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What Liverpool and Chelsea supporters did differently as incredible moment proves Jurgen Klopp’s greatest achievement

When is one injury one injury too many?

Clearly never, if you have Jurgen Klopp as your manager.

What Liverpool did to Chelsea at Wembley on Sunday was incredible. Make no mistake, this win was up there with the best - perhaps the best - of Klopp’s reign.

The subplots were clear, but a reminder of the broad strokes for the record, and because it’s always worth remembering the odds Liverpool overcame.

Eleven injuries, including no Mohamed Salah or Darwin Nunez, whose hopes of playing were extinguished in the build-up to the game. Another problem when Ryan Gravenberch was stood on by the clumsy Moises Caicedo inside half an hour, the Dutchman left on crutches after the game. Poor officiating, VAR interventions and a bench full of youngsters.

All pitched against a bloated, billion pound machine that, prior to the match, threatened to cough and splutter into life for the first time this season.

But Liverpool overcame. Klopp’s men playing like lions, embarrassing the Londoners with their sheer will to win.

It was nothing short of incredible, but then it’s hardly surprising.

For Chelsea 2024, see Everton 2020 and Curtis Jones arriving on the scene in style.

Or what about 2019 and a certain corner taken quickly.

You can even go back several nights to Luton Town at Anfield for evidence of what belief can do.

Klopp makes the impossible seem possible, the improbable virtually a sure thing.

And so Liverpool lifted their 10th League Cup with victory over Chelsea and Klopp is going out the way he came in, by instilling a belief and hope back into a football club that, however briefly, lost its way last season.

It was exactly what he did when he walked into a club which, months previously, had feebly ended a season with a 6-1 defeat at Stoke City and was a husk of what it once was.

But Klopp had Liverpool fans eating from the palm of his hand with one instant soundbite when he sat down with club media staff in 2016, telling fans to turn from “doubters to believers”.

And nine years later, that belief flows right throughout the place, from the first team to the academy, to the supporters in the stands.

And nothing summed that up more than a moment deep in the second half when the Liverpool end responded to wave after wave of Chelsea attacks with a deafening rendition of Allez Allez Allez, scarfs whirling in defiance as opposition supporters limply replied with a tame wave of their plastic flags.

Liverpool’s players responded by scrapping their way to the final whistle, before dominating Chelsea again in extra time.

Klopp may be running out of energy but his players rarely do. Witness Alexis Mac Allister running until he looked ready to collapse, or Wataru Endo, hunched and weary, fighting a £200m battle and winning. What about Luis Diaz, whose pestering of Chelsea’s defenders never stopped for 120 minutes?

Then there were youngsters Harvey Elliott and Conor Bradley, who responded to changes of circumstances and tactics with the maturity of players vastly more experienced than they.

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Not to mention a whole host of Academy starlets who emerged to take the fight to players whose price tags make your head spin.

Indeed, Liverpool will hope sponsors Carabao hand out crates of their energy drink with the silverware. Fill up the trophy and drink deep, they’ve earned it.

For Liverpool’s youngsters, their footballing journeys are just beginning, but today is a day for them to savour. Klopp’s management may be only a short window of their career but they will do well to remember the lessons he’s taught them about belief. It’ll take them a long way.

Indeed, the same day in 2016 Klopp asked for supporters to change their mindsets with that soundbite, he later sat in his first ever press conference and guaranteed titles would follow within four years.

He kept his promise, but regardless, in the nine years he’s been on Merseyside he reminded Liverpool supporters of something more important. And it might be his greatest achievement and legacy he leaves behind.

When Liverpool fans head to pubs and bars around Wembley, back up the motorway or should signals allow, onto the train, they’ll do so with more cherished memories and moments to savour.

Because football isn’t always about the destination, it’s about the journey.

And thanks to Klopp, belief will take them a long way.

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  1. ^ Liverpool Carabao Cup final win is the ultimate vindication of Jurgen Klopp (www.liverpoolecho.co.uk)
  2. ^ Liverpool player ratings as one player gets perfect score in astonishing Carabao Cup win (www.liverpoolecho.co.uk)
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Gertrude Wright, German who dodged bombs, fled the Russians and translated for Montgomery – obituary

Gertrude Wright, who has died 18 days short of her 100th birthday, lived an adventurous life. She was born in the German city of Magdeburg, and survived the massive Allied bombing of early 1945; witnessed American forces searching for the inventor of the V2 rocket; fled from the advancing Russians; and ended up as a translator in Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery’s headquarters in Lüneburg shortly after the German surrender, where she met her future British husband. 

Moving to England she was an Army wife and schoolteacher, and in retirement set up a primary school in Ladakh, Kashmir, India.

She was born Gertraud Frieda Luise Schröder on February 27 1924, to Ernst Schröder and the former Friederike Kühne. Her father, who had served in the Great War, had trained as a teacher, but preferring practical work, ran a large bakery with his brother. She recalled the 1930s as “very difficult. There were many big books of very poor debtors who could never pay for their daily loaf.”

War prevented her from taking up her university scholarship to study languages at Bremen or Cologne, and she trained as a secretary with foreign languages, rather than join the Land Army. She was employed at Maschinenfabrik Buckau-Wolf in Magdeburg, which manufactured navy supplies and armaments. After work she would cycle to college to improve her English.

One Sunday morning, as she was cycling home from church, she was strafed by a lone Spitfire. “I dived off my bike into a ditch. After that, mother banned me from going to church. Looking back, it was quite funny – I would like to find out which pilot dared to fly about on his own.”

Magdeburg, on the banks of the Elbe, in April 1945 after Allied bombing Magdeburg, on the banks of the Elbe, in April 1945 after Allied bombing Credit: Keystone/Getty Images

Magdeburg was heavily bombed on January 16 1945. From her home five miles away, she watched flares being dropped by the Pathfinder Force. She went every day for a week to search for relatives. “Soldiers were everywhere extracting bodies onto the street to await identification. Eventually I found them; all dead; they had asphyxiated in the firestorm and were badly discoloured and swollen up like balloons.”

One morning in early June 1945, the factory manager summoned her to translate for a small group of American Intelligence Corps officers who had suddenly appeared wanting to know if they had branch factories in the Harz Mountains to the south. “A year later we learnt this was part of the American operation to evacuate a group of V1 and V2 rocket scientists to America, including Werner von Braun, a few days before the Soviets tried to capture them.”

By April 1945, Magdeburg had been occupied by the Allies, and Gertrude was persuaded to volunteer as an interpreter for the British army. Then in early July, without warning, the British announced they were leaving the next day because the Russians were taking over.

Gertrude Wright Gertrude Wright

Knowing what horrors would befall young women in their hands, her mother packed a suitcase and told her to flee, which she did, with another girl. “We were the last to leave on a British Army truck and we could see the Russians. Mother stayed behind, awaiting father who was a prisoner-of-war in Belgium.”

They ended up in a tiny house in the British Zone, three miles south of Hamburg. “We were still enemies. Fraternisation was strictly forbidden; there was to be no talking other than for work; but the British were kind and tolerant unlike the horrible suffering under the Russians – we realised this and were pleased. We were safe; absolutely wonderful! Later we heard that in Magdeburg terrified young women jumped into the river Elbe to drown themselves. We worked six days a week translating and typing short military reports; there was little food.”

Field Marshal Montgomery Field Marshal Montgomery

The translation group later moved to Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery’s military headquarters in Lüneburg. Interactions between the British and Germans gradually relaxed and became more friendly, and the interpreters were permitted to have breakfast in the Officers’ Mess after the officers had departed, “a real treat; real bread for us to eat!”

Here, Gertrude wondered why she was frequently being given items to translate, some of them for Montgomery, by the same English soldier, Tank Captain Arthur “Jack” Wright of the 1st Royal Tank Regiment, one of Montgomery’s bodyguard, realising only later that she had caught his eye.

In 1947, Gertrude sneaked back home a few times into the Russian Zone. She had heard where it was best to cross the border, from people sneaking in from the east to buy tins of fish in Hamburg because they had no food.

Gertrude with Arthur Wright in Germany Gertrude with Arthur Wright in Germany

“It was cat and mouse,” she recalled. “You’d cross at night, alone, and run as fast as you could over meadows and a river before the Russians had finished their breakfast, hiding in the snow, in a ditch, behind trees or gravestones, especially if you heard soldiers shouting “Stoi! Stoi!” (Stop! Stop!) Then on to a railway station to catch a train. You had to avoid the Russians and I had to keep hidden at home. It was very exciting – it is amazing what you can do and survive.”

When the British army left Lüneburg, Gertrude worked as a languages and engineering secretary in Frankfurt-am-Main for several years, spending a year at university in France. In 1950, English friends from the university invited her to London where she took the opportunity to meet many of her demobbed friends from The Royal Scots Guards.

Serendipity struck at one reunion when she again chanced upon Arthur Wright. They married in spring 1957 in Richmond, Yorkshire, Gertrude taking British citizenship a month later. The couple moved with the army, spending three years with BOAR. – ending up in Chester where Arthur retired in 1963 with the rank of Warrant Officer II (RQMS). As a Civil Servant he then de-commissioned Chester Castle as an active army headquarters, it having been in use since Norman times.

Arthur Wright Arthur Wright

Gertrude meanwhile trained as a teacher of German, in 1971 taking a post at West Kirby Grammar School for Girls. In 1977, Arthur died of a sudden heart attack aged 62. After a year of deep grief, Gertrude decided it was no use moping alone at home, and travelled to Egypt, Australia, Thailand and India.

Falling in love with the Western Himalayas in northern Kashmir, with help from the Anglican Bishop of Amritsar, she rebuilt a small primary school for Tibetan refugee children in the village of Shey, near Leh, Ladakh, at 13,500 feet, spending one freezing cold winter there.

Once, with their parents’ blessing, she returned unannounced to her home village of Christleton near Chester with five young Ladakhi girls for four months, at her expense, hosting them in her house. With all round excitement they were enrolled in the local primary school always wearing their colourful traditional costumes. (Two of the women are now doctors in their hometown.) In the opposite direction, she took groups of sixth-form girls from her West Kirby school to experience the delights of Ladakh.

Gertrude Wright at Christleton with her Ladakhi guests Gertrude Wright at Christleton with her Ladakhi guests

In 1984, aged 60, Gertrude decided to drive to Magdeburg in East Germany to visit a surviving uncle and seek out a couple of old school friends, despite her West German friends thinking her mad to go. Returning westwards on a motorway she got caught up in a Russian army convoy when her car brakes failed. Told by them there were no spare parts in East Germany she was instructed to continue alone and use the handbrake as far as the border.

The police tracked all foreign cars, yet somehow hers had been missed, resulting in a police car rushing past, stopping and flagging her down to stop, “but I couldn’t – I shot past him, fearing I’d be shot!” Crossing into West Germany, with great relief, she was told to go no further until the car was fixed.

It was only in 1993 that she was able to discover the precise fate of her younger brother Siegfried, who was drafted into the Kriegsmarine, and killed on the destroyer Z32 at the battle of Ushant soon after D-Day.

Gertrude and Arthur had no children. She is survived by a few distant relatives in Germany.

Gertrude Wright, born February 27 1924, died February 9 2024

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Arsenal building momentum in Premier League title battle – Mikel Arteta

The Gunners backed up last week’s big triumph over Liverpool with another statement victory, their biggest away win in the Premier League.

Their title bid hit the buffers in this fixture last season when they blew a two-goal lead to draw 2-2 but there was no chance of a repeat after William Saliba headed them in front and West Ham promptly collapsed.

Declan Rice grabbed a pair of assists against his former club while Bukayo Saka, Gabriel Magalhaes and Leandro Trossard were also on target, all before half-time.

Saka scored his second midway through the second half and Rice rubbed salt in the wounds with a long-range sixth.

“We are maintaining and building some momentum now,” Gunners boss Arteta said.

“After the Liverpool game we had to show that we had that capacity to repeat that level or be better.

“Performances have been strong as well as results in recent weeks. We need to maintain that because other teams are doing that as well. We are not the only ones.”

Declan Rice, second left, scores Arsenal’s sixth goal Declan Rice, second left, shone as Arsenal routed his former club (Adam Davy/PA)

On Rice’s impressive return to the London Stadium, setting up Saliba and Gabriel with set-piece deliveries before scoring from 25 yards, Arteta said: “I’m really happy with him.

“I know that it was an emotional day for him because he loves West Ham so much. But he had to focus on the task and what he had to deliver – set-pieces were one of those.”

It was a chastening afternoon for West Ham and manager David Moyes pulled no punches after his heaviest defeat in charge.

“It was a really poor day for us,” he said. “Arsenal played extremely well, give them credit, but it’s difficult to explain how we played so poorly.

“We’re normally a lot stronger, we didn’t show that today. I’m disappointed with the way we fell apart when the game hadn’t looked as if it was going to be as big as that.

David Moyes David Moyes’s side suffered a chastening defeat (Adam Davy/PA)

“I don’t think since I’ve come back to the club my team’s defended that way, ever. We were weak today, we didn’t do our jobs well enough, we didn’t fight to contain it harder.

“I’ve had teams here which maybe haven’t had the same quality that we have now but we would have made sure we didn’t put in a performance like that, that’s for sure.”

When West Ham beat Arsenal and Manchester United in December, there was talk of a Champions League challenge.

They have lost to both in the past eight days, shipping nine goals in the process, and are still without a win in 2024.

Alarm bells might not be ringing for Moyes just yet, but the sight of hundreds of West Ham fans leaving at half-time told a sorry tale and the Scot cannot keep dining out on last season’s Europa Conference League success forever.

West Ham’s Declan Rice, left, and manager David Moyes lift the Europa Conference League trophy A West Ham team featuring Rice lifted last season’s Europa Conference League trophy (Tim Goode/PA)

“To be a football supporter, and especially at this club – I came back twice to keep them out of relegation – there’s always going to be bad times,” he added.

“It was only a few months ago we were having probably the best time West Ham have ever had.

“Probably the last three years have been as good a time as West Ham have had. Sixth, seventh in the league, a semi-final in Europe, a final.

“I still think this club has grown and undoubtedly we’ve had a terrible day today. I totally understand them leaving but at football clubs you’re going to have bad days. I certainly wouldn’t forget the good ones.”

Shapps orders MoD diversity policy review as Army ‘to ease security checks’

The Defence Secretary said there will be no “lowering of security clearance requirements on my watch” after the Sunday Telegraph reported it had seen a British Army document vowing to “challenge” security checks to increase diversity.

The newspaper said the armed forces are looking overseas to attract ethnic minority talent because they have long failed to hit recruitment targets.

Mr Shapps is said to be “genuinely furious about this woke nonsense” and does not believe such policies are the way to address the military’s recruitment crisis.

The 2023 British Army’s Race Action Plan, outlining measures to boost representation, describes security clearance vetting as being “the primary barrier to non-UK personnel gaining a commission in the Army” and vows to “challenge SC (security clearance) requirements,” according to the Sunday Telegraph.

Mr Shapps said: “I am ordering a review of diversity and inclusivity policy at the MoD.

“We want people from all backgrounds to serve in our military but some policies appear to be more about a political agenda than practically improving the lives of our dedicated soldiers and military personnel.

“There will certainly not be any lowering of security clearance requirements on my watch.

“And no-one should be offended by having religion as part of remembrance services. You don’t have to be Christian to appreciate and respect the history and traditions of the United Kingdom.”

Sunday with Laura Kuenssberg Cabinet minister Michael Gove suggested political correctness should not impair the UK’s ability to defend its borders (Lucy North/PA)

A source close to the Defence Secretary said: “He’s determined it is rooted out on his watch. He’s ready to go to battle on it…

“There are personnel issues that need addressing in the armed services but some of these policies are about a woke agenda.”

Meanwhile, fellow Cabinet minister Michael Gove said political correctness should not “impair our ability to defend our borders”.

The Housing Secretary told Sky’s Sunday Morning with Trevor Phillips: “Grant Shapps, the Defence Secretary, has been looking at the specific policies we have in the Ministry of Defence in order to ensure that we strike the right balance, that we provide protection for individuals in our armed forces, that we make sure that we draw all the talent available in this country to ensure that we have a strong and diverse military, but also to make sure that these policies operate in such a way as to ensure that political correctness, or some of the more – what’s the word? – ‘out there’ approaches that people take towards diversity, equity and inclusion don’t impair our ability to defend our borders and to make sure that this country is secure.”

But Mr Gove would not name a practical example of a situation in which an aim to get more diversity in the ranks threatens security.

“You wouldn’t expect me to go into details of security policy,” the senior Conservative said.

“When you’re thinking about who should be in our military, and who should be responsible for the life-and-death actions that determine whether or not all of us can sleep safely at night, then you’ve got to make decisions about personnel and their deployment that are sharper and more acute than in other workplaces.

“Some of the policies that might apply appropriately in other workplaces would not be appropriate in the military.

“We know that there need to be levels of fitness. We know that there need to be appropriate selection criteria in making sure that we have the people whom we want defending our way of life.”

An MoD spokesman said: “Our priority is protecting the national security of the United Kingdom and ensuring the operational effectiveness of our armed forces.

“We take security extremely seriously and ensure that all personnel have the appropriate security clearance, which is reviewed on a case-by-case basis.”

Britain’s gas network still using engines from 1960s RAF fighter jets

Britain’s sprawling gas network is still reliant on a fleet of ageing aircraft engines, some stripped from 1960s RAF Lightning fighter jets, it has emerged.

Jon Butterworth, chief executive of National Gas, said many of the engines that drive gas through the system date back decades, some to the Cold War, and now need millions of pounds spent on replacing them.

National Gas is responsible for the 7,800 kilometre pipe network[1] which transports gas from the UK’s ports and terminals to the 23 million homes and 500,000 businesses that rely on it for heating.

Mr Butterworth said: “I’ve got turbines compressing gas, from the North Sea to London, that are converted from RAF Lightnings.

“They have lasted a long time but they’ve done their shift now and it’s time to update them.”

RAF Engine National Gas relies on decommissioned engines to pump gas through the 7,800 kilometre pipe network Credit: National Gas

The English Electric Lightning was among the RAF’s most renowned fighter jets,[2] entering service in 1960, at the height of the Cold War, to protect the UK against Soviet nuclear bombers.

Its Rolls Royce Avon engines were so powerful that the aircraft could reach twice the speed of sound, with pilots often comparing it to flying a rocket.

When the decommissioning of the Lightning fleet coincided with the UK’s conversion to North Sea gas,[3] the engineers building the network snapped up the engines to pump gas through the new energy system.

Mr Butterworth said the engines remain a tribute to British engineering, but it is now time to replace them. Their age means new parts have to be custom made and they also have high emissions.

However, cost remains an issue, Mr Butterworth said, with the network powered by 68 turbines spread across 21 pumping stations where upgrading just one costs around £40m.

All major expenditure by National Gas gets passed on to customers, and so has to be justified to regulators and politicians. Raising funds has proved increasingly difficult as investors shun gas as the focus on net zero targets[4] makes renewable energy more popular.

Last autumn, the Government’s National Infrastructure Assessment suggested the entire network should be decommissioned.

RAF The English Electric Lightning was among the RAF’s most renowned fighter jets, entering service in 1960 Credit: Kev Gregory/Shutterstock

Mr Butterworth said: “We’re having a right old battle because everyone thinks gas should be turned off by 2035.

“It means I’m struggling to replace some of the key assets that give us the resilience that we need.”

National Gas is a relatively new company, spun out of National Grid, which once oversaw both the UK gas and electricity transmission networks.

Mr Butterworth said he expected the network to carry natural gas around the UK for decades to come despite the Government’s net zero pledges.[5]

However, he warned that supplies are becoming an increasing concern with the UK’s existing offshore oil and gas fields fast running out. About 180 of the existing 284 active fields will close by 2030, meaning gas supplies will fall 80pc and the UK will be reliant on imports.

He said: “I feel really sad that we’re bringing liquefied natural gas (LNG) from around the world. It has to be frozen into a liquid, the energy is incredible, and then we have to transport it halfway across the world in a boat and then heat it up again.

