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Merseyside Police take part in Europe wide speed camera initiative

Police on Merseyside will be targeting speeding motorists Credit: PA

Merseyside Police have announced that they will be carrying out speed checks tomorrow.

Its part of a Europe wide initiative - The 'Speed Enforcement Marathon' and will run for 24-hours across Europe led by TISPOL, the European Traffic Police network. Officers in Merseyside will be focussing on areas in the force area voted for by members of the public through Twitter -

Sefton Area Brooms Cross Road, Stanley Road, Dunningsbridge Road (Copy Lane to Switch Island), Ravenmeols Lane

Liverpool Area Queens Drive, Breck Road, Walton Hall Avenue, Menlove Avenue, East Prescot Road, Woolton Road, Muirhead Avenue East, Rathbone Road, The Strand, Church Road (Wavertree)

St Helens/Knowsley Area Longview Drive (Huyton), Higher Road, Marshall’s Cross Road, Rainford By Pass, Jackson Street, Roby Road, Dunriding Lane, Scholes Lane, Standish Street, Bleak Hill Road

Wirral Area Kings Lane, Leasowe Road, Whetstone Lane, Noctorum Ave, Old Chester Road, Highfield Road, Prenton Lane, Teehey Lane

Merseyside officers will use handheld speed detection devices and unmarked video motorcycles and cars. Last year, nearly 2.5 million cars were stopped across Europe with 95% of drivers adhering to speed limits.

The purpose of tomorrow's activity is prevention and reduction of risk. We are publishing the exact locations of each checkpoint in advance so drivers think ahead about the speed at which they travel, both to protect themselves and other road users. We have been listening to our communities through social media and will be targeting those areas highlighted to us.

Drivers often look at traffic operations as easy money-making schemes for the police, but the opposite is true. We want to educate people about the dangers of speeding, not hit them in the pocket.

– Sergeant Dave Yorke, Merseyside Police

Funeral takes place for Violet-Grace Youens

The funeral of Violet-Grace Youens has taken place in St Helens Credit: GTV

The funeral has taken place of a little girl from St Helens who died after being hit by a car in an alleged hit-and-run.

Family and friends of four year old Violet-Grace Youens wore violet as they gathered for the service at St Julie's Church in Eccleston, St Helens.

Violet-Grace Youens died in her mother's arms in hospital last month days after she and her grandmother were struck by a car as they walked through St Helens, Merseyside.

A coffin, decorated with rainbows and characters from the animated film Trolls, was brought to the church in a horse-drawn carriage before being carried into the building by Violet-Grace's parents, Rebecca and Glenn, and other family members.

Mrs Youens had violet-dyed hair for the service and wore a dress of the same colour, while Mr Youens wore a purple tie.

Violet-Grace's grandmother, Angela French, who was seriously injured in the crash on March 24, attended the service in a wheelchair.

Songs from the films Trolls, Labyrinth and Frozen were included in the service.

The ceremony ended with the song Oh Cecilia (Breaking My Heart) by The Vamps.

Violet-Grace Youens Credit: Family/Police

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Tameside college evacuated after social media threat

Police were called to the college this morning Credit: Bethany Abbitt/MEN syndication

Tameside College has been evacuated after receiving a threat on social media.

The College, on Beaufort Road in Ashton Under Lyne received a threat of a gun attack on Twitter.

An unknown social media user threatened the attack after the college posted a message welcoming students back to college today after the Easter break.

Greater Manchester Police were called to investigate the threat this morring.

At lunchtime today, Tameside College evacuated staff and students from all its sites.

All students and staff are safe and well.

This precaution was taken in collaboration with Greater ManchesterPolice. Tameside College will remain closed for the rest of the day. All evening classes have been cancelled.

Tameside College will be open as normal tomorrow morning.

Any further updates can be found on the college website and social media.

– Tameside College statement

Police seek man after rape in Manchester

Greater Manchester Police have appealed for information after a woman was raped near to Deansgate Locks‎.

The 40 year-old woman left Lola Lo’s nightclub on Deansgate Locks and got into what she believed to be a taxi between 3 a.m and 4 a.m on Tuesday 11 April 2017.

She was pinned against a wall and raped before managing to run away towards Laystall Street.

Tameside College evacuated after receiving social media threat

Police have been called to the college Credit: Bethany Abbitt/MEN syndication

Tameside College has been evacuated after receiving a threat on social media.

The College, on Beaufort Road in Ashton Under Lyne received a threat of a gun attack on Twitter.

An unknown social media user threatened the attack after the college posted a message welcoming students back to college today after the Easter break.

Greater Manchester Police have been notified of the message and are on their way to the scene.

A spokesman for the college confirmed a 'lockdown procedure' is currently taking place.

An eye witness said all of the gates of the building were closed, with staff members checking people leaving and going.

The college is now being evacuated building by building.

There are said to be 2000 pupils inside currently.

A number of worried parents are outside the college.

(My daughter) said someone has threatened to shoot someone. She said we shouldn’t be here but I can’t go home now. My daughter’s been told to turn her phone off and put it down. We’ve got no idea what’s going on.

She said the college is in lockdown and nobody is allowed in or out. When it’s your child it’s really scary. I just want her out of there.

– Parent

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