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Pictured: Billinge couple who stole murder victim Ellen Higginbottom’s laptop

This is the couple who have admitted handling the stolen laptop and mobile phone of murdered college student Ellen Higginbottom and then trying to destroy them. Dean Speakman and Vicki Calland, both from Billinge, pleaded guilty to handling stolen goods

yesterday, 17:09 in Regional North West
 

Man wanted in connection with St Helens sex attack is named

Detectives are appealing for help to catch a 46-year-old man wanted in connection with sex assault in St Helens. Qingzhu Liu, who has links to the St Helens, Warrington and Manchester areas, is described as having black hair and brown eyes. Extensive eff

yesterday, 15:01 in Regional North West
 

Have you say on changes to local pharmacies

Residents in St Helens are being asked their views about their local pharmacy. A consultation, which includes an online survey, has been opened to ask people about the last time they used their pharmacy, how they would rate their experience and other que

yesterday, 14:48 in Regional North West
 

Police officers honoured with medals for distinguished service

Merseyside Police Chief Constable Andy Cooke QPM has congratulated two officers after their recognition in the Queen’s Birthday Honours. The officers are: Detective Constable Tracy O’Hara has received the Queen’s Police Medal for Distinguished Services t

yesterday, 14:48 in Regional North West
 

Blind veteran from St Helens celebrates Armed Forces Day

Bernard Meehan, 64-years-old, from St Helens, is a blind Army veteran who served in the Royal Corps of Signals. Bernard, alongside other vision-impaired veterans and Blind Veterans UK ‘s community team, will come together at the Armed Forces Day national

yesterday, 14:48 in Regional North West
 

MP disappointed after Helen’s Law omitted from Queen’s Speech

A campaigning MP says he is “disappointed” Helen’s Law - named in memory of a Billinge murder victim - was not included in the Queen’s speech. Conor McGinn, whose constituency includes Billinge, Garswood and Haydock, has been at the forefront of a bid to

yesterday, 14:44 in Regional North West
 

Best ever results for school admissions in St Helens

St Helens is once again among the front runners when it comes to first preference school admissions after achieving its best ever results for secondary school applications. New data from the Department for Education shows that 96.5 percent of applicants

yesterday, 14:44 in Regional North West
 

Hope Centre’s M&S makeover

The Hope Centre has recently benefited from a makeover – not just any makeover, but an M&S makeover. As part of their Making Every Moment Special in Your Community campaign, the local Marks and Spencer team chose to support the Hope Centre in...

yesterday, 14:44 in Regional North West
 

Warning to parents as Snapchat now shares your child's exact location - unless you change settings

Social media service Snapchat has introduced a new tracker in its latest update allowing people to see the exact location of their friends. The update allows you to see the exact area, town, street and even house in the street of any user. Some parents g

yesterday, 14:24 in Regional North West
 

Tributes as ‘outstanding’ deputy head retires

The deputy headteacher of a St Helens primary school has been recognised for his service to teaching after picking up a lifetime achievement award. Mark Thomas, who has taught at Parish C.E Primary School in Charles Street for the past 13 years, was one

yesterday, 12:08 in Regional North West
 

Consultation over changes to NHS services in St Helens

Health chiefs in St Helens are looking for views on changes to stroke services in the town. Professor Sarah O’Brien, Clinical Chief Executive at NHS St Helens Clinical Commissioning Group said: “We are committed to constantly reviewing the services we pr

yesterday, 12:00 in Regional North West
 

Council warning over dangers of open water swimming

Council chiefs have issued a warning of the dangers of swimming in the borough’s open waters. St Helens Council’s Cabinet Member for Community Safety, Councillor Lisa Preston, has stressed the importance of staying clear of lakes, ponds and reservoirs as

yesterday, 12:00 in Regional North West
 

Johnny Vegas’ Glastonbury ‘debut’

Johnny Vegas appeared at Glastonbury ... during a controversial screening of his film The Libertine. At the showing, the film’s star Johnny Depp joked about assassinating President Donald Trump. The Hollywood actor received a rock star welcome during the

yesterday, 09:48 in Regional North West
 

Pair guilty of taking Ellen’s belongings

A couple has admitted handling the stolen laptop and mobile phone of murdered college student Ellen Higginbottom and then trying to destroy them. Dean Speakman and Vicki Calland, both from Billinge, pleaded guilty to handling stolen goods and perverting

yesterday, 09:27 in Regional North West
 

Trial date set for Ellen Higginbottom murder suspect

A trial date has been set for a man accused of murdering teenager Ellen Higginbottom. Mark Steven Buckley will stand trial on December 11 after being charged with the 18-year-old’s murder.
The 51-year-old appeared via videolink from HMP Manchester for a

yesterday, 08:26 in Regional North West
 
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