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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.


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.


Woman charged with murder in St Helens

David Butterworth - died of a single stab wound Credit: Merseyside Police

A 28 year old woman has been charged with the murder of David Butterworth in St Helens. The 38 year old was found outside a house on Tilbrook Drive, St Helens in the early hours of Sunday, 7 December. He later died in hospital.

A post-mortem examination confirmed that he died as a result of a single stab wound.

Cannabis farm found in St Helens

The cannabis plants have now been seized by police. Credit: Merseyside Police

Police have seized cannabis plans worth £250,000 in a raid on a house in St Helens.

More than 250 plants were found at the property in Derbyshire Hill Road, Ashtons Green, along with hydroponics equipment.

This was a large-scale set-up that was very sophisticated and would have yielded a significant crop.

"Following the discovery of the cannabis factory a large amount of illegal drugs were seized – ensuring they were taken out of circulation for good."

– Neighbourhood Sergeant Paul Hudson, Merseyside Police

Anyone with information should call Merseyside Police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

St Helens Louie McCarthy fined for swearing after Finals win

St Helens Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook celebrates Sia Soliola's try against Wigan Warriors during the First Utility Super League Grand Final match at Old Trafford Credit: PA

St Helens player Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook has been punished by the Rugby Football League for swearing in the immediate aftermath of his club's Grand-Final triumph.

Sky Sports were forced to apologise to viewers after an excited McCarthy-Scarsbrook accidently let slip a swear word during a live interview just moments after he had helped his side to a surprise 14-6 win over Wigan at Old Trafford last Saturday.

He was fined £250 after being found guilty of misconduct.

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