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Police appeal to trace Alan Badley

Alan Badley Credit: Merseyside Police

Merseyside Police is appealing for the public's help to trace a 50-year-old man from the Wirral area, who failed to appear at court.

Officers wish to trace Alan Badley after he failed appear on August 30 at Durham Crown Court.

Efforts have been made by the police to find him but he remains outstanding and officers are requesting the public's help to find him.

Badley is described as white, 5ft 8in tall, with blue eyes, and short dark brown hair.

Anyone who has seen Badley, or who knows of his whereabouts, is asked to call Merseyside Police on the 101 number. People with information can also contact Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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Children's services in Wirral 'inadequate', say OFSTED

Wallasey Town Credit: ITV

Inspectors have described children's services in Wirral as inadequate, and have criticised its leadership and management.

In a report published today OFSTED inspectors say there are widespread and serious failures in the services provided by the council to children who need help and protection.

It says there has been a significant deterioration in quality since the last inspection four years ago.

Officers at Wallasey Town Hall say the authority is investing two million pounds in an improvement plan.

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Tranmere Rovers flying high in fight to get back in the big time

To coincide with the international break, this weekend is the annual Non League Day - a chance for those clubs outside of the Football League to attract new fans and also grab some headlines.

And they're certainly doing that at Tranmere Rovers at the moment.

Flying high at the top of the National League, they're hoping Saturday might be their last Non League Day.

Chris Hall reports:

Watch: Chris Hall speaks to Olympic heroine Sam Quek

Sam Quek Credit: ITV Granada

As the North West continues to celebrate our Olympic success we had a visit from women's hockey star Sam Quek from the Wirral.

She had us all emotional this week when she rushed back from Rio to see her 95 year old grandmother, Dolly, who'd suffered a stroke just days before Sam won that historic gold medal.

She speaks to our sports correspondent Chris Hall:

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