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Ecstasy tablets found in shampoo bottles at Creamfields

Drugs found in shampoo bottles at music festival Credit: Cheshire Police

More than 100 ecstasy tablets hidden in bottles of shampoo have been seized by police at the Creamfields festival.

Two men have been arrested on suspicion of possessing drugs with intent to supply, after the seizure at the dance music event near Warrington.

Cheshire Police say the search was carried out by officers at the VIP entrance on Friday.

Thousands of people are attending the festival at the Daresbury site. It continues until Bank Holiday Monday.

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Labour leader hopefuls arrive in Warrington for hustings

Labour's leadership hopefuls are taking part in a North West hustings organised by the party in Warrington today.

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President of Ireland visits Warrington Peace Centre

President of Ireland Michael D. Higgins Credit: PA
Tim Parry's parents Colin and Wendy will welcome President Credit: PA

The President of Ireland Michael D. Higgins, is visiting the Tim Parry Johnathan Ball Peace Centre in Warrington today. The centre was set up in memory of Tim and Johnathan the two boys killed when the IRA bombed the town in March 1993. The President will be welcomed by Tim's parents Colin and Wendy Pary.

Investigations into North West hospitals widened after some patients wait too long in A&E

Two investigations into the finances at hospitals in the North West of England are being widened because some patients are waiting too long in A&E.

Monitor, the health sector regulator, will now look into how well the trusts are run as well as scrutinising their finances. The trusts involved are:

· Warrington and Halton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust · Wirral University Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

The trusts, which serve patients in Warrington, Halton and Wirral have both repeatedly failed to meet national targets for seeing 95% of Accident and Emergency patients within four hours.

The regulator says it believes that local partners, such as commissioners and other NHS organisations, have a significant role to play in improving urgent care across the region and that the trusts may not be able to solve the problems outlined alone.

Paul Chandler, Regional Director at Monitor, said: “We have decided to widen our investigations because some patients are waiting too long in A&E."

“We now need to understand what the trusts have done, and are planning, to improve A&E performance and how they will work with local partners to achieve this.”

Monitor also says it will announce the outcome of each investigation in due course but that no decisions have yet been taken.

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