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Police reveal how convicted killer planned escape from UK prison

A killer is believed to have fled overseas, six months after he was sprung from custody in an audacious escape orchestrated from behind bars.

Shaun Walmsley, 28, was serving a 30-year term for murder when he was freed by two armed men as he left Aintree University hospital, Liverpool, ...

2017-08-14 16:33 open_in_new
Trial to phase in hydrogen as fuel to begin in north-west

Liverpool and Manchester are to be the testbed for an ambitious £600m project aiming to solve the thorny problem of how the government cuts the carbon footprint of the gas that heats most of Britain’s homes.

Cadent, which runs the connections to half of the UK homes on gas, hopes to ...

2017-08-07 01:53 open_in_new
Ex-Labour MP Kevin McNamara dies aged 82 after short illness

The former Labour MP Kevin McNamara, who sat in parliament for nearly 40 years, has died aged 82.

McNamara was taken ill on holiday in Spain and died at his home in Formby, Merseyside.

His family said he became unwell while staying in the town of Carboneras in south-east Spain and ...

2017-08-06 19:17 open_in_new
Gay bars and tarot cards: Liverpool show celebrates LGBT art

Poignant video of 170 empty gay bars in 13 UK cities will greet visitors to the UK’s largest exhibition exploring LGBT themes and history through contemporary art.

The footage, filmed over nine months by artists Hannah Quinlan and Rosie Hastings, is part of an exhibition opening this ...

2017-07-25 18:35 open_in_new
Neglect contributed to Liverpool prisoner's death by suicide, jury finds

An inquest jury has found that neglect contributed to the death of a prisoner who killed himself at Liverpool prison last year.

The jury’s findings mirrored another inquest verdict on a death at the Merseyside jail last year. Six prisoners at Liverpool have taken their own lives in the ...

2017-07-16 22:09 open_in_new
Small-town children at risk of exploitation by criminal gangs, say MPs

Vulnerable children in provincial areas and small towns – including those from middle class families – are at risk of exploitation and grooming by criminal gangs seeking to extend their reach beyond major cities, according to a new report compiled by MPs.

The report by the all-party ...

2017-07-14 02:35 open_in_new
Rex Makin obituary

Until 1986, legal services could not be advertised in the UK, but the Liverpool solicitor Rex Makin, who has died aged 91, was ahead of the game in making his name widely known. Through a succession of high profile cases, he became the “go to” solicitor on Merseyside.

For anyone ...

2017-07-11 21:01 open_in_new
Liverpool is caring for its heritage buildings

The article on Liverpool’s world heritage status by Oliver Wainwright (Fall from grace, 1 July) was a poor portrayal of the real situation and of the city’s record. The proposed Liverpool Waters development, by the Peel Group, is not a “stone’s throw” from the Three Graces: it’s half ...

2017-07-07 20:25 open_in_new
Unbuilt Liverpool: the city that might have been

Liverpool is a city of hills and vast expanses of water, of grand architectural gestures and monuments that speak to its mercantile wealth and history. It is also a city of design blunders and compromises – and of great buildings never built..

“In some cases the brief changed, in ...

2017-07-04 14:07 open_in_new
Bland developments are robbing Liverpool of its character

I read with dismay Oliver Wainwright’s article (Fall from grace, 1 July) describing how Liverpool is in danger of losing its world heritage site status. Liverpool’s mayor, Joe Anderson, remarked that people don’t come to Liverpool to see the certificate on his office wall, and he is ...

2017-07-02 23:15 open_in_new
‘Final warning’: Liverpool's Unesco status at risk over docks scheme

“T his is the final warning shot,” says Henrietta Billings, director of the campaign group Save Britain’s Heritage. She’s talking about Liverpool and the oversized buildings that are threatening to do a lot more damage to the city than just clog up its waterfront. “Losing world ...

2017-07-01 10:27 open_in_new
Hillsborough relatives to learn if anyone will face charges over disaster

Relatives of the 96 people killed in the Hillsborough football stadium disaster will learn on Wednesday whether anyone will face charges for the deaths.

They will gather in Warrington to hear the decision by the Crown Prosecution Service about charging individuals and organisations ...

2017-06-28 03:19 open_in_new
She’s Leaving Home review – an inventive riff on the Beatles song

T he Beatles didn’t just come from Liverpool, they were made here. The tang of the city flavours their songs. Their blend of absurdity, wry wit, cocky assurance and warm compassion is, perhaps, most succinctly sampled in the 13 tracks of the band’s eighth album, Sgt Pepper’s Lonely ...

2017-06-11 10:31 open_in_new
Guaranteed to raise a smile! Our pop critic's verdict on Liverpool's Sgt Pepper celebrations

A mong the selection of vast advertising hoardings lining Liverpool’s Erskine Street, one currently stands out. If you’re driving into the city, it suddenly confronts you with an immense black and white image of the Beatles’ manager, Brian Epstein, in profile, his hand resting on his ...

2017-06-05 08:01 open_in_new
EDL and anti-fascist protesters clash in Liverpool

Riot police have stepped in to prevent clashes between the English Defence League and anti-fascist protesters as demonstrations take place in Liverpool.

EDL demonstrators gathered at the Lord Warden pub on London Road from about midday on Saturday while an anti-fascist rally was held ...

2017-06-03 17:31 open_in_new
From Sgt Pepper to the sublime: in praise of Liverpool's Metropolitan Cathedral at 50

I see it every day, straight ahead, as I drive down Hope Street in Liverpool on the way to work. A ring of flying buttresses, like a tent’s guy wires, soars towards a central cone and a glass lantern tower topped with a crown of thorns. Medieval cathedrals were meant to stop the breath, to ...

2017-06-03 16:25 open_in_new
Teenager dies after Liverpool shooting

An 18-year-old man has died after being shot in Liverpool.

Merseyside police said armed officers and the ambulance service were called after the teenager was found injured in Toxteth at about 8.30pm on Friday. He was later pronounced dead in hospital.

Ch Insp Keith McLachlan said ...

2017-06-03 10:55 open_in_new
Alan Johnson's Sgt Pepper pilgrimage: ‘The album put me on a musical high from which I’ve yet to descend’
In May 1967, Johnson was 17, playing in a band and waiting for the Beatles’ new album. Fifty years after Sgt Pepper’s release, the retiring MP heads to Liverpool to join the city’s celebration of the LP ...
2017-06-01 09:21 open_in_new
Knowsley, the country’s safest Labour seat, has been savaged by Tory cuts
Struggling with poverty, unemployment and disastrous cuts to public services, voters here know they’re still better off with Labour • Zoe Williams reports from North East Hampshire, the safest Conservative seat ...
2017-06-01 08:15 open_in_new
Man in Liverpool arrested on suspicion of murdering woman and two children

A 30-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder after the bodies of a woman and two children were found in a flat.

Merseyside police opened an investigation after being called to a ground floor flat in Falkner Street, Toxteth, at about 7.30pm after concern for the safety of ...

2017-05-31 03:39 open_in_new
Judy Chicago on the Beatles: 'They represent things we have lost – hope and freedom'
For Sgt Pepper’s 50th anniversary, the great psychedelic visionary of feminist art has created a giant mop-top mural inspired by Fixing a Hole – a song that sums up what she has spent her entire career doing ...
2017-05-25 07:57 open_in_new