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Schoolboy with autism receives encouraging letter from headteacher

A schoolboy with autism has made headlines around the world after taking his SATS tests this year.

Ben Twist attends Lansbury bridge in St Helens for children with additional needs.

He was the only pupil to take the tests this year after astounding teachers with his progress. His mum told us she was 'moved to tears' after the deputy head wrote a letter to reassure him his results weren't important because the tests "only measure a little bit of you." Sarah Rogers went to meet him:


Plasterer wins month-long trial with League One's Rochdale

River Humphreys, Rochdale's new team member.

In the week England's footballers are being labelled overpaid and pampered, we meet a young man from St Helens who is anything but.

River Humphreys works as a plasterer and has landed a one-month trial with League One's Rochdale.

The 25-year-old has won the Professional Tradesman Trials - a search to find a current tradesman who has the talent to turn professional.

England hero, and former electrician, Stuart Pearce was among the coaches to pick him.

Statement from club-night organisers after Faye Allen's death

Faye Allen, 17, died after taking Ecstasy Credit: Faye Allen/Facebook

Organisers of the event where 17-year-old Liverpool teen Faye Allen spent the evening before she died have released a statement in which they 'extend' their 'sympathies to the family of' her.

Don't Let Daddy Know released the statement after the teen died after taking ecstasy tablet 'Mastercard'. Two people from St Helens have been arrested by police.

The statement read:

On Sunday 01.05.16, the international brand Don’t Let Daddy Know, hosted and promoted an event at the Victoria Warehouse, Manchester, England. It has since come to light that an incident occurred in the early hours of Monday 02.05.16, which resulted in the death of a female in hospital.

Don’t Let Daddy Know has hosted events all around the world and always produce shows of the highest standard, ensuring that robust door policies are adhered to. Don’t Let Daddy Know were happy to return to Manchester after 2015’s successful show at the Victoria Warehouse because of the high standards, we felt, the venue set.

It is with great sadness we write this and extend our sympathies to the family of Faye Allen, and will work with the relevant authorities to assist in any on-going investigations.

– Don't Let Daddy Know

Police make two arrests after Faye Allen, 17, died after taking ecstasy

Faye Allen, 17, died after taking Ecstasy Credit: Faye Allen/Facebook

Police investigating the death of a teenage girl after taking an ecstasy drug have made two arrests.

Shortly after 5am on Monday police were called to the Victoria Warehouse, on Trafford Wharf Road, in Trafford, after a 17-year-old girl suffered an adverse reaction after allegedly taking one ‘MasterCard’ ecstasy pill whilst on a night out.

She sadly died in hospital a short time later.

In the early hours of the morning on Tuesday 3 May 2016, police arrested a 19-year-old man and a 20-year-old woman in the St Helens area on suspicion of possession with intent to supply a Class A drug.

Both of them remain in custody for questioning.

Detective Chief Inspector Ben Ewart of GMP’s Trafford Division said:

Our thoughts and condolences remain with the family of this girl at this heart breaking time.

We have made two arrests in connection with this investigation and currently have a man and a woman in custody who will be questioned later today.

Sadly, we know that other people will have taken this form of ecstasy, known as ‘MasterCard’, and we are continuing to urge anybody who may have taken it to please get themselves checked out.

If you have information that you believe can assist us with our investigation or you know where this drug may have come from then please contact police.

– Detective Chief Inspector Ben Ewart

Anyone with information should call police on 0161 8567662, 101 or the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.


Police make direct TV appeal for missing 14 year old to contact them

Credit: Cheshire Police

There's increasing concern for a 14 year old girl from Cheshire who's now been missing for 11 days with no money or phone.

Jade Lynch is described by police as ''extremely vulnerable''.

She disappeared on a shopping trip to St Helens.

But now police searching for her are chasing up new leads including possible sightings in Manchester.

The man leading the inquiry is Detective Superintendent Jon Betts from Cheshire Police he's hoping Jade will hear this message:

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