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Two 'satisfactory' hospitals identified in top risk band

Alder Hey Children's NHS Foundation Trust in Liverpool has been identified as potentially high risk and sits in band 1, despite CQC inspectors working under a previous inspection regime saying the trust was meeting essential NHS standards earlier this year.

Alder Hey Children's NHS Foundation Trust in Liverpool has been identified as potentially high risk.
Alder Hey Children's NHS Foundation Trust in Liverpool has been identified as potentially high risk. Credit: Phil Noble/PA

Among five risks identified in the new collection of data, three were regarded as "elevated risks" and related to whistleblowing, the quality of data submitted by the trust and staff concerns over managers.

Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, which runs Leeds General Infirmary, also passed essential standards last year and is listed in band 1. Concerns there include whistleblowing, cases of the bug Clostridium difficile and serious concerns over education.


Panicked groom jailed for bomb hoax on wedding day

A groom who panicked and staged a bomb hoax on his wedding day so his bride would not find out he had bungled the booking has been jailed for 12 months.

Panicked groom Neil McArdle admitted to carrying out the bomb hoax. Credit: Dave Thompson/PA Wire

Neil McArdle had forgotten to fill in the forms to marry the "love of his life" Amy Williams but instead of telling her "we need to talk", the 36-year-old tried to "weasel" out of the situation, Liverpool Crown Court heard.

As his bride got ready for their big day, Mr McArdle slipped out of their house in Kirkby, Merseyside, went to a phone box, disguised his voice and rang Liverpool Register Office, claiming: "This is not a hoax call. There's a bomb in St George's Hall and it will go off in 45 minutes."

The call, which came 11 days after the Boston Marathon bombing, sparked "terror" at the office and was immediately evacuated and emergency services called.

Miss Williams, who has stood by the defendant, was left standing outside in her wedding dress and the police quickly traced the call to Mr McArdle, arresting him the same day.

Taxi driver shot at petrol station in Liverpool

A taxi driver is recovering in hospital after he was shot at a petrol station.

Police believe the 61-year-old victim was not the intended target as a shotgun was discharged following a row between two groups of men in Kirkby, Liverpool, in the early hours of today.

It is believed four passengers of the silver Skoda Octavia taxi had been arguing with a group of six men on the forecourt in Whitefield Drive before gunfire was aimed at the vehicle.

Emergency services were called to the scene at about 1.15am and the taxi driver was discovered alone with injuries to his arm and chest.

His injuries are serious but not life-threatening and he is in a stable condition, said police.

Liverpool legend Kenny Dalglish joins club's Board

Former Liverpool player and manager Kenny Dalglish has returned to the football club after accepting an invitation to join as non-executive director.

Dalglish's second term as Reds manager ended in May 2012 despite League Cup success after the club finished eighth in the Premier League.

Kenny Dalglish joins Liverpool's board. Credit: Nick Potts/PA Wire

Dalglish said: "It is an honour and privilege to be asked to return to Liverpool as a Director of the Club. I have always said if there is anything I could do to help this Club I would make myself available - when the call came I had no hesitation.

"Liverpool has given me and my family so much since we came here just over 36 years ago and my priority is and will always be to have the Club's best interests at heart."

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Tribute to teenager suspected of taking ecstasy

Sophie Leigh Balmer
Sophie Leigh Balmer died on Sunday Credit: Merseyside Police

The family of a Merseyside teenager who police believe died after taking green "Rock Star" ecstasy have paid tribute to her.

They say Sophie Leigh Balmer was a "beautiful talented girl - a free spirit."

"The whole family are devastated that our baby's life can be so cruelly taken away."

"We would like to say thank you to everyone who has given us support at this sad time and would ask that we be given time to grieve with our family and friends in private."

A 19 year old from Litherland is the second teenager to be questoned on suspicion of drugs offences.


Second man arrested over 'ecstasy' death in Liverpool

Police investigating the death of a teenager who died after apparently taking ecstasy have arrested a second man.

Sophie Leigh Balmer, 18, from Walton, Liverpool, died at the Royal Liverpool University Hospital on Sunday after becoming unwell.

Merseyside Police have arrested a second man on suspicion of being concerned in the supply of a controlled drug. The 19-year-old, from the Litherland area of Merseyside, was held this morning.

An 18-year-old man, also from Litherland, was arrested last night and has been released on police bail pending further inquiries.

Man arrested after teenager's drug death in Liverpool

An 18-year-old man has been arrested after a teenager died when she apparently took an ecstasy-type drug.

Merseyside Police have confirmed that the girl who died is Sophie Leigh Balmer, 18, from Walton, Liverpool.

An 18-year-old man from the Litherland area of Merseyside was arrested on suspicion of being concerned in the supply of controlled drugs.

He has been taken to a police station on Merseyside where he will be questioned, police said.

Read: 'Rock Star' Ecstasy tablet warning after death

'Rock Star' Ecstasy tablet warning after death

Police have issued warnings regarding green "Rock Star" pills, which are emblazoned with a star motif after the death of a teenager in Liverpool.

A drug dubbed "Rock Star" sparked a series of police warnings in Lanarkshire, Scotland, in March after seven people were hospitalised and one died after allegedly taking the tablets which were being sold as Ecstasy.

The Scottish pills were described as yellow or red and were also said to have carried a star logo.

Officers from Strathclyde Police said at the time that while the exact contents were unknown, they could contain a cocktail of different substances.


Suspected drugs death in Liverpool

Merseyside Police has issued a warning following the death of an 18-year-old.

The teenager, who is from Walton, was taken to the Royal Liverpool University Hospital at 1.40pm yesterday after becoming unwell.

She died at the hospital a short while later.

A post mortem will be carried out to establish the cause of death.

In the meantime detectives believe that the deceased may have taken a green coloured 'Rock Star' Ecstasy tablet shortly before she died and as a precautionary measure they are warning people not to take this type of tablet.

it's believed the teenager may have taken green coloured ecstasy tablets Credit: Paul Faith/PA Archive

Inquiries are underway to find out where the tablets were bought and officers are appealing to anyone who may have information to contact St Anne Street Police station on 0151 777 6064, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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