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Police charge man with sexual activity with a child

Merseyside police have charged a 25-year-old man with a series of offences following an extensive investigation into allegations of grooming and sexual activity with a child.

Michael David Jones of Osterley Gardens, Southall, Ealing, in London was charged yesterday with 21 offences, including grooming, sexual activity with a child, causing a child to engage in sexual activity, possession of indecent images and perverting the course of justice.

The investigation, dating back as far as 2009, has focused on the Liverpool area and other parts of the UK and remains on-going.

He has been granted conditional bail to appear at Liverpool Magistrates on Monday 22 May at 1.45pm.

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Missing: Ronald McKenna from Merseyside

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Merseyside Police is becoming increasingly concerned for the whereabouts of a man from Birkenhead, who has been missing since Sunday 14 May.

Ronald McKenna, 57, was last seen at 7.30am at Clatterbridge hospital in Wirral.

He is described as white, 5ft 9in tall, of proportionate build, with short greying hair.

When last seen he was wearing a Liverpool football top, jeans and trainers.

He is known to frequent the Wirral and Chester areas.

Officers would urge anyone who has seen Ronald, or Ronald himself, to contact police on 101 or the Missing People Charity on 116 000.

Alternatively they can email the charity on 116000@missingpeople.org.uk.

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More than 800 cannabis plants seized on Merseyside - police urge public to watch out for tell tale signs

Police say cannabis farm would have annual yield of around £3.5m. Credit: Merseyside Police

Merseyside Police has recovered 878 plants at a cannabis farm in King Street, Wallasey following the execution of a warrant today The plants were growing in four rooms and were recovered alongside growing equipment.

Nobody wants to live next door to these house - police Credit: Merseyside Police

Every cannabis farm seized, especially a large farm such as this, marks a significant step in our efforts to disrupt the activities of criminals growing cannabis in Merseyside.

"Cannabis cultivation by criminal gangs brings misery to our communities as we know criminal groups involved in the cultivation of cannabis are usually involved in other serious and often violent organised crime.

"This cannabis farm was on a busy street of shops and flats and the growing of cannabis threatens the safety of neighbouring properties because cannabis farms are a serious fire risk. Electricity and water are never a good combination, and fires have been caused by the crude systems put in place by the people who set up these farms.

"Our communities can help us stop these groups, who are only interested in making money, from turning houses and flats into potential death traps. Nobody wants to live next door to these houses and we would ask that if you believe someone is using a property for this purpose, please tell us so we can take positive action and find those responsible for setting them up."

– Sergeant Chris Bland

Some of the signs that cannabis is being grown are:

  • Strange smell and sounds
  • Frequent and varied visitors to a property, often at unusual times
  • Gardening equipment being taken into a property
  • Watch out for plant pots, fertiliser, fans and industrial lighting
  • Windows sealed and covered.
  • Curtains are permanently closed
  • Heat from an adjoining property
  • Birds gathering on a roof in cold weather
  • Individually these activities may seem commonplace
  • Together they may indicate something more sinister
Public urged to watch out for tell tale signs Credit: Merseyside Police

A quantity of dried cannabis in bags was also found at the scene and the electricity was found to have been illegally bypassed.

The scene was secured to enable officers to recover the cannabis and forensically examine the scene.

WATCH: Why Merseyside's 'Calendar Boys' are getting their kit off

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The story of the Calendar Girls from the Women's Institute went round the world after a Hollywood film was made of their story. And they've provided inspiration for a group of men on Merseyside.

As part of Liverpool's Alternative Fashion Fest a group of men decided to bare all to raise awareness of body image worries faced by men.

Today we were joined by Jane Bellis, Ian North and Stephen Higginson, and we asked who came up with the idea.

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