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12 now arrested as part of special police sweep on Merseyside

12 people have now been arrested Credit: PA

Police on Merseyside have arrested twelve people as part of a special operation targeting serious and organised crime.

Raids were carried out across the force area and eight men and four women, aged between 18 years and 51 years have been arrested. Searches at the properties are underway and officers say they have recovered two potential firearms which will be examined to establish if they are viable weapons.

We have carried out a second wave of raids today, predominantly in Sefton, and this policing activity further reinforces our commitment to improving local communities. I hope that our actions have reinforced our message to communities that we have listened to their concerns and taken positive action.

This operation was set up after local residents raised concerns about drug dealing in their communities and I would like to take this opportunity to stress that if you are aware of serious organised crime, including the supply and distribution of drugs, in your area, let us know and we will take positive action and help you to improve your community.

Calls to Crimestoppers are anonymous and information provided could give us the opportunity to positive action in your neighbourhood. By calling today you can make a difference in your community for the future.

– Chief Superintendent Claire Richards, Merseyside Police

Woman arrested after suspected arson in St. Helens

Police are waiting to question a 41 year old woman about the fire Credit: PA

Police on Merseyside say they will arrest a woman on suspicion of arson after she completes hospital treatment for smoke inhalation.

Emergency services were called to a house on Fleet Lane in St. Helens at 4.20 this morning to reports of a house alight. Four men and four women were rescued from the house and taken to hospital for treatment for smoke inhalation.

Police say the house was extensively damaged and investigations are underway.

Conference on domestic abuse

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Liverpool is hosting a conference looking at domestic abuse. Organisers say the conference brings together a wide range of professionals working on the frontline with domestic abuse victims. Also attending will be representatives from Barnardo's and Alder Hey Hospital's child safeguarding unit.

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Man arrested after roof top incident in Liverpool

A man is being questioned after a disturbance in Merseyside. Police were called to Peel Road in Bootle at 8.40. last night where a man was on the roof of a house. The area was cordoned off and officers negotiated with the man - he later came down.

He's being questioned on suspicion of affray, criminal damage and indecent exposure.

Tailbacks on M62 after accident

There are long tailbacks after an accident on the M62. One lane is closed and there are tailbacks of up to seven miles after an accident earlier on the Westbound carriageway between Junctions 12 and 11.

Tributes today at Hillsborough memorial

Tributes to the 96 Credit: ITV
Tributes to the 96 Credit: ITV
Floral tributes at the Hillsborough memorial Credit: ITV

People have already left floral tributes at the Hillsborough memorial this morning. A memorial service to remember the 96 football fans who died in the Hillsborough disaster will be held at Anfield for the last time. It's the 27th anniversary of the tragedy. Other events are planned to mark the solemn occasion including a minutes silence to be held throughout Liverpool . As a mark of respect, flags on civic buildings will be flown at half-mast and bells at the Town Hall, Municipal Building and Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral will be rung 96 times

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