks on ATM machines in Spain - the tactic being to pump gas into the machine which was then ignited blowing it out to reveal the cash.

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Campaign to encourage players to open up

Campaign to encourage players to open up Credit: ITV Granada Reports

A campaign to help deal with mental health issues is being rolled out to a number of Merseyside cricket clubs.

The Opening Up charity was set up after the death of 23 year old Bootle player Alex Miller who killed himself in 2012.

The campaign will offer clubs fitness sessions that explore mental as well as physical health.

Seven Merseyside cricket clubs have signed on for groundbreaking fitness sessions - aimed not just at players' muscles but their minds.

Opening Up is putting on the first workshops of this type Credit: ITV Granada Reports

The free sessions offer cricket-focused aerobic drills, led by personal trainers, combined with practical exercises and discussion. The idea is to encourage players to identify potential issues and open up without stigma.

It promotes mental health and wellbeing, and suicide prevention, through cricket and partners include Lancashire Cricket Board, Edge Hill University and The Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM).

"The interchangeable benefits of physical and mental fitness are often overlooked. We want to give clubs an insight to this area.

"For too long mental health has been neglected in sport. We aim to use the sessions to equip players to not only look after their own wellbeing but of those around them.

"Our campaign comes within a shocking context that suicide is the biggest killer of men under 50 in this country and steps need to be made urgently to address the causes of this, starting with getting males to open up and talk about their feelings more."

– Opening Up co-ordinator Mark Boyns
Seven cricket clubs have signed up for the sessions Credit: ITV Granada Reports

"It's a fresh start for everyone at the club so I'm hoping it will bring us all together and help build team spirit ahead of what I'm hoping will be a successful season not only for the first team but the whole of Bootle Cricket Club."

– Craig Prince, 1st XI captain of Bootle CC

Body of 13 year old boy found in Liverpool park.

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A 13 year old boy was found dead in a Merseyside park this afternoon.

A member of the public called the police to Stadt Moers Park in Whiston, at around 1pm.

Police found the body of a 13-year-old boy who was declared dead at the scene.

Officers say there are not thought to be any suspicious circumstances surrounding his death.

The coroner will now try to establish what happened.

Battle lines drawn in Blackpool North

A corner of the North West is preparing for one of the closest and fiercest fights at the upcoming General Election. Conservative-controlled Blackpool North has long been a battleground for Labour and the Tories, but that is all about to change. UKIP have reported a surge in members in the town, with polls putting them within just a few points of the two main parties.

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