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Cars removed from Westminster Bridge after terror attack

The silver and blue cars were driven away on Thursday morning. Credit: APTN

Two cars have been removed from Westminster Bridge after Wednesday's terrorist attack in the capital.

The vehicles were left stranded overnight after the area was cordoned off by police officers investigating the car and knife attack.

Five people are known to have died - including the attacker - and 40 others injured, some critically, after the incident.

Greater Manchester's top cop says force is 'reviewing' officer deployments after London terror attack

Greater Manchester's Chief Constable Ian Hopkins says the force is ''reviewing with immediate effect officer deployments across the region'' after the terror attack in London.

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He said: “I wish to extend the thoughts and sympathy of all at Greater Manchester Police to the families of the Metropolitan Officer and people murdered during the terrorist attack in London this afternoon.

“Police officers recognise the risks to themselves in undertaking their role to protect fellow citizens. Despite the knowledge of the risk we face, it is absolutely shocking when an officer carrying out their public duty is murdered in this way.''

– Ian Hopkins, Greater Manchester Police


Lancashire student caught up in terror incident in London

A Lancashire MP says a student from Darwen has caught up in the terror incident on Westminster Bridge in London.

Jake Berry the MP for Rossendale and Darwen is locked in an office in Parliament due to the terror incident in Westminster.

Merseyside Police seek wanted man

Mark Dominic Johnston Credit: Merseyside Police

Merseyside Police is appealing for help to trace a 29-year-old man from Liverpool who is wanted on recall to prison.

Mark Dominic Johnston was sentenced to 13 years in prison in 2010 after being convicted of criminal damage – recklessly endangering life following an incident in Southport in July 2009.

He was released on licence in January 2016.

Johnston is wanted by police after he failed to comply with his license release conditions and was recalled to prison in February 2017.


Merseyrail: ''RMT has sunk to a new low'' over plans to strike on day of Grand National

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Merseyrail have accused the RMT union of 'sinking to a new low' by planning to strike on the day of the Grand National at Aintree.

A strong statement released in response to news of the strikes has accused the union of damaging the whole of the Liverpool city region.

Union members at Merseyrail and Arriva Trains North will walk out for 24 hours on Saturday 8th April.

Merseyrail's full statement is below.

'‘As we predicted, the RMT has sunk to a new low by inflicting their strikes on the Grand National.

Damaging the company and its passengers is one thing, but damaging the whole of the Liverpool city region on one of its proudest and most important days of the year is impossible to understand.

It cannot be right that the RMT executive, sitting in London, has taken an unnecessary decision that represents a barefaced attack on the reputation of our region.

The Saturday of the Grand National is one of our busiest times of the year, and we will make every attempt to ensure that we successfully move around the high volumes of people who choose to travel with us that day.

Timetables for the day are currently being developed and will be published very soon.

We have put forward firm proposals about how we will look after our guards, who, subject to successful negotiations with the RMT, are being guaranteed work in the business, once the new trains are introduced in three years’ time.’'

– Jan Chaudhry-van der Velde, Merseyrail managing director

Rail unions pick Grand National for strike day to create 'maximum publicity'

The RMT union say the date of their next strike in the dispute over driver-only trains has been picked to create 'maximum publicity'.

John Tilley, the North West's regional organiser for the union, says its days like the Grand National that show how important a second safety-critical member of staff is.

So far Merseyrail are yet to comment on the planned action on Saturday 8th April.

Arriva Rail North workers will join Merseyrail staff to strike next month. The company's deputy managing director Richard Allan said:

"We are surprised that RMT has announced strike action for April 8 as we had been in contact with their officials in the last 24 hours to organise further talks.

We have been clear that we want RMT, along with our people, our customers and stakeholders, to play a role in bringing our modernisation plans to life.

We want to work with everyone on how we modernise the way we provide customer service and continue to run a safe and reliable railway."

– Richard Allan, Arriva Rail North

Merseyrail workers to strike on day of Grand National

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Workers on Merseyrail and Arriva Trains North are to strike on April 8th, the day of the Grand National, in disputes over staffing and the role of conductors, the RMT union has announced.

Members will strike for 24 hours between 0001 hours and 2359 hours on Saturday 8th April 2017.‎

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“It is disgraceful that Merseyrail wrecked a golden opportunity to engage in serious talks with the union yesterday. RMT reps set out key points for discussion that could have moved the dispute forwards, Merseyrail kicked that conciliatory approach back in our faces and made it crystal clear that all that they are interested in is the union signing a surrender document which gives them a free hand to rip apart the safety culture on the railway.''

– Mick Cash, RMT General Secretary
The strike coincides with the day of the Grand National at Aintree Credit: PA Images

A strengthened train service often runs on Aintree Race days and a special timetable is put in place for the annual three-day Grand National festival.

Aintree station is across the road from Aintree Racecourse.

RMT members at the three companies staged a 24-hour strike last week, causing most disruption at Merseyrail after drivers refused to cross picket lines.

Talks between the company and the union broke down yesterday, with little sign of any progress in a row over plans to introduce new, driver-only trains, in 2020.

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