Two bodies have been discovered after a fire in a house where hoarded material was "stacked from ceiling to floor".
Firefighters were called to the semi-detached property in Allerton, Liverpool, on Sunday afternoon after a passing motorist noticed smoke coming from the building.
But, Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service (MFRS) said crews had difficulty gaining access because of a "high quantity of debris" in the house.
The hoarded material also caused the fire to spread rapidly to the roof, which later collapsed.
A spokesman for the fire service said:
"Sadly on entering the property and conducting an extensive search in difficult conditions, the MFRS Search and Rescue Team have positively identified the body of a deceased male.
"A short time later the search recommenced and the body of a female was discovered close to the body of the deceased male."
Next of kin have been informed.
It emerged that the occupiers of the property, believed to be an elderly couple, were visited by firefighters on June 29 this year but had declined a home fire safety check.
Fire service incident investigation officers are working with Merseyside Police to establish the cause of the blaze.
He was one of the most original voices in North West pop. Pete Burns from the Wirral died of a cardiac arrest on Monday, aged 57. Burns was best known for his band Dead or Alive's 1980s hit You Spin Me Round. He also appeared on Celebrity Big Brother in 2006, coming fifth in the final. Sarah Rogers has this report
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Merseyside Police has launched a murder investigation after a man was fatally shot in Aigburth.
Police were called to Southwood Road at around 10.20pm on Monday night, October 24, after they received reports of gunshots and a man lying in the street.
Emergency services discovered a man in his 30s at the scene with gunshot wounds to his head, thigh and buttock. He was taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead a short time later.
Southwood Road and Bryanston Road have been cordoned off as detectives carry out CCTV, witness and forensic enquiries. Patrols have been stepped up in the area to reassure residents in the community.
Our enquiries are clearly at a very early stage, although it does appear that this was a targeted incident.
I would appeal to anyone who may have witnessed the shooting, or who saw anyone acting suspiciously in the area around this time, to call us so we can find those responsible and put them before the courts.
We will not tolerate the use of firearms on the streets of Merseyside and are relentless in our efforts to bring those who are prepared to use them to justice.
- Anyone with information is urged to call the specialist Matrix gun crime team on 0800 230 0600 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.
A 13-year-old boy has died after being knocked off his bike by a car in Huyton. He was taken to hospital and was pronounced dead a short time later.
Police were called to Liverpool Road at just before 5.10pm to reports of a road traffic collision involving a Vauxhall Insignia and a bicycle.
The rider of the bike, a 13-year-old boy, was taken to hospital and was sadly confirmed as deceased a short time later. His family has been informed. The driver of the car is helping police with enquiries.
CCTV and witness enquiries are underway and there is a road closure at the junction of Princess Drive and Liverpool Road, which is expected to remain in place throughout the evening.
Celebrities have been paying tribute to Pete Burns after the former Dead Or Alive singer died at the age of 57.
Davina McCall, who hosted the 2006 Celebrity Big Brother series the star appeared in, was among those who tweeted their condolences.
She said: "So, so sad to hear about Pete Burns... we partied hard in the 90s... RIP Pete x."
Preston, the Ordinary Boys frontman who also appeared in the series, tweeted: "Heartbroken to hear about Pete Burns. He was a true punk rocker and one of the kindest hearts I've ever know. Gutted."
Former Ultravox singer Midge Ure said: "We were with the same management back in the day. RIP."
Television presenter Jamie East said: "So desperately sad to hear about Pete Burns. A true pop icon and a really, really fun fella to work and hang out with. Sleep well buddy."
DJ Matthew Rudd said: "Pete Burns' death is tragic. A showman. Angry, engaging, opinionated, fiery singer, great stage presence, clearly vulnerable. RIP fella."
Singer Sinitta wrote: "Rest in Peace @PeteBurnsICON we had some laughs and some tears over the years. You were a sensitive soul and will be missed x."
Tom Parker, from boyband The Wanted, tweeted: "The curse of 2016 strikes again! Pete Burns. A true eccentric. A master of it!"
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The race to be UKIP's new leader is hotting up, with the North West's Paul Nuttall currently the favourite.
He argues he's the unity candidate, and can be the patriotic voice for working class voters in this region.
Joe Pike, our Political Correspondent spoke to him today.