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Murder investigation launched after body found in St Helens

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Detectives investigating an unexplained death in St Helens have released a man they arrested in connection arrested a man in connection with the investigation.

James Corbett who was 38 was found dead at an address on Sidney Street, St Helens on Thursday night.

The 30-year-old man of no fixed abode was arrested on suspicion of murder but arrested under investigation.

At this stage, detectives are treating the man's death as unexplained pending the result of toxicology reports.

  • Anyone with information is encouraged to call police on 101 or the Crimestoppers line anonymously on 0800 555 111 or via their online form here.

Youth in court over St Helens death

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A 17-year-old youth accused of the manslaughter of a St Helens man appeared at Liverpool Youth Court today.

Len Saunders, 65, suffered a serious head injury during an incident in Ward Street in the town shortly before 7 pm on Friday, July 21 and died last Sunday at Walton Neurological Centre.

The boy, from St Helens, has been sent to Liverpool Crown Court where he will appear on August 30 to enter his plea.

A 15-year-old boy who was arrested in connection with the incident has been released by police without further action.

Police release CCTV footage showing the dangers of speeding

CCTV captured the moment Rigby's speeding car struck a pedestrian. Credit: Merseyside Police.

Police have released dramatic footage of the moment a car spun 180 degrees and careered into the path of a couple.

The incident took place in St Helens, Merseyside, last May when the driver of the red Vauxhall Corsa lost control while travelling at 40mph in a 30mph zone.

Beverley Finney, 34, was sent flying into the air across a driveway and into a concrete headpost in Haresfinch Road.

Miss Finney suffered life-changing facial scarring and other facial and skull fractures, while her boyfriend was also seriously injured in the collision on May 11.

On Wednesday, Henry Rigby, 19, from Harris Street, Dentons Green, St Helens, was sentenced at Liverpool Crown Court to 15 months in a Young Offenders Institute, suspended for two years, after he was convicted by a jury at an earlier hearing of causing serious injury by dangerous driving.

He was also ordered to carry out 240 hours unpaid work, given a four month home curfew, banned from driving for three years and ordered to pay #750 compensation to each victim and #500 court costs.

Merseyside Police Roads Policing Unit Inspector Mike McFall said: "The collision was totally avoidable and shows the very real consequences of motorists who exceed the speed limit.

“The collision was totally avoidable and shows the very real consequences of motorists who exceed the speed limit.

“Rigby was not previously known to police and his actions that day have had a devastating impact on the lives of his victims, as well as the impact on himself."

– Inspector Mike McFall, Merseyside Police

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Roof collapses in St Helens paintball centre fire

An aerial appliance is being used to tackle the fire on Borough Road. Credit: Andy Bonner, ITV News

Merseyside Fire and Rescue says the incident has been divided into sections in order to deal with the fire.

Part of the roof of the building has collapsed and a large number of tyres are involved in the fire.

The nearby Pilkington's factory has been evacuated but emergency services say it is not currently affected by the fire.

Residents are being advised to keep doors and windows shut until further notice.

  1. Tim Scott, ITV News

Parents' anger at plans to cut school crossing patrols

Parents across St Helens say they're worried for their children's safety after proposals to cut funding for crossing guards - or lollipop men and women to many - were announced.

The council say it's because they have to make millions of pounds in savings in the face of what they describe as 'unprecedented financial challenges'.

Tim Scott reports from a school in Rainford, who look set to lose their lollipop lady.

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