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Police appeal for footage in Birkenhead murder investigation

Police are appealing for witnesses Credit: PA

Police investigating the murder of a man in Birkenhead are appealing to the public for any footage that might help them.

The 32 year old victim died in hospital after suffering a number of stab wounds on Whetstone Lane yesterday afternoon.

Detectives are questioning a 26 year old man on suspicion of his murder.

Our investigation is at an extremely early stage and we are trying to establish exactly what happened.

We are keen to speak to anyone who witnessed the incident or who may have seen anyone acting suspiciously around the area of Whetstone Lane this afternoon.

If you have home CCTV or dashcam footage and were in the vicinity of Whetstone Lane, please check the footage as you may hold evidence which could assist with the investigation. As always, our communities are vital to tackling knife crime, which can clearly have devastating consequences.

I would like to reassure the local community that incidents like this are rare and would ask anyone with information to come forward.

– Chief Inspector Jason Crellin, Merseyside Police


Fourth teenager charged in connection with alleged tram stop attack

Police have charged a fourth teenager Credit: PA

A fourth teenager has been charged in connection with an alleged attack in Chadderton.

A 16-year-old boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, has been charged with attempted murder.

He has been remanded in custody and is due to appear at Tameside Magistrates’ Court.

Police were called to Freehold Metrolink Stop on Block Lane, Chadderton,to reports that a man had been attacked by a group earlier this month.

Three 15 year olds have also been charged in connection with the incident

Cop at centre of Poppi Worthington case gets top job

A senior police officer who was personally criticised for her handling of the Poppi Worthington case has been appointed as Cumbria's chief constable.

Michelle Skeer was one of the Cumbria police officers criticised by the IPCC over the investigation into the toddler's death in 2012.

They called it an "unstructured and disorganised" investigation.

Firefighter asks for forgiveness after Kerslake Report into Arena Bomb

A firefighter has made an anonymous plea to be forgiven after the Kerslake Report into the Manchester Arena bomb.

The report highlighted how the fire brigade failed to respond until two hours after the attack. It was said local commanders were left "outside of the loop" of the overall emergency response.

Elaine Willcox reports.

Thousands to say farewell to comedy legend

Sir Ken Dodd's funeral will be at Liverpool's Anglican Cathedral. Credit: pa

Thousands of people are expected to line the streets of Liverpool later to say a final farewell to one of the city's most famous sons Sir Ken Dodd.

The civic leaders and colleagues from the world of showbuisness will join Sir Ken's family and friends for his funeral at the Anglican Cathedral.

The cortege is expected leave from his home in Knotty Ash.


The search for truth by those affected by Arena Bomb

When Andy Burnham commissioned Lord Kerslake to carry out the review one of its aims was to answer the questions of the bereaved and the injured.

Steve Howe's wife Alison died and Martin Hibbert was seriously injured in the attack. They've spent the past 10 months trying to find out exactly what happened that night.

Why were the fire service delayed for so long and why weren't more paramedics sent into the foyer.

Amy Welch brought them together for the first time in the Search for the Truth

Metro Mayor Andy Burnham says Kerslake Report starts to fill in the picture of Arena Bomb

Manchester Metro Mayor Andy Burnham Credit: NurPhoto/SIPA USA/PA Images

The Manchester Metro Mayor, Andy Burnham has been giving his view on the Kerslake Report.

Mr Burnham commissioned the inquiry into the response after the Manchester Arena bomb attack.

The 226-page report by Lord Bob Kerslake concluded the emergency response was "overwhelmingly positive."

But Lord Kerslake described the failure by fire chiefs as "extraordinary" and "incredible.", after it was found that decisions made by senior officers led to long delays in sending crews to the scene.

Mr Burnham says that full answers must wait until the inquests later this year, but that the report begins to fill in the picture.

Andy Burnham says 'no scapegoats' after Kerslake Report

Andy Burnham at a vigil for the victims Credit: NurPhoto/SIPA USA/PA Images

The Metro Mayor for Greater Manchester says there should be no scapegoating after a report by Lord Bob Kerslake found failings with aspects of the response to the Manchester Arena Bombing.

The investigation found that the fire service was left "outside of the loop" of the police and ambulance emergency response and firefighters, some who heard the bomb go off, and trained in first-aid and terror scenarios with specialist equipment, did not get permission to go to the scene, despite the nearest station being half a mile away.

"Strategic oversights" by police commanders led to confusion with other 999 services over whether an "active shooter" was on the loose and poor communications between Greater Manchester Police and Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service meant the "valuable" assistance of fire crews was delayed by two hours and six minutes after the bombing, which left twenty two dead and scores injured.