“But we’ve got gas in the North Sea, on our shores. So it makes me sad that we don’t use the asset we’ve got and that we’d rather bring gas in from somewhere else. We should be grown up enough to understand that exploring importing gas from the North Sea is far less damaging to the environment than bringing LNG and cargoes in from around the world.

“When I talk to the chief executives of the nine other transmission companies around the North Sea they are envious of the energy resources in our territorial waters. The key point is that we need resilience and security of supply. And we’ve still got lots of gas.”

References

  1. ^ 7,800 kilometre pipe network (www.telegraph.co.uk)
  2. ^ RAF’s most renowned fighter jets, (www.telegraph.co.uk)
  3. ^ the UK’s conversion to North Sea gas, (www.telegraph.co.uk)
  4. ^ focus on net zero targets (www.telegraph.co.uk)
  5. ^ the Government’s net zero pledges. (www.telegraph.co.uk)

Citi to cut 20,000 jobs

Citigroup is to cut 20,000 jobs after the Wall Street bank suffered its worst quarterly loss since the financial crisis. 

The company will cut about 10pc of its workforce over the next two years as part of drastic measures to strip out costs. 

Citi, which is one of the world’s biggest investment banks, swung to a $1.8bn (£1.4bn) loss from a $2.5bn profit a year earlier after booking a string of impairments and charges linked to its exit from Russia, the devaluation of the Argentinian peso and costs related to its sweeping overhaul.

The quarterly loss is the steepest since Citi posted a $7.6bn loss in 2009 during the depths of the financial crisis. 

It comes as chief executive Jane Fraser battles to slim down the bloated lender and save around $2bn a year.

The roles will be lost over the next two to three years and reduce Citi’s workforce from 200,000 to 180,000.

Ms Fraser did not specify where the jobs will be cut but they are likely to be a mix of redundancies and vacant positions left unfilled. Citi employs 16,000 in the UK, with 11,500 of those based in London.

Citi finance chief Mark Mason said the job cuts were “tough on morale”.

A string of banks have laid off staff in recent months with Metro announcing 850 job cuts[1] in November and Barclays shedding 5,000 roles last year.

Recruiters Robert Walters and Hays Group said this week they had each axed hundreds of roles[2] as Britain finds itself in the grip of the longest slump in jobs vacancies on record.

Universal Music Group, the world’s largest record label, is also wielding the axe. The company will lay off hundreds of employees in the first quarter of the year amid a slowdown in sales across the industry, it said on Friday.

Citi posted $17.4bn of revenue during the quarter but a 23pc rise in operating expenses drove the lender into the red.

Costs included a $880m hit from the recent devaluation of the peso by Argentina’s President Javier Milei and a $1.3bn buffer to weather further currency exposures in the country and risks related to Russia.

It suffered a further $1.7bn writedown to top up a US deposit insurance scheme following the collapse of Silicon Valley Bank and a restructuring charge of $780m tied to its overhaul was also booked.

Since taking over Citi last year, Ms Fraser has tried to slim down the bank by shrinking down to five main divisions and removing layers of middle management.

Citi runs an investment bank helping large corporate clients, a wealth division for well-heeled clients and a retail bank for customers in the US.

The lender is in the process of quitting 14 international markets where it has a consumer presence. Citi closed its UK retail bank in 2022 under Ms Fraser and retrenched to focus solely on the US market.

Fraser is the first and only female chief executive of a Wall Street bank[3].

Jane Fraser Ms Fraser took over at Citi in 2020 Credit: REUTERS/Tyrone Siu

She was born in Edinburgh and studied at Cambridge before joining Goldman Sachs in London.

She has described herself as feeling like the “boring girl from Scotland” when she joined Goldman.

“Everyone else was European, spoke multiple languages, was a lot more exotic and interesting than me,” she said.

Separately on Friday, JP Morgan reported a record annual profit of $50bn, helping drive its shares to a record high of $176.31.

Jamie Dimon, chief executive, hailed the results but warned inflation could be “stickier” than expected due to factors such as spending on the green economy amid a push by President Biden.

He said: “It is important to note that the economy is being fueled by large amounts of government deficit spending and past stimulus.”

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Wrapping up

Thanks for joining us today. We’ll be back live blogging the markets and the world of business on Monday, but there will be lots of business analysis and comment over the weekend elsewhere on The Telegraph website.

In the meantime, do check out the following stories:

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Half of Nestle Ice Cream business up for sale as private equity owner seeks exit

A 50pc stake in an ice cream giant headquartered in Britain is up for sale.

Private equity firm PAI Partners is seeking to sell its half of Froneri in a deal that could raise over $10bn (£7.84), according to a Bloomberg report.

Froneri was created as a joint venue with Nestle in 2016 and inherited Nestle’s collection of brands including Häagen-Dazs and the Lyons Maid catalogue of British ice-cream brands, popular with children since 1925, including Fab.

PAI Partners had previously bought R&R, a manufacturer of ice cream, in 2013, which also became part of Froneri.

Rosie Fortescue, Binky Felstead and Anna-Louise Felstead taste Haagen-Dazs Lychee Raspberry Rose at a product launch in 2016 Rosie Fortescue, Binky Felstead and Anna-Louise Felstead taste Haagen-Dazs Lychee Raspberry Rose at a product launch in 2016 Credit: David Parry/PA 5:48PM [10]

US regulator takes 'unprecedented' step in oversight of Boeing

America’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has said it will increase oversight of Boeing and audit production of the 737 Max 9 jetliner after a panel blew off an Alaska Airlines plane during a flight last week.

The FAA said it is reconsidering a long-standing practice of relying on employees at aircraft manufacturers to perform some safety analysis of planes.

FAA Administrator Mike Whitaker said: “The FAA is exploring the use of an independent third party to oversee Boeing’s inspections and its quality system.”

Former congressman Peter DeFazio, who chaired a US House of Representatives committee that investigated Max crashes that occurred in in 2018 and 2019, said today that the FAA’s actions are needed to rein in quality and safety problems at Boeing.

“This is a this is an extraordinary step by the administrator of the FAA, one that is long overdue.

“The possibility that Boeing will ... be subject to independent third party oversight - and I would expect that will have to be paid for by Boeing - that would be a massive, unprecedented step to force the unwilling executives at Boeing to shape up the company.”

Boeing has been contacted for comment.

5:18PM [11]

Deutsche Bank looking at M&A to boost scale

Germany’s leading bank wants to bulk up and is studying various mergers and acquisition opportunities to add scale, a Bloomberg report has said.

The bank, which was founded in 1870, has four divisions. It is well known internationally as an investment bank, but it also has divisions including  a private bank aimed at wealthy individuals and small to medium-sized companies, a corporate bank in Germany, and an asset manager.

Deutsche Bank declined to comment.

A worker walks past Deutsche Bank offices in London A worker walks past Deutsche Bank offices in London Credit: Toby Melville/Reuters 5:10PM [12]

Delta Air Lines plunges 8pc after it scales back its profit prediction

Shares in Delta Air Lines dropped 8pc in trading today after the airline scaled down its annual profit outlook.

Delta said full-year earnings will be $6 to $7 a share - down from an earlier prediction of more than $7 a share. Analysts had already trimmed their expectations to $6.50 a year, but the update from Delta was enough to spook investors.

Delta is the first US airline to post fourth-quarter results, and its report sent shares of American, United, Southwest and Alaska down.

Delta said Friday that it will buy 20 Airbus A350s and take options to buy 20 more of the long-range jetliners. Delta expects to get the first ones in 2026.

The A350s will have more premium seating than the planes they replace, which will play into Delta’s strategy of pursuing high-end travellers who are more insulated from ups and downs in the economy.

The logo for Delta on a screen on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange The logo for Delta on a screen on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange Credit: Richard Drew/AP 4:55PM [13]

Volvo and Tesla cut production as parts dry up

Carmakers Tesla and Volvo said they were suspending some production in Europe due to a shortage of components, the first clear sign that attacks on shipping in the Red Sea are hitting manufacturers.

Tesla told Reuters it will suspend most car production at its factory near Berlin from Jan 29 to Feb 11, because of a lack of components after many ships were re-routed around the southern tip of Africa.

The company said:

The armed conflicts in the Red Sea and the associated shifts in transport routes between Europe and Asia via the Cape of Good Hope are having an impact on production in Gruenheide.

The considerably longer transportation times are creating a gap in supply chains.

Volvo Car, which is majority-owned by China’s Geely, said it will pause output at its plant in Gent in Belgium for three days next week due to a delayed delivery of gearboxes.

Adding to the logistical headaches hampering trade, low water levels due to drought have reduced crossings of the Panama Canal, another key maritime trade route.

A worker installs wheels on a car at a Volvo factory A worker installs wheels on a car at a Volvo factory Credit: Ng Han Guan/AP 4:51PM [14]

FTSE closes in the green

The FTSE 100 was up 0.66pc today. The biggest risers were JD Sports, up 3.72pc, followed by Endeavour Mining, up 3.51pc. Burberry was the biggest faller, down 4.78pc, followed by British Airways owner IAG, down 2.73pc.

Over in the mid-cap FTSE 250, the index was up 0.52pc. The biggest riser was energy sector manufacturer Hunting, up 7.64pc, followed by the publishing business Future, up 7pc. The biggest faller was Close Brothers, down 4.22pc, followed by Darktrace, down 3.69pc.

4:45PM [15]

Shipping delays could slow decline in inflation

Shipping delays - due to attacks by Houthi rebels - contributed to a 1.3pc decline in world trade in December.

Julian Hinz of the Kiel Institute for the World Economy in Germany said the “consequences for consumer prices in Europe are scarcely to be expected, since the share of freight costs in the value of high priced goods such as consumer electronics is a fraction of a percent.”

However, analysts at JP Morgan say that the cost increase could slow the recent decline in inflation: “While these cost increases are coming off low levels, they will reinforce the fading of recent deflationary dynamics for goods prices.”

4:36PM [16]

Record company behind Taylor Swift and Elton John to make hundreds redundant

The world’s largest record record company, which represents performers such as Taylor Swift and Drake, is to cut hundreds of jobs in the first quarter of 2024, according to a Bloomberg report.

Universal Music Group is reportedly responding to slower growth, after years of double-digit growth fuelled by the rise of streaming services such as Spotify and Apple Music, which have displaced music piracy.

Universal was contacted for comment.

Taylor Swift, right, takes selfies with fans as she arrives at the MTV Video Music Awards on Aug 26 2019, in Newark, New Jersey Taylor Swift, right, takes selfies with fans as she arrives at the MTV Video Music Awards on Aug 26 2019, in Newark, New Jersey Credit: Charles Sykes/Invision/AP 4:25PM [17]

Shipping costs rise 310pc from Suez crisis

The cost of shipping goods has risen more than threefold since November, according to new data noted in a briefing from global logistics company DSV.

The firm, which is traded on the Nasdaq Copenhagen exchange, published figures showing that a company that had spent $756 on container shipping in November would now be spending $3,103.

The industry figures, from the Shanghai Containerized Freight Index, are widely used to set freight charges from China.

Earlier this month, DSV warned that:

Carriers are stringently implementing surcharges due to the overall increased cost situation of higher fuel and insurance costs, while operating via the Cape of Good Hope. This also applies to trades which have no direct link to the Red Sea, such as transatlantic or transpacific freight.

3:57PM [18]

Barclays’ ex-chief raises $50m for fintech

10X Banking Technology, a fintech company founded by the former Barclays chief executive Antony Jenkins, has raised an additional $50m (£39m) from investors, according to reports.

The business has reportedly raised hundreds of millions of dollars from investors such as BlackRock, JP Morgan and Nationwide since 2016.

10X provides software to banks, including Chase UK.

The Telegraph has approached 10X for comment. Mr Jenkins reportedly declined to comment to Sky, which first reported the additional investment.

Antony Jenkins speaks during the 2012 Clinton Global Initiative annual meeting in New York Antony Jenkins speaks during the 2012 Clinton Global Initiative annual meeting in New York Credit: Stephen Chernin/AFP/Getty Images 3:46PM [19]

Gatwick owner sold to BlackRock in $12.5bn deal

Gatwick Airport’s co-owner has been sold to US investment giant BlackRock for $12.5bn (£9.8bn) in a deal described by the founder as a “marriage made in heaven”, writes Michael Bow:

Global Infrastructure Partners (GIP) owns a minority stake in the London hub and also co-owns Edinburgh Airport.

The deal marks a significant push by BlackRock, the world’s largest fund manager, into infrastructure.

BlackRock said the market was worth $1 trillion and the growth of the digital economy would lead to greater demand for the broadband, mobile phone towers and data centres.

GIP was co-founded by Bayo Ogunlesi, a Nigerian-born banker who has had a successful career on Wall Street.

British businessman Michael McGhee, a former Credit Suisse banker, also co-founded the business with Mr Ogunlesi and two other partners.

The selling GIP shareholders are taking 75pc of the $12.5bn fee in BlackRock shares and the rest in cash.

Larry Fink, the BlackRock chief executive, said more private capital would flow into public sector goods in future. He cited the UK as a “good example” of the Government selling assets to the private sector.

Mr Fink also said airports would also benefit from better supply chains and more investment.

“As more and more human beings grow into middle class lifestyles, the demand for air travel will grow dramatically and the need for high quality airports grows dramatically,” he said.

GIP has a significant office in the UK and is the world’s largest independent owner of infrastructure assets with $100bn of assets under management.

An Airbus in the Easyjet livery on the northern runway at Gatwick Airport An Airbus in the Easyjet livery on the northern runway at Gatwick Airport Credit: Peter Nicholls/Reuters 3:38PM [20]

Chinese donor to Tories and British Museum scores £114m payday from his Mayfair hedge fund

A Chinese donor to the Conservative Party and the British Museum has scored a £114m payday from his Mayfair hedge fund. Michael Bow reports:

Yan Huo, a billionaire UK-based investor and top philanthropist, profited from the payout after earnings soared last year at Capula Investment Management.

Profits at the UK fund manager for distribution among its partners more than tripled from £98.5m to £360m for the year ending March 2023, a Companies House filing shows.

This led to a profit allocation to the partner with the largest entitlement, thought to controlling shareholder Mr Yan, of £113.7m.

Mr Yan is one of the country’s most prolific donors to Britain’s arts institutions and museums through his charity Huo Family Foundation UK.

He has donated to the Old Vic Theatre, the Tate Gallery, the National Theatre, the Natural History Museum and the London Symphony Orchestra, according to the charity’s accounts.

He was born in China to a family of physicists but moved to the US on a scholarship at Princeton before moving into finance.

“I was supposed to be a third-generation physicist. When I went to Wall Street I think they were a little disappointed,” he said in 2008.

Capula Investment Management practises a type of investment strategy known as macro trading, which makes bets on a variety of assets such as bonds, stocks, currencies and derivatives.

3:36PM [21]

Handing over

That’s all from me for another week but you’ll keep receiving all the latest updates from Alex Singleton as you head towards the weekend.

Hopefully you have a restful few days until our next blog, and you don’t face the stresses of anyone who had been hoping to visit the the Volksfestplatz open-air venue in Bavaria, Nuremberg, during a farmers’ association protest:

Numerous tractors are parked at the Volksfestplatz open-air venue in Bavaria, Nuremberg, during a farmers' association rally against the federal government's austerity plans Numerous tractors are parked at the Volksfestplatz open-air venue in Bavaria, Nuremberg, during a farmers' association rally against the federal government's austerity plans Credit: Daniel Karmann / Avalon 3:18PM [22]

US regulators to oversee Boeing manufacturing after mid-flight blowout

Boeing will have its manufacturing process come under greater scrutiny by US regulators following the mid-air blowout on an Alaska Airlines flight at 16,000 feet.

The Federal Aviation Administration will audit the production line of the Boeing 737-9 MAX, as well as the compliance of the plane maker’s suppliers with quality procedures.

FAA Administrator Mike Whitaker said: 

It is time to re-examine the delegation of authority and assess any associated safety risks. 

The grounding of the 737-9 and the multiple production-related issues identified in recent years require us to look at every option to reduce risk. 

The FAA is exploring the use of an independent third party to oversee Boeing’s inspections and its quality system.

The fresh oversight comes a day after the FAA formally notified Boeing that it has launched an investigation into the company, having earlier grounded more than 170 of its planes following the blowout of a window in the air, which forced the plane into an emergency landing.

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Real risk of strong UK inflation, warn economists

There is a “real” chance inflation could have ticked higher in the UK in December, economists have said, but it wil fall to below the Bank of England’s 2pc target by April.

The warning by Capital Economics comes after inflation increased in both the US and the eurozone at the end of last year.

Chief UK economist said the consultancy is “pretty confident” that CPI inflation will rise in January, “perhaps to 4.1pc” from its present level of 3.9pc.

However, he said: 

The good news, though, is that we think this rebound in UK inflation will be more than reversed in the following few months, with inflation perhaps easing to 3.4pc in February and to 3pc in March. 

What’s more, we think CPI inflation will fall below the 2pc target in April, perhaps to 1.7pc.

He added: “If we’re right, then in April, inflation in the UK will be lower than in the US and the euro-zone for the first time in two years.”

2:54PM [24]

Wall Street rises at open

Shares in Citi bank were last up 3.3pc in early trading on Wall Street.

Thes main US stock indexes opened higher after a flood of earnings reports from its big banks.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average opened higher by 40.63 points at 37,751.65 or 0.1pc.

The S&P 500 opened higher by 10.94 points, or 0.2pc, at 4,791.18, while the Nasdaq Composite rose by 33.95 points at 15,004.13 points or 0.2pc at the opening bell.

2:11PM [25]

Citi's 'underlying business showed resilience'

After Citi outlined the next step in its turnaround plan, Octavio Marenzi, chief executive of management consultancy Opimas, said:

Citigroup’s earnings looked awful with a big loss of $1.8bn, but the bank’s underlying business showed resilience. 

The loss was largely due to exceptional items, as well as a big increase in reserves for credit losses.

2:03PM [26]

Citi shares rise after announcing job cuts

Citi shares have climbed 3pc in premarket trading in New York after plans were set out to axe 20,000 roles over the medium term.

Chief executive Jane Fraser described 2024 as a “turning point year” for the lender.

She said: “We made substantial progress simplifying Citi and executing our strategy in 2023.”

Citi said it expects to book charges between $700m and $1bn tied to the severance and reorganisation.

1:28PM [27]

Biden's green agenda causing stubborn inflation, warns JP Morgan boss

Joe Biden’s green subsidies risk keeping inflation and interest rates high, according to the boss of JP Morgan.

Jamie Dimon said increased spending on the green economy “may lead inflation to be stickier and rates to be higher than markets expect”.

The US president’s $891bn Inflation Reduction Act, which was passed into law in 2022, provides $369bn in green subsidies and tax credits aimed at cutting carbon emissions in half by 2030.

Mr Dimon said the US economy continues to be “resilient” but said it had been “fueled by large amounts of government deficit spending and past stimulus”. 

He said: “There is also an ongoing need for increased spending due to the green economy, the restructuring of global supply chains, higher military spending and rising healthcare costs. 

“This may lead inflation to be stickier and rates to be higher than markets expect.”

JP Morgan chairman and chief executive Jamie Dimon said the US economy was 'fueled by large amounts of government deficit spending' JP Morgan chairman and chief executive Jamie Dimon said the US economy was 'fueled by large amounts of government deficit spending' Credit: AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin 1:21PM [28]

Citi to cut 20,000 jobs

Citigroup said it plans to cut 20,000 jobs in the medium term as it reported a $1.8bn (£1.4bn) loss for the fourth quarter.

The bank is aiming to cut jobs as part of chief executive Jane Fraser’s efforts to cut bureaucracy, increase profits and boost a stock that has lagged peers.

The third-largest US lender  by assets said its fourth quarter loss was also fueled by the bank stockpiling money to cover currency risks in Argentina and Russia.

