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Mersey Gateway opens with impressive firework display

Vehicles have been crossing the new Mersey Gateway in Cheshire for the first time today. The bridge opened at midnight after a fireworks display. But the row over tolls continues with those against the charges saying they'll just go the long way round.

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WATCH: New Mersey Gateway opens to traffic tonight

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The six million pound Mersey Gateway bridge is set to open with fireworks tonight.

But as the first cars and lorries cross it, the controversy continues about new tolled road.

Tim Scott sums up both sides of the story with this report

Tom Olbison signs one-year contract extension with Widnes

Tom Olbison Credit: Tom Olbison

Widnes forward Tom Olbison has confirmed his commitment to the Vikings for 2018.

The 26-year-old second rower joined Widnes on a 12-month deal from Bradford when the Yorkshire club folded in the winter, with an option for a second season.

"I've really enjoyed my first year at Widnes Vikings," said Olbison, who has made 18 appearances so far.

"It's been a great experience to play regular top-level rugby and I feel like I have developed well as a player here.

"I'm really pleased to have this opportunity to extend my stay and I'm looking forward to what we can achieve going forward."

Widnes coach Denis Betts said: "Tom came here with the ambition of building a career in the Betfred Super League and he was proven himself at this level.

"He has settled in well and made a good contribution to the team this year. I am very pleased that he has chosen to sign this new deal and look forward to continuing to work with him."

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Jamie's 'double backflip triple whip' is a world beater

Jamie Hull, from Widnes, is just 14-years-old but already he's taking the scootering world by storm.

He's now ranked 2nd in the UK, 2nd in Europe and holds the title of Worlds Best Trick - a double backflip triple whip!.

Watch it below:

Watch our interview with Jamie below:

Third teenager arrested over college stabbing

A third 17-year-old remains in police custody. Credit: ITV News/Granada Reports

A third teenager has been arrested after a teenager was stabbed during a lesson at a Cheshire college.

Two other 17-year-olds remain in custody after the incident at Riverside College, Widnes, on Wednesday afternoon. The 17-year-old victim remains in a serious but stable condition in hospital.

I would like to reassure people that this appears to be an isolated incident. The investigation is continuing and enquiries are ongoing. If anyone has any concerns regarding the incident or any information, which could assist with our enquiries, they are urged to speak to a local officer or call Cheshire Police on 101 quoting incident number 473 of 7 December.

– Chief Inspector Richard Rees, Cheshire Police
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