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Jogger critical after Wirral crash

Merseyside Police is appealing for witnesses after a serious crash in Wirral left a man in a critical condition.

At about 4.15pm yesterday afternoon a 43-year-old local man, who was out running, was hit by collision a black Mercedes at the junction of Bebington Road and Spital Road, Spital.

The driver of the car stopped at the scene and is assisting the police. The jogger, suffered multiple injuries, was taken to hospital where he is being treated for a serious head injury. His condition is described as critical.

Parents lose their battle to keep a special school open

Parents in Wirral have lost their fight to save a school that was praised by Ofsted.

Wirral Council says it is closing Lyndale Special school because it will not be able to meet pupils' educational needs in the future.

Lyndale teaches children with profound and multiple learning difficulties.

But the authority says pupil numbers are falling which means the school isn't financially viable and it is set to close in 2016.

Our reporter Ralph Blunsom has spoken to parents who are vowing to fight on to overturn the decision.

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Wirral campaigner joins Abuse Inquiry

Graham Wilmer in 2013.

The founder of a Merseyside charity for sexual abuse victims will take part in the independent inquiry commissioned by the Government into historic child sex abuse.

Graham Wilmer, who set up The Lantern Project in Wallasey, will assist the chair of the inquiry, Fiona Woolf, as "victims' representative", the Home Office announced today.

Mr Wilmer, himself a child sexual abuse victim, was awarded the MBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours last year.

The Lantern Project was established in 2003 to provide help and support for survivors of sexual abuse.

Since then, it has supported thousands of survivors through our web site, our publications and our counselling facility in Wirral.

Click here to find out more about The Lantern Project.

Scheme to get more disabled people playing sport

A new scheme has been launched to encourage more people with disabililites to take part in sport. The project is aimed at people with autism to try out gymnastics and trampolining and its based in Wirral. And Autism Ability as its called is being studied by Liverpool John Moores University, which wants to identify if there are benefits for people with the condition.

Launch of sport scheme - Autism Ability

People with disablilities on Merseyside are being given more opportunities to get involved in sport. Wirral Autistic Society has been awarded more than £180,000 to provide trampolining and gymnastics to young people and adults with autism. The money's from Sport England and the National Lottery.

Trampolining and gymnastics sessions will be available every week Credit: Wirral Autistic Society

“We are absolutely delighted to be receiving funding from Sport England’s Inclusive Sport Fund. It means a great deal to Wirral Autistic Society and its service users as it provides invaluable funding to help us extend the opportunities for adults with autism to get involved in trampolining and gymnastics

– Neil Murphy, Community Development Activity Manager

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Investigation launched after body found at Wirral flat

Rowson Street, New Brighton. Credit: Google Street View

Merseyside Police is investigating the unexplained death of a man whose body was found in a flat in New Brighton last night.

Officers were called to the flat in Rowson Street at 8pm after a female relative found the man's body on the floor of a room inside. .

The flat was cordoned off and an investigation into the circumstances surrounding his death has been launched.

The victim has been identified as a 44-year-old local man. Officers are tonight making efforts to contact his next of kin.

His death is being treated as 'unexplained' until a post mortem examination can be carried out to establish how he died.

An investigation by Wirral CID is underway and anyone with information should call 0151 777 2265.

Full Report: Britain's last surviving ship of the Falklands War - making it's last journey

Campaigners on Merseyside fighting to save an historic warship say they're not giving up, even though the vessel's on its way to the scrapyard.

It was on HMS Plymouth where the surrender document was signed at the end of the Falklands conflict.

She's spent the past decade at the docks in Birkenhead, whose owners say her condition has deteriorated so badly they've no choice but to dispose of the warship.

But the HMS Plymouth Trust hope a last-minute legal challenge could save her as Daniel Hewitt reports:

Doomed ship leaves River Mersey to be scrapped

HMS Plymouth Credit: PA

Doomed warship HMS Plymouth has left home, sailing the River Mersey, on its final journey to be scrapped in a foreign port.

The Royal Navy ship, where the Argentinians formally surrendered their garrison after invading South Georgia during the Falklands War, could not be saved, despite a 25-year long fight since it was decommissioned in 1988.

She sailed on the morning tide on the Mersey, leaving her berth for the open seas and is thought to be heading for a port in Turkey where she will be scrapped.

Campaigners had raised money to launch a legal action to have the ship "arrested" and prevent the ship leaving.

But Peel Ports, who own Vittoria Dock in Birkenhead where she has languished rusting and unloved for years, said they had no "practical choice" but to scrap the vessel.

Why the Hard Rock Cafe isn't happy with the Soft Rock bar in Wirral

Wirral bar owner Robbie Forbes has found himself locked in a legal battle with the owners of an American restaurant chain.

Robbie Forbes owns the 'Soft Rock Cafe' in Liscard.

He's had a letter from the owners of the Hard Rock Cafe chain, telling him he has to change the name.

But Robbie says there's no chance he's taking business away from the American giants.

Ralph Blunsom reports:

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