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St Helens North - Labour Hold

  • Conor McGinn (Lab) 26,378 (57.03%, +5.31%)
  • Paul Richardson (C) 9,087 (19.65%, -2.66%)
  • Ian Smith (UKIP) 6,983 (15.10%, +10.38%)
  • Denise Aspinall (LD) 2,046 (4.42%, -15.76%)
  • Elizabeth Ward (Green) 1,762 (3.81%)
  • Lab maj 17,291 (37.38%)
  • 3.99% swing C to Lab
  • Electorate 75,262; Turnout 46,256 (61.46%, +2.04%)

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38 pythons up to 5ft long stolen in St Helens

Royal Pythons are non-venomous but very powerful snakes. Credit: PA

38 Royal Python snakes have been stolen from a flat in St Helens.

Thieves broke in to the property on Greenfield Road on the evening of Monday March 16 and took a total of 38 snakes, including eight pregnant females and 11 young snakes.

Two men were seen leaving the premises with two sacks before making off in a dark coloured vehicle.

The Royal Pythons are non-venomous and extremely unlikely to pose any threat to the public.

Officers believe they will be offered for sale to people who are experienced in the handling of snakes locally or via the internet, and that the snakes are unlikely to come into contact with the general public.

These snakes, in particular the pregnant and young snakes, need specialist care and can grow to around 5ft in length. We are appealing for any help the public can give us to trace them.

I would urge local people to cast their minds back to the evening of Monday, 16 March in case they saw the two males in a dark-coloured vehicle or remember seeing or hearing anything suspicious.

– Detective Constable Neil Henry, from St Helens CID
Credit: Merseyside Police

Anyone with information that could assist the police is asked to contact St Helens CID on 0151 777 6843 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

St Helens mum's £45,000 debt after becoming addicted to online bingo

Kelly Field racked up £45,000 in debt and maxed out five credit cards after becoming addicted to online bingo.

Kelly would play non-stop for up to eight hours at a time, draining all the money she and her boyfriend had saved up together.

Her addiction became so bad that she began to have suicidal thoughts and turned to self-harm after worrying about how she would ever escape the habit.

Now Kelly, who is paying off £300 of debt a month, is calling on the gambling industry to rein in its advertising.

Woman found dead in house fire

Fire crews have found the body of a woman following a house fire in St Helens. Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service was called out to a house on Birchfield Street, in Thatto Heath, at around 11.20pm last night.

The fire began in the lounge of the home and after crews put out the flames they discovered the body of an elderly woman. A man also suffered slight smoke inhalation.

An investigation into the exact cause of the fire is underway however it is believed that the fire was accidental.

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Student recreates Holocaust in Lego

Adolf Hitler is appointed Chancellor of Germany Credit: John Denno
Above, 1933-1938: Jews lose almost all rights and are opressed by the Nuremberg Laws Credit: John Denno

A student from St Helens has recreated the timeline of the Holocaust using lego bricks as part of a homework project.

16 year old John Denno has made the news internationally after posting the images on his flickr page. Fearing his drawing skills would let him down, he used the toy as part of his project to create something that will help people remember the tragedy, it formed part of a GCSE assignment. See the full timeline here.

Jewish books are burned in Berlin and other German cities Credit: John Denno
1945: As the Allied forces push through Germany they liberate concentration camps Credit: John Denno

Russell Crowe heads to St Helens for the rugby

Hollywood actor Russell Crowe could be on his way to St Helens for the World Cup Challenge next month. The Gladiator star tweeted to say he wants to see his team the South Sydney Rabbitohs which he co-owns in action against the Saints. St Helens RFC meets South Sydney at Langtree Park on the 22nd of Feb.

Teenager fighting for his life after New Year's Day attack

Map shows location of Gartons Lane. Credit: Google Maps.

An 18-year-old man from St Helens is fighting for his life after being attacked in the early hours of New Year's Day.

The teenager was found with head injuries after emergency crews were called to reports of an assault in the Gartons Lane, Clock Face, just after 2am on Thursday.

Merseyside Police said it's believed he was punched and fell to the ground.

He remains in hospital where his condition is described as critical.

"We are working hard to establish exactly how the victim came by his injuries and to bring the person or people responsible for the assault to justice."

– Detective Chief Inspector Sue Coombs, Merseyside Police

Anyone with information should call Merseyside Police on 0151 777 6811 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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