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Body found after blaze

The body of a woman has been found by fire crews attending the scene of a blaze in Wallasey.

Firefighters were called to the house on Village Way at around 4.30am today.

The alarm was raised by neighbours who were alerted by smoke alarms.

Six firefighters wearing breathing apparatus entered the property and extinguished the fire.

Sadly, the body of a woman was found in a bedroom on the first floor.

Smoke alarms were activating when firefighters arrived. This was quite an intense fire and an investigation into the cause of the fire is underway.

– Station Manager Mark Thomas, Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service

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Lucas and Luis Suarez open maternity unit

Lucas and Suarez Credit: Rachel Pritchard, ITV Granada

Liverpool stars Lucas Leiva and Luis Suarez have officially opened the new Eden Suite at Wirral Women and Children's Hospital.

Both Luis and Lucas' children were delivered at the hospital last year and both said they were pleased to return to thank the staff in person.

Lucas and Suarez meet staff Credit: Rachel Pritchard, ITV Granada

Police statement on jailing of vicar for making child sexual abuse images

Following the sentencing of Ian Hughes, 46-years-old, to 12 months for making and possessing thousands of indecent images of children, Detective Inspector David Rich from the force's Cyber Investigations Unit said:

Today's sentence should send out a very clear message to paedophiles that they cannot hide behind the anonymity of the internet to commit crimes against children and they will eventually be caught.

"Hughes downloaded around 8200 images over a period of several years, showing him to be a determined sex offender. "All the images represent children, in some way, being abused, and every time a picture is downloaded by a paedophile it creates a vicious circle of misery which eventually leads to more abuse and more victims.

Law enforcement agencies throughout the world are doing a huge amount of work to identify paedophiles, break up their networks and bring them to justice.

Merseyside Police is determined to play its part in this fight and we will continue to use every tactic and technological advancement available to us to ensure that people who make or download indecent images of children are identified and brought to justice.

– Detective Inspector David Rich, Cyber Investigations Unit

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Police hunt men after station incident

CCTV of suspects Credit: British Transport Police

Officers from British Transport Police have issued a CCTV image of two men they would like to speak to following an incident at a Wirral rail station.

Shortly after 11pm on Friday, 3 January, two men entered Bidston station booking hall complaining that someone had stolen their bike.

PC Colin Pattison said: “The men were carrying a baseball bat and Merseyrail staff on duty at the station genuinely feared for their safety because of the level of aggression.

“No complaint has been made to BTP regarding the theft of a bike, but it is important that we trace the men as soon as possible.”

If you recognise the men in the CCTV image – or have any information about the incident – please call British Transport Police on 0800 40 50 40 or call Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

VIDEO: Hospital apologises after 'confused' man disappears

A woman has received an apology from a hospital after her terminally ill partner disappeared when she says he was confused.

Shirley Ward claims it was two hours before managers at Arrowe Park in Wirral realised cancer patient Andy Howard had gone missing whilst on morphine.

The hospital says Mr Howard was competent and fit for discharge.

Burglars steal meat from wholesaler

Detectives in Wirral are appealing for information following a burglary at a meat wholesalers in Prenton on Sunday night.

The burglary took place at Merseyside Wholesale Meats at Durley Industrial Estates, Prenton when a significant quantity of meat was stolen from the premises

Detectives think the stolen meat, which included topside beef, silverside, knuckles, fillet, strip and rump steak as well as lamb shanks, could have been offered to nearby residents and businesses.

Officers are asking anyone who may have been offered these meat products or anyone with any information about this incident, to contact Wirral CID on 0151 777 2261 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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