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Cannabis farm found in Ainsdale

cannabis plant Credit: PA

Merseyside Police have arrested two people following the discovery of a cannabis farm in Ainsdale.

Emergency services were called after reports of water coming out of a house.

Inside police found a cannabis farm containing more than 30 plants and hydroponics equipment.

A 53-year-old man and a 47-year-old woman have been arrested and bailed pending further enquiries.

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£23m boost for NW businesses - Deputy PM

Nick Clegg Deputy PM
Deputy PM Nick Clegg Credit: PA

The government has announced a £23 million cash boost for businesses in the region.

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg says the money from the Regional Growth Fund. will be

shared between 7 businesses in the North West.

Nick Clegg said:'We’re seeing very encouraging signs that the British economy is on the road to recovery. Home-grown and British-based businesses are leading that charge for a stronger economy.'

Boxer sentenced for assaulting Bollywood actress

Boxing champion Joseph Selkirk, from Bootle, has been given a community order today after admitting assaulting his girlfriend, Bollywood actress Amy Jackson, the Crown Prosecution Service said.

Boxing champion Joseph Selkirk Credit: PA

Selkirk, 28, had originally denied that he assaulted Ms Jackson in a row at the Malmaison hotel in Liverpool city centre in November, a CPS spokeswoman said.

He told a local newspaper that he would fight the allegations - but pleaded guilty at the start of the trial at Liverpool Magistrates' Court on March 17, she added.

Bollywood actress Amy Jackson Credit: PA

The court heard that the couple had both been drinking on the night of the attack, and that a hotel night porter said he saw Selkirk push Ms Jackson as she tried to get out of the car.

When police were called, Ms Jackson was said to be holding her jaw and wincing in pain.

Selkirk, from Bootle, and said to be living now in Spain, has been given a 12-month community order by magistrates and ordered to pay £300 costs.

Liverpool may pull out of Merseyside combined authority over row about who should be in charge

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The Liverpool Echo is reporting that the mayor of Liverpool is seeking legal advice on pulling out of a new combined authority for Merseyside after other council leaders vetoed him as chairman.

The paper reports Mayor Joe Anderson and Sefton boss Cllr Peter Dowd had not arrived at the meeting before the vote was taken to appoint Wirral Council leader Phil Davies as chairman.

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WARNING: CCTV OF teenage girl being hit by a motorbike - she escapes with only slight injuries

Merseyside Police have have released CCTV footage of the moment a teenage girl was stuck by a motorbike as she crossed the road in Fazakerley.

The 13 year old girl was hit on the the junction of Longmoor Lane and Higher Lane on Sunday, she received only slight injuries in the collision.

The bike, a red Aprilia Dorsoduro 750 registration PN60 5XH, failed to stop at the scene.

Witnesses say it was being ridden erratically prior to the crash.

Constable Grant Nile, said:

"Thankfully this girl’s injuries weren’t more serious but this could have been very different. To drive a vehicle at speed through a crossing is reckless and dangerous.

"We are determined to bring this offender to justice and would urge anyone who witnessed the incident, anyone who recognises the person or bike in the video to contact either the police.

Ring the Roads Policing Unit on 0151 777 5745, or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

Dangerous dogs to be put down after Merseyside police crackdown

Seized pitbull in a cage panting with tongue hanging out
Pitbull seized in pervious raid by Met police Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA

Over 22 dangerous dogs are to be put down in a police crackdown on Merseyside.

The animals were on a 'hit list' of 42 animals assessed as being dangerous to the public.

Police said the owners had not adhered to conditions imposed by the courts when they were allowed to keep their dogs.

Smiling 5 year old Ellie Lawrenson at home in St Helens
Ellie Lawrenson was killed by a pit bull type breed in 2007 in St Helens. Credit: Merseyside Police/PA Archive/PA

Two children and a pensioner have been killed on Merseyside after being attacked by dogs since January 2007.

Two of those deaths - five-year-old Ellie Lawrenson and four-year-old John Paul Massey - were killed by banned pit-bulls. The third was 79-year-old Clifford Clarke who was killed by a dog in his garden.

Chief Inspector Chris Gibson said:

"Despite the deaths of three people, there are still people within our communities who still see fit to breed these dangerous dogs despite the threat they pose ."

A Nazi-sympathiser convicted of planning to blow up mosques

A Nazi-sympathiser has been convicted of planning to blow up a number of mosques on Merseyside

Ian Forman, who's 42 from Shavington Avenue in Birkenhead, was convicted of terror offences after an 11 day trial.

Forman first came to the attention of police last April while he worked as a receptionist at Manistry, a glass recycling firm in Ellesmere Port.

Colleagues found that he'd been researching chemicals and explosive substances on the internet at work.

Officers found a home-made explosive device at his home and a replica Nazi uniform. They also discovered internet research into a number of Merseyside mosques, video clips showing Forman experimenting with explosives and his own anti-Islam video.

He'll be sentenced next week.

Call for Merseyside to get tough on criminals

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A charity is calling on the people of Merseyside to get tougher on organised crime and report criminal activity to the police.

Crimestoppers is today launching campaign to help tackle serious crime in the area. They stress anyone who comes forward will have their identity protected claiming in 26 years the charity has been going it has never revealed who the people are providing information.

'Whose Side are you on?' challenges the public to make a choice between who they are going to support, their community or the criminals.

Over 50,000 homes will receive leaflets, posters will be in public places, high profile activities will take place throughout the city. A DVD has specially been commissioned from LA Productions for the campaign and it will be premiered at the launch and will be available to view on YouTube.

Over the last five years over 17,500 people on Merseyside have contacted Crimestoppers; leading to over 1,600 arrests and significant disruption of criminal activity.

Over £6,500,000 worth of drugs has been seized and over £400,000 property recovered.

Roy Morris, Chair of Merseyside Crimestoppers said: "We are proud to be able to say that Crimestoppers is making a real difference on Merseyside and we hope that this campaign and DVD will really make people contact us with information on crime."

Former Liverpool star David Fairclough who is helping to launch the scheme said,

"Having grown up in the city and played in many derby matches I know how passionate Liverpudlians are. We are asking them to think about what type of community they want and to make a choice...we want them to really choose which side to support".

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