There's just a week to go until the 100th anniversary of this country entering the First World War. To mark the occasion the families of many servicemen who fought and died are travelling to France to honour the dead at war memorials and cemeteries over the next few days. And one group of schoolchildren from St Helens have already been to see for themselves the sacrifice made by so many.
A drummer in a St Helens rock band has won over a million pounds on the lottery.
James Jennion, 50, scooped a share of the Lotto jackpot on Saturday 28 June worth £1,045,504.
James who is part of ‘Poisoned Electrick Head’ is a roofer by trade but handed in his notice on Monday morning.
He said: “I always play Lotto on a Saturday, but normally log into my account to check my numbers on a Monday morning.
For some reason this time I logged on to check on Sunday night and saw the message congratulating me on being a winner.
I thought it must be a small win but got the shock of my life when I checked my account and realised I had just become a millionaire!"
Merseyside Police is appealing for information following an incident in St Helens that is being treated by the Force as a hate crime.
At around 6.30pm on Thursday, 12 June a wheelchair user and his partner were travelling along the canal path near to Chalon Way when they were verbally abused by three teenage boys.
Following the incident the offenders ran off towards the nearby KFC restaurant.
Although uninjured the victims have been left shaken following the incident.
The offenders are all described as being white and aged in their mid to late teens. Two of the youths were wearing black coloured tracksuits and one of them was wearing a blue coloured tracksuit.
Police have released CCTV stills of two people they would like to speak to after a 58-year-old man was assaulted in St Helens town centre.
Officers were called to Bridge Street, at around 8.05pm on Saturday, 19 April following a report from a member of the public that they had seen two youths approach the man as he was walking along the road outside the Post Office.
Police say the attackers cycled up behind the victim and hit him on the back of the head, causing him to fall over.
As he fell, his arm became trapped in some railings.
Detective Constable Chris Loughead, St Helens CID, said: "This was a cruel and spiteful assault on a man who was walking home from town minding his own business.
"The victim's arm was broken as a result of the incident, leaving him needing an operation to fit a metal plate and screws.
He spent five days in hospital, and nearly two months on, he still hasn't made a full recovery from what happened."
Former soldier Andy Reid, who lost both legs and an arm in an explosion in Afghanistan, is due to finish a daring mission in France today.
Andy joined other injured ex-servicemen to canoe 60 miles down the River Gironde, retracing the steps of the famous Cockleshell Heroes during Operation Frankton
All money raised will go towards supporting injured soldiers and their families.
Former soldier Andy Reid, from St Helens, is attempting to recreate one of the most daring missions of the Second World War.
He will row 60 miles down a French river to re-enact the journey of the famous Cockleshell Heroes in 1942. He will be joined by other former soldiers - some fellow amputees, and also those who have suffered with post traumatic stress disorder.
A former soldier from St Helens is joining a team of injured servicemen as they retrace one of the Second World War's most daring missions.Read the full story ›
A former soldier who lost both legs and an arm in Afghanistan is taking to a canoe to help recreate one of the most daring missions of the Second World War.
Andy Reid from St Helens will row 60 miles down a river in France as part of the Cockleshell Heros reinactment.
The raid targeted German ships at the port of Bordeaux.
A video of Andy training with the team who'll be rowing in France:-