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Drink driving down, drug driving up.

Drink driving figures are down on Merseyside Credit: pa

Merseyside Police's 'None for the road" Christmas campaign saw a 30% decrease in arrests for drink driving offences from the previous year. However, the number of drivers testing positive for drug drive offences has increased by 40%. Officers say the rise is due to increased testing and new powers that were introduced in 2015.

During the campaign, which ran from 1 December 2016 until 1 January 2017, officers carried out a total of 6,339 breath tests and arrested 203 people for drink or drug driving-related offences, which compares to a total of 224 arrests in the 2015 campaign.

The decrease in positive tests and drink drive arrests for a second successive year indicates that drinking and driving is becoming less and less socially acceptable. is disappointing that we have seen an increase in motorists arrested for drug driving.... I cannot stress enough the danger that these people present, not just to themselves, but to other road users too.

– Sgt Paul Mountford, Merseyside Police

Train staff to vote on industrial action

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A ballot on strike action is opening for workers on Arriva trains in a dispute over pay.

Arriva took over Northern Rail routes last year.

Unions say the current pay offer from the company shows contempt for the staff.

But a spokesperson for the company said they're committed to investing in people and working towards a satisfactory conclusion.

The ballot by the Maritime and Transport Union is due to end on the 25th of January.

Unexplained death in Liverpool

A police investigation is underway after a man's body was found in the Vauxhall area of Liverpool.

Emergency services were called to a property on Lithou Close following a report of concern for the safety of a man.

The body of a man in his 40's was found. Police are trying to formally identify him and are treating his death as unexplained.


Man bailed over Royton death

Police were called to Kensington Avenue in Royton Credit: GTV

A man arrested on suspicion of murder in Oldham has been released.

Officers were called to Kensington Avenue in Royton last Friday by paramedics who were treating David McMillan who was 41. He died later in hospital.

Police arrested a 28 year old man who was questioned on suspicion of murder and has now been bailed until March.

Amy and Andrew Shorrock may be in Blackpool

CCTV of Amy and Andrew Shorrock at Piccadilly Station Credit: Blackpool Police

Police searching for a missing woman and her four-year-old son believe they are in Blackpool.

34 year old Amy Shorrock and her four-year-old Andrew Shorrock went missing from Tameside at about 12.30pm yesterday.

They have since been seen on CCTV at Manchester Piccadilly train station, where they boarded the 15:47 train to Blackpool in Lancashire, and got off at Blackpool North station at 17:07.

Police have released a CCTV image of Amy and Andrew together at Manchester Piccadilly station.

Their family and police are becoming increasingly concerned and are appealing for the public’s help to find them.

Amy is described as white, 5ft 6in tall, with long dark hair and of medium build. She was last seen wearing a black hooded top and had a small dark suitcase on wheels.

Amy and Andrew have been missing for more than 24 hours now and we are extremely concerned about them.

I would like to appeal directly to Amy to please get in touch with us to let us know you are both safe and well. Yours and Andrew’s welfare is our priority, so please make contact with us. Your family are worried about you and are desperate to speak to you.

I would also ask the public for their help - if you have seen Amy and Andrew then please call us.

– Chief Superintendent Neil Evans of GMP’

Man in court charged with murder of Mark Hillman

Mark Hillman Credit: Merseyside Police

Detectives investigating the fatal shooting of Mark Hillman in Lloyd Close, Everton last April 2016 have this charged a 22-year-old man with murder.

John Paul Johns, of Broad Lane, Kirkby, has been remanded in custody to appear at South Sefton Magistrates Court.

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