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Unions warn of more rail strikes.

There are warnings of a fresh wave on strikes on railways in our region over the issue of driver-only trains.

Chief officers from RMT branches at Merseyrail and Arriva Trains North are meeting later London to agree their next move in the long-running dispute with the rail operators over the plans to remove guards from trains.

The rail operators say driver-only trains are the safest and most efficient way forward.

But unions say it'll impact on passenger safety. Previous industrial action was suspended because of the terror attack on Westminster.

Threat of rail strikes over driver-only trains

There are warnings of a fresh wave of strikes on railways in our region over the issue of driver-only trains.

Two major rail companies - Arriva Trains North and Merseyrail - plan to introduce new trains over the coming years which operate without guards.

The rail operators say driver-only trains are the safest and most efficient way forward. Rob Smith reports.

A new summer outfit for Crosby's Iron Men

Iron man on Crosby beach has had clothes painted on Credit: ITV Granada

The famous Iron Men statues on Crosby beach have been given a makeover after someone painted clothes onto the sculptures.

It's understood the Anthony Gormley sculptures were given the new look on Friday and Saturday night.

Iron man on Crosby beach has had clothes painted on Credit: ITV Granada

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Lucky escape for the kittens rescued from a well

Kittens rescued from a well near Southport Credit: Woodlands Animal Sanctuary

Normally Lassie finds people stuck down a well - but this time a local builder took on that role after hearing the noise of kittens in distress.

Anthony McDerby found four kittens stuck over half a metre down the well. Their eyes closed shut with infection, the kittens were covered in dirt.

Rescued kittens being hand fed back to health Credit: Woodlands Animal Sanctuary

Anthony boxed them up and immediately took them to a vets, where volunteers at the Woodlands Animal Sanctuary in Holmeswood near Southport fed them through the day and night.

The Sanctuary relies on public support and are hosting their first Wild Western Open day on Sunday 25 June, where visitors can meet all the animals and learn more about the work they do.

Rescued kittens being hand fed by volunteers Credit: Woodlands Animal Sanctuary

You can find out more about the work of Woodlands Animal Sanctuary here

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