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Concern grows for missing St Helens man

Michael Curran Credit: Merseyside Police

Merseyside Police is becoming increasingly concerned about the welfare of a 31-year-old man from the St Helens area who has been missing from his home since Tuesday, 16 December.

Michael Curran was last seen on Clipsley Lane at around 3pm on Tuesday getting onto a bus heading for St Helens.

Michael is described as white, 5ft 9in tall and of a medium build. He has a fair complexion and dark hair and a moustache.

He speaks with a strong Northern Irish accent.

When he was last seen he was wearing a black waterproof coat, grey jeans and a red baseball cap on which had a silver emblem on the front.

Police believe Michael may have travelled to Liverpool city centre and may be in the Lime Street area, including St John's Shopping Arcade.

Merseyside Police crackdown on nuisance scrambler bikes

Merseyside Police has released CCTV showing the dangers of nuisance scrambler bikes.

Over the summer, the force arrested 66 people for using off-road bikes in an illegal, dangerous or anti-social way.

During the Christmas holidays patrols will be targeting known hot spots in the Croxteth, West Derby and Fazakerley areas

Chief Inspector Jenny Sims said:

Anti-social use of the bikes blights many communities on Merseyside and is something people consistently tell us they are worried about.

We know that scramblers have been gathering recently in parts of Liverpool North which are then ridden dangerously across large areas of Merseyside and I want to send a clear message that we will not tolerate this sort of behaviour

– Chief Inspector Jenny Sims, Merseyside Police

The rider of the bike in the CCTV pleaded guilty at Youth Court to dangerous driving, failing to stop for police, driving with no insurance or licence and riding without a helmet.

He was fined £100, given a nine month contract with the Knowsley Youth Offender Panel and disqualified from driving for 18 months until he has passed an extended test.


Thursday - Mild but wet & windy. Murky over hills

Wet and windy walk in Wallasey Credit: ALAN ROWLANDS

Windy with further rain, particularly over the north of the region (Cumbria and Lancashire) and heavy over the hills.

Rain pushing further south for the evening before clearing southeastwards by midnight. Mild daytime highs of 13°C

Clearer spells are then likely to develop across Cumbria into the night with a colder outlook Friday and Saturday but with more in the way of sunshine.

Mersey Duck Boats "extremely poorly maintained"

A report into the sinking of an amphibious tour bus in Liverpool's Albert Dock has said its extremely fortunate no one drowned or was injured. The Duck tour craft got into difficulties in June 2013. 33 passengers and crew were forced to abandon the ship when it sank. The report by the Marine Accident Investigation Branch said the craft were poorly maintained and for nearly 14 years they had operated with insufficient buoyancy foam to keep them afloat should they suffer major damage.

33 people had to abandon the craft when it sank in June 2013 Credit: PA

Campaign to scrap joint enterprise law

The Justice Committee is calling for an urgent review of a law which allows gang members present at the scene of a murder to be jailed. It follows a campaign from the mother of one of one teenager who was jailed over the death of Gary Newlove in Warrington, 7 years ago. Janet Cunliffe, the mother of Jordan Cunliffe wants the notion of "joint enterprise" scrapped. Her son was convicted because he failed to prevent other members of the group committing the crime. Alan Beith is the Chairman of the Justice Committee.

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