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Second case of meningitis at Liverpool Hope University

A second case of meningitis has been confirmed at Liverpool Hope University.

It follows the death of student Alisha Bartolini, whose body was discovered at her university halls of residence earlier this month.

Alisha Bartolini Credit: Merseyside Police

Public Health England said:

"Health protection experts from Public Health England are working with staff and students at Liverpool Hope University after a second confirmed case of meningococcal infection at the same halls of residence.

An 18-year-old student is currently being treated in hospital and is recovering well."

– Public Health England, spokesperson

Liverpool Hope University said they will ensure that all staff and students 'receive the appropriate support, reassurance and advice'.


Man 'burnt to death' in factory oven accident

Alan Catterall, 54, from Runcorn Credit: Cheshire Police

A court has heard that a man from Runcorn died after being severely burnt in an industrial oven in 2010.

Alan Catterall, who was 54, became trapped when a worker turned the oven on without realising he was inside.

The factory operators Pyranha Holdings Ltd face a charge of corporate manslaughter and health and safety charges.


Tribute to 'charitable, caring man' who died after being hit by a car

The family of 88-year-old man who died after being hit by a car, have paid tribute to him.

Mervyn Bruce Taylor died in hospital on Monday, 10 November, after being knocked down by a car in Barnston on the Wirral five days earlier.

Mervyn Brown Credit: Merseyside Police

Mervyn's daughter, Melissa, said:

"My dad lived life to the full. He was a very independent, strong willed and active man and was very fit for his age.

"If he wanted something in life or mum wanted anything he would work very hard to achieve it, in fact he worked that hard in life that he forgot to retire and was still working as an accountant at the age of 88.

"Dad was a very charitable man and received recognition for his services to charity when both he and mum received a royal invite to a garden party at Buckingham Palace.

"He was a very caring man and in 2003 when mum suffered a stroke, he devoted the next eight years caring for her so she didn’t have to go into a home.

"Everything he did was for other people.”

– Melissa, Mervyn's daughter

Police recover five flasks of toxic chemical

Merseyside Police say they've recovered five flasks of a highly toxic chemical, stolen in a burglary at a business in Wirral.

The chemical 'Phostoxin' is highly flammable and toxic, and is used as a pesticide.

The flasks were found at Bebington Cemetery after apparently being left there.

Merseyside Police said:

Officers from the Matrix Serious and Organised Crime Team today have conducted a further search of the area.

One canister remains outstanding.

Police are urging anyone who has any information or knows of the whereabouts of the sixth canister to find a way of returning it to either the police or the fire service.

– Merseyside Police
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