Citi posted a loss of $1.16 per share for last three months of 2023, with its results eroded by $3.8bn in combined charges and reserves that Citigroup disclosed earlier this week.

Revenue slid to $17.4 billion in the quarter from a year earlier.

Citi will cut 20,000 jobs in the medium term Citi will cut 20,000 jobs in the medium term Credit: AP Photo/Mark Lennihan 12:53PM [29]

Bank of America slumps after surprise drop in trading income

Bank of America’s profits fell short of analyst expectations as it was landed with numerous charges in the fourth quarter.

Shares in the Wall Street investment bank fell 5.4pc in premarket trading as it was also hit with a surprise drop in revenue from its fixed-income traders. 

Net income fell 56pc to $3.14 billion, which was double the 28pc drop that analysts had predicted. 

The decline in profit was due, in part, to a special assessment from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) and a $1.6bn charge tied to the finance industry’s shift away from the London Interbank Offered Rate, known as the Libor. Expenses also soared.

Revenue from fixed income, currencies and commodities trading fell 5.8pc to $2.21bn in the fourth quarter, as clients grappled with a period of continued high interest rates and geopolitical tensions.

Bank of America Credit: AP Photo/Michael Dwyer 12:41PM [30]

Tesla factory halts production amid Red Sea turmoil

Tesla has been forced to halt car production at a key factory in Berlin as Houthi rebel attacks in the Red Sea disrupt its supply chain.[31]

Our senior technology reporter Matthew Field has the details:

The electric car company said it would suspend a large part of its car production for almost two weeks, from January 29 to February 11, amid a lack of vehicle parts.

Tesla’s factory in Germany relies heavily on parts from Asia, such as battery technology, but cargo ships are taking longer than usual to reach Europe as they avoid key shipping lanes through the Suez Canal.

Container ships have been forced to avoid the Red Sea after a series of missile launches and raids on vessels[32] by Iran-backed Houthi rebels.

Read Tesla’s response[33].

The Tesla gigafactory near Gruenheide, Germany, will temporarily cease production from January 29 until February 11 due to complications arising from the Houthi rebel attacks The Tesla gigafactory near Gruenheide, Germany, will temporarily cease production from January 29 until February 11 due to complications arising from the Houthi rebel attacks Credit: Sean Gallup/Getty Images 12:29PM [34]

Government war games impact of oil and gas price surge

The Treasury has reportedly war gamed the impact on the British economy of a $10 increase in the price of Brent crude as the UK and US carried out air strikes on Houthi targets in Yemen.

Officials have also examined the impact of gas prices rising by 25pc, according to the BBC.

Oil has risen as much as 4.3pc to more than $80 after the military action amid concerns a wider conflict could disrupt supplies.

Susannah Streeter, head of money and markets at Hargreaves Lansdown, said: 

Oil prices have climbed sharply following the attacks, with Brent crude now around 7pc higher since early December, before Houthi rebels began targeting ships in the Red Sea. 

Reports coinciding with the UK/US military action suggest the British government is modelling scenarios which could see prices rise by $10 a barrel, if the Red Sea crisis continues, with gas prices at risk of going up by 25pc.

12:25PM [35]

Well Fargo warns of interest hit ahead of Fed rate cuts

Wall Street giant Wells Fargo warned investors that its net interest income could fall this year should the Federal Reserve cut interest rates as expected.

Bosses warned that 2024 net interest income could be 7pc to 9pc lower than a year earlier. 

It came as the bank increased its fourth-quarter profit as the lender benefited from cost cuts.

Chief executive Charlie Scharf said: “Our business performance remains sensitive to interest rates and the health of the US economy, but we are confident that the actions we are taking will drive stronger returns over the cycle.”

Banks benefited by charging borrowers more on interest as the Federal Reserve raised interest rates but with rate cuts expected this year, banks’ interest income could start to erode.

Conversely, lower rates could tempt more consumers to take out loans, boosting another key source of income for banks.

Revenue in the fourth quarter rose 2pc to $20.5bn (£16.1bn), while net income rose to $3.45bn, or 86 cents per share, for fourth quarter of last year.

Wells Fargo warned net interest income could fall this year Wells Fargo warned net interest income could fall this year Credit: Angus Mordant/Bloomberg 12:11PM [36]

JP Morgan reveals record profit after US banking crisis

JP Morgan Chase reported its best ever annual profit and forecast higher-than-expected interest income for 2024 even as quarterly profit fell due to a $3bn charge the bank took to replenish a government deposit insurance fund.

The largest US lender has benefited from its acquisition of failed First Republic Bank in May that brought in billions of dollars of loans and bolstered its net interest income (NII) - the difference between what banks make on loans and pay out on deposits.

The bank said it expects full-year NII of $90bn (£70.7bn), which was was higher than estimates of $86.2bn, according to LSEG data. In the quarter, NII rose 19pc to a record of $24.2bn.

Quarterly profit was $9.3bn, or $3.04 per share, for the final three months of 2023, the bank said. That compares with $11bn, or $3.57 per share, a year earlier.

JP Morgan and several major banks are required to pay a bulk of the $16bn earmarked for depositors at failed Silicon Valley Bank and Signature Bank to replenish the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation’s deposit insurance fund (DIF).

JP Morgan shares have risen 2.5pc in premarket trading in New York.

JP Morgan missed analyst expectations for its investment banking revenues JP Morgan missed analyst expectations for its investment banking revenues Credit: REUTERS/Mike Segar 11:46AM [37]

Tanker owner Torm halts Red Sea shipping

Fuel tanker owner Torm has said it will halt all shipping through the Red Sea following the UK and US airstrikes on Houthi targets in Yemen.

The Danish company, which owns a fleet of about 80 ships, said it would suspend transit until further notice.

11:31AM [38]

Trump is ‘clear threat’ to Europe, says Christine Lagarde

Christine Lagarde[39] has warned that Donald Trump[40] is “clearly a threat” to Europe, as the head of the European Central Bank raised concerns about a fresh trade war if he is re-elected US president.

Our economics editor Szu Ping Chan has the latest:

In a series of critical comments for a central banker, Ms Lagarde told French television that the Republican frontrunner in the presidential race was likely to renew tensions between the two economic blocs.

“If we should learn lessons from history, from the way he led the first four years of his mandate, it is clearly a threat,” she said.

“It’s sufficient to look at the trade tariffs, the commitment to Nato, the fight against climate change. In just these three areas, in the past, US interests were not aligned with European interests.”

Read how she played down concerns that escalating tensions[41] in the Red Sea will lead to a fresh wave of inflation.

There are concerns that should Donald Trump win the US presidency, Europe will be isolated in supporting Ukraine There are concerns that should Donald Trump win the US presidency, Europe will be isolated in supporting Ukraine Credit: Leon Neal/Getty Images 11:16AM [42]

Pound steady as economy bounces back

The pound was little changed and not far off its highest level in five months after data showed the economy grew more than expected in November.

The pound was last down 0.1pc at $1.27, close to the $1.2825 hit at the end of December, which was the highest since August. Sterling has risen around 0.3[c this year after climbing more than 5pc in 2023.

Britain’s economy grew 0.3pc in November, more than the 0.2pc expected by economists, after shrinking 0.3pc in October. 

Sterling was also flat against the euro, with the euro zone’s currency trading at just under 86p. 

The euro has slipped 0.8pc so far this year against the pound.

10:50AM [43]

Brent crude oil hits $80 after UK and US airstrikes

Oil surged above $80 a barrel after the airstrikes in Yemen provoked fears of an extended conflict in the Middle East that could disrupt global supplies.

Brent crude has risen 3.5pc today to tip above $80 a barrel, while US-produced West Texas Intermediate has climbed 3.6pc to more than $74.

The commodity, which was worth less than $77 at one point on Thursday, is on track for its largest daily gain in three months after targeted UK and US strikes on Yemen added to fears of further escalation in the Middle East conflict.

The Houthis have vowed to retaliate, with the group’s military spokesman saying the attacks would not go “without punishment” after officials vowed the Western coalition would “pay the price”.

Bjarne Schieldrop, chief commodities analyst at SEB, said: “The fear in the oil market is that the region is on an unpredictable escalating path, where at some point down the road supply of oil will indeed in the end be lost.”

The conflict has also sent the price of gold as much as 1.6pc higher today as the military action enhanced the bullion’s appeal as a safe-haven.

The FTSE 100, which is heavily weighted toward mining and energy stocks, has risen as much as 1pc as it matches the moves higher in oil and gold.

10:34AM [44]

China to cut rates after third month of deflation, say economists

China will cut interest rates this month as it tries to avoid a deflationary spiral, economists have predicted.

Official figures today showed that China’s consumer prices declined for a third month in December, dropping by 0.3pc from a year earlier, in their longest streak of declines since 2009. 

Meanwhile factory-gate prices extended their prolonged slide, falling by 2.7pc in a decline that has lasted for more than a year because of lower commodity prices and weak demand at home and abroad.

China’s blue-chip CSI300 Index closed down 0.4pc, while the Shanghai Composite Index dropped 0.2pc. Hong Kong benchmark Hang Seng Index was down 0.4pc.

Ken Cheung Kin Tai, chief Asian FX strategist at Mizuho Bank, said: “The lingering deflationary pressure justifies the expectation of an imminent rate cut, which is widely expected to materialise in the one-year medium-term policy facility yield decision next Monday.”

Raymond Yeung, chief economist for Greater China at Australia & New Zealand Banking Group, said: “China needs to act boldly to break the deflationary cycle. It will fall into a negative spiral otherwise.” 

China, inflation (December 2023):

Consumer Price Index (CPI): -0.3% YoY (survey: -0.4%, prior: -0.5%).

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Wholesale gas prices rise amid British airstrikes in Yemen

Gas prices have risen Britain and the United States launched airstrikes against their military bases in Yemen.

Europe’s benchmark contract rose as much as 3.2pc towards €32 per megawatt hour while the UK equivalent rose 2.5pc to more than 78p per therm.

It comes after the boss of shipping giant Maersk warned that issues through the vital Red Sea trade route could last for months.

9:54AM [51]

Uranium miner warns it risks missing production targets

The world’s largest uranium miner has warned it is likely to miss production targets over the next two years, sending the price of the nuclear fuel back toward 16-year highs.

London-listed Kazatomprom, which is controlled by Kazakhstan’s government via its sovereign wealth fund, blamed the slowdown in excavation on a shortage sulphuric acid, a critical operating material, as well as delays in completing construction works.

It comes as hedge funds stockpile barrels of raw uranium[52] as the raw metal’s price surges to 16-year highs.

As many as 50 funds are believed to have bought and stored uranium concentrate, known as “yellowcake”, at a facility run by US processing firm ConverDyn alone, as speculators bet that prices are set to spike.

One prominent fund said to be amassing yellowcake is Anchorage Capital Group, the New York firm that started piling into the metal after selling MGM Studios, which owns the film rights to the James Bond franchise, to Amazon.

Shares in uranium miners jumped globally this week after the US said it is soliciting bids to boost domestic production of a nuclear fuel known as high-assay low-enriched uranium.

Kazatomprom said that it is committed to fulfilling its contractual obligations to existing customers throughout 2024.

Uranium, known as yellowcake, sits in the Uvanas processing facility near the East Mynkuduk uranium deposit in Kyzemshek, Kazakhstan Uranium, known as yellowcake, sits in the Uvanas processing facility near the East Mynkuduk uranium deposit in Kyzemshek, Kazakhstan Credit: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg News 9:33AM [53]

Shell petrol stations are 'Britain's most expensive'

Shell fuel stations are typically the most expensive in the UK, new figures show.

The British oil and gas company’s branded UK forecourts charged an average of 142.6p per litre for petrol and 151.2p per litre for diesel on Thursday, according to analysis by motoring research charity the RAC Foundation.

That is more than all other major retailers.

Supermarket-branded fuel remains the cheapest despite savings compared with that sold by other companies narrowing in recent years.

Morrisons was found to have the lowest price for fuel, with its forecourts charging an average of 136.9p per litre for petrol and 145.5p per litre for diesel.

The figures suggest filling a 55-litre family petrol car is typically £3.14 cheaper at Morrisons compared with Shell.

Shell petrol garages are the most expensive in Britain, according to the RAC Shell petrol garages are the most expensive in Britain, according to the RAC Credit: PAUL ELLIS/AFP via Getty Images 9:15AM [54]

French inflation remains three times 2021 levels

French inflation slowed slightly on average last year as a sharp fall in energy prices offset the soaring cost of food, official data showed.

Consumer prices rose by 4.9pc in 2023, down from 5.2pc the previous year, according to statistics agency INSEE.

But it remained much higher than in 2021, when it reached 1.6pc. French inflation reached 0.5pc in 2020.

Inflation accelerated across the world following the pandemic and jumped higher after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine sent energy and food prices soaring in 2022.

Energy prices slowed sharply in France last year “due to the partial downturn in petroleum product prices”, rising by 5.6pc after reaching 23.1pc in 2022, INSEE said.

But food prices accelerated to 11.8pc in 2023 after rising by 6.8pc the year before.

9:07AM [55]

Vistry increases profit forecast after switch to affordable homes

Housebuilder Vistry said it expects profits to come in £8m higher than its previous forecast months after it said it would switch its entire focus onto affordable homes.

The developer, formerly known as Bovis Homes, said it expects pre-tax profits to hit £418m, higher than previous guidance of £410m.

It sold 16,124 homes during the year, which was down 5.4pc but well ahead of rivals such as Persimmon and Taylor Wimpey, which reported declines of a third and around a quarter this week.

 The company’s share price was up 2.5pc in early trading.

Chief executive Greg Fitzgerald said:

Looking ahead, working with our highly valued partners we are committed to increasing the delivery of much needed homes across the country, and in the fourth quarter have continued to secure exciting new developments that reflect our high return, asset-light partnerships model.

Our forward sales of £4.5bn is up 12.4pc on prior year and positions us well to deliver a step-up in total completions in FY24 and make progress towards our medium-term targets and the return of £1bn of capital to shareholders.

8:44AM [56]

FTSE 100 rises as Yemen strikes send gold and oil higher

UK stocks rose amid a broad rally as investors cheered as the British economy rebounded in November.

The blue-chip FTSE 100 was up 0.8pc and the midcap FTSE 250 index gained 1pc, although both the indexes were set to book losses for the second consecutive week.

Precious metal miners were the top gainers with a 2.5pc jump, boosted by higher gold prices as global strikes on Yemen added to fears of further escalation in the Middle East conflict, enhancing the bullion’s safe-haven appeal.

The strikes also lifted the price of oil higher by 2.2pc, sending energy stocks 1pc higher.

Burberry shares remain at the bottom of the FTSE 100, although their drop has fallen back to 5.9pc after the British luxury fashion brand warned its full-year results would fall below its previous guidance.

The luxury retailer dragged the personal goods sector down to an 11-year low.

8:30AM [57]

Burberry shares plunge as wealthy shoppers cut back

Burberry shares plunged to the bottom of the FTSE 100 after the fashion giant said a slowdown in demand for its luxury goods worsened in December as wealthy shoppers tightened their belts.

The London-based fashion house saw its share price sink as much as 14.6pc in early trading after it slashed its profit guidance for the year as a result.

It said trading has been affected by a continued “slowdown in luxury demand” after rises in the cost of living and increases to interest rates globally.

Jonathan Akeroyd, chief executive officer of the firm, said it saw a “further deceleration in our key December trading period” which will weigh on its profitability.

Burberry had already seen its shares slump following its previous update in November, when it warned sales growth was lagging behind targets due to pressure in the luxury market.

8:26AM [58]

Technical recession 'still potentially on the cards,' warns KPMG

As November’s GDP growth cancelled out the declines suffered in October, KPMG UK chief economist Yael Selfin said: 

New year but old problems for the UK economy. 

The economic outlook currently remains gloomy, with a technical recession still potentially on the cards in the second half of 2023, especially given the expected impact from the industrial action in December. 

Nonetheless, even if the economy manages to avoid a recession, it is expected to remain in stagnation territory.

Manufacturing recovered somewhat after it was hit by the impact of high interest rates and weakening global economic activity, while construction is experiencing difficulties from a slowdown in housebuilding. 

The hope is that the outlook ahead will brighten as mortgage rates continue to fall, improving affordability dynamics.    

The second half of the year could see fortunes changing for the UK economy, with inflation expected to continue to normalise. 

This could raise the prospect of earlier interest rate cuts, with the Bank of England likely to be wary about the risk of overtightening given the weak economic backdrop.

8:16AM [59]

We're more confidence about next six months, say economists

The outlook for growth in the next six months is more positive despite the risk of Britain falling into a technical recession, according to economists.

Barret Kupelian, chief economist at PwC, said:

The UK economy grew by around 0.3pc on a monthly basis during November and managed to shrug off fears about a downturn, at least for now. 

A technical recession could still be on the cards if UK output fails to grow by at least 0.2pc next month, assuming no further revisions on the economic data.

We are, however, more positive about the six-month economic outlook. 

The US Federal Reserve’s pivot in December followed by a series of more positive inflation data in the UK has already led to lower market interest rates.

We have already seen the impact of this in real wages growing and mortgage rates dropping, all of which are expected to alleviate the squeeze on households at a much faster pace than originally expected. 

From a policy perspective, sustainable lower market interest rates also mean that the government could end up with sizable fiscal headroom ahead of the Budget in March which it could opt to spend in a bid to encourage economic activity.

8:10AM [60]

FTSE 100 open higher as economy grows

The FTSE 100 opened higher after the official figures showed the economy returned to growth in November.

The energy-heavy index jumped 0.7pc higher to 7,631.05 as oil and gas stocks were boosted by airstrikes in Yemen, which lifted the price of crude.

The domestically-focused FTSE 250 has gained 0.9pc to 19,272.60.

8:01AM [61]

Oil lurches higher as UK and US launch airstrikes on Yemen

Oil prices jumped as Britain and the US launched airstrikes against Houthi rebels in Yemen in response to the attacks on ships in the Red Sea that have disrupted global trade. 

Brent crude has risen by 2.2pc in early trading to more than $79 a barrel, while US-produced West Texas Intermediate has risen 2.3pc towards $74.

Rishi Sunak said British forces participated in joint attacks with the US that are “targeted strikes against military facilities” and he stressed that the action taken was “limited, necessary and proportionate... in self-defence”.

US President Joe Biden said US military forces, backed by the UK and supported by Australia, Bahrain, Canada, and the Netherlands, successfully conducted strikes against a number of targets in Yemen.

The Houthis had launched their largest assault to date on shipping in the Red Sea earlier this week, despite the presence of a US-led naval force. 

7:47AM [62]

Economy is not going anywhere, warns IoD

The UK economy merely clawed back lost ground with its larger than expected growth in November, business leaders have said, warning that Britain is still at risk of technical recession.

Dr Roger Barker, director of policy at the Institute of Directors, said:

Although monthly GDP figures can be volatile, it was reassuring to see that GDP grew in November. 

However, over a longer time horizon, the economy is not going anywhere. 

November’s increase merely clawed back the ground lost in October. We will still need to wait for December’s GDP figure to find out if the UK avoided a technical recession in 2023.

Services output drove the uptick in November, with the retail trade doing particularly well. 

This was consistent with the picture presented by the latest retail sales figures and recent announcements from major retailers. Black Friday may have helped, along with a lull in the intensity of industrial action during that month. 

On the downside, adverse weather conditions – particularly strong wind and rain – led to delay across many building projects. This exerted a drag on output in the construction sector.

7:42AM [63]

Burberry issues profit warning after weak Christmas

Away from the economic data for a moment, Burberry has warned that its annual results will be below previous guidance.

The British luxury fashion brand blamed a further slowdown in demand that hit sales in the key December trading period.

The group now expects full-year adjusted operating profit in a range between £410m and £460m.

Retail revenue in the last three months of 2023 was down 7pc at £706m while comparable store sales fell 4pc. 

Sales were up 3pc in the Asia Pacific region but down 5pc in Europe and down 15pc in the Americas.

