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RMT members at Northern rail stage fresh 24-hour strike

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Passengers will face more disruption today as rail workers stage another strike in the row over the role of guards on trains.

Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union (RMT) on Arriva Rail North will walk out on May 24th and 26th.

They're angry at plans to introduce driver-only trains.

This dispute started more than two years ago and affects five train operators in the UK.

To help keep you on the move during RMT strike action on Thursday 24 and Saturday 26 May we will run as many services as possible each day.

On Thursday, the majority of available trains will operate between 7am and 7pm as we focus on running as many trains as we can to get you into work and home again.

– Northern Rail website
Northern Rail are cutting some of peak hour services. Credit: PA

It comes on a week of major disruption after the new timetables were brought in.

Meanwhile, Northern is today involved in urgent talks with the Transport Secretary over its performance record.

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Northern Rail: the services cancelled due to 'shortage of train drivers'

People are being advised to check before they travel. Credit: PA

Northern Rail say a number of services have been cancelled today due to a shortage of train drivers.

People are being advised to check before they travel.

Affected services are:

  • 05:19 Blackpool North to Leeds due 07:40
  • 05:39 Blackpool North to Manchester Airport due 07:18
  • 05:42 Manchester Airport to Preston due 06:54
  • 05:45 Manchester Victoria to York due 08:06
  • 06:00 Manchester Victoria to Liverpool Lime Street due 06:54
  • 06:16 Crewe to Liverpool Lime Street due 08:26
  • 06:21 Preston to Manchester Airport due 07:35
  • 06:23 Manchester Victoria to Leeds due 07:56
  • 06:47 Barrow-In-Furness to Preston due 08:06
  • 07:00 Manchester Victoria to Kirkby due 08:08
  • 07:15 Chester to Stockport due 08:39
  • 07:28 Liverpool Lime Street to Crewe due 09:42
  • 08:15 Kirkby to Manchester Victoria due 09:26
  • 08:18 Leeds to Manchester Victoria due 09:43
  • 09:48 Crewe to Manchester Piccadilly due 10:43
  • 23:13 Blackpool North to Manchester Airport due 01:01

8 year old boy finds shotgun on waste ground

Officers were called to an area at the junction of Church View and Chapel Terrace in Bootle Credit: Google Earth

Police are investigating after an 8 year old child found a shot gun in Merseyside.

Officers were called to an area at the junction of Church View and Chapel Terrace in Bootle in Sunday evening.

They are carrying out CCTV and house to house investigations.

This is a truly shocking incident – for a child to find a gun in waste ground is beyond anything we would expect on a sunny Sunday afternoon.

Luckily this gun was not loaded – I dread to think what could have happened to the innocent young boy who found it. We could have been facing an absolute tragedy today following the reckless actions of the thoughtless individual who left the gun in a place where children play.

– Chief Inspector Steve Rice

Anyone with information is asked to contact the gun crime hotline on 0800 230 0600 or Merseyside Police.


Man taken to hospital after being found lying in the street

A man has been taken to hospital after he was found lying in the road with head injuries.

Merseyside Police says the man was discovered next to a bike on Fernhill Road, Bootle shortly before 1pm on Sunday.

Road closures are in place to carry out enquiries to establish the circumstances of the incident.

Residents said they have seen significant police activity around neighbouring Derby Park and an air ambulance was also at the scene.

One said: "There has been a lot of noise and commotion going on, nobody is sure what's happened but it is a large response."

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