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New tests reveal 'a significant threat to life' - police

Packaging for the drug Vertex or Space Cadet Credit: Cheshire Police

Cheshire Police say there's a significant risk to life from the drug Vertex also known as Space Cadet. They say anyone who has consumed any so called legal highs should seek medical help immediately.

Officers have already spoken to a number of outlets known to supply Vertex and advised them to remove it from their shelves indefinitely. Known users of the substance have also been advised of the significant health risks it poses.

This has become an increasingly worrying trend that has seen us respond to a number of incidents in the county, particularly over recent days.

In light of the laboratory analysis I would advise anyone supplying, using or considering using Vertex to stop immediately before it’s too late. If you have taken it, seek medical assistance now.

– Assistant Chief Constable Mark Roberts

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Warrington family's fears over visa issues

A family from Warrington says they are being torn apart by a visa wrangle.

Mark Naylor, who was born in Wigan, moved back to the UK two years ago with his Chinese wife and their two children, who are both British citizens.

But their hopes of settling down in Britain have been left hanging in the balance after Mrs Naylor was told she must go back to China to get her long-term UK visa.

It's a process that could take months, leaving Mark without his wife and the children without a mother.

Video: former nightclub demolished after fire

Credit: Granada reports

Demolition work has started on the former Mr Smith's nightclub in Warrington after it was seriously damaged in a suspected arson last night.

Officers have now arrested eight people in connection with a fire including a 43-year-old man and seven teenagers.

More than 50 Firefighters spent the night battling the blaze and emergency services are still working now.

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Demolition starts of former nightclub damaged in fire

Credit: Granada reports

Demolition work has started on the former Mr Smith's nightclub in Warrington after it was seriously damaged in a suspected arson last night.

Officers have now arrested eight people in connection with a fire including a 43-year-old man and seven teenagers.

More than 50 Firefighters spent the night battling the blaze and emergency services are still working now.

Credit: Granada reports

Eight arrested for Warrington fire including seven juveniles

Credit: Cheshire Fire and Rescue

Officers have now arrested eight people in connection with a fire at the former Mr Smith's nightclub. Among those arrested where a 43-year-old local man and seven juveniles.

The juveniles include four 17 year-old males, a 16-year-old male, 16-year-old-girl and a 15-year-old girl. All of the defendants are from the Warrington area and are currently being held on suspicion of Arson.

Emergency services continue to work at the scene, firefighters have the fire under control and the smoke is now dissipating, so there is no longer any need to stay indoors.

Three fire engines are remaining at the scene, and a demolition team has now arrived on-site. Partial demolition is expected to begin later today, which may result in some plumes of dust and smoke.

Road closures remain in place on the A5061, Wilson Patten Street and Parker Street, and motorists are advised to avoid the area if possible, particularly HGVs. Motorist looking to access Warrington Bank Quay train station are able to do so via Sankey Street.

Video: Firefighters still fighting Warrington blaze

More than 50 Firefighters spent the night battling the blaze and emergency services are still working now.

Firefighters have the fire under control and the smoke is now dissipating, so there is no longer any need to stay indoors. However, a partial demolition of the building is planned later today, which may result in some plumes of dust and smoke.

Three people have been arrested in connection with the blaze

Three arrested in connection with Warrington blaze

More than 50 Firefighters spent the night battling the blaze Credit: @BethySmile

Three people have been arrested in connection with a fire at the former Mr Smith's nightclub in Warrington a 43-year-old local man and two juveniles.

More than 50 Firefighters spent the night battling the blaze and emergency services are still working now.

Firefighters have the fire under control and the smoke is now dissipating, so there is no longer any need to stay indoors. However, a partial demolition of the building is planned later today, which may result in some plumes of dust and smoke.

Road closures remain in place on Wilson Patten Street and Parker Street and motorists are advised to avoid the area if possible, particularly HGVs.

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