Burberry has issued a profit warning after weak December sales Burberry has issued a profit warning after weak December sales Credit: Burberry/Tyrone Lebon 7:31AM [64]

'Not much momentum' for economy moving into 2024, say investors

Neil Birrell, chief investment officer at asset manager Premier Miton, said:

The UK economy returned to growth in November, although this may not prevent the fourth quarter of 2023 being another one of contraction. 

Whether the economy slides into a mild recession or not is unlikely to matter too much, but there is not much momentum moving into 2024. 

However, given the inflation and interest rate pressures, this is a creditable performance and with rate cuts in the pipeline and an election looming, there is some stimulus on the way.

7:28AM [65]

Pound edges higher as UK economy grows

The pound has edged up after official figures showed the UK economy expanded in November.

Sterling has risen 0.1pc against the dollar to move in the direction of $1.28, having gained 0.3pc on Thursday.

Against the euro, the pound is up 0.1pc, making a euro worth less than 86p.

7:20AM [66]

'All to play for' in battle to avoid recession

The 0.3pc growth in November is the opposite of the 0.3pc contraction suffered in October, meaning Britain is still teetering on the brink of a recession if next month’s data shows the economy shrank in December.

This graph from Panmure Gordon chief economist Simon French shows the rollercoaster that has been UK GDP over the last two years:

The random walk that is UK monthly GDP continues as it stumbles from lamppost to lamppost. +0.3% in November, after a 0.3 fall in October. All to play for regarding output growth in Q4 given decent signs of activity in retail, hospitality & manufacturing sector. pic.twitter.com/QP4DxWR3Z0[67]

— Simon French (@shjfrench) January 12, 2024[68]

Whilst I am no fan of monthly data - & think @ONS should scrap publication - it seems to suggest early Q4 soft patch by UK consumers/manufacturers turned up later in the quarter, with recent plc reporting seeming to corroborate this. Decent chance recession (again) gets avoided https://t.co/MTch42rhdh[69][70]

— Simon French (@shjfrench) January 12, 2024[71] 7:16AM [72]

UK economy experiencing 'on-off growth'

Independent economist Julian Jessop cheered the return to growth in the UK economy, but lamented that it simply erased the 0.3pc contraction suffered in October:

💥 The UK economy's on-off growth is on again: monthly #GDP[73] rose 0.3% in November. though this simply reversed October's 0.3% fall.

On the 3m on 3m comparison (Sep-Nov vs Jun-Aug), GDP was down 0.2%. ☹️ pic.twitter.com/yKC1oPXW2R[74]

— Julian Jessop (@julianHjessop) January 12, 2024[75] 7:12AM [76]

Hunt: Tax cuts put us in a strong position for growth

After the release of the GDP figures, Chancellor Jeremy Hunt said:

While growth in November is welcome news, it will be slower as we bring inflation back to its 2pc target. 

But we have seen that advanced economies with lower taxes have grown more rapidly, so our tax cuts for businesses and workers put the UK in a strong position for growth into the future.

7:11AM [77]

Retail, car leasing and computer games companies lead UK bounce back

After the UK economy grew by more than expected in November, ONS chief economist Grant Fitzner said:

The economy contracted a little over the three months to November, with widespread falls across manufacturing industries, which were partially offset by increases in public services, which saw less impact from strike action.

GDP bounced back in the month to November, however, led by services with retail, car leasing and computer games companies all having a buoyant month.

The longer term picture remains one of an economy that has shown little growth over the last year.

7:07AM [78]

Economy bounces back in boost for Sunak

Britain’s economy grew by more than expected in November, official figures show, delivering a boost for Rishi Sunak as he aims to show Britain avoided a recession at the end of last year.

Gross domestic product (GDP) expanded by 0.3pc during the month, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

Economists had expected the economy to grow by 0.2pc.

The uplift was driven by the services sector, which rose by 0.4pc during the month, and was the biggest contributor to economic growth.

The UK economy had experienced a big decline in economic output in October, with the economy contracting by 0.3pc, more than reversing the 0.2pc rise in September.

The weak figures for the fourth quarter come after the economy had shrank by 0.1pc in the three months to September. Two consecutive quarters of contraction are considered the definition of a recession.

The latest growth comes as the Prime Minister aims to meet one of his five key pledges to grow the economy as he tries to get on the front foot ahead of a general election expected in the second half of this year.

Chancellor Jeremy Hunt said: “While growth in November is welcome news, it will be slower as we bring inflation back to its 2pc target. 

“But we have seen that advanced economies with lower taxes have grown more rapidly, so our tax cuts for businesses and workers put the UK in a strong position for growth into the future.”

GDP fell 0.2% in the three months to November 2023.

Services was flat (0.0%), while production was down 1.5% and construction down 0.6%

➡️ https://t.co/WFpvckBAE7 pic.twitter.com/pZZvrHf5x7[79][80]

— Office for National Statistics (ONS) (@ONS) January 12, 2024[81] 7:03AM [82]

Good morning

Thanks for joining me. Britain’s economy grew in November, the latest data from the Office for National Statistics show.

Gross domestic product (GDP) expanded by 0.3pc in a boost to Rishi Sunak’s pledge to grow Britain’s economy as he gears up for a general election later this year.

5 things to start your day 

1) Global trade in the cross hairs as Red Sea crisis rages[83] | Houthi attacks on commercial shipping are already impacting supply chains

2) Dyson criticises ‘perverse’ ruling after losing £150m battle with Brussels[84] | British company loses damages claim in decade-long dispute over energy labels

3) China built more solar panels in 2023 than entire world in 2022[85] | Beijing drives breakneck expansion in bid to hit peak CO2 emissions by 2030

4) Ambrose Evans Pritchard: China’s relentless quest for growth is a toxic feedback loop of its own making[86] | Vast overinvestment is self-destructive – and intolerable for the global economy

5) Ben Marlow: Vanity projects risk tripping up Marks & Spencer after remarkable resurgence[87] | Talk of empire building is enough to give investors sleepless nightsWhat happened overnight 

Oil prices surged after US and UK forces launched strikes against Iran-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen following attacks on ships in the Red Sea, fuelling worries about a wider conflict in the crude-rich region.

Brent futures jumped 2pc to $79 a barrel, while US West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude rose 2.1pc to $73.55.

Tokyo stocks ended higher, extending gains from the previous day’s session when the benchmark Nikkei index closed above 35,000 for the first time since 1990.

The Nikkei 225 closed up 1.5pc, or 527.25 points, at 35,577.11, while the broader Topix index added 0.5pc, or 11.36 points, to 2,494.23.

China’s blue chips and Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index were mostly flat. 

In the US, the Dow Jones Industrial Average of 30 top American companies finished up less than 0.1 percent at 37,711.02. The broad-based S&P 500 fell 0.1px to 4,780.24, while the tech-rich Nasdaq Composite index was unchanged at 14,970.19.

Steve Sosnick of Interactive Brokers noted the importance of new inflation figures for the US, which were higher than expected. “The CPI was not a good number,” he said. But it “wasn’t bad enough to give us a real reason for a sell-off either. And that’s why we were sort of muddling around at slightly lower levels.”

The yield on 10-year US Treasury bonds declined yesterday by five basis points to 3.98pc.

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M60 traffic: Motorway blocked after Asda lorry catches fire and crews battle to tackle blaze

There's traffic chaos on the M60 with part of the motorway blocked after an Asda[1] lorry caught fire[2].

Fire crews battled to put out the blaze as huge queues of vehicles formed from the scene near Junction 3 for the A34 Kingsway in Greater Manchester. It is unclear how the fire started, but the supermarket giant has confirmed no one was hurt. The queues continue to stretch past Junction 5 for Princess Parkway, according to motorway cameras.

Photos on the ground showed huge plumes of smoke and flames coming from the delivery lorry, which was ablaze on the southbound carriageway. The motorway stretch is currently blocked with delays in the area after the incident at around 2.45pm.

Other images and footage shared to X, formerly Twitter[3], show crews dousing the rear part of the lorry with water as smoke billows out over the motorway. One witness said on the social media platform: "Luckily, the front of the cab was still intact just the grocery cargo etc is on fire."

An Asda spokesperson said: "We are aware of an incident involving one of our vehicles on the M60 around Manchester. We are pleased that nobody is injured and emergency services have now attended the site."

Have you been affected by this incident? Let us know at [email protected]

Huge plumes of smoke are coming from the lorry ( @CheadleAnt/Twitter)

Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service has confirmed six fire engines were dispatched to the scene, and the fire was put out by 4.30pm. A spokesperson said: "At around 2.40pm today (Friday January 12) eight fire engines from Withington, Whitehill, Wythenshawe, Cheadle, Stockport, Moss Side, Gorton and Altrincham fire stations attended a large goods vehicle on fire near to junction three of the M60 motorway. Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus used three hose reels to extinguish the fire and make the scene safe. Crews remain in attendance.”

National Highways tweeted: "The #M60 in #GreaterManchester is blocked anti-clockwise within J3 due to a vehicle fire. Police and Fire & Rescue are currently in attendance. We'll get you released shortly. Thanks for your patience." Travel service Inrix says: "M60 anticlockwise blocked, queueing traffic due to vehicle fire at J3 A34 Kingsway. Congestion to J5 (Princess Parkway). Ongoing since around 14:45. Traffic is slow in the opposite direction."

Greater Manchester Police[4] have been contacted for further information.

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Pick-up truck lands on top of Ohio cop car in end to dramatic road chase: Terrified onlookers get OUT of their

Harrowing footage shows the moment a police chase in Ohio[2] culminated with the suspect's truck crashing atop a poorly positioned cop car.

Rife with gunfire, the video comes straight from a highway in Dayton, where many - including the person behind the camera - witnessed the chase[3] on US 35 Monday.

The driver also managed to capture the multi-vehicle crash that ensued, which cops said was initially spurred by reports of a man striking a relative with the same pickup at a nearby trailer park. 

He also caught some of the subsequent shooting, when cops flocked to subdue him.

When cops got to the scene, Trotwood Police Chief Erik Wilson explained, police found the female victim. Later in the day, the officer recounted how an effort to administer aid was interrupted by the fleeing suspect[4], who by then had already brandished his weapon.

Still unnamed, the man proceeded to speed past officers - pointing 'a long' firearm as he passed.  A chase ensued, the chief continued, ending with the suspect and an officer who had been inside the car that was careened into both being hospitalized.

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Harrowing footage out of Dayton, Ohio, shows how a police chase Monday afternoon culminated with the suspect's truck crashing atop a cop car (seen here) Harrowing footage out of Dayton, Ohio, shows how a police chase Monday afternoon culminated with the suspect's truck crashing atop a cop car (seen here)

Harrowing footage out of Dayton, Ohio, shows how a police chase Monday afternoon culminated with the suspect's truck crashing atop a cop car (seen here)

The suspect, still unnamed, has been hospitalized, cops said, as is the case with the Trotwood police officer inside the cop car that the suspect's careened into The suspect, still unnamed, has been hospitalized, cops said, as is the case with the Trotwood police officer inside the cop car that the suspect's careened into

The suspect, still unnamed, has been hospitalized, cops said, as is the case with the Trotwood police officer inside the cop car that the suspect's careened into

As of Tuesday, the suspect has yet to be named, but both are expected to survive with minor injuries, cops said.

A few hours after the scare - which as the witness footage indicates, was like something out of a warzone - the chief described to a packed room how his department believed the events transpired, building up to to gun battle climax that occurred after the  the perp crashed and swerved into oncoming traffic.[5]

'At approximately 10:54 am on today's date, Trotwood police crews were dispatched to Voyager Village trailer park home for a vehicle-pedestrian accident,' he recalled.

'Upon crews' arrival to the trailer park complex, crews located a female victim and were rendering first-aid to [her after she was] struck by the suspect,' he continued.

'While this was going on, the suspect involved in the accident drove past the police crews at a high rate of speed, and pointed a long weapon at them as he drove by,' Wilson went on to reveal.

'Trotwood officers then attempted to catch up to the vehicle and affect a traffic a stop, but the suspect continued to travel east on Third Street/US 35.'

At that point, the officer said, the man behind the wheel 'began swerving into oncoming traffic.

'The suspect then turned right, on US 35, and continued to head east,' he added. By then, several other agencies, including the Montgomery County Sheriff, had joined in on the chase, which went on to escalate even further, he said.

As of Tuesday, the suspect has yet to be named, but both are expected to survive with minor injuries, cops said As of Tuesday, the suspect has yet to be named, but both are expected to survive with minor injuries, cops said

As of Tuesday, the suspect has yet to be named, but both are expected to survive with minor injuries, cops said

Several clips captured by bystanders caught the action on the roadway in the early afternoon -  all rife which were filled with gunfire as cops sought to subdue the suspects seconds after he crashed into the cop car Several clips captured by bystanders caught the action on the roadway in the early afternoon -  all rife which were filled with gunfire as cops sought to subdue the suspects seconds after he crashed into the cop car

Several clips captured by bystanders caught the action on the roadway in the early afternoon -  all rife which were filled with gunfire as cops sought to subdue the suspects seconds after he crashed into the cop car

The crash - which as of Tuesday was still being investigated - saw not just one, but two police vehilces struck, cops said, with video and photos showing a Montgomery Sheriff patrol vehicle also severely damaged by the strike The crash - which as of Tuesday was still being investigated - saw not just one, but two police vehilces struck, cops said, with video and photos showing a Montgomery Sheriff patrol vehicle also severely damaged by the strike

The crash - which as of Tuesday was still being investigated - saw not just one, but two police vehilces struck, cops said, with video and photos showing a Montgomery Sheriff patrol vehicle also severely damaged by the strike

A few hours after the scare - which as the witness footage indicates was like something out of a warzone - Trotwood Police Chief Erik Wilson described how his department believed the events transpired A few hours after the scare - which as the witness footage indicates was like something out of a warzone - Trotwood Police Chief Erik Wilson described how his department believed the events transpired

A few hours after the scare - which as the witness footage indicates was like something out of a warzone - Trotwood Police Chief Erik Wilson described how his department believed the events transpired

'At approximately 10:54 am on today's date, Trotwood police crews were dispatched to Voyager Village trailer park home for a vehicle-pedestrian accident,' he recalled 'At approximately 10:54 am on today's date, Trotwood police crews were dispatched to Voyager Village trailer park home for a vehicle-pedestrian accident,' he recalled

'At approximately 10:54 am on today's date, Trotwood police crews were dispatched to Voyager Village trailer park home for a vehicle-pedestrian accident,' he recalled

'Upon crews' arrival to the trailer park complex, crews located a female victim and were rendering first-aid to [her after she was] struck by the suspect,' he continued 'Upon crews' arrival to the trailer park complex, crews located a female victim and were rendering first-aid to [her after she was] struck by the suspect,' he continued

'Upon crews' arrival to the trailer park complex, crews located a female victim and were rendering first-aid to [her after she was] struck by the suspect,' he continued

'While this was going on, the suspect involved in the accident drove past the police crews at a high rate of speed, and pointed a long weapon at them as he drove by,' Wilson went on to reveal 'While this was going on, the suspect involved in the accident drove past the police crews at a high rate of speed, and pointed a long weapon at them as he drove by,' Wilson went on to reveal

'While this was going on, the suspect involved in the accident drove past the police crews at a high rate of speed, and pointed a long weapon at them as he drove by,' Wilson went on to reveal

'Trotwood officers then attempted to catch up to the vehicle and affect a traffic a stop, but the suspect continued to travel east on Third Street/US 35' 'Trotwood officers then attempted to catch up to the vehicle and affect a traffic a stop, but the suspect continued to travel east on Third Street/US 35'

'Trotwood officers then attempted to catch up to the vehicle and affect a traffic a stop, but the suspect continued to travel east on Third Street/US 35'

'The suspect then turned right, on US 35, and continued to head east,' he added. By then, several other agencies, including the Montgomery County Sheriff, had joined in on the chase, which went on to escalate even further 'The suspect then turned right, on US 35, and continued to head east,' he added. By then, several other agencies, including the Montgomery County Sheriff, had joined in on the chase, which went on to escalate even further

'The suspect then turned right, on US 35, and continued to head east,' he added. By then, several other agencies, including the Montgomery County Sheriff, had joined in on the chase, which went on to escalate even further

In an attempt to avoid this, Wilson revealed, 'an attempt to stop the vehicle was made' - leading the suspect to '[make] a U-turn at Abbey [Avenue] and US 35' so that he was now heading back westbound, Wilson said In an attempt to avoid this, Wilson revealed, 'an attempt to stop the vehicle was made' - leading the suspect to '[make] a U-turn at Abbey [Avenue] and US 35' so that he was now heading back westbound, Wilson said

In an attempt to avoid this, Wilson revealed, 'an attempt to stop the vehicle was made' - leading the suspect to '[make] a U-turn at Abbey [Avenue] and US 35' so that he was now heading back westbound, Wilson said

That's when the perpetrator 'began firing at officers from his moving vehicle', Wilson recalled - before going on to describe how the fleeing truck eventually found itself atop one of the responding police vehicles, after crashing into another That's when the perpetrator 'began firing at officers from his moving vehicle', Wilson recalled - before going on to describe how the fleeing truck eventually found itself atop one of the responding police vehicles, after crashing into another

That's when the perpetrator 'began firing at officers from his moving vehicle', Wilson recalled - before going on to describe how the fleeing truck eventually found itself atop one of the responding police vehicles, after crashing into another

'At the intersection of Liscum [Drive] and US 35, the driver traveled across all lanes of traffic and struck, head-on, a Trotwood police cruiser, and a Montgomery County Sheriff's deputy's vehicle, which was traveling eastbound,' Wilson revealed. 'At the intersection of Liscum [Drive] and US 35, the driver traveled across all lanes of traffic and struck, head-on, a Trotwood police cruiser, and a Montgomery County Sheriff's deputy's vehicle, which was traveling eastbound,' Wilson revealed.

'At the intersection of Liscum [Drive] and US 35, the driver traveled across all lanes of traffic and struck, head-on, a Trotwood police cruiser, and a Montgomery County Sheriff's deputy's vehicle, which was traveling eastbound,' Wilson revealed.

'The [suspect] struck both of them,' he stated, an assertion that supported by the aforementioned witness video as well as several other clips of the moment of impact captured by horrified motorists 'The [suspect] struck both of them,' he stated, an assertion that supported by the aforementioned witness video as well as several other clips of the moment of impact captured by horrified motorists

'The [suspect] struck both of them,' he stated, an assertion that supported by the aforementioned witness video as well as several other clips of the moment of impact captured by horrified motorists

As the clips all indicate, 'Multiple shots were fired by police at that time,' Wilson explained. As the clips all indicate, 'Multiple shots were fired by police at that time,' Wilson explained.

As the clips all indicate, 'Multiple shots were fired by police at that time,' Wilson explained.

He then revealed how following the gun battle - captured though the sound of consecutive 'pop-pops' in the witness clips - the suspect was subdued and transported to a local area hospital. He then revealed how following the gun battle - captured though the sound of consecutive 'pop-pops' in the witness clips - the suspect was subdued and transported to a local area hospital.

He then revealed how following the gun battle - captured though the sound of consecutive 'pop-pops' in the witness clips - the suspect was subdued and transported to a local area hospital.

'The Trotwood officer who was in the cruiser,' he added, 'was taken out of vehicle and transported to a local area hospital as well.' The female victim was also hosptialized. All are expected to recover 'The Trotwood officer who was in the cruiser,' he added, 'was taken out of vehicle and transported to a local area hospital as well.' The female victim was also hosptialized. All are expected to recover

'The Trotwood officer who was in the cruiser,' he added, 'was taken out of vehicle and transported to a local area hospital as well.' The female victim was also hosptialized. All are expected to recover

In an attempt to avoid this, Wilson revealed, 'an attempt to stop the vehicle was made' - leading the suspect to '[make] a U-turn at Abbey [Avenue] and US 35' so that he was now heading back westbound, Wilson said.

That's when the perpetrator 'began firing at officers from his moving vehicle', Wilson recalled - before going on to describe how the fleeing truck eventually found itself atop one of the responding police vehicles, after crashing into another.  

