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New appeal for information into murder of Darren Poole.

Darren Poole Credit: Merseyside Police

Police investigating the murder of a man in Birkenhead have made a fresh appeal for witnesses ahead of the second anniversary of his death.

33 year old Darren Poole was found dead at his home in 2015.

Detectives say Mr Poole died after suffering head and facial injuries in a flat he was staying in on Dingle Road in the town.

They believe he was assaulted and say the answers lie in the local community


Appeal to find James Hodgkiss one year after his disappearance

James Hodgkiss hasnt been seen since August 2016 Credit: Greater Manchester Police

An appeal's been launched to find a missing man from Bolton a year to the day since he disappeared.

35-year-old James Hodgkiss was last seen walking to Bolton town centre with a black bag. A number of searches have been carried out in the area since he went missing. Today his family have issued a plea for him to come home.

It's an extremely saddening that we are not able to provide James' family and loved ones with any answers around his disappearance. A year is a long time for someone to be away from home with no contact whatsoever to their family

– Detective Sergeant Andy Devine, Greater Manchester Police of GMP


War memorial gets upgraded listed status

Westfield memorial, Lancaster

The Passchendaele memorial in Lancaster has had its listing status upgraded by Historic England.

The Westfield war Memorial Village was built after the First World War for disabled veterans and their families.

Lancastrians decided on a novel way to pay testament to the sacrifice made by members of the local community; they built a memorial village to provide accommodation and employment for disabled veterans.

Westfield Memorial Village in Lancaster was formally opened by General Haig on 24 November 1924 and still operates as a charity and home for ex-servicemen to this day.

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