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Teenage girls missing from home in Southport

Danielle Littlewood & Ellie Pritchard Credit: Merseyside Police

Merseyside Police are becoming increasingly concerned for the whereabouts of two girls from Southport who have been missing from home since Friday.

Ellie Pritchard, aged 14, and Danielle Littlewood, aged 13, are both from Southport and didn't go to school yesterday. They were last seen at 6.30pm at Southport Train Station.

Extensive enquiries are being carried out to find the girls, who may have travelled together to the Bradford area of West Yorkshire.

Ellie is described as white, 5ft 5in tall, of medium build, with blue eyes and shoulder length blonde hair. When last seen, she was wearing a black coat, white t-shirt, black leggings and black shoes.

Danielle is described as white, 5ft 6in tall, of medium build, with long, light brown straight hair. When last seen, she was wearing her school uniform, a grey blazer over a green shirt.

Both girls are believed to have been frequenting the Allerton and Brown Royds areas of Bradford.

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Merseyside police officer arrested on suspicion of drug offences is released

Lord Street, Southport, where the officer was arrested Credit: Google Maps

Merseyside Police have confirmed that a 33-year-old Merseyside Police officer from Southport has been released from custody following his arrest in Lord Street, Southport on Friday 30th December on suspicion of possession of a controlled drug.

The officer has been released pending further enquiries and has been suspended from his duties while the police investigation continues.

Men arrested after knife attack in Southport

Image shows Loxley Road, Southport Credit: Google Maps

Two men have been arrested after a man was found injured on Loxley Road, Southport, in the early hours of Wednesday 28th December.

Officers were contacted by ambulance crews at 12.25am to reports that the man, who is in his 30s, had injuries to his body which were consistent with a knife being used.

He was taken to hospital for treatment for his injuries, which are not believed to be life threatening.

A 35-year-old man and a 42-year-old man, both from Southport, were arrested on suspicion of affray.

At this stage the attack is believed to be targeted.

  • Anyone with any information is asked to contact Merseyside Police on 0151 777 3094 or the Crimestoppers line anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Man found with knife injuries after targeted attack in Southport

Police are investigating after a man was found with knife injuries in Southport this morning.

The man, who's in his 30s, was found in the early hours on Loxley Road. He was taken to hospital but his injuries aren't thought to be life threatening .

Police say they believe the attack was targeted.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact Merseyside Police on 0151 777 3094 or the Crimestoppers line anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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Landmark win for Southport couple in country's highest court

A couple from Southport who fought the so-called bedroom tax are celebrating a win in the country's highest court.

Jacqueline Carmichael, who has Spina Bifida and her husband Jayson argued in the courts for four years that the tax unfairly discriminated against people with disabilities.

Now seven judges have agreed and the government's promised immediate changes which could affect thousands of families. The couple say they've finally been vindicated. Our correspondent Ashley Derricott reports.

Bedroom tax victory for Southport couple in Supreme Court

Jacqueline and Jayson have won a supreme court ruling Credit: ITV Granada

A couple from Southport have won a Supreme Court ruling over the controversial so-called 'bedroom tax'.

Jacqueline Carmichael, who's also known as Charlotte, suffers from Spina Bifida, and lives with her husband in a two bedroom housing association flat in Southport. Today Supreme Court justices overturned a decision taken by the Court of Appeal in 2014 which went against the couple.

Mrs Carmichael complained that changes to housing benefit unlawfully discriminate against people with disabilities who have a need for an additional bedroom because of that disability.

The 44-year-old's condition means she has to sleep in a fixed position in a hospital bed with an electronic pressure mattress. There is not enough space for a second bed so her husband, Jayson, sleeps in a separate bedroom. Their benefit was cut by 14% when the ruling came in.

Mrs Carmichael and her husband Jayson were at the Supreme Court this morning Credit: ITV Granada

We are overjoyed at the Supreme Court decision. We have been through almost four years of the sheer hell of the bedroom tax policy, and this decision vindicates our long and difficult fight.

Out of this human rights victory over the bedroom tax we ask Theresa May to now reconsider the whole policy for everyone.

We would like to thank everyone who has supported us from day one, and hope others get justice too.

– Mr & Mrs Carmichael

Before an earlier Supreme Court hearing began in February, Mr Carmichael, who is in his fifties and is full-time carer for his wife, spoke outside court of the "heartache" they have suffered following the changes.

The Department for Work and Pensions now say they'll take steps to ensure they comply with the judgement in due course.

In the two specific cases where the Court did not find in our favour, we will take steps to ensure we comply with the judgement in due course.

In most cases, Local Authorities are best placed to understand the needs of their residents, which is why we will have given them over £1bn by the end of this parliament for Discretionary Housing Payments to ensure that people in difficult situations don’t lose out.

– DWP spokesperson

Family's anger at botched operation which cost their father his life

A family has spoken of its anger after hearing how a botched operation cost their father his life.

Stuart Brunst from Aughton in Lancashire went into Southport Hospital just over a year ago for a routine operation to repair a broken thigh bone. He died from complications after surgery.

His family only found out that the trust had carried out its own investigation into its own mistakes 10 months later.

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