'At the intersection of Liscum [Drive] and US 35, the driver traveled across all lanes of traffic and struck, head-on, a Trotwood police cruiser, and a Montgomery County Sheriff's deputy's vehicle, which was traveling eastbound,' Wilson revealed.

'The [suspect] struck both of them,' he stated - in an assertion that was supported by the aforementioned witness video, as well as several others.

As the clips all indicate,  'Multiple shots were fired by police at that time,' Wilson explained.

He then revealed how following the gun battle - captured though the sound of consecutive 'pop-pops' in the witness clips - the suspect was subdued and transported to a local area hospital.

'The Trotwood officer who was in the cruiser,' he added, 'was taken out of vehicle and transported to a local area hospital as well.'

Choosing not to name the suspect or the stricken officer - both of whom suffered unspecified injuries but are expected to recover - Wilson reiterated how officers' investigation into the crash, the alleged assault that predated it, and the gun battle that followed remains 'ongoing.  

Currently being conducted by the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigations, the probe is being bolstered by a simultaneous investigation by the Trotwood police department, which Wilson said will be conducting its own 'internal investigation.' 

'That's pretty much what we have,' the chief concluded Tuesday, hours after cops from his department were seen surveying the unthinkable wreck.

Following an hours-long investigation, the stretch of U.S. 35 affected by the incident reopened around 8 pm.

In the incident's aftermath, a woman who witnessed the crash and shooting told WHIO TV 7 how she had been traumatized when the chase suddenly came to an end in front of her, sparking worries she was about to get caught up in the middle of it all.

'I was shaking for about two hours, honestly,' she said, only providing her first name Suzanne to the station. 'It was a horrific thing to see.'

The woman hit by the pickup, meanwhile, was also not identified, but was also was taken to a local hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening, police said.

DailyMail.com has reached out to the Trotwood police department for an update. 

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  4. ^ interrupted by the fleeing suspect (www.dailymail.co.uk)
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The year the seams bulged – insidetime & insideinformation

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The New Year is traditionally a time for new beginnings: turning over a new leaf, writing a new page, righting past wrongs. ‘We look backwards to go forwards’ as the coach proclaimed at a rugby match I attended in Portland Prison at the end of the year. (For those who don’t know the rules of rugby, throwing the ball forwards is forbidden.) So how does 2023, the post-Covid era, line up with recent years? How easy to find Highs? How difficult to pinpoint Lows?

Sadly, it is only too easy to find Lows, under the twin headings of Overcrowding and Understaffing. To make the point about overcrowding, I’ve attached the prison numbers for each month, both for England and Wales and, separately, Scotland. These figures must be seen against a background of constantly rising numbers, from 45,000 in 1990 to a position dangerously near prison capacity. 

Understaffing, the other half of the wicked twins, emphasises and increases all the problems of overfull jails. Numbers tell a story, but the story can also be told in cells, built for one, used by two, men and women, locked up for long periods, particularly at weekends; visits to education, libraries, outdoor exercise, or gym, limited or missed altogether. Even with the best will in the world, an officer can’t be in two places at once, which leads to other losses as men are confined to one wing.

Yet, over the past year, I have left a prison from a visit exhilarated by what I have witnessed. I watch men of all ages up to 90 putting their heart into singing ‘I believe’. I see people discussing books as cogently as any radio panel. I admire paintings, poetry, good fellowship and, where they’re allowed it, the hope and determination and dignity that should be every human being’s right. These are the Highs, the majority due to the work of charities and trusts working with individual governors, and energetic and motivated staff who battle for the time.

Now and again there are the other sort of Highs, the political sort, when the Prisons Minister, or Justice Secretary, suggests, for example, that short sentences are a bad idea, or a judge wonders whether sentences have become too long – so let’s hope those ideas become reality in 2024, and the £4 billion set aside for prison building turns out to be a bit on the High side.

Meanwhile, here comes the past…

January prison numbers: England & Wales 82,212, Scotland 7,303

Low 

Police cells have been put on standby and governors have been told to create more spaces in their jails to cope with a surge in prisoner numbers. It led to a warning from a watchdog that accepting more men at an already-crowded prison “poses a serious risk to safety and security.” The number of prisoners in England and Wales increased by 800 in October and November – the biggest two-month increase on record. Prison governors accused the government of ‘being in a panic’.

Low 

Prison staff shortages increase, particularly in the South East. During the last 12 months, 23.8 % of staff have left.

High 

‘Seeding Hope’ is an exciting new social enterprise, established to grow trees within prisons, at the same time growing people and helping generate hope.

Low 

Food budget cut by 14%, to £2.54 per prisoner per day.

February prison numbers: England and Wales 83,188, Scotland 7,423

Low 

The Governor of Berwyn Prison, Nick Leader, tells his local paper that he has 117 staff vacancies out of expected 730.

Kyle: “I’ve always had a talent for Maths”

High 

I interview Kyle in a smart office near Oxford Circus in London. But not so long ago he was in prison with a drugs conviction. With the help of the Longford Trust, Kyle was able to continue his university reading maths and come out with a 2:1 degree. Just as important, his mentor, a successful start-up entrepreneur, gave him a job. An illustration of where education and determination can get you. A prison sentence doesn’t have to be the end. 

Low 

IPP figures still stand at 3,000, of which half are on recall. The Ministry of Justice, still led by Dominic Raab, rejects the Justice Select Committee inquiry findings which recommended a re-sentencing exercise that would have seen those convicted resentenced and given a fair punishment under present law. The IPP sentence was abolished in 2012 when it was found to be illegal.

High 

I go to HMP Stafford and see the effect that being part of a choir has on men, most of whom have never sung before. When the three sections – tenor, baritone and bass – launch into ‘I believe’, I want to stand up and cheer. Best of all is to see how they watch each other and work together as a team. It was organised by the charity Beating Time.

March prison numbers: England and Wales 83,990, Scotland 7,495

Low 

Compared to men, there are far fewer women in prison than men, but there are still several thousand, so it’s shocking to see levels of violence. Every day there are 52 incidents of self-harm, a rate eight times higher than in men’s jails.

High 

The Synergy Theatre Project came into being in 2000 when its founder, director Esther Baker, won a Butler Trust award. Her vision, of working with prisoners and staging plays both inside and outside prison on subjects that relate to the men and women she meets there, has grown into a great educational and artistic venture. When I interviewed her at a production of ‘He said she said’, which tackles the reasons for knife crime among young people, she emphasised that drama could be ‘transformative’. She should know. She’s made it happen.

Low 

Go Home, Jails are Full.

High (optimistically) 

Lord Justice Edis said courts should now “have an awareness of the impact of current prison population levels” when passing sentence. He added: “It will be a matter for Government to communicate in the courts when prison conditions have returned to normal.” The Senior Presiding Judge is obviously an optimist.

April prison numbers: England and Wales 84,436, Scotland 7,507

Low 

A prisoner at HMP Manchester faces punishment after a rooftop protest at the continuing of the IPP sentences.

High 

Steve Gallant, who was serving a life sentence for murder and whose bravery stopped an armed terrorist on a killing spree, and Darryn Frost, a civil servant, met during the Fishmongers’ Hall attack. Now they are planning to set up a string of hostels where newly-released prisoners will live and be helped to find jobs. 

High 

A pamphlet written and illustrated by prisoners in HMP Pentonville collects memories of ‘Changing London’ from 1946-2022. Carl writes: “At its best, my home has always been a place where immigrants could make their mark and build their lives. The fusion of cultures can’t fail but impress its mark upon you. I am an African Caribbean man brought up on Turkish pizzas, Portuguese custard tarts and Mauritius curries as much as pasties and coco bread.”

Portrait of new King by Jason – HMP Lindholm

High 

Jason Knowland from HMP Lindholme paints a superb portrait of King Charles to honour his coronation.

May prison numbers: England and Wales 84,772, Scotland 7,588

Low 

Former Conservative Prime Minister John Major points out that the UK has the highest rate of imprisonment in Western Europe. He argues that too many people are jailed on ‘pointless’ short sentences when they should be given community punishment or be treated in hospital. Speaking at the Old Bailey, he adds: “To have inmates held in worst conditions than in Victorian times is an indictment of policy that is hard to ignore.” The event was organised by the Prison Reform Trust.

Low 

The latest report from the Chief Inspector of Prisons, Charlie Taylor, describes “prisoners locked in their cells or aimlessly stuck on the wings.” He writes that “… prisoners who have not had sufficient opportunities to become involved with education, training or work, and have spent their sentences languishing in their cells, are more likely to reoffend when they come out.” 

June prison numbers: England and Wales 85,407, Scotland 7,703

High (Optimistically) 

As part of a special report on IPPs, our columnist Raymond Smith expresses the hope that new Justice Secretary Alex Chalk, replacing the disgraced Dominic Raab, will tackle problems in prison, including IPPs. When a minister in the Justice department in 2017 Chalk spoke convincingly about the need for change.

July prison numbers: England and Wales 86,035, Scotland 7,775

High 

Happily, I see a brighter picture when I visit HMP Dovegate and get Anna-Marie, not an officer, but holding the keys, to give me a short course on Distance Learning. We end up talking to MB, a young man with a long sentence who is on the third module of a Criminology and Sociology course. He tells me: “Distance learning is singularly the greatest tool available to any prisoner.” Funding comes from the Prisoners’ Education Trust, the Open University’s own funding, or the Longford Trust.

High 

The campaign to free men and women still serving endless imprisonment on IPP sentences made a new kind of appearance in the House of Commons with an exhibition of photos, artworks and poems. It was organised by Donna Mooney of UNGRIPP, whose brother Tommy took his own life while serving an IPP sentence.

August prison numbers: England and Wales 86,763, Scotland 7,887

High 

I am wowed, in HMP Wormwood Scrubs’ magnificent chapel, by violinist Kerenza Peacock. Twenty men from the Prison Choir Project are in the audience. From Vivaldi to stories of smuggling her violin into the Great Pyramid in Egypt, she keeps us enthralled. The top choice is Meditations by Massenet, the very piece Kerenza played in the pyramid’s subterranean chamber. ‘Very calming’, as Germaine described it afterwards; quite true, and better above ground.

Low 

One in eight prison officers in England and Wales took time off for mental health reasons in 2022, according to figures from HM Prison and Probation Service. The number has almost doubled in five years.

Low 

It’s all very well watching prison numbers rise, but when one of those numbers is an innocent man serving 17 years for a crime he didn’t commit, despite appeals, that’s a different matter. How did it happen? Why did it happen? How many other numbers relate to innocent men? Could it happen again? Our front page told Andrew Malkinson’s shocking story and we tried to answer some of the questions inside.

September prison numbers: England and Wales 87,124, Scotland 7,954

High 

HMP Dartmoor was enveloped in a cloud as I approached over the moor. But inside, a celebration was being held for the 20th birthday of Storybook Dads. During speeches, founder Sharon Berry described the journey to the present high-tech presentation as men read a book for their child or children, which is then edited to include full illustrations. As a volunteer from HMP Erlestoke said to me: “For a few precious minutes, the men are as focussed as anyone who has been sitting with a child reading a story, building a lifelong bond…” Incidentally, The Gruffalo was top choice book, followed by – The Gruffalo’s Child.

October prison numbers: England and Wales 88,016, Scotland 7,918

Low 

A daring escape from Wandsworth prison made the Justice Select Committee decide to announce an inquiry into prison capacity. How did an ex-soldier and suspected terrorist manage to strap himself to the underside of a food delivery lorry and exit through the gates? Overcrowding leading to lax running of the prison was the obvious answer.

Three of the Inside Team who know what they’re talking about – Noel Smith, Matthew Williams and John Bowers – told their own escape or failed escape stories; all of them advising it wasn’t worth the retribution, including longer sentences, lower categories and solitary confinement. Matthew adds: “History shows it rarely pays off.”

High 

Nottingham’s Museum of Justice is built over layers of criminal history. On the ground floor are two splendid Victorian courts, next floor down, the cells from the county jail dating back to medieval times and below that, black pits where men were dropped down holes and left to die. The place of nightmares and feeling prison conditions have improved – since the fourteenth century. I had actually come to see an exhibition of artefacts made in modern prisons. My top picks were a man’s head sculpted out of bread and a giant’s red heart enclosed in a huge cage.

High

I attended a toughly-fought rugby match between Dorset’s Portland Prison and Lytchett Minster, a local team. But more of that in next month’s Inside Time. 

Low 

Crisis Steps. Releases 18 days early. Ban of short sentences. Plans to hire cells abroad.

November prison numbers: England and Wales 87,764 Scotland 7,968

Low/High 

Poetry continues to come into Inside Time, telling stories of dysfunction and loneliness but also the determination to change lives for the better. ‘I’m Just a Wee Guy’ by Michael Hulme was read out at the Longford Lecture. It opens: “I’m just a wee guy from a council estate/Nobody important/Nobody great/A broken boy with broken dreams/A broken childhood with broken screams…” This year the lecture was given to 700 people who were inspired by ex-prisons minister and famed podcaster Rory Stewart.

High 

The Koestler Awards put on its annual exhibition at London’s Southbank, proving the amount of talent behind bars. Blank faces stare out from behind glass-topped boxes. Charming stuffed animals soften the tone, a ceramic scorpion looks for its tale, and a prison officer is caught smoking.

December prison numbers: England and Wales 87,891 Scotland 7,958

Low 

Homelessness continues to be the most unwelcome side of Christmas. ‘Homeless Ash’, back in HMP Nottingham, describes being released from an earlier prison visit onto the streets in 2019. He asks why migrants get a place to live before the British.

High 

Fine Cell workers have been stitching beautiful cushions, lavender bags and other elegancies in prisons for over 25 years. At the end of the year, I admired their latest work in St. Peter’s, Notting Hill.

High 

Finally, a New Year quiz taken from Noel Smith’s ‘Myths, Legends and Downright Lies,’ in prison; ‘There is a huge King Rat that has a den under one of the wings in Wormwood Scrubs and controls all the vermin in that prison; you can bend the bars and escape with a wet towel; porridge being served is actually Grade 3 Canadian pig-meal; if you don’t eat breakfast on the day of your release you’ll be back soon; HMP Wandsworth has the last working gallows and test it every six months; the Home Office gets paid by commercial airlines to designate all inner-city prisons as crash landing sites for aircraft in trouble…’ No prizes for guessing the true one! 

I wish you all a Happy, or at the very least Happier, New Year!

New Year’s partygoers warned they may be stranded due to more …

New Year’s Eve revellers have been warned they may be stranded or face a battle to board trains amid expected further disruption[1] on the railways over the weekend.

West Midlands Railway and London Northwestern Railway said passengers will be left with “very limited alternative options” once final services predicted to be “significantly oversubscribed” have departed.

The operators warned of overcrowding and queues at London Euston and Birmingham New Street and became the latest to advise people to travel as early as Saturday to avoid missing planned festivities.

Chiltern Railways said there was a “high risk” of disruption as it cancelled one of just four trains running after midnight on New Year’s Eve out of London. Previously, the firm said these late services were “not expected” to be affected.

On Friday, West Midlands Railway said it now anticipated delays and cancellations to services on New Year’s Eve because of damage caused by Storm Gerrit[2] and staff shortages.

It told customers: “Due to the combined impact of recent storm damage across the network, higher than usual rates of sickness absence within our train crew teams, as well as the comparative limited capacity of our Sunday timetable, we are unfortunately anticipating crowding and disruption to services on New Year’s Eve.”

Eight routes will be affected in total including services from Birmingham to Hereford, nearly 60 miles away, and Shrewsbury, more than 40 miles away.

A crowded train station People have been advised to travel as early as possible if they want a disruption-free New Year's Eve Credit: Jamie Lorriman for The Telegraph

Meanwhile, London Northwestern Railway, which is part of the same rail franchise, issued a near identical update and warned of likely queues at London Euston in the evening.

“We also anticipate that services departing from Euston during the late evening and after midnight will be significantly oversubscribed,” the company said.

“Queue systems will be in operation and when final services have departed, there will be very limited alternative options available for you to complete your journey in the small hours of New Years Day while the wider transport network is closed down.”

Six routes will be affected by alterations and cancellations with replacement buses running between London Euston and Northampton as well as Birmingham New Street to Liverpool.

Other operators also told travellers to expect disruption with Thameslink, which runs services in and around the capital, warning customers they may not be able to board the first train to their destination on Sunday and that services would be “exceptionally busy”.

Thameslink said services throughout Sunday afternoon and evening would be significantly reduced with cancellations most likely between Bedford and Luton.

The firm warned customers they could have to wait several hours between services from London and Brighton and added that customers looking to travel back from London towards Bedford, Brighton and Three Bridges would be unable to do so.

“Thameslink services will not run overnight with no alternative journey options,” it said.

Operators urged to ‘come clean’

On Friday, LNER was forced to cancel six long-distance trains on the East Coast mainline due to lack of available train crew while ScotRail services continued to face severe disruption[3].

Avanti West Coast was again forced to cancel, delay or alter services due to a shortage of train crews.

The updates from operators came after they were urged to “come clean” over which services are likely to be cancelled this weekend after a second day of major disruption on Friday.

Engineering works and driver shortages have caused delays, with rail firms warning that there is a “high risk” of weekend cancellations because of a lack of train staff.

People at a train station Trains not running, crowded platforms, just the end to the year people might want to avoid Credit: George Cracknell Wright

Andy Street, the Conservative mayor of the West Midlands, warned that passengers needed clarity on “self-inflicted” cancellations such as crew shortages and which trains would run this weekend.

He said: “Come clean now, that’s what people need. I would prefer to know well in advance what is happening so it can be communicated to passengers and they can make their plans. The worst possible thing is a last-minute change, particularly late trains being cancelled.”

Mr Street acknowledged that it was going to be “tricky” for operators, with many services relying on voluntary working, but added: “My insistence is that we know early what is happening.”

Passengers planning to travel on Northern Rail, which calls at more than 20 per cent of stations in the UK, have been told that tickets booked for Sunday are valid from Saturday as the operator warned them to “expect disruption” on New Year’s Eve.

The firm said that services may finish early, not run at all or terminate at different stations owing to engineering works. Tricia Williams, the chief operating officer, said: “Unfortunately, customers travelling over the new year period should expect disruption. This is due to limited train crew availability in some areas and planned engineering works. We strongly advise customers to ‘check before you travel’ on those days.”

CrossCountry, which operates throughout the UK from Aberdeen to Penzance, said that tickets for Sunday can be used on Saturday or New Year’s Day instead, as long as they had been bought on or before Friday, when most disruption started[4].

The operator said trains would be “extremely busy” and services “may be subject to last-minute cancellations”.

Strong winds likely to cause further disruption

Mark Goodall, the firm’s Service Delivery Director, said: “We know that a lot of people are travelling over the festive period and we’re sorry that services around New Year’s Eve this year are likely to be impacted by train crew availability.

“I’d ask that customers check before they travel and continue to be respectful to on-train colleagues who are working as hard as they can to get people where they want to be.”

Rail firms are fighting an increasing backlog of passengers after crew shortages exacerbated delays caused by Storm Gerrit.

With delays and cancellations affecting some routes on Friday, the Met Office issued six new yellow weather warnings for wind and rain for Saturday, raising further concerns for schedules.

Strong winds are likely to cause “delays to road, rail, air and ferry transport” until 3am on New Year’s Eve, forecasters said.

Blustery and showery conditions are set to continue into Sunday, with the heaviest and most frequent rainfall across western parts of the UK.

Alex Burkill, a Meteorologist from the Met Office, said there would be “a chilly feel to things as the clock strikes midnight.”

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  1. ^ further disruption (www.telegraph.co.uk)
  2. ^ damage caused by Storm Gerrit (www.telegraph.co.uk)
  3. ^ face severe disruption (www.telegraph.co.uk)
  4. ^ most disruption started (www.telegraph.co.uk)

After Elon Musk predicts leading carmakers will be Chinese …

Elon Musk believes Chinese car companies will become dominant[1] players on the global stage.

