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Grade One status for Port Sunlight memorial

A view of the Port Sunlight War Memorial.

Sir William Goscombe John's granite War Memorial at Port Sunlight has been granted Grade 1-listed status - one of only seven war memorials in the UK to be give the top accolade.

English Heritage said "it's right that Port Sunlight's monument sits alongside the most historically important memorials in the country".

And residents of the Wirral village, already proud of the monument to the fallen, are delighted its now got the maximum protection.

Tranmere sack manager Rob Edwards

Tranmere Rovers have confirmed they've terminated the contract of manager Rob Edwards.

The Prenton Park club suffered their seventh loss of the season when beaten by Plymouth on Saturday.

In a statement on their website, Rovers chairman Mark Palios said: “Rob is a decent man who has worked very hard over the past few months for the Football Club.

“However, with the club currently sitting at the bottom of League 2 for the first time in 32 years it was decided this was the right time to make the break."


Appeal after "nasty" assault in Wirral nightclub

Do you know this man? A CCTV image of the assault suspect. Credit: Merseyside Police
Do you know this man? A CCTV image of the assault suspect. Credit: Merseyside Police

Police have released CCTV stills of two men officers would like to speak to in connection with a serious assault in Birkenhead.

The incident happened at the Beach Club on Conway Street in the early hours of Friday, June 20.

Inside the club a 26-year-old man was attacked by two males he did not know.

The victim required medical treatment for head injuries, bruised ribs and injuries to his torso and legs.

Detectives believe the two men in the pictures may have information that could help them with their enquiries and would urge them or anyone who recognises them to get in touch.

"This was a nasty attack on a young man who had been enjoying a night out. He sustained serious injuries as a result of the attack and is currently recovering at home. "I am particularly interested in speaking to the two men pictured as we believe they could help us with our enquiries."

– Detective Constable Chris O'Connor, Merseyside Police

Anyone with information is asked to call Merseyside Police on 0151 777 2264 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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.


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.

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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

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.

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