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CCTV appeal after burglary

Police have issued CCTV footage of two men officers would like to speak to in connection with an aggravated burglary in Newton-le-Willows on Monday.

Officers were called to a property on Alder Street, at around 8.25pm on September 1, following a report from a woman living there that two men had knocked on her front door.

One of the offenders forced his way into the house armed with what's described as a cosh, Merseyside Police said.

He then used a knife from the kitchen to threaten the woman and demanded cash.

Both offenders escaped on foot, a short time later, with two mobile phones and a few cigarettes.

Officers believe the two men shown in the footage may have vital information which could help them with their investigation.

They are appealing to the men, or anyone who recognises them, to get in touch as soon as possible.

Anyone with information can contact detectives in St Helens CID on 0151 777 6811 or speak to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Primary school teachers strike in Merseyside

Teachers will be striking in Newton-le-willows over working conditions.

Members of the teacher's union NASUWT, will hold the first of three days of action at Newton-le-Willows Primary School in Merseyside.

It's over a new appraisal policy introduced by St Helens Council which subjects teachers to unlimited classroom observations. Up to 14 teachers will walk out today as well as two days next week.

The NASUWT is committed to an appraisal system where those who manage teachers engage in a professional dialogue with them, respect them as professionals, and make decisions about their work openly and fairly.

“Unfortunately, the policy adopted by St Helen’s Council is the fallout from the Government’s 2012 Regulations, which are used as a punitive management tool to pressurise and intimidate teachers.

“Our members at Newton-le-Willows Primary are hard-working and dedicated. They have sought to avoid taking this action, but have been left with no choice.”

– Chris Keates, NASUWT General Secretary