“There’s a lot of people out there who think that the top 10 car companies are going to be Tesla followed by nine Chinese car companies,” the Tesla CEO said at last month’s New York Times DealBook conference[2]. “I think they might not be wrong.”

Of course, he was talking about China’s carmakers. What about a Chinese smartphone maker?

On Thursday in Beijing, smartphone giant Xiaomi unveiled its first electric vehicle—and said it aims to become, as CEO Lei Jun put it, “one of the world’s top five automakers” over the next 10 to 15 years.

“They have a significant opportunity to break through as the automobile becomes a smart device,” Bill Russo, CEO of Shanghai-based advisory firm Automobility, told[3] Reuters.

The vehicle, called the SU7, or Speed Ultra, will share an operating system with the company’s phones and other devices. Russo noted that Xiaomi has “hundreds of millions of ‘Mi Fans,’ or members of its smart device ecosystem.”

Xiaomi, founded in 2010, is among the world’s top five global smartphone brands, alongside Apple, Samsung, and China’s Oppo and Vivo. It also makes other consumer electronics and household appliances.

Apple, too, has long been rumored[4] to be working on an EV that would integrate with its iOS.

Xiaomi’s new five-seat sedan will have a range of up to 500 miles on a single charge, a top speed of about 165 miles per hour, and a “super electric motor” that will allow it to accelerate faster than Tesla or Porsche EVs, the company’s CEO said.

But Xiaomi faces an uphill battle. Formidable rivals already rule the road in China, chief among them BYD—backed by Berkshire Hathaway and commanding[5] a third of the nation’s EV market—and Tesla (with about 9%). Those two market leaders and others have engaged in fierce price wars[6] this year in China. In the second quarter, one Tesla rival, Nio, lost $835 million, or $35,000 on each car it sold, reported[7] the New York Times.

Story continues

The SU7, depending on its configuration—single or dual motor—will be powered by batteries from either Contemporary Amperex Technology or BYD, according to[8] Bloomberg.

As Fortune reported[9] earlier this month, Xiaomi is spending far above the industry average to break into China’s EV market. The company is spending 10 times the amount on labor and investment automakers generally devote to a new model, Lei told Chinese state broadcaster CCTV.

He didn’t reveal the price of the SU7, which will likely go on sale in China in several months, but he said it would “indeed be a bit high.”

This story was originally featured on Fortune.com[10]

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  6. ^ fierce price wars (fortune.com)
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These are the faces of 505 Merseyside criminals who were jailed …

Hundreds of criminals appeared before the law courts again this year.

Some of the highest profile trials in Merseyside's history were heard during 2023. These saw the killers of Olivia Pratt-Korbel[1], Elle Edwards[2] and Ashley Dale[3] brought to justice.

But Liverpool Crown Court, Liverpool Magistrates' Court, Sefton Magistrates' Court and Wirral Magistrates' Court remained as busy as ever with all manner of cases. These are the faces of 505 Merseyside criminals who were jailed over the past 12 months.

Andrew Stinchcomb

Andrew Stinchcomb admitted causing William Ludlow's death by carless driving Andrew Stinchcomb admitted causing William Ludlow's death by carless driving

A beloved dad screamed "oh my god" as a BMW veered into his path seconds before he was killed in a head-on crash.

William Ludlow was critically injured when drink driver Andrew Stinchcomb smashed into his car at speed. The "well-loved family man" died in hospital two days later.

The killer motorist was still more than double the limit when tested six hours after the smash. He was jailed for 56 months after admitting causing death by careless driving.

Kevin King

Kevin King Kevin King

A paedophile sexually abused a girl after grooming her with fizzy drinks and Timberland boots.

Kevin King's victim was left feeling "trapped" after being subjected to years of sickening assaults at his hands. In spite of this, he continued to plead his innocence.

King was unanimously found guilty of six counts of sexual activity with a child, two of causing a child to engage in sexual activity and two charges of causing a child to watch sexual activity by a jury following a trial. He was jailed for eight years, as well as being handed a lifelong notification requirement and a restraining order preventing him from contacting his victim for 10 years.

Nicholas Bunclark

Nicholas Bunclark, 30 of St Oswald's Lane in Netherton Nicholas Bunclark, 30 of St Oswald's Lane in Netherton

A man who leapt the dock and escaped court said he "almost could not believe no one was following him."

Nicholas Bunclark[6] was jailed for 16 months after being convicted of assault occasioning actual bodily harm, but vaulted a gate out of an unsecured dock at Liverpool Crown Court[7] then went on the run. But the 30-year-old handed himself in the following day and was hauled back to court again, pleading guilty to escaping from lawful custody and being handed a further four months.

Thanh Nguyen

Thanh Nguyen Thanh Nguyen

A fraudster attempted to take driving theory tests while pretending to be other men after being promised cash and clothes.

Thanh Nguyen was recruited to take part in the scam after fleeing loan sharks, who had trafficked him to the UK from Vietnam in order to work in a drugs farm. Nguyen admitted four counts of fraud and was jailed for a year.

Callum Boscoe

Callum Boscoe, 25, of no fixed abode, was sentenced to four years in prison Callum Boscoe, 25, of no fixed abode, was sentenced to four years in prison

Callum Boscoe was jailed for four years after a spree of 30 burglaries, attempted burglaries and thefts in the space of a month.

Cheryl O'Callaghan, Steven Hardaker and Adam Oldland

Cheryl O'Callaghan was found guilty of murdering Adrian Swift Cheryl O'Callaghan was found guilty of murdering Adrian Swift

A woman who murdered her "drinking partner" by beating him with a bat and pushing him down a flight of stairs was jailed for life with a minimum term of 18 years.

Cheryl O'Callaghan was unanimously found guilty of the murder of Adrian Swift by a jury at Liverpool Crown Court. The 57-year-old victim told a 999 call that he had been "battered s***less" at their home on Bishopsgate Street in Wavertree[8] before his death.

Alex Leach KC, prosecuting, told jurors he had been living at the address with O’Callaghan, her boyfriend Steven Hardaker and a fourth housemate, Adam Oldland. On March 23 2021, the day before his death, he was taken to hospital after a 999 call in which he told the operator he had been "battered s***less".

Steven Hardaker admitted perverting the course of justice in connection with the murder of Adrian Swift Steven Hardaker admitted perverting the course of justice in connection with the murder of Adrian Swift

Mr Swift also stated to paramedics that 46-year-old O'Callaghan, of Stanton Crescent in Kirkby[9], had beaten him with a bat and pushed him down a flight of stairs. The following morning, he discharged himself and returned to the property despite sustaining "serious facial and bodily injuries".

Three hours later, 51-year-old Oldland - of Sunnyside, Sefton[10] Park - alerted the emergency services to Mr Swift's death. O'Callaghan claimed that she had only become aware that Mr Swift was injured the previous day when the ambulance arrived at the property.

Adam Oldland admitted perverting the course of justice in connection with the murder of Adrian Swift Adam Oldland admitted perverting the course of justice in connection with the murder of Adrian Swift

Describing herself as a "functioning alcoholic", she said on the witness box that she had spent the day listening to music on her headphones in the living room with the door closed. Mr Swift subsequently told doctors he had "been assaulted by his housemate" and recalled waking on the floor with his injuries.

But, shortly before 8.30am on March 24, the musician discharged himself and took a taxi back to Bishopsgate Street. He died at around 11.30am the same day as a result of his injuries.

Hardaker, also 51 and of Aigburth[11] Drive in Sefton Park[12], and Oldland both admitted perverting the course of justice after giving a false account to emergency services that Mr Swift had sustained his injuries during a fall and then drowned in the bath. They were locked up for 25 months each.

Jamie Walsh and Matthew Lee

Jamie Walsh, 37, jailed over a UK wide cannabis and cocaine conspiracy Jamie Walsh, 37, jailed over a UK wide cannabis and cocaine conspiracy

A cocaine and cannabis kingpin who fled to Spain had a network of drug runners across the UK on his payroll while posing as a dog-breeder.

St Helens[13]-based Jamie Walsh, 37, was described as the organiser of a sophisticated conspiracy supplying multi kilos of drugs between Liverpool and Cornwall, Cumbria and Scotland. He employed Matthew Lee to traffic drugs across the country via the motorways and railway networks.

Matthew Lee, jailed as part of a major UK wide drugs conspiracy headed by Jamie Walsh Matthew Lee, jailed as part of a major UK wide drugs conspiracy headed by Jamie Walsh

After being extradited from Spain, Walsh admitted conspiracy to supply cocaine and cannabis and was jailed for 11 years and 11 months. Lee admitted conspiracy to supply cocaine and was given four years.

Michael Sadler

Michael Sadler, 39, assaulted four police officers Michael Sadler, 39, assaulted four police officers

A violent alcoholic strangled a police officer until he could not breathe.

Michael Sadler, of the Calvers in Runcorn, then bit another PC. The 39-year-old was jailed for two years after pleading guilty to strangulation and four counts of assaulting an emergency service worker.

Malcolm Lewis

Malcolm Lewis Malcolm Lewis

A thief admitted he was "out of order" after attacking a Tesco[14] security guard with a machete.

Malcolm Lewis hit the worker in the eye with the "fearsome" weapon after he foiled his shoplifting attempts. The 52-year-old pleaded guilty to theft, making threats with an offensive weapon and assault and was jailed for 20 months.

Mykal Owoo

Mykal Owoo mugshot Mykal Owoo was sentenced at Liverpool Crown Court on Tuesday.

A paedophile was arrested in B&Q.

Mykal Owoo was found with 22 indecent images of children on his phone after being detained in the store in Speke[15] where he worked, but showed no "genuine remorse" for his actions. He was jailed for a year.

Jamie Dugdale

Jamie Dugdale Jamie Dugdale

A heroin dealer's dad flushed his son's drugs down the toilet after seeing him get arrested.

Jamie Dugdale admitted possession of heroin with intent to supply. He was jailed for three years.

Rio Jones

Rio Jones was convicted of attempting to murder Shakur Watson Rio Jones was convicted of attempting to murder Shakur Watson

A teenager was jailed for life after shooting a 15-year-old girl in the neck as she waited for a bus home from school.

The innocent schoolgirl was caught in the crossfire after Rio Jones discharged six gunshots at a rival as he pursued him through the streets of Toxteth[16] on an electric bike in March 2022. The 19-year-old was found guilty of attempting to murder the target, Shakur Watson, and inflicting grievous bodily harm with intent by a jury following a trial.

He also admitted possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life. Jones showed no emotion as he was imprisoned for life with a minimum term of 16-and-a-half years.

Megan Woodham, Daniel Doran and Kelsey Higgins

Megan Woodham Megan Woodham

A member of staff at a prison smuggled ketamine into the jail where she worked as a healthcare assistant.

Megan Woodham used her job to conceal the shipments of drugs, which she then handed over to inmate Daniel Doran. She also used her home as the "safehouse" for a wider ring involved in the supply of millions of pounds of cocaine, members of which were handed lengthy spells behind bars.

Daniel Doran Daniel Doran

A trial heard that Doran, of Hall Lane in Kirkby, was a serving prisoner at HMP Risley in Warrington[17] between December 2021 and February 2022, with Woodham having been employed as a health worker in the jail. David Watson, prosecuting, described how they - together with co-defendant Kelsey Higgins - were "involved in the supply of a very large quantity of high purity cocaine".

Kelsey Higgins Kelsey Higgins

Doran was found guilty of conspiracy to supply cocaine but admitted conspiracy to supply ketamine and was jailed for 15 years. Higgins was convicted of conspiracy to supply cocaine by a jury and was handed 13-and-a-half years.

Woodham was found guilty of conspiracy to supply cocaine and ketamine and was jailed for six years.

Sean Fagan

Sean Fagan Sean Fagan

A thief weaved in and out of traffic on the East Lancs in a stolen Audi A6 in a desperate bid to escape police.

Sean Fagan then attempted to flee on foot, but was detained after a chase. He was jailed for nine months for aggravated vehicle taking and driving while disqualified.

James Ashton

James Ashton James Ashton

A drug dealer asked "is that all?" after being jailed for breaking a man's jaw during a "straightener" at a pub.

James Ashton repeatedly punched a man in the face and threw a chair at him after a dispute arose between the two over an alleged stolen sum of money. He admitted assault occasioning actual bodily harm and was imprisoned for seven months, after which he was heard to say: "Is that all?

Paula Higham

Paula Higham Paula Higham

A woman threatened to kill her former partner despite already being banned from contacting him.

Paula Higham also issued threats towards her ex's mum, calling her “rough" before adding “she will be looking worse soon”. She was jailed for eight months.

Jason Revill

Jason Revill Jason Revill

A heroin and cocaine dealer who used the pseudonym "Bald Bonsai" on EncroChat gave a judge the thumbs up after he was jailed for 15-and-a-half years

Jason Revill admitted conspiracy to supply cocaine and heroin, possession of heroin with into to supply and possession of criminal property. He smiled and said "thank you very much your honour" as he gave a thumbs up to the judge upon learning his sentence.

Colin Shannon

Colin Shannon Colin Shannon

A man said "oo, that hurt" after being stabbed in the chest outside a pub by a barred customer.

Colin Shannon shouted "have some of that" as he knifed his victim at the Ship Hotel in New Brighton[18]. He admitted wounding with intent and possession of a bladed article in a public place and was jailed for four-and-a-half years.

Dean Newland

Dean Newland appeared at Liverpool Magistrates Court after assaulting Wetherspoons workers Dean Newland appeared at Liverpool Magistrates Court after assaulting Wetherspoons workers

A sex offender who attacked and threatened two Wetherspoons workers while drunk was jailed.

Dean Newland appeared before the courts for three counts of assault following an incident in the Richard John Blackler branch of JD Wetherspoon on Great Charlotte Street, Liverpool city centre[19], and one count of failing to comply with sex offenders' register notification requirements. He was jailed for 36 weeks.

Billy Rutter

Billy Rutter Billy Rutter

A rapist who decapitated and cooked his son's rabbit armed himself with a broken glass bottle during a fight on a night out.

Billy Rutter was previously jailed for a sickening sexual assault on a schoolgirl and was most recently locked up after killing the pet, throwing its severed head at his ex-girlfriend and roasting it in the oven. He was then put behind bars again after police spotted him arming himself amid an altercation outside a Revolution bar in Liverpool city centre.

The 35-year-old admitted possession of an offensive weapon in a public place. Rutter was jailed for eight months.

Robin Vasko

Robin Vasko committed a string of burglary's in predominantly student areas Robin Vasko committed a string of burglary's in predominantly student areas

The prolific burglar was linked to unsolved crimes using DNA analysis and handed 25 months.

Daniel Dolan

Daniel Dolan Daniel Dolan

A man punched his girlfriend so hard he left her with injuries normally only seen in car crash victims.

Daniel Dolan admitted inflicting grievous bodily harm. He was jailed for 40 months.

Stephen Hone

Stephen Hone Stephen Hone

A drug dealer who tried to evade police in a high speed car chase almost hit a small child.

Stephen Hone was convicted of dangerous driving and possession with intent to supply cocaine. He was jailed for 32 months.

David O'Brien

David O'Brien admitted attempting to murder Daniel Fitzsimons at Ashworth Hospital in Maghull David O'Brien admitted attempting to murder Daniel Fitzsimons at Ashworth Hospital in Maghull

A man said "I don't like bullies" as he was jailed for life for attempted murder.

David O'Brien attacked a fellow patient at Ashworth Hospital with a metal bar as they worked out in the facility's gym, striking him twice over the head with the makeshift weapon. Afterwards, he told doctors he "had been hearing voices in his head telling him to kill his victim" who he wanted to "stab in the eyes".

The 45-year-old admitted attempted murder. O'Brien was handed a lifetime imprisonment with a minimum term of 21 years and seven months.

Ahmed Khalio

Ahmed Khalio Ahmed Khalio

A shop worker sexually assaulted a girl wearing her school uniform inside the convenience store where he worked on her 16th birthday.

Ahmed Khalio was found guilty of four counts of sexual assault following a trial. He was jailed for six months.

Michael Southern

Michael Southern Michael Southern

A former martial arts teacher confessed to being "sexually attracted" to indecent images of children after he was arrested.

Michael Southern received 28 months for distributing indecent images.

Joseph Shaw

Joseph Shaw Joseph Shaw

A support worker tied a severely disabled woman to his bed before filming them engaging in sexual activity.

Armed forces veteran Joseph Shaw admitted sexual activity with a person with a mental disorder impeding choice. He was handed a seven year and eight month prison sentence.

Adrian Voci

Adrian Voci Adrian Voci

A man who was found in a property with five separate rooms used for growing cannabis claimed he only worked there because of threats to his family.

Adrian Voci admitted production of cannabis. He was handed 51 weeks.

Michael Longbottom

Michael Longbottom Michael Longbottom

A paedophile spent hours alone with children after not telling their mum about his dark past.

Michael Longbottom, 28, was jailed for 28 months for breaching sexual harm prevention and notification orders.

Craig Carter

Craig Carter Craig Carter

An "aggrieved" paedophile claimed he was trying to trick hunters after being caught in a sting for a second time.

Craig Carter was found guilty of attempting sexual communications with a child, attempting to incite a child to engage in sexual activity and arranging the commission of a child sex offence. The "manipulative and predatory" sex offender told a judge "that's ridiculous" after he was jailed for seven-and-half years.

Paul Manson

Paul Manson Paul Manson

A man who abused his girlfriend and hid their four month old baby from her had previously avoided jail for the same offences against an ex-partner.

Paul Manson pleaded guilty to committing actual bodily harm, and to engaging in coercive and controlling behaviour after assaulting the mother of his child. He was jailed for 16 months.

Daniel O'Neill and Brady Tierney

Daniel O'Neill Daniel O'Neill

A musician with a record deal left his promising career in tatters after becoming immersed in the ketamine trade.

Police uncovered nearly £40,000 of drugs when they raided Daniel O'Neill's flat, with he and co-conspirator Brady Tierney having secretly plotted to "undercut" their underworld rivals. When their phones were examined, messages were found "clearly relating to drugs" - including texts between the two which referred to "getting busy and making money", funds which they would split evenly.

Brady Tierney Brady Tierney

O'Neill admitted being concerned in the supply of ketamine while Tierney pleaded guilty to possession of ketamine with intent to supply and possession of cocaine. Both were jailed for 30 months.

Tamar Palmer

Tamar Palmer Tamar Palmer

A 17-year-old boy stabbed his cousin with a "Rambo knife" with a 40cm long blade.

Tamar Palmer pleaded guilty to possessing an offensive weapon in public and wounding with intent. He was handed 37 months in a young offenders' institution.

Paul Miles and Ross Smith

Paul Miles Paul Miles

Two men used a "honeypot" to ensnare vulnerable victims and steal their life savings.

Paul Miles and Ross Smith pinched more than £54,000 from their two victims. The 96-year-old mother and her son had been saving money for many years, and kept the huge sum stashed in the man's bedroom.

Ross Smith Ross Smith

Both defendants admitted burglary, with Miles sentenced to 45 months imprisonment. Smith was handed a 36-month sentence.

Raymond Katsande

Raymond Katsande Raymond Katsande

A taxi driver was caught with thousands of pounds of drugs down his trousers when he was pulled over by police.

Raymond Katsande admitted possession of cocaine, ecstasy and ketamine with intent to supply, possession of 2CB and possession of criminal property. He was jailed for 28 months.

George Powell

George Powell George Powell

An EncroChat dealer was arrested at Manchester Airport after using the handle "SkintHarry"

George Powell pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply cocaine and heroin. He was sentenced to 12 years.

Chesney Miller

Chesney Miller Chesney Miller

A gang of masked teenagers travelled in convoy to a sixth form college to settle a "grudge" before stabbing two students.

Chesney Miller was one of the thugs who waited outside Riverside College in Widnes[20] before chasing a boy down the street and became involved "in the thick of the violence", including having "delivered a flying kick" to him. He admitted violent disorder and was handed 11 months.

