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Wade Deacon leads pack in GCSEs in Widnes and Runcorn as many schools feel impact of stricter results regime

Wade Deacon in Widnes sustained its GCSE performance year on year despite a Government review tightening how exam results are collated meaning vocational qualifications can not be passed off as contributing to English and maths scores

Several high school's results plummet after loopholes closed by Government's Wolf review

Sport England objection could leave Fairfield High cemetery plan in Widnes dead and buried

Fairfield High School being demolished in 2013.
Funding body says it has 'not seen any evidence' of playing fields being replaced

Police ask magistrates for closure order at Widnes flat where teenager was doused in petrol

Police have applied for a closure order at 9 Brookdale in Hough Green, Widnes.
Court to decide matter tomorrow

Tesco to close Runcorn store putting 110 jobs at risk

Tesco has announced 43 closures of 'unprofitable stores' across the country. Photo credit should read: Rui Vieira/PA Wire updated
Branch in Runcorn Shopping Centre among 43 'unprofitable stores' across country to be axed

Armed police make arrest in Widnes after suspected 'firearm' sighting

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Item turned out to be an imitation firearm says constabulary

Halton Council to 'do all it can' to help to find jobs for Tesco staff in Runcorn

Halton Borough Council leader has called for urgent talks over Tesco's decision to close its Runcorn store. Tesco image: Rui Vieira/PA Wire
Local authority leader Cllr Rob Polhill reacts to 'devastating news' of supermarket closure
New manager Laura Shannon outside the Pesto restaurant building on Birchfield Road, Widnes

New restaurant manager launches search for building history

New Pesto Italian restaurant manager keen to trace the history of the building

Tree lovers invited to plant hundreds of saplings in Widnes to kickstart regrowth of Halton's 'green lungs'

The Woodland Trust has backed the initiative
Residents asked for half an hour of their time to leave 'leafy legacy' at The Bongs in Halton View this Saturday

Tree lovers invited to plant hundreds of saplings in Widnes to kickstart regrowth of Halton's 'green lungs'

The Woodland Trust has backed the initiative
Residents asked for half an hour of their time to leave 'leafy legacy' at The Bongs in Halton View this Saturday

In pictures: Pets of the week, January 29

Landi is a six-month-old Cavapoo owned by Ste and Liv of Runcorn who said: "Landi likes burying socks around the house, chewing things and going the pub!"
Take a look at this week's pet gallery
Widnes Vikings have called on thousands of residents to take part in an attempt to set a Guiness World Record for the largest ever number of people to exercise to a fitness video.

Widnes Vikings calls on thousands to take part in Guiness World Record attempt

Residents from across Halton needed as club teams up with Halton health staff for campaign launch and bid to topple record set in China by group of 2,958

Sin-binnings proved Widnes's undoing as they went down 16-0 at Warrington Wolves

Widnes Vikings' Coach Dennis Betts. PIC: John Rushworth
Both coaches used the opportunity to give some fringe players game-time in the re-arranged Festive Friendly.

Widnes Vikings 2015 away kit revealed

Aaron Heremaia, Danny Tickle and Willie Isa joined in the fun with a family of fans for the launch of the Vikings 2015 away kit.
Fans take part in launch photoshoot           

Widnes Vikings and RFL speak out after club fined £20,000 for pitch invasion at Challenge Cup semi-final

Widnes Vikings have been handed a total fine of £20,000 by after being found guilty of serious breaches of Rugby Football League (RFL) Operational Rules by an independent tribunal.
The club was found guilty of serious breaches of RFL operational rules by an independent tribunal
The Brindley has announced its 2015 line-up

Spring/summer line-up at The Brindley, Runcorn, includes Three Degrees and Steve Howe of Yes fame

Theatre's 2015 performances revealed

Breaking Dad comedy tour coming to The Brindley in Runcorn

Christian O'Connell is coming to The Brindley in February
Christian O'Connell examines trials of parenthood including the 'evil' of Peppa Pig

Paloma Faith joins Cheshire Forest Live gig at Delamere forest

Paloma Faith will be performing at Delamere Forest on Friday July 3
Forestry commission concerts now in 13th year
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Recap: Non-League football registration deadline day

It is the last day for non league clubs to make signings and we’ll have all the latest news in our live blog

Upbeat Town ready for title chasers

Runcorn Town manager Simon Burton
Glossop North End pose stiff test

Wild tame the Lions in outstanding style

Widnes Wild trio #58 Troy Evans, #77 Bobby Caunce and netminder #64 Greg Ruxton defend the net against Nottingham Lions. Photo: GEOFF WHITE
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