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Motorists advised to avoid Switch Island in Sefton due to 'serious road traffic accident'

Ormskirk Road Credit: Google Maps

Motorists are being advised to avoid Motorists are being advised to avoid Switch Island in Sefton this evening following a serious road traffic collision involving a motorbike and a 4x4.

The male motorcyclist has been taken to hospital with serious multiple injuries following the collision on Ormskirk Road at 3.35pm.

Police have closed a number of roads leading onto Switch Island and motorists are advised to avoid the whole area where possible to avoid becoming stuck in lengthy delays.

The closures are expected to remain in place for several hours due to the seriousness of the motorcyclist’s injuries and the police investigation work.

Six arrested after drugs raids in Merseyside

Five men and a woman have been arrested as part of a major investigation into into drug dealing and organised crime.

A number of raids took place this morning across Sefton and Knowsley as part of a 10 month investigation. A large quantity of Class A drugs were also found in one of the houses.

“Organised crime groups who deal in drugs profit from all the misery and damage that they inflict on other people within their community. They are ruthless in protecting their illegal business from rival factions and will think nothing of using violence and intimidation to defend their territory. Decent, law abiding people get caught up in this whether it is hearing about a firearms discharge bear where they live and suffering a burglary or robbery themselves committed by someone with a drug addiction or drugs debt.''

– Superintendent Claire Richards

Sefton Central - Labour Hold

  • Bill Esterson (Lab) 26,359 (53.77%, +11.87%)
  • Valerie Allen (C) 14,513 (29.61%, -4.33%)
  • Tim Power (UKIP) 4,879 (9.95%, +5.71%)
  • Paula Keaveney (LD) 2,086 (4.26%, -15.67%)
  • Lindsay Melia (Green) 1,184 (2.42%)
  • Lab maj 11,846 (24.17%)
  • 8.10% swing C to Lab
  • Electorate 67,746; Turnout 49,021 (72.36%, +0.58%)
  • Bill Esterson (Lab) 26,359 (53.77%, +11.87%)
  • Valerie Allen (C) 14,513 (29.61%, -4.33%)
  • Tim Power (UKIP) 4,879 (9.95%, +5.71%)
  • Paula Keaveney (LD) 2,086 (4.26%, -15.67%)
  • Lindsay Melia (Green) 1,184 (2.42%)
  • Lab maj 11,846 (24.17%)
  • 8.10% swing C to Lab
  • Electorate 67,746; Turnout 49,021 (72.36%, +0.58%)

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Man injured in Litherland gun attack

Litherland shooting

Police are investigating after a man was shot in the back in Merseyside.

Officers were called to Chelsea Road in Litherland at just after 8pm last night to reports a man had been shot outside a house.

A 20-year-old is being treated in hospital.

His injuries are not thought to be life threatening. Police are appealing for witnesses.

Man held after body found in Southport

Linaker Street, Southport. Credit: Google Street View

A 31-year-old man has been held by police after the discovery of a man's body at a house in Southport last night.

Merseyside Police were called to Linaker Street in Southport at about 7.45pm, after a woman called police to advise she had found the body of a 33-year-old man at the address.

Officers attended and the suspect, from Skelmersdale, who was present at the address, was arrested on suspicion of murder.

The police said the death is being treated as unexplained.

A Home Office post mortem examination to establish the cause of death will be carried out.

Detectives are appealing for anyone who may have information to contact Sefton CID on 0151 777 3460, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Van driver attacked in assault in Crosby

A forty-five year old man from Warrington was driving on Jubilee Road in Crosby when his van was driven at by several men in a white BMW. The men got out of their vehicle and assaulted him with a large knife. His attackers then fled and the man sought help in a nearby pub.

We believe this was a targeted attack. We believe he was attacked by at least three men who used their car to damage his van before attacking him with a large knife or other sharp weapon. A large scale investigation is underway. This man suffered extremely serious but not life-threatening injuries. Attacks like this are rare in this area and local people will be understandably worried. I would like to reassure the community that we are treating this as a targeted attack and not a random incident.

– Detective Inspector Rob Hill, Sefton CID

The man is now recovering in hospital where he is described as being in a serious but stable conditions.

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