Kevin McMullen

Kevin McMullen Kevin McMullen

A man with "one of the worst" criminal records seen by the courts burgled a mosque while a funeral was taking place.

Kevin McMullen admitted four counts of burglary. He was jailed for 10 months.

Nathan Corlett

Nathan Corlett, 26, of Wellingford Avenue, Widnes. Nathan Corlett, 26, of Wellingford Avenue, Widnes.

A former warehouse worker drove a knifeman away from the scene of a brutal stabbing and hid his coat for him in a bid to thwart investigators.

Nathan Corlett drove to Warrington on request to pick up Lee Ashton after he knifed Robert Bassnett, who was in a relationship with his ex-partner, before dropping him at the Holiday Inn in Runcorn and disposing of a bag containing the knifeman's clothes. He admitted assisting an offender and was jailed for a year.

Stephen Harold

Stephen Harold Stephen Harold

A man who has committed more than 30 burglaries spat at police officers and called one of them a homophobic name.

Stephen Harold pleaded guilty to two counts of attempted burglary of a dwelling, one count of burglary of a dwelling, one count of going equipped for theft and two counts of assaulting emergency workers. He was jailed for 44 months.

John Gill

John Gill John Gill

A burglar was arrested outside Goodison Park on an Everton FC matchday after breaking into the stock room of a Liverpool ONE store.

John Gill admitted two counts of burglary, theft and breaching a suspended sentence order. He was jailed for two years.

Andrew Thompson

Andrew Thompson Andrew Thompson

A burglar charged at a man while brandishing a hammer after he attempted to thwart the crook's getaway attempts.

Andrew Thompson callously targeted a house on Christmas Day 2022 while the homeowner was out having his Christmas dinner. He was jailed for four years and eight months.

Daniel Berry

Daniel Berry Daniel Berry

A prisoner who stabbed his fellow inmate was suffering from paranoid thoughts at the time of the attack.

Daniel Berry was convicted of unlawful wounding and unlawful possession of a bladed article in prison. He was given an indefinite hospital order.

Joel Harvey

Joel Harvey Joel Harvey

A 16-year-old boy kneecapped a man after opening fire with a pistol outside a convenience store in the early hours.

Joel Harvey carried out the shooting on Prescot[21] Road in Old Swan in a "revenge" attack against his victim and was then linked to a second incident in which another man was shot in the chest only weeks later in Broadgreen. The teenager was locked up for 12-and-a-half years after being convicted of a string of firearms offences.

Michael Hartley

Michael Hartley Michael Hartley

A man told a nine-year-old girl he would no longer “play games with her” if she did not show him her genitals.

Michael Hartley pleaded guilty to six counts of inciting a child to engage in sexual activity. He received three years behind bars.

Kevin Boyland

Kevin Boyland Kevin Boyland

A thug brutally battered his girlfriend then went out for a takeaway "as if nothing had happened".

Kevin Boyland admitted inflicting grievous bodily harm without intent and assault occasioning actual bodily harm. He was jailed for three years.

Carl MacDowall, Carlton Mullen and Kieran Kristensen

Carl MacDowall Carl MacDowall

A man was kidnapped and shot by a gang who demanded a ransom after his relative scooped a £50,000 jackpot.

The victim was blasted in the leg with a shotgun and abandoned on a dark and secluded country lane, having been held against his will for hours by masked men Carl MacDowall, Carlton Mullen and Kieran Kristensen.

Kieran Kristensen Kieran Kristensen

They were found guilty of kidnapping, wounding with intent and possession of a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence by a jury. MacDowall and Mullen previously admitted possession of crack cocaine with intent to supply and were handed 20 years plus an extended three-year licence period.

Carlton Mullen Carlton Mullen

Kristensen was jailed for 16 years and given an additional three years on licence.

Christopher McConnell

Christopher McConnell, from Warrington, jailed for 18 years after being convicted of child rape Christopher McConnell, from Warrington, jailed for 18 years after being convicted of child rape

A twisted paedophile was brought to justice after a campaign of rape against a young child.

Christopher McConnell was found guilty of four counts of child rape. He was jailed for 18 years.

Fiona Crooks and Vincent Horsfall

Fiona Crooks Fiona Crooks

A couple sold a firearm to a leading gangster with a history of violence in an Aldi car park to fund "cosmetic dental work".

Police then discovered a second loaded firearm stashed inside a Berghaus man bag next to a pair of children's wellies when they raided the home of Fiona Crooks and Vincent Horsfall. The mum shouted "we're f***ed here" as she learned officers had stormed their address.

Vincent Horsfall Vincent Horsfall

Horsfall admitted selling a firearm, possession of a firearm and ammunition and three counts of fraud and was jailed for six years and nine months. Crooks pleaded guilty to intentionally encouraging the commission of an offence and was handed two years.

Luke Woods

Luke Woods Luke Woods

A killer battered his pregnant girlfriend in a park before abandoning her as she lay seriously injured on the ground.

Luke Woods was previously locked up after killing pensioner Len Saunders in a vicious and unprovoked assault, causing serious head injuries with one forceful punch. Six years later, he "acted like an animal" and attacked his expectant partner in a similar manner - knocking her to the floor with a single blow and causing a facial scar which may need plastic surgery to be corrected.

Woods admitted assault occasioning actual bodily harm. He was jailed for two years.

Rohit Bindhu

Rohit Bindhu Rohit Bindhu

A twisted paedophile caught with sick images of a young child being raped on his computer whined "this is going to ruin my life" as he was arrested.

Rohit Bindhu pleaded guilty to three counts of making indecent images, possession of indecent images, possession of extreme pornographic images, possession of prohibited images, attempted sexual communications with a child, arranging a child sex offence, attempting to incite a child to engage in sexual activity, inciting a child to watch a sex act and distributing sexual images of children. He was jailed for five years and three months.

Ryan Kenny

Ryan Kenny Ryan Kenny

A "drunken nuisance" got on a bus and told passengers: "I'm going to nonce you up."

Ryan Kenny admitted sexual assault, assault, theft and burglary. He was jailed for 28 months and handed a criminal behaviour order banning him from the city centre for three years.

James Lawson

James Lawson, 30, preyed on vulnerable people to fund his gambling addiction James Lawson, 30, preyed on vulnerable people to fund his gambling addiction

A conman posed as a plumber, a roofer and a Dyson engineer to trick innocent people out of their hard-earned cash to fund his gambling addiction.

James Lawson pleaded guilty to 20 counts of fraud. He was sentenced to four years and six months in prison.

Liam Mills

Liam Mills Liam Mills

A drugs gang courier "decided it was time to come home and face the consequences" after seven years on the run in Amsterdam.

Liam Mills admitted two counts of conspiracy to supply class A drugs, possession of a prohibited weapon and breaching bail. He was jailed for seven years and seven months.

Thanh Hoang

Thanh Hoang Thanh Hoang

A golfer got more than he bargained for when he went looking for balls in a bush.

The man was searching for stray golf balls in shrubbery near to Kirkby Valley Golf Club when he discovered a loaded sawn-off shotgun hidden inside a pillow case. When convicted drug dealer Thanh Hoang's DNA was found on the firearm, he claimed he had previously come across the weapon while out metal detecting.

The 43-year-old admitted possession of a firearm during an earlier hearing. Hoang bowed to the judge and said "thank you" after being locked up for five years.

Gary Youds

Gary Youds Gary Youds

A "cannabis martyr" told police he was "saving the city by producing the fruits of the earth for the people" when they discovered his grow.

Gary Youds, a well-known campaigner for the legalisation of the class B drug and the former owner of a "cannabis café", had been supplying cannabis oil to a dying man free of charge in order to ease the pain of his terminal cancer. However, a judge at Liverpool Crown Court found he had also been producing and selling "purple haze" for profit.

Youds pleaded guilty to production of cannabis, possession of cannabis with intent to supply and possession of cannabis. He was jailed for three years after "commercially benefitting" from his farm.

Jack Williams

Jack Williams, 24, was sentenced at Liverpool Crown Court Jack Williams, 24, was sentenced at Liverpool Crown Court

A man raped a woman while she slept and later bit her before demanding she perform oral sex on him.

Jack Williams admitted assault occasioning actual bodily harm, sexual assault and rape, as well as robbery after targeting a 15-year-old boy for his bike. Williams was sentenced to 11 years and two months behind bars

Ryan Jones

Ryan Jones Ryan Jones

A convicted heroin and crack cocaine dealer trafficked a boy in care to work in the supply of drugs hundreds of miles away from his home.

The teenager told staff at the children's home where he was living that he was going fishing in Wales before Ryan Jones put him on a train from Liverpool Lime Street to the south west of England. The 27-year-old admitted arranging or facilitating the travel of another person with a view to exploitation and was jailed for 43 months.

James Quinn, Edward Dutton, Anthony Jones and Nathan Kelly

James Quinn James Quinn

A shooting plot unravelled when a gang member crashed his motorbike as he attempted to make his getaway from the scene of the incident.

Edward Dutton, Anthony Jones, Nathan Kelly and James Quinn travelled together in convoy in a hired Mercedes and on two motorcycles before opening fire with a pistol on the streets of Dingle while children played nearby. They then sped off through residential roads, but were forced into an unexpected "clear up" effort in a desperate bid to avoid detection when one of the bikers smashed into a car and broke his ankle.

Anthony Jones Anthony Jones

Each defendant was found guilty[22] of conspiracy to possess a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence by a jury. Kelly was also convicted of dangerous driving, while Quinn admitted further counts of being concerned in the supply of heroin and crack cocaine and possession of criminal property.

Nathan Kelly Nathan Kelly

He received a total of nine-and-a-half years behind bars. Dutton was jailed for six years, to be served consecutively to his current prison term.

Edward Dutton Edward Dutton

Kelly and Jones were both handed five years.

Arron Waite

Arron Waite was sentenced for wounding at Liverpool Crown Court Arron Waite was sentenced at Liverpool Crown Court for wounding

A man barged into a neighbour's flat and dragged him off his bed before battering him with a kettle.

Arron Waite admitted wounding[23]. He was jailed for two years.

Shaun Bennett

Shaun Bennett Shaun Bennett

A convicted rapist embarked on a “campaign of violence” against a girl he sexually assaulted.

Shaun Bennett was sentenced to 13 months[24] for inciting a child to engage in sexual activity and two years for making threats to kill, to be served consecutively.

Georgina Grant and Benjamin Williams

Georgina Grant Georgina Grant

A dealer was caught with more than £1,000 of class A drugs in her knickers.

Georgina Grant had the stash of heroin and crack cocaine hidden inside her body when police came knocking on the door of co-conspirator Mark Morley, who was caught red-handed dealing in a white van.

Benjamin Williams Benjamin Williams

Grant admitted conspiracy to supply heroin[25] and crack cocaine while Williams pleaded guilty to these charges and possession of criminal property. They were imprisoned for 2,045 days each, this being the minimum seven-year term for third-strike drug traffickers minus a 20% reduction due to their guilty pleas.

Janette Mercer

Janette Mercer Janette Mercer

The mum of Rhys Jones' killer Sean Mercer was jailed after helping another of her sons to evade justice.

Janette Mercer was previously locked up for three years back in 2009 for perverting the course of justice, having told lies to detectives investigating the 11-year-old schoolboy's fatal shooting at her son Sean Mercer's hands. The 63-year-old appeared back before Liverpool Crown Court having been convicted of assisting an offender for a second time.

This charge related to another of her three sons, Joseph Mercer, who she helped to remain at large while he was wanted over drug supply offences. Janette Mercer was imprisoned for nine months[26].

Stuart Farrell

Stuart Farrell Stuart Farrell

A wholesale drugs trafficker from Whiston was snatched by Spanish police in Madrid as he tried to board a flight to Dubai.

Stuart Farrell was convicted of conspiracy[27] to supply class A drugs and sentenced to 17 years in prison.

Shaun Byott

Shaun Byott Shaun Byott

A woman suffered broken ribs and a punctured lung after she was pushed down the stairs by her ex-boyfriend.

Shaun Byott admitted inflicting grievous bodily harm[28] and possession of cannabis. He was jailed for nine months.

Martin Lamb

Martin Lamb Martin Lamb

A DJ turned dealer used his "big horrible Serbian mate" to enforce a £100,000 drug debt and saw £15,000 as small change.

Martin Lamb secretly used the handle "Masked Swan" as he trafficked up to 123kg of heroin, cocaine and cannabis on EncroChat. Lamb admitted conspiracy to supply heroin[29], cocaine and cannabis and possession of cocaine and was jailed for 10 years.

Sajmir Neziri

Sajmir Neziri Sajmir Neziri

A van driver was caught with 20 bin bags filled with cannabis when he was pulled over by police.

Sajmir Neziri admitted being concerned[30] in the production of cannabis. He was jailed for six months.

Kevin Patten

Kevin Patten Kevin Patten

A man who harassed his ex-partner for months and crashed his car into hers during a pursuit laughed in court as he heard how it affected her.

Kevin Patten "lay in wait" for his victim before tailing her, then intentionally smashed into her vehicle twice. He was jailed for 15 months.[31]

Paul Crawley

Paul Crawley Paul Crawley

A drug dealer found with £40,000 in cash allowed his flat to be used for drug production.

Paul Crawley pleaded guilty to possession with intent to supply cocaine and cannabis. He was jailed for four-and-a-half years[32] and blew a kiss goodbye to his partner as he was taken down to the cells.

Kevin Connell

Kevin Connell Kevin Connell

A known drug dealer was found with 97 wraps of cocaine hidden up his bottom.

Kevin Connell was caught red-handed when police spotted him completing an illicit transaction. He was jailed for 44 months[33].

Andrew Hansen and Carl Price

Carl Price Carl Price

Two county lines drug dealers exploited a teenager and told him to hide drugs inside his body.

Andrew Hansen and Carl Price were involved in transporting and selling drugs between Liverpool and Colwyn Bay, North Wales, and used the boy as part of their operation.

Andrew Hansen Andrew Hansen

Price was sentenced to nine and a half years[34] imprisonment. Hansen was handed a seven-year sentence.

Peter Melia

Peter Melia Peter Melia

A granddad was caught with more than £11m of cocaine and heroin hidden inside bags for life when his van was pulled over by police.

Peter Melia admitted possession of cocaine and heroin[35]. He was jailed for 10 years and eight months.

Erland Spahiu, Curtis Balbas, Martin Smith, Razgar Mohammed, Alan Jaf, Khalil Awla, Dean O'Neill-Davey, Erion Voja and Andrius Uzkuraitis

Erland Spahiu was convicted of the murder of Christopher Hughes Erland Spahiu was convicted of the murder of Christopher Hughes

Eight men were jailed for life[36] after abducting and brutally murdering a former boxer.

Christopher Hughes' mutilated body was discovered on a country road on the outskirts of Skelmersdale[37] by a dogwalker after he was bundled into the back of an Audi by and viciously attacked. The 37-year-old suffered nearly 100 separate injuries, having been hunted down by a vigilante gang who wrongly believed the dad had raped a teenager.

Erland Spahiu, of White Moss Road in Skelmersdale, was found guilty of murder and kidnapping. The 34-year-old was jailed for life with a minimum term of 35 years.

Curtis Balbas, of Matheson Drive in Wigan, pleaded guilty to murder and kidnapping. The 30-year-old was jailed for life with a minimum term of 34 years.

Curtis Balbas admitted murdering Christopher Hughes Curtis Balbas admitted murdering Christopher Hughes

Martin Smith, of Greenwood Avenue in Wigan, was found guilty of murder and kidnapping. The 34-year-old shook his head, took a sip of water then threw his plastic cup to the floor after he was jailed for life with a minimum term of 33 years.

Martin Smith was convicted of the murder of Christopher Hughes Martin Smith was convicted of the murder of Christopher Hughes

Razgar Mohammed, of Plane Avenue in Wigan, was found guilty of murder and kidnapping. The 40-year-old was jailed for life with a minimum term of 27 years.

Razgar Mohammed was convicted of the murder of Christopher Hughes Razgar Mohammed was convicted of the murder of Christopher Hughes

Alan Jaf, of Ridyard Street in Wigan, was found guilty of murder and kidnapping. The 52-year-old was jailed for life with a minimum term of 26 years.

Alan Jaf was convicted of the murder of Christopher Hughes Alan Jaf was convicted of the murder of Christopher Hughes

Khalil Awla, of Greenwood Avenue in Wigan, was found guilty of murder and kidnapping. The 48-year-old was jailed for life with a minimum term of 26 years.

Khalil Awla was convicted of the murder of Christopher Hughes Khalil Awla was convicted of the murder of Christopher Hughes

Dean O’Neill-Davey, of Conrad Close in Wigan, was found guilty of murder and kidnapping. The 30-year-old was jailed for life with a minimum term of 25 years.

Dean O'Neill-Davey was convicted of the murder of Christopher Hughes Dean O'Neill-Davey was convicted of the murder of Christopher Hughes

Erion Voja, of Peall Road in Croydon, was found guilty of murder and kidnapping. The 21-year-old was jailed for life with a minimum of 23 years.

Erion Voja was convicted of the murder of Christopher Hughes Erion Voja was convicted of the murder of Christopher Hughes

He ranted at the judge after learning his sentence, saying: "I know myself, I'm no murderer. I'll get my justice one day you t***."

Voja continued his outburst after being led into the cells, where he reportedly began punching walls. He added: "I don't give a f*** any more."

Andrius Uzkuratis was convicted of assisting an offender in relation to the murder of Christopher Hughes Andrius Uzkuratis was convicted of assisting an offender in relation to the murder of Christopher Hughes

Andrius Uzkuraitis, of Holly Road in Wigan, was acquitted of murder and kidnapping but convicted of assisting an offender. The 27-year-old was jailed for six years.

Nathan Benjamin

Nathan Benjamin Nathan Benjamin

A thug told police "it happens" after kicking a man in the head when fighting erupted outside a chicken shop in the early hours.

Nathan Benjamin admitted inflicting grievous bodily harm and was jailed for a year.

Liam Southart

Liam Southart Liam Southart

A drug dealer was taken to hospital after stashing a Kinder Surprise egg filled with heroin and crack cocaine up his bum.

Liam Southart admitted possession of heroin of heroin and crack cocaine with intent to supply. He was jailed for 32 months.

Alan Thomley

Alan Thomley Alan Thomley

A tearful pervert cried and wailed as he was jailed after being caught in three paedophile hunter stings.

Alan Thomley admitted three counts of attempting to incite a child to engage in sexual activity, two counts of attempting to incite a child to watch sexual activity and three counts of attempting sexual communications with a child. He was jailed for 45 months.

Curtis Byrne

Curtis Byrne Curtis Byrne

A burglar and drug dealer was rumbled as he lay in a hospital bed after being shot in the legs.

Curtis Byrne's secret life of crime was exposed when police became suspicious of his behaviour as he recovered from injuries sustained in the terrifying attack. Messages, videos, screenshots and notes which were subsequently found on his phone then linked him to a whole host of offences.

Byrne admitted conspiracy to commit burglary and theft and being concerned in the supply of cocaine and cannabis. He was jailed for seven years.

Kyle Johnson

Kyle Johnson Kyle Johnson

A teacher's head was stamped on as he lay unconscious outside a takeaway after a night out in Liverpool city centre.

Kyle Johnson admitted assault occasioning actual bodily harm in relation to the incident. He was jailed for six months.

Lee O'Donnell

Lee O’Donnell Lee O’Donnell

An EncroChat dealer was caught by police after he admitted in messages who he was and how he drove a hackney cab.

Lee O’Donnell pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply cocaine and cannabis, money laundering and possession of criminal property. He was jailed for nine years.

Alan Cashman

Alan Cashman Alan Cashman

A pyromaniac who was previously jailed for life for setting fire to a curry house said "I feel sick" after he was outed as a paedophile.

Alan Cashman admitted attempting to incite a child to engage in sexual activity, attempting to cause a child to watch sexual activity and attempting sexual communications with a child. He was jailed for 20 months.

