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Live: Severe rush-hour traffic delays as vehicle fire closes M56

Junction 11 Daresbury/Preston Brook to Junction 10 Stretton near Warrington is closed

World War One: Use our search tool to find relatives or people from Widnes and Runcorn who died in the conflict

Soldiers of the British Army seen here resting by the roadside at Hennecourt, France 6th March 1918
Full searchable database allows you to discover ancestors who fought in the conflict from Halton and beyond

Robber escapes with post office cash after hiding in photobooth

The Ball Post Office in Widnes
Man pushed postman to the floor as his victim delivered money at The Ball Post Office in Widnes

Business secretary says Mersey Gateway received £470m of government funds

‘Bridge had  £470m  from us’  claims  Cable

Murder probe launched after man found with cuts to neck and arms in Whiston

Merseyside Police stand guard outside a property in Whiston, where a man in his 50s has died after suffering lacerations to his neck and
Suspect, 51, arrested
Operation Hatay is up and running for the third time since June 2014 in an attempt to round up those in the county evading justice.

Up to 10 Halton suspects arrested by police on Operation Hatay's first day

A total of 10 suspects were arrested in Cheshire police's Northern Area, which includes Runcorn and Widnes

Over 75 Halton teens at risk of child cruelty in 2013-14, figures show

Figures from the Department For Education have shown that 76 people aged 16 and 17 in Halton were deemed as 'in need' by social services in 2013-14. PIC: Jon Challicom/ChildLine/PA Wire
The Children's Society is calling on MPs to extend protection on child cruelty to 17 year olds

Fraudster who spent £1m of employer's cash on prostitutes told to cough up £3,000 in ill gotten gains

John Skermer, 45, of Widnes, was sentenced to seven years in prison for defrauding £2.1m from Barclays bank and spent £900,000 on prostitutes. PIC: City Of London Police.
John Skermer serving seven years for 'ghost accounts' overdraft scam

Burglary rate across Halton drops, police figures show

The number of burglaries in November 2014 in the borough has fallen by nearly 30% compared to November 2013.
The amount of burglaries in Runcorn in Widnes in November 2014 fell by nearly 30% compared to November 2013
Halton MP Derek Twigg told David Cameron that a 78-year-old constituent waited nearly 90 minutes for an ambulance.

Prime Minister pledges action after Halton's MP informs him of elderly resident's 90 minute ambulance wait

Derek Twigg spoke to David Cameron in the House Of Commons

New Widnes councillor expresses delight after election to Kingsway ward

Andrea Wall won the Kingsway by-election in Widnes after attracting 73% of the votes.
Andrea Wall is now a Labour councillor and succeeds the late Frank Fraser

Labour launches campaign in Runcorn to tackle £331m 'scandal' of water company 'monopoly'

MP Angela Smith; shadow minister for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, front centre, with Labour Party candidate Julia Tickridge and Labour Party members outside Murdishaw Community Centre in Runcorn to hold talks about the issues of water costs, as United Utilities have just paid out £223 million in dividends to it's shareholders, whilst many householders are struggling to afford a rise in utility bills
Election candidate says one in five struggling to pay bills but United Utilities paying out £223.5m to shareholders

Labour takes 73% of the vote to win Kingsway by-election in Widnes

Andrea Wall has been elected as councillor for Kingsway ward in Widnes after claiming 73% of the votes.
Andrea Wall elected as councillor
Lunts Heath pupils with BMX champion Charlotte Green earlier this year. Halton is set to receive an extra £10,000 in funding from the Department For Transport to help children learning cycling skills.

Extra Department For Transport funds to help Halton children learn cycling skills

£10,000 awarded by DFT to Halton schools

Hairdressing student from Halton college gives makeover to customers at Widnes fashion store

Riverside College hairdressing student Louise Dawson
Louise Dawson, who studies at Riverside College, restyled customers' hair at the Widnes branch of New Look

Students from Widnes college experience life in the Army

Uniformed services students at Cronton Sixth Form attend an Army PDA day at St Helens Army Reserve Centre
Uniformed services students from Cronton Sixth Form College visited St Helens Army Reserve Centre

Widnes teacher caught with cocaine banned from profession for at least 10 years

Andrew Mark Fowler, described as 'excellent' teacher, resigned from St Peter And Paul Catholic College after conviction but said he did not take any of the drug after he found it on 'nightclub toilet floor'
L-R Mark Coxhead, Karl Jacobie and Nick Smith of The Protein Works pictured with Simon King of the Yorkshire Bank

Runcorn sports nutrition firm gains funding agreement with bank to help growth

The Protein Works is being supported by Yorkshire Bank

New building to open at Runcorn business park in New Year

External shot of the Wood Group new building
SOG Ltd has completed a project at The Heath Business and Technical Park to house Wood Group PSN staff

Hi-tech Daresbury 3D printing firm hails enterprise zone status

Phil Carroll, of LPW Technology founder, based in Daresbury
Company says perks have helped firm to grow to £4.5m turnover and 40 employees

Sports nutrition firm from Runcorn lands accolade at the National Business Awards

The Protein Works
The Protein Works was named New Business Of The Year
Vapour at the Runcorn incinerator in Weston Point, taken by Clarks Terrace resident Vaughan Knight.

Anger over incinerator steam and noise in Runcorn continues as owners apologise for 'inconvenience'

Energy-from-waste joint venture says extra water vapour is part of testing phase and not 'part of normal operations'

Plans submitted to construct incinerator bottom ash recycling facility in Widnes

An incinerator bottom ash recycling facility could be built on Johnson's Lane in Widnes after plans were submitted to Halton Council.
Ballast Phoenix Ltd want to construct the site on Johnson's Lane and would recycle up to 250,000 tonnes of ash annually

Live: Beating Bowel Cancer - the signs to look out for

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Live: How do you know if you really have Obsessive Compulsive Disorder?

What is OCD, and could you be suffering from it?
Join our live and interactive web TV show from 2pm, when Beth Murphy, Head of Information at Mind will talk about OCD and how it is treated

Videos & Photos

Clay is a black goldendoodle and is nearly one. He is owned by Ian and Kayleigh who said "Clay likes to jump in swamps, bark at Christmas decorations and shred up magazines."

In pictures: Pets of the week, December 18

Tracy Brindly, Cal Bardi, Sandra Bentley, Alison Evans and Denise Zachariasz

Halton Plodders embark on several festive runs throughout December

Santa Dash 2014

Over 700 Santas run through Halton as part of hospice's annual fundraising drive

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