A new super powerful microscope that can examine objects a million times smaller than a human hair is being unveiled today.
The instrument will help British scientists in fields such as advanced materials and power generation, and is expected to lead to breakthroughs benefiting health and the environment.
The £3.7 million Nion Hermes Scanning Transmission Electron Microscope, to be sited at a laboratory in Daresbury, near Warrington, allows researchers to identify atoms and observe the strength of the bonds between them.
This is expected to improve understanding of their electronic properties when in bulk and how they may perform when used.
The UK is a world leader in the development and application of Stem (Scanning Transition Electron Microscope) techniques, and this new super-powerful microscope will ensure we remain world-class.
From developing new materials for space travel to creating a better, cheaper treatment for anaemia, this new super-powerful microscope lets UK scientists examine how materials behave at a level a million times smaller than a human hair.
A man who acted as a pallbearer at the funeral of a 14-year-old boy has been convicted of stealing money from the youngster's memorial fund.Read the full story ›
A large scale Cannabis factory was discovered by Police during a raid on a former nightclub in Warrington town centre.
A search was conducted at a former nightclub, Club Wired, on Mersey Street on Friday February 13.
Over 1,600 plants were seized in the raid with a estimated street value of over £1.5 million. Annually such a large crop of cannabis could generate over £6 million for the people running it.
Two men, age 48 and 34, and two young persons, have been arrested in relation to the incident, and they are currently being dealt with in police custody.
We know what negative impact illegal drug use and supply can have on the community and it is an issue we take extremely seriously. Members of the public can rest assured that our efforts in this area will continue.
A campaign against the controversial "joint enterprise" law, which led to a Warrington teenager being convicted of murder, is being stepped up.
Jordan Cunliffe was jailed for the murder of Gary Newlove under a joint enterprise prosecution, which allows people to be convicted even though they may not have been directly involved in the fatal blow.
Jordan's mother, Janet, says her son was wrongly convicted and the law is flawed.
Ms Cunliffe and other families fighting to have joint enterprise repealed have taken part in a protest at Lime Street Station in Liverpool.
A girl from Warrington who lost a leg to a rare form of cancer is getting the holiday of a lifetime thanks to a generous stranger. Charlotte Crowson who has Sarcoma was given the cash by a fundraiser with the same illness. She'll now achieve her dream of swimming with dolphins in Florida.
Charlotte was diagnosed aged 4 in 2009 after a seemingly innocent swollen ankle got increasingly worse. It turned out to be Ewings Sarcoma - a very aggressive and extremely rare form of bone cancer only really seen in older, adolescent males in order to try and prevent the cancer spreading, after a number of treatments her leg was amputated below the knee in March 2010.
Charlotte was given the money for her dream trip by a girl called Jessica Minty after her school in Jersey raised funds for her during a charity concert. Jessica declined the money and instead passed it on to a fellow survivor.
Find out more about Charlotte here.
Its been revealed that the birthday of a murdered schoolgirl from Warrington will be a memorial day to remember victims of so called 'honour killings'.
17 year old Shafilea Ahmed was killed by her parents in 2003 because they thought she'd brought shame on the family.
A charity has campaigned for 14th July to be a memorial day to commemorate her.
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The chancellor was taken by surprise at a paper factory in Warrington, when he was nearly hit in the face by a tube delivering packing paper.
Mr Osborne, the MP for Tatton, seemed to see the funny side.
A grey seal found stranded on a farmer's field 20 miles from the coast is being cared for at an animal hospital in Norfolk.
The seal - nicknamed Dumbledore - was discovered on a farm in Merseyside. It's thought he'd got stuck there after swimming inland.
He was taken to the RSPCA centre near King's Lynn - where he's being treated for pneumonia.
Stuart Leithes has this report.
A seal rescued from a field in Newton le Willows has been described as exhausted and is now being assessed at a wildlife centre.
Police, fire officers and a local farmer earlier herded the seal onto an RSPCA trailer.
The seal has now been taken to the RSPCA's wildlife hospital in Stapley Grange, Nantwich, for assessment.
Once fully recovered they hope to release the seal back into its natural habitat.