Merseyside Police's 'None for the road" Christmas campaign saw a 30% decrease in arrests for drink driving offences from the previous year. However, the number of drivers testing positive for drug drive offences has increased by 40%. Officers say the rise is due to increased testing and new powers that were introduced in 2015.
During the campaign, which ran from 1 December 2016 until 1 January 2017, officers carried out a total of 6,339 breath tests and arrested 203 people for drink or drug driving-related offences, which compares to a total of 224 arrests in the 2015 campaign.
The decrease in positive tests and drink drive arrests for a second successive year indicates that drinking and driving is becoming less and less socially acceptable. .....it is disappointing that we have seen an increase in motorists arrested for drug driving.... I cannot stress enough the danger that these people present, not just to themselves, but to other road users too.
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Millions of viewers tuned into ITV's Coronation Street to see actress Kym Marsh, who plays Michelle McDonald in the soap, tragically lose her baby. She's been talking about the harrowing issue of neo-natal death, something she herself experienced 8 years ago when she lost her baby son Archie.
There are a number of charities involved in providing support for people who've experienced neo natal death or stillbirth:
Kym spoke to Granada Reports about taking the difficult decision to tackle a storyline that she'd had experienced personally.
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Strong winds of more than 50mph have swept the North West leading to flood warnings and travel disruption.Read the full story ›
Officers were called to the Ernest Jones in Southport on Sunday afternoon after a man was reported to have taken two rings without paying.Read the full story ›
Mersey Ferry services have been suspended due to bad weather until further notice.
Merseytravel says a replacement bus service is running between Seacombe and Pier Head.
It said the ferry is anchored mid-river while it is unsafe to dock at either terminal.
Liverpool are in League Cup semi-final action later. They travel to Southampton for their first-leg fixture. Boss Jurgen Klopp says it's too early to speculate on an all North West final at Wembley. And he says Southampton will not be easy to beat.
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A bagpipe-playing fraudster has been jailed for pretending to be raising cash for a Hillsborough disaster charity.Read the full story ›
Manchester City defender Bacary Sagna has been charged with misconduct following an alleged comment on social media, the Football Association has announced. More follows...