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Calls for ground breaking cancer vaccine to prolong lives

Steve White Credit: ITV News

When former St Helens rugby star Steve Prescott was diagnosed with a rare cancer he fought hard to raise awareness and money to help others.

Now one of his childhood friends, who was at his side during those incredible fundraising efforts, is fighting his own battle.

Steve White has the same form of brain cancer that recently claimed the life of Dame Tessa Jowell, who campaigned for better access to treatment on the NHS.

It was thanks to Steve's friendship with Steve Prescott that he was able to take his own fight to India where he's been trying a promising new treatment that's not yet available in the UK.

He's been speaking to our Merseyside Correspondent Andy Bonner.



Crews tackle fire at church building in St Helens

The road is closed while emergency services deal with the flames. Credit: Andy Whittle/ Twitter

Emergency services are currently dealing with a fire at a church in St Helens.

Police have closed the road.

Women killed in travel agents named as Cassie Hayes

Cassie Hayes Credit: Social media

A woman who was killed in a travel agents in Southport has been named as Cassie Hayes.

Officers were contacted at 1.25pm on Saturday following reports that a 28 year-old woman had been injured at the Tui travel agents on Chapel Street.

The woman was taken to hospital where she subsequently died from her injuries. Her next of kin have been informed.

A 30 year-old man from the St Helens area has been arrested on suspicion of murder and is currently being held in custody.

It is believed that the incident was domestic-related.

Friends have paid tribute to Cassie.

I'll never forget the time we had working together in that shop, we'd literally be crying with laughter and holding each other up at points, she had a wicked sense of humour and always that cheeky little smile, she helped make that job one of the best times of my life, sleep tight beautiful, heaven most definitely has gained an angel.

– Friend Gordon Campbell

Thieves snatch purse and steal cash from pensioner

Credit: Police CCTV

Police have released CCTV images of two people they want to talk to after an elderly woman had her purse snatched.

Details are just emerging of the incident in Hardshaw Street, St Helens on the 6th of December. Between 11 and 11.30am, a man and woman approached the elderly victim and grabbed her purse from her hands after asking for change. They returned the purse, but the victim later noticed her debit card was missing. The woman then discovered that two large quantities of money had been withdrawn from a cash machine in St Helens and then again in Widnes.

Credit: CCTV

This is clearly an attack on a vulnerable victim who has been left feeling uneasy and out of pocket.

“Were you also in the area that day and saw something suspicious? Or could you help us put names to the two people in the CCTV images? If so, please get in touch.

“It is really important that anyone who has any information in relation to this incident contacts the police so we can find those responsible and bring them to justice.”

– Detective Constable Matthew Rimmer
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