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Soldiers of the British Army seen here resting by the roadside at Hennecourt, France 6th March 1918

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

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

Bystanders arrest drink drive suspect

The car on its side in Fir Street exclusive
Audi lands on its side in Widnes street
The Royal Courts Of Justice, Strand, central London. Convicted murderer Callum Paul Wilcocks, 22, is set to challenge his sentence. PIC: Nick Ansell/PA Wire

Widnes killer to appeal against jail sentence

Man throttled lover to death after sex taunt

Runcorn thug sentenced to over nine years imprisonment after 'shocking' assault on man

Christopher Ray, 28, of Bartlegate Close in Brookvale, was sentenced after attacking a man on The Uplands in Palacefields, Runcorn.
Christopher Ray, 28, of Bartlegate Close in Brookvale, was sentenced for GBH on Tuesday, October 28

Manhunt launched after woman mugs teenage girl in Runcorn

Police are appealing for information after a girl's phone was stolen near Hallwood Park.
Officers said the incident took place at about 7.35pm on Sunday, October 26

Widnes man slams police after door damaged in search undertaken without warrant

The front door of Gary Towns' house in Somerville Road in Widnes which was damaged after he claims armed police entered his house with no warrant.
Gary Towns, 57, of Somerville Road, said armed police raided his home on Thuesday, October 21
Highfield Hospital in Widnes is now offering ‘limited ENT service provision' to patients.

Widnes hospital recommences specialist services after ceasing in March

Highfield Hospital, on Highfield Road, is now offering limited ear, nose and throat services to residents again

Halton's MP criticizes health secretary's response to GP shortages in borough

Halton MP Derek Twigg asked Jeremy Hunt about what can be done to address GP shortages in Runcorn and Widnes.
Derek Twigg said Jeremy Hunt's reply to his question over GP numbers was 'complacent'

Halton's MP asks foreign secretary about ending British operations in Afghanistan

Derek Twigg has asked Philip Hammond if the British Army should still be withdrawn from Afghanistan by the end of the year
Derek Twigg quizzed Philip Hammond on the decision to withdraw by the end of 2014

Halton's MP quizzes Prime Minister on Islamic State rise in Iraq

Derek Twigg asked David Cameron about the situation in Iraq during a session in the House Of Commons
Derek Twigg asked David Cameron about the Government's knowledge of the Iraqi Army's state
St Chad's Catholic And Church Of England High School

Troubleshooter recruited in bid to rescue Runcorn school from special measures

Parents and carers meeting to take place says Halton Council following damning Ofsted inspection

St Chad's High School placed in special measures in Runcorn

Ofsted said governors were 'over-reliant' on St Chad's headteacher Andrew Keeley, pictured, and senior staff for exam data after it placed the high school in crisis conditions. updated
Watchdog punishes secondary for drop in GCSE standards as governors 'over-reliant' on exam data from headteacher to sort out problems and failure to meet statutory obligations on website

Halton Council welcome Ofsted statistics on inspections of borough's nurseries

152 nurseries have been inspected across Halton since September 2008, with only two being rated inadequate by education watchdog Ofsted. PIC: Rui Vieira/PA Wire
152 early years providers have been inspected in Runcorn and Widnes since September 2008

Widnes primary school gains new headteacher ahead of Academy conversion

West Bank Primary School in Widnes will become an Academy in January 2015.
West Bank Primary School, currently in special measures, will become an Academy in January and Karen Highcock it the new headteacher
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 aerial view of the energy-from-waste plant in Runcorn.

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

Firm says £500k-a-year Halton environment fund already in place after announcing £2.5bn shale gas giveaway for households in fracking zones

Planning application proposing warehouse in Widnes to go before council despite objections

The site in the distance of a proposed warehouse to be built in Halebank, Widnes, as seen from an entrance to Halebank Park
A plan proposing a freight warehouse in Halebank is set to be approved on Monday

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

Twinkle and Daisy were two Guinea pigs owned by Hayley Houston who said they loved tormenting the dog and squealing for food.

In pictures: Pets of the past

Molly is a Cavalier King Charles spaniel owned by Kim. Molly likes eating, sleeping, watching telly, going for walks along the canal and staying over at Aunty Hazel and Uncle Bernard's house, where she is spoiled rotten.

In pictures: Pets of the week, October 30

“I would like to nominate our rabbit, Sandy, for pet of the week. She is six months old and never stops eating. She loves carrots and potato peelings. She likes to chase cats round the garden and her favourite thing is sleeping in the chiminea.” Sandy is owned by Abby and Adam Kelly from Widnes.

In pictures: Pets of the week, October 23

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