The 226-page report by Lord Bob Kerslake was commissioned by Andy Burnham, and concluded the emergency response was "overwhelmingly positive."

But Lord Kerslake described the failure by fire chiefs as "extraordinary" and "incredible."

The then £155,000-a-year chief fire officer, Peter O'Reilly, has now retired, keeping his pension with no action taken against him.

Andy Burnham said no one individual should bear all the responsibility for failures and no one should be "scapegoated".

He announced that a "root and branch" review of the policies, leadership and culture of GMFRS is now under way.

The panel of experts who authored the report state they are not able to say whether earlier arrival of the fire service would have "affected any casualty's survivability."

Suicide bomber Salman Abedi was caught on CCTV in the days before the attack

Suicide bomber Salman Abedi detonated his home-made device at 10.31pm on May 22 last year, in the foyer of Manchester Arena as 14,000 people streamed out at the end of an Ariana Grande concert.

The police duty inspector in the Greater Manchester Police force control room declared Operation Plato, a pre-arranged plan when it is suspected a marauding armed terrorist may be on the loose - and assumed wrongly that other agencies were aware.

The Fire Service and the North West Ambulance Service were only informed an hour and a half later and by then Operation Plato was effectively put on "stand by" as it emerged the attack was from a single suicide bomber and not the prelude to further armed attacks.

Armed police and 12 ambulances were on the scene within 20 minutes but there was a shortage of stretchers to ferry the injured from the foyer to a casualty area on the station concourse.

The senior fire officer on duty, a National Inter-Agency Liaison Officer, came to believe an "active shooter" scenario was still in play and stuck to rules which dictate keeping emergency responders 500 metres away from any suspected "hot" zone of danger from a potential armed terrorist.

The fire service was "brought to the point of paralysis" to the "immense frustration on the firefighters faces."

Instead of rushing to the scene to help, fire crews and a Special Response Team, trained to deal with terrorist incidents, rendezvoused at fire station outside the city centre.

It was "fortuitous" the NWAS were not informed - otherwise they may have pulled out their paramedics and instead they stayed and "lives were saved" the report said.

And while a joint Strategic Co-ordinating group of emergency response services and others gathered at GMP HQ in east Manchester, GMFRS chief fire officer Mr O'Reilly focused his senior officers at their own HQ in Salford, which played a "key role" in delaying the response further.

Greater Manchester Chief Constable Ian Hopkins responds to Kerslake

Ian Hopkins, Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Credit: NurPhoto/SIPA USA/PA Images

My thoughts today are with the families of the 22 people who lost their lives and all those who have been physically and psychologically affected. The families suffered a terrible loss but have shown great courage and with the first anniversary just eight weeks away this will be a difficult time for them.

From the moment we received the first call on 22 May 2017 about that barbaric act our actions have always been focused on supporting them. In those first few minutes the priority was to save lives while being aware there may be a further attack.

It was an immense and unprecedented situation that faced us and I am proud of the way the officers and staff of GMP responded that night and in the days, weeks and months that have followed. In the face of danger they ran into the Arena as others were running away, they experienced things that no-one should have to experience.

The public recognised what we achieved in responding to the attack and ensuring all the other later events could go ahead and we are eternally grateful for their support.

Lord Kerslake and the review team had a difficult job to do in reviewing the response in those first few days. There was so much we did in responding including dealing with the threat, managing the situation, supporting those affected and that includes many concerned people in our communities, armed patrols on the streets of Manchester, identifying those who had lost their lives and supporting their families and I could go on. Capturing the scale of the largest event GMP has ever had to deal with and the worst terror attack since the London bombings of 2005 was an almost impossible task.

This was a complex situation that required a huge response from GMP with the support of officers from across the UK and significant numbers of officers from the national counter terrorism policing network. The investigation is still underway and is working through more than 12,000 exhibits and has taken to date 2,000 statements.

We have detailed plans in place to respond to major incidents and terror attacks. These provide a framework to support decision making in the response to an incident but at the end of the day we have to deal with the situation that faces us. On 22 May 2017 we had a terror attack, many casualties and the possibilities of further attacks. Officers who were in control used their professional knowledge and experience to make sure we did the right thing in those challenging circumstances.

Learning from such exceptional events is so important. This is why we have extensively reviewed and assessed the responses so that learning can be included in future plans. These plans will assist not just GMP but the whole police service. There were a number of matters that were raised and some improvements have already been made. The Kerslake Report will now form part of that learning.

On 22 May 2017 we faced a huge challenge and when faced with an unprecedented situation everyone in GMP did their best to help all those affected.

– Chief Constable Ian Hopkins, Greater Manchester Police
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