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Extraordinary photos that give a glimpse into the hidden histories of the North West

There's no shortage of history on our doorstep in our region.

Maybe someone famous was born on your street? Or your town has a rich industrial heritage that's been forgotten as the years have passed.

Paul Crone has been delving into the life of a soldier from the Wirral who always had his camera with him, even on the battlefields of France in the First World War.


Charity shop in Wirral deliberately set alight

A charity shop in Wirral was deliberately set alight in the early hours of this morning according to police. Detectives are appealing for witnesses.

Police officers and firefighters were called to the Claire House charity shop on The Rake in Bromborough at 3.39am.

A passer-by saw smoke coming from a broken window and dialed 999.

Emergency crews found the shop well alight and it took several fire engines to extinguish the blaze.

Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service say they have advised the police that the fire was deliberately started and detectives from Wirral are now treating the incident as arson.

We believe this fire was deliberately started and it has caused substantial damage to the building. The charity which is based there will inevitably be disrupted and that is a great shame when it does so much good in the local community.

Someone out there will know who has done this and I would urge them to do the right thing and come forward with any information they have.

This part of Bromborough is very quiet at this time of night so anyone passing by would notice people loitering near Claire House beforehand or running away afterwards. If you remember seeing or hearing anything suspicious then please call the police or Crimestoppers.

– Detective Inspector Paul Parry

Disruption to Merseyside commuters for six weeks

There will be no cross-river rail services between The Wirral and Liverpool for six weeks Credit: PA

The 'Wirral Loop Line Track Renewal' programme starts in the new year which will mean no cross-river rail services between the Wirral and Liverpool for six weeks.

Merseytravel are encouraging rail commuters to stick with public transport in order to ease congestion on the roads. However, increased traffic is expected especially through the tunnels.

The work will begin on Tuesday 3rd January 2017.

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  • Road users can also call the Highways England customer contact centre on 0300 123 5000 to keep up to date with road conditions.


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