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Urgent appeal after cousins, aged 12, go missing

An urgent appeal has been launched after two 12-year-old girls went missing from their home in Liverpool.

Leda Hassan and her cousin Kanni Rafiq were last seen at a family property in Arnold Crescent, Toxteth, at around 3pm.

Leda Hassan and her cousin Kanni Rafiq are missing Credit: Merseyside Police

Police say they are "increasingly concerned" about the whereabouts of the two girls, who are believed to be together.

Leda is Asian, slim, and around 5ft tall, with blonde hair and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing a green coat and brown boots, and was carrying a large black handbag.

Kanni is also 5ft with long dark hair, and may have been wearing a black coat.

Anyone who spots the girls or who has any information on where they may be is urged to call Merseyside Police on 101 or the Missing People Charity on 116 000.

Man arrested after teenager is fatally shot in Liverpool

A 30-year-old man has been arrested after the fatal shooting of a teenage boy. Credit: Dave Thompson/PA

A man has been arrested in Liverpool over the fatal shooting of a teenager.

Kevin Wilson, 17, was found by police with a gunshot wound to the back after they were called to the junction of Smithdown Road and Holmes Street in Wavertree, Liverpool, on Saturday evening.

Officers performed CPR on the teenager but he was pronounced dead in hospital.

Police believe it was a targeted attack.

A spokesman for Merseyside Police said: "We can confirm that a man has been arrested as part of an ongoing investigation into the murder of Kevin Wilson.

"A 30-year-old man from the Smithdown Road area of Liverpool has today been arrested on suspicion of attempting to pervert the course of justice and theft.

"He remains in police custody at this time."

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Two arrested after teenager's body is found in flat

Two men have been arrested after a 17-year-old boy was found dead inside a house in Merseyside which had been set alight following a New Year's Eve party.

The teenager's body was found in a flat on Tickle Avenue. Credit: Google Maps

Fire crews discovered the teenager's body after putting out a " number of small fires inside the flat" on Tickle Avenue, St Helens on New Year's Day.

Police were called to reports of an assault at the property at 11.55am when they saw smoke coming out of the flat.

Two men, aged 22 and 25, are being questioned by officers on suspicion of murder.

Police have appealed to anyone who was at the party to come forward.

Police name man who died after e-cigarette exploded

Police have named a man who died after his e-cigarette exploded and set fire to oxygen equipment he is believed to have been using. David Thomson, 62, was found dead in the living room of a property on Penkett Road in Wallasey, Merseyside.

E-cigarettes have become increasingly popular. Credit: Tim Ireland/PA Wire

Investigators from Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service (MFRS) found that an e-cigarette that had been charging in Mr Thomson's bedroom exploded, caught fire and ignited the oxygen tube of an oxygen concentrator, which may have been in use by him. There was a small amount of smoke damage to the property, though the small fire in the bedroom had been extinguished by the time firefighters arrived. The exact cause of Mr Thomson's death has not yet been established.

Nazi terrorist jailed for 10 years over mosque bomb plot

A self-confessed fascist who produced more than a kilogram of explosives for planned bomb attacks on mosques in Merseyside has been jailed for 10 years today.

Ian Forman, 42, from Birkenhead, had 'carefully selected a number of targets,' police said Credit: YouTube/Greater Manchester Police

Ian Forman, 42, from Birkenhead, was first reported to police in April last year when colleagues at the glass recycling firm where he worked as a receptionist discovered he had been researching chemicals and explosive substances on the internet during work hours.

He boasted on Facebook of visits to Adolf Hitler's wartime headquarters and had spoken to friends about killing Muslims.

He was convicted of Engaging in Conduct in Preparation of Terrorist Acts contrary to the Terrorism Act 2006 at Kingston Crown Court.

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Woman who survived 96% burns: I want to be a singer

Catrin Pugh was given a one in 1,000 chance of survival after suffering 96% burns when the coach she was travelling in crashed and burst into flames with her trapped inside.

One year and more than 200 operations later, the 20-year-old from Merseyside is one of the few people in the world to survive such severe burns and is dreaming of becoming a singer

ITV News Science and Medical Editor Lawrence McGinty reports:

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South east and Merseyside among high pollution areas

The south east, east Midlands,Yorkshire and Humberside, north west and Merseyside and the north east are still suffering from "high" air pollution levels, Defra has warned.

Red and pink represent areas experiencing 'high' pollution levels. Credit: Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

A fresh air mass arriving later today is expected to push the pollution eastwards over the North Sea.

Explosives blow up cash machines in bank raids

Police are searching three locations as part of an investigation into raids in which cash machines were blown open with explosives.

Merseyside Police said there have been six such attacks on ATMs in their area since May, with the latest taking place in Prescot yesterday.

Detective Superintendent Chris Green said: "These incidents are being thoroughly investigated by a dedicated team of specialist officers.

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