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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
Cheshire police said a 43-year-old Widnes man was arrested in an operation targeting those suspected of uploading and distributing indecent images of children online.

Widnes man arrested as part of morning raids targeting alleged online distribution of indecent images of children

Cheshire police said a 43-year-old Widnes man was arrested this morning, along with 12 other men from across the county

Knife-wielding mugger from Runcorn who assaulted police officer sent down

Culprit tried to rob cyclist near The Uplands bus stop outside Halton General

Masked thugs tie up victim and threaten him at gunpoint during pub raid in Widnes

Police investigate an armed raid at The Observatory pub on Queensbury Way in Upton Rocks, Widnes, after an armed raid today at 12.15am
Victim taken to field and bound with rope and string in terrifying ordeal

Masked thugs tie up victim and threaten at gunpoint during pub raid in Widnes

Police investigate an armed raid at The Observatory pub on Queensbury Way in Upton Rocks, Widnes, after an armed raid today at 12.15am
Victim taken to field and bound with rope and string in terrifying ordeal
Labour election hopeful Julia Tickridge and Conservative incumbent Graham Evans MP have clashed over a vote that allowed landlords to buy beer from the open market rather than being tied to deals with big breweries and whether their publicity pictures are backed by intent and sincerity.

Runcorn election contenders exchange blows over sincerity of photo opps in row over beer law

Conservative MP and Labour contender clash after vote on whether to allow landlords to buy beer on open market or be tied to brewery contracts

Halton's MP quizzes Prime Minister on UK's 'productivity problems'

Halton MP Derek Twigg spoke to Prime Minister David Cameron in the House Of Commons.
Derek Twigg asked David Cameron questions in the House Of Commons on Monday, November 17

East Runcorn MP hosts tour of Frodsham for William Hague

William Hague MP with Graham Evans MP at Devonshire Bakery in Frodsham.
Veteran politician and 'greatest living Yorkshireman' to promote Small Business Saturday

Weekly News speaks to commanding officer of 4th Battalion, Mercian Regiment, over future of Widnes Reserve Centre

Widnes Army reservists in Helmand province, Afghanistan.
Unit needs to recruit 15 troops a year to stay open beyond 2018
Halty's Den Day Nursery operates out of Halton General Hospital in Runcorn.

Runcorn nursery operating out of hospital rated 'good' by Ofsted

Halty's Den Day Nursery, which operated out of Halton General Hospital, was inspected by Ofsted near the end of October

Widnes pupils fundraise for Children in Need and World Diabetes Day

Pupils from Farnworth CE Primary, Widnes took part in Children in Need and World Diabetes day
Children at Farnworth Church Of England School, on Pit Lane, wore onesies, pyjamas and blue clothing on Friday, November 14

Talented science students from Widnes college present Nuffield Bursary Projects

Cronton Sixth Form students present science projects at the Nuffield Presentation evening at the World Museum, Liverpool. L-R Adam Stringer, Jordan Marsh and Matthew Burniston
Four students from Cronton Sixth Form College showcased their work at the Nuffield Presentation Evening

Awards evening at Runcorn school marks students' achievements

Award and celebration evening at Ormiston Bolingbroke Academy
Ormiston Bolingbroke Academy welcomed Levi Tafari as a guest speaker
Global Adventure Challenges Ltd were among the Business of the Year winners at last year's Cheshire Business Awards.

Cheshire Business Awards 2014: First names to make shortlist revealed

Find out who is in the running for Start-Up and Business of the Year awards

Widnes accountancy firm takes the lead at International Festival Of Business event held in Liverpool

Mitchell Charlesworth's Brian McCann
Mitchell Charlesworth organised presentations for more than 100 SME delegates

Launch of the 2014 Cheshire Business Awards competition

Chris Naylor of Peckforton Castle, the 2013 Click Consult Business Person Of The Year at Trinity Mirror Cheshire Business Awards 2013. Picture: Ian Cooper
Search begins for cream of the crop of county’s businesses

Home movers come to Halton from as far as Cornwall and Wiltshire

The Silver Jubilee Bridge illuminated
Maps show migration between borough and other areas of England and Wales
An incinerator bottom ash recycling facility could be built on Johnson's Lane in Widnes after plans were submitted to Halton Council.

Plans submitted to construct incinerator bottom ash recycling facility in Widnes

Ballast Phoenix Ltd want to construct the site on Johnson's Lane and would recycle up to 250,000 tonnes of ash annually

No direct incinerator cash bonanza for Runcorn residents along lines of shale gas fund

An aerial view of the energy-from-waste plant in Runcorn.
Firm says £500k-a-year Halton environment fund already in place after announcing £2.5bn shale gas giveaway for households in fracking zones

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

Log onto our live web TV show from 2pm, when expert Mark Flannagan will give up to date advice and information on bowel cancer

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

Pupils and staff from Hallwood Park Primary School in Runcorn raised money for Children in Need by dressing up as their favourite superhero

Runcorn primary school raises money for Children In Need

Cronton Sixth Form students present science projects at the Nuffield Presentation evening at the World Museum, Liverpool. L-R Adam Stringer, Jordan Marsh and Matthew Burniston

Talented science students from Widnes college present Nuffield Bursary Projects

G School of Dance competition team

Widnes dance school set to perform annual musical at Runcorn theatre

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