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Workers at waste plant taken to hospital

Twenty people have been taken to hospital after coming into contact with ash at a waste plant in Runcorn.

At 1pm police received reports of an incident at Keppel Seghers in Runcorn.

Whilst carrying out work on the site a number of workmen have come into contact with a substance, which has caused irritation to the eyes and respiratory problems.

20 people were taken to Warrington Hospital in works vehicles where they are currently being assessed.

Police say it is an isolated incident, it was contained within the site and there are no wider risks to the public.

The Mersey Gateway Project up against 40 schemes

The Mersey Gateway Project to build a new six lane bridge over the Mersey between Runcorn and Widnes is among 40 schemes shortlisted for government-backed funding.

Artist's impression of bridge
Developers say the bridge would relieve congestion. Credit: The Mersey Gateway Project
Artist's impression of bridge
The new bridge would be built near the Silver Jubilee Bridge. Credit: The Mersey Gateway Project

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Soldier who took his own life - "A true hero"

Signaller Ian Sartorius-Jones

The family of a soldier who took his own life have paid tribute at an inquest into his death.

"Ian was a loving husband, father, son and brother. He will be sadly missed by us all. He died while serving his country that he loved and was patriotic to the core. A true hero to us all. He will never be forgotten."

Signaller Ian Sartorius-Jones, 21, was found by colleagues at Forward Operating Base Khar Nikar in Helmand province in January. The coroner heard the he had been having marital problems in the months before his death and he has threatened to kill himself.

Runcorn soldier took own life

An inquest has ruled a Runcorn soldier took his own life while the balance of his own mind was disturbed.

Signaller Ian Sartorius-Jones, 21, was found by colleagues at Forward Operating Base Khar Nikar in Helmand province in January. The coroner heard the he had been having marital problems in the months before his death.

They has also heard he was worried about a missing piece of phone equipment which he feared he could be fined for. He was also annoyed he hadn't been promoted at the start of his tour of duty in September 2011.

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