Pilkington Glass is closing a factory in St Helens with the loss of 140 jobs
Police officers have been warned against using Tasers as an "easy option" to tackle people threatening to harm themselves.
It's been claimed that police shot a 12-year-old girl from St Helens with a Taser.
Police are appealing for information after a house was burgled in St Helens whilst the man who lived there was visiting his terminally ill wife at a hospice.
The incident took place on Deepdale Drive, Rainhill, sometime between the evening of Wednesday 16, October 2013 and the following morning.
The offenders stole a charm bracelet and earrings, and two digital cameras, a grey/silver Toshiba PDR M65/M61 and a black Samsung NX11, containing photos of the couple.
The house has been forensically examined and CCTV is being reviewed. Detective Constable Rachael Clayton, St Helens CID explained:
– Detective Constable Rachael Clayton, St Helens CID
These cameras and the photos on them are of real sentimental value to the victim.
Sadly his wife passed away on Monday, 21 October 2013 and the pictures are the last ones which were taken of the couple when they were both well.
The victim has only recently recovered from cancer himself and is understandably devastated that precious memories of the final happy times shared by him and his wife have been taken.
He's now desperate for their safe return and we are determined to bring those responsible for this crime to justice.
Merseyside Police is warning residents in the Sutton Road area of St Helens to keep their doors and windows closed after officers found large quantities of chemicals at a property on Sutton Road.
Officers executed a drugs warrant at the house last night at about 7.30pm and arrested a man, aged 61 years, and a woman, aged 39 years, on suspicion of being involved in the manufacture of drugs.
During the search officers uncovered a large quantity of chemicals both in the house and garden.
In the meantime as a precautionary measure Merseyside Police is advising residents in the Sutton Road area to keep their doors and windows closed.
Road closures have been put in place at Sutton Road.
Detectives have released CCTV images of two young men they want to speak to about a knifepoint robbery in St Helens town centre.
A 16-year-old boy from Rainford was walking along Water Street on Saturday the 10th of August with his girlfriend on their way to a local restaurant when they passed two youths who were sat on the steps of a building.
As they walked past, one of the youths asked him for the time and when the boy took his iPhone 5 out of his pocket to check, the offender stood up and pulled a pocket knife out and pointed it at him.
The offender demanded the boy hand over the phone and when he did, the offender and his accomplice ran off in the direction of Waterloo Street.The victim then called the police from his girlfriend's phone but despite a search of the area by police officers, the offenders could not be found.
Saints take on Wigan later in one of the biggest derby games in Rugby League. St Helens enter the clash having won just one of their previous five meetings with the Warriors.
St Helens coach Nathan Brown says he's determined to turn things around at Langtree Park.
He's been publicly backed by his chairman after a disappointing season.
Saints have lost 10 of their 20 Super League games this season and are hanging on to the eighth and final play-off place with seven games to go.
Chairman Eamonn McManus has released a statement supporting Brown and his players to turn the season around.
There's an all North West showdown in the Tetley's Super League tonight as Salford take on St Helens.
Both clubs have struggled this season. Saints are only just inside the play-off places, while the City Reds are rock bottom of the table.
But they've brought in some extra troops to help them prepare.
St Helens have confirmed the signing of scrum-half Luke Walsh from Penrith Panthers for the start of next season.
The 26-year-old has penned a 2-year contract with the option to stay for a further year.
Saints, currently 8th in Super League, have had problems at half-back throughout a tough 2013 season.
Coach Nathan Brown said: "Luke is an exciting addition to the squad.
"He is a good organiser and possesses a great kicking game too.
'' We are looking forward to having him on board.''
"We would also like to thank Penrith Panthers for allowing Luke to be released from his contract to join us next season."
Walsh, Penrith's player of the season in 2011, has made 107 appearances in Australia's elite NRL competition for both the Panthers and former club Newcastle, scoring 274 points.
He first broke into the Newcastle side in 2007 before moving to the Panthers two years later.
He is a useful goalkicker having landed 34 attempts and a drop goal this season.