Kyle Dickinson

Kyle Dickinson Kyle Dickinson

A man's eye popped out after he was hurled into a fruit machine during a sickening attack at a pub.

Kyle Dickinson continued stamping on his innocent victim's face even after inflicting the horror injury, which has blinded him for life in one eye. He admitted inflicting grievous bodily harm without intent and was jailed for 28 months.

Philip Slater

Philip Slater Philip Slater

A drug dealer was caught after police on patrol noticed a strong smell of cannabis.

Philip Slater was sentenced to 32 months imprisonment after admitting possession of cannabis with intent to supply.

Christopher Smith

Christopher Smith Christopher Smith

A paedophile has been sentenced to six years in prison for a number of child sex offences.

Christopher Smith pleaded guilty to engaging in sexual activity with a child, making indecent images, distributing indecent images and taking indecent images.

Anthony McGee

Anthony McGee Anthony McGee

A drug dealer broke down in tears and confessed he had heroin and cocaine stashed between his buttocks after being caught "red handed" by a drone.

Anthony McGee admitted possession of heroin and cocaine with intent to supply. He was jailed for 34 months.

Kieran Salkeld and Jake Duffy

Kieran Salkeld Kieran Salkeld

A street gang thug told a judge "nice one" after being locked up for stamping on a man's head as a woman screamed for him and his accomplice to stop.

Kieran Salkeld and Jake Duffy were recorded on a Ring doorbell camera cornering Sam Searson in the front yard of a property on Highfield Road, Rock Ferry, on December 23 2022. Footage shared on social media showed both kicking, punching and stamping on the helpless victim for around a minute.

Jake Duffy Jake Duffy

One could be heard in the clip shouting to a screaming woman "mind your own business alright, he's a little ken robber" before the victim of the assault mumbled "I don't rob kens lad". Salkeld replied "nice one" after he was jailed for 27 months while Duffy was jailed for two years after pleading guilty to unlawful wounding without intent and affray.

Thomas Barton

Thomas Barton Thomas Barton

A homeless man was slashed with a knife outside a Tesco store by another rough sleeper after an argument erupted about a stolen "pitch".

Thomas Barton admitted wounding with intent to inflict grievous bodily harm and possession of a bladed article in a public place. He was jailed for six years.

Ahmed Hassan

Ahmed Hassan Ahmed Hassan

A man was jailed for holding stolen motorbikes for thieves operating across the north west.

Ahmed Hassan pleaded guilty to five counts of handling stolen goods. He was jailed for nine months.

Christopher Cheyney

Christopher Cheyney Christopher Cheyney

A drug dealer who was freed from jail on day release failed to return for nearly six months.

Christopher Cheyney admitted being a temporarily released prisoner unlawfully at large. The dad was handed an additional eight months behind bars.

Lucel Tugui

Lucel Tugui Lucel Tugui

A taxi driver carried out a sickening sexual assault on his passenger after she fell asleep in the back of his vehicle.

Lucel Tugui admitted causing a person to engage in sexual activity without consent and was found guilty of three counts of sexual assault by a jury. He was jailed for 12 years.

Samuel Hulmes

Samuel Hulmes Samuel Hulmes

A man with martial arts training who “knew he had a hard punch” followed and attacked a man in an act of “revenge”.

Samuel Hulmes pleaded guilty to one count of assault occasioning actual bodily harm. Hulmes was sentenced to 16 months, saying “wow, wow” as he was taken down to the cells.

Kevin Spaine

Kevin Spaine was found guilty of murder Learoy Venner Kevin Spaine was found guilty of murder Learoy Venner

A child actor's life spiralled into drugs and crime before he became a killer.

Kevin Spaine was the boy who delivered the iconic "Acrrington Stanley, who are they?" line in the famous 1980s advert for the Milk Marketing Board. But he was convicted of murdering Learoy Venner at a flat on Belmont Drive in Anfield[38] in summer 2022.

The 53-year-old was viciously punched and kicked to death. Spaine was jailed for life with a minimum term of 18 years.

Finley Griffiths

Finley Griffiths Finley Griffiths

A teenager pretended to be an Amazon delivery driver before trying to force his way into a vulnerable victim's home.

Finley Griffiths was given a total custodial sentence of five years and five months.

Adam Gilbert

Adam Gilbert Adam Gilbert

A prolific robber who targeted a Halifax bank and post office pointed an imitation gun at staff.

Adam Gilbert pleaded guilty to two counts of robbery and two counts of possessing an imitation firearm. Gilbert was sentenced to 10-and-a-half years imprisonment.

Catalin Iordan

Catalin Iordan Catalin Iordan

A man was jailed after spending two years on the run for breaking his victim's jaw behind the Everyman Theatre.

Catalin Iordan pleaded guilty to one count of assault occasioning actual bodily harm. He was imprisoned for two years.

Craig Lyon

Craig Lyon Craig Lyon

A former bantamweight boxer broke a man's ankle during an “unprovoked assault” in a Bold Street restaurant.

Craig Lyon pleaded guilty to wounding and assaulting an emergency worker following the incident at Elif. He was sentenced to 99 weeks imprisonment.

Andrew Ratchford

Andrew Ratchford Andrew Ratchford

A paedophile who offered a 14-year-old ‘girl’ money and clothes and asked to meet at a hotel room claimed he knew he was being duped by a paedophile hunter group.

Andrew Ratchford was found guilty of attempting to engage in sexual communication with a child and attempting to incite a child to engage in a sexual act. He was sentenced to four years imprisonment.

Sonny Collins

Sonny Collins Sonny Collins

Two teenagers texted each other they would "get something nice" as they planned to rob school children in Sefton.

Sonny Collins and Micky Teany planned to "target vulnerable school children as they were leaving school".

Micky Teany Micky Teany

Collins was given a total custodial sentence of six years. Teany was jailed for nine years.

Gyulhan Hyusein

Gyulhan Hyusein Gyulhan Hyusein

A vile predator followed a teenager before dragging her into an alleyway to sexually assault her.

Gyulhan Hyusein admitted two counts of sexual assault and was jailed for 10 years.

Craig Roberts

Craig Roberts Craig Roberts

A man throttled his ex-girlfriend with the cord of her dressing gown and threatened to "set her up" with a cigarette lighter.

Craig Roberts admitted intentional strangulation, assault and criminal damage during an earlier hearing. He was jailed for 27 months.

Keiron Williams, Anthony Williams, Michael Williams and Steven McInerney

Anthony Williams, left, and Keiron Williams, right, jailed for life over the murder of Michael Toohey Anthony Williams, left, and Keiron Williams, right, jailed for life over the murder of Michael Toohey

A drug dealer snarled "I'll show you who the gangster is" before beating a terrified teenager to death in an internet café.

Three brothers, their friend and a 14-year-old boy were jailed for life for the ferocious and brutal murder of 18-year-old Michael Toohey on London Road in Liverpool city centre on April 16 last year. Leading the attack was Keiron Williams - described as either the head or near the top of an Everton based organised crime group involved in a "turf war" with another gang, although the full facts of the rivalry are not clear.

The 28-year-old, of no fixed address, was sentenced to life with a minimum of 18 years in prison. Anthony Williams of Hillbrook Drive, Walton[39], was sentenced to life with a minimum of 18 years in prison.

Michael Williams of Carlake Grove, Walton, was sentenced to life with a minimum of 18 years in prison. Steven McInerney, of no fixed abode, was sentenced to life with a minimum of 18 years in prison.

Steven McInerney, left, and Michael Williams, right, who have been jailed for life over the murder of Michael Toohey Steven McInerney, left, and Michael Williams, right, who have been jailed for life over the murder of Michael Toohey

The 14-year-old boy was sentenced to life in detention with a minimum term of eight years in prison.

Danielle Smith

Danielle Smith Danielle Smith

Victims with learning difficulties were pursued by bailiffs after the deputy manager of their supported living accommodation stole £10,000 from them.

Danielle Smith was jailed for 18 months.

Luke Hutchinson

Luke Hutchinson Luke Hutchinson

A heroin and crack cocaine dealer was caught selling drugs outside an Iceland supermarket.

Luke Hutchinson admitted possession of heroin and cocaine with intent to supply. He was jailed for 31 months.

Olivia Crutchley

Olivia Crutchley Olivia Crutchley

A woman left her grandad penniless after inventing a legal battle with B&Q and billing him for her supposed solicitors fees.

Olivia Crutchley admitted fraud. She was jailed for two years.

Alex Ward

Alex Ward Alex Ward

A drunken man assaulted his victim and forcibly kissed her while she lay on the ground.

Alex Ward pleaded guilty to one count of assault and one count of sexual assault on a female. He was jailed for a year.

Vincent Morgan

Vincent Morgan Vincent Morgan

A drug dealer told police "I'm f***ed and I'm going to jail" when they raided his house.

Vincent Morgan admitted possession of heroin and crack cocaine with intent to supply and possession of cocaine, ecstasy and ketamine and was jailed for 28 months.

Pauline Wardrobe

Pauline Wardrobe Pauline Wardrobe

A drunken woman remained at the scene after setting her friend’s flat alight.

Pauline Wardrobe was sentenced to four years imprisonment in her absence. She was found guilty by a jury of arson being reckless as to whether life was endangered, but did not attend her trial or plea hearing.

Vaughan Lane

Vaughan Lane Vaughan Lane

A man was caught "minding" a shotgun as police investigated a reported kidnapping.

Vaughan Lane admitted possession of a firearm. He nodded as he was jailed for 28 months.

Aaron Pressdee

Aaron Pressdee Aaron Pressdee

A chef subjected a woman to a sickening sexual assault.

"Extremely manipulative" Aaron Pressdee was found guilty of sexual assault. He was jailed for five years.

Thomas Beddow

Thomas Beddow Thomas Beddow

A serial sex offender groomed a group of schoolchildren with vapes before exposing himself to the youngsters.

Thomas Beddow admitted sexual assault and two counts of inciting a child to engage in sexual activity. He was imprisoned for five years and four months.

Allan Mitchell

Allan Mitchell Allan Mitchell

A 75-year-old paedophile who undertook a “campaign of sexual abuse” against his victims cried as he heard he may not live to see the end of his sentence.

Allan Mitchell was sentenced to 18 years and three months after pleading guilty to more than 30 sexual offences against two victims.

Neal Jackson

Neal Jackson Neal Jackson

Two men broke into a city centre Greggs and assaulted police officers in their failed escape.

Neal Jackson was sentenced to two years imprisonment, having also burgled a branch of Holland and Barrett. Isaiah Gregory was given a 12 month prison sentence suspended for two years, and ordered to complete 10 rehabilitation days, plus 150 hours of unpaid work.

Wayne Jones

Wayne Jones Wayne Jones

A paedophile who was found hiding in a cupboard after sending a naked picture of himself to an undercover police officer tried to shift the blame onto his innocent partner who was in hospital at the time.

Wayne Jones pleaded guilty to attempted sexual communications with a child and assault occasioning actual bodily harm against his then girlfriend. He was jailed for two years and two months.

Leigh Dennis

Leigh Dennis Leigh Dennis

An Only Fans mum conned a man she met on Facebook[40] out of more than £30,000 of his inheritance money.

Leigh Dennis pleaded guilty to two counts of fraud by false representation and possession of extreme pornographic images. She was jailed for 19 months.

Katie Dalziel

Katie Dalziel appeared at Liverpool Crown Court Katie Dalziel appeared at Liverpool Crown Court

A woman who stabbed her neighbour with a serrated kitchen knife shouted “after my fella are you” in an unprovoked drunken rage.

Katie Dalziel pleaded guilty to one count of wounding with intent and of possession of an offensive weapon in a public place. The 31-year-old was jailed for 18 months.

Jamie Dempsey

Jamie Dempsey appeared at Liverpool Crown Court Jamie Dempsey appeared at Liverpool Crown Court

A man was jailed for 19 years after killing his own mum by accidentally stabbing her in the heart.

Jamie Dempsey fatally knifed mother Karen, 55, in the chest while brawling with another man outside the Brambles pub in Kirkby[41] in summer last year. The 32-year-old was convicted of manslaughter by a jury at Liverpool Crown Court, but found not guilty of murder.

Glen Gardner

Glen Gardner Glen Gardner

A man "burst into" his victim's home before headbutting him.

Glen Gardner was jailed for two-and-a-half years.

Gabriel Genesis

Gabriel Genesis Gabriel Genesis

A man ranted in court and demanded a "retrial" after hurling vile homophobic abuse towards his neighbour.

Gabriel Genesis was given a custodial sentence of two-and-a-half years.

Michael Daniels

Michael Daniels Michael Daniels

A father-of-six kicked a man unconscious and continued to “rain” down blows as he lay motionless in what a judge described as a “sickening” attack.

Michael Daniels pleaded guilty to inflicting grievous bodily harm. The 33-year-old was jailed for two years.

Sean Aspinall

Sean Aspinall Sean Aspinall

A man who had a “fascination” with guns modified them to look like a "hard man"

Sean Aspinall was jailed for nine years after being convicted after trial of one count of conspiring to convert an imitation firearm into a weapon, and conspiracy to supply or transfer prohibited weapons.

Adam Murphy

Adam Murphy Adam Murphy

A burglar who walked free from court on a suspended sentence has been jailed after repeatedly flouting the conditions of his release.

Adam Murphy was locked up for nine months.

Cristian Miron

Cristian Miron Cristian Miron

A “professional shoplifter” stole over £27,000 worth of alcohol from various Asda[42] and Tesco stores across the UK.

Cristian Miron was sentenced to 27 months imprisonment.

Christopher Wade

Christopher Wade Christopher Wade

A man drugged a vulnerable 13-year-old girl and took her into woodland to sexually abuse her.

Christopher Wade was found guilty of one count of rape, one count of assault by penetration and a third count of sexual assault. He was jailed for 12 years.

Michael Shaw and Paul Shaw

Michael Shaw Michael Shaw

Two brothers who stole £15,000 from gaming machines over the course of nine months appeared shocked at their sentences.

Michael Shaw, 38, and Paul Shaw, 39, committed 21 offences of fraud targeting gaming machines in pubs and bookies using an adapted banknote, usually to the value of £20, to create fraudulent credits on fixed odds gaming machines.

Paul Shaw Paul Shaw

Paul Shaw was sentenced to 12 months imprisonment. Michael Shaw was handed 16 months imprisonment.

Jay Byrne and Joseph Byrne

Jay Byrne admitted the manslaughter of Christopher Molloy Jay Byrne admitted the manslaughter of Christopher Molloy

Two brothers and a 15-year-old boy beat a security guard to death.

Jay and Joseph Byrne pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of Christopher Molloy, although they were cleared of murder after a trial. The schoolboy was convicted of murder by a jury after three hours and 41 minutes of deliberations.

Joseph Byrne admitted the manslaughter of Christopher Molloy Joseph Byrne admitted the manslaughter of Christopher Molloy

The teen was jailed for life with a minimum terms of eight years. Jay Byrne was jailed for 10-and-a-half years, while Joseph Byrne was given nine years and nine months.

Leon Smythe

Leon Smythe Leon Smythe

A man "lost his temper" after finding out someone had followed his girlfriend on Instagram.

Leon Smythe was convicted of controlling and coercive behaviour. He was jailed for 28 months.

Callum Kerr and Rachel Bates

Callum Kerr Callum Kerr

A drug-crazed criminal threatened to “blow up the street” and shoot his fake hostage in the head during a 10-hour stand-off with armed police.

Callum Kerr had been “off his box” on class As and booze for five days with Rachel Bates when they barricaded themselves in at her bungalow in Runcorn.

Rachel Bates Rachel Bates

The pair both pleaded guilty to affray and Kerr to assaulting an emergency worker over an incident during his interview on August 19 when he lifted a chair above his head and threw it at a wall. Kerr was sentenced to 22 months in prison and Bates to 16 months.

Christopher Gorman

Christopher Gorman Christopher Gorman

A man who waited outside a courtroom to threaten a judge also subjected his ex-partner and her mother to months of harassment.

Christopher Gorman pleaded guilty to threatening behaviour, breaching a non-molestation order, two counts of harassment, two counts of stalking and two counts of intimidating a witness. The 37-year-old was jailed for five years.

Jan Luke Carmichael

Jan Luke Carmichael Jan Luke Carmichael

A drug courier was caught after fingerprint evidence was lifted from his photos.

Jan Luke Carmichael admitted conspiring to possess a firearm without a certificate and conspiring to supply cocaine, heroin, cannabis and ketamine. He was jailed for 12-and-a-half years.

John Bromilow, Paul Price, Chantae Campbell and Teigan Dutton

John Bromilow John Bromilow

A man fired at the front door of a family home with an eight-year-old child inside as “frightener”.

Teigan Dutton Teigan Dutton

John Bromilow and Paul Price pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to possess a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence in relation to the shooting in Wallasey[43] in 2021. Chantae Campbell and Teigan Dutton pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to possess a shotgun without a certificate.

Paul Price Paul Price

Bromilow was jailed for six years and three months. Price was locked up for five years and 10 months while Campbell and Dutton were both sentenced to 15 months each.

Chantae Campbell Chantae Campbell

Lewis King

Lewis King Lewis King

A vulnerable man was lured to an alleyway and robbed before being stabbed seven times.

Lewis King pleaded guilty to one count of robbery. He was sentenced to a total of eight years and four months.

Jack Barr

Jack Barr, 22, of Wheatear Close, Liverpool, was sentenced to 40 months in prison for crack and heroin supply offences after being arrested in Widnes. Jack Barr, 22, of Wheatear Close, Liverpool, was sentenced to 40 months in prison for crack and heroin supply offences after being arrested in Widnes.

A man's phone "made it pretty clear" to police that he was working as a street drug dealer..

Jack Barr pleaded guilty to two counts of possession with intent to supply class A drugs, acquiring criminal property and possession of cannabis and was jailed for three years and four months.

Neil Gandy

Neil Gandy Neil Gandy

A violent rapist used blackmail tactics on his victim to ensure she did not call the police on him.

Neil Gandy was jailed for 17 years.

Gonzalo De Freitas

Gonzalo De Freitas Gonzalo De Freitas

A prolific drug dealer was found with class A drugs and released under investigation on three separate occasions before he was arrested on the fourth.

Gonzalo De Freitas pleaded guilty to eight counts of possession with intent to supply cocaine and heroin and one count of possession of criminal property. He was jailed for 44 months.

Gareth Culshaw

Gareth Culshaw Gareth Culshaw

Two paedophiles held a little boy down on a bed and abused him as he told them to let go.

Gareth Culshaw pleaded guilty to seven charges of sexual assault relating to two young children and one of inciting a child to engage in sexual activity in relation to one of the "defenceless and innocent" victims. John O’Brien was convicted at trial of one count of sexual relating to a joint offence with Culshaw.

Culshaw was sentenced to 11 years in prison. O’Brien was given four years and six months.

Etmond Lika

Etmond Lika attempted to flee from police by hiding on the roof Etmond Lika attempted to flee from police by hiding on the roof

A man involved in maintaining a cannabis farm inside a house attempted to flee from police by hiding on the roof.

Etmond Lika pleaded guilty to one count of being concerned in the production of cannabis. He was sentenced to two years and four months imprisonment.

Thomas Davies

Thomas Davies Thomas Davies

A man stabbed his neighbour with a carving knife over a noise dispute.

Thomas Davies pleaded guilty to inflicting grievous bodily harm. The 35-year-old was jailed for 27 months.

Darren Cluff

Darren Cluff Darren Cluff

A man booted a stranger in the head and stole his phone after a drunken scuffle in Liverpool ONE because he asked him for money.

Darren Cluff pleaded guilty to one count of robbery and one count of assault occasioning actual bodily harm. He was jailed for two years and eight months.

Martin Jack

Martin Jack Martin Jack

A caravan conman went on the run in Dubai and Spain for eight years after stealing £140,000.

Martin Jack was handed six years and six months in prison.

Thomas Cashman

Thomas Cashman Thomas Cashman is currently serving a life sentence for the murder of nine-year-old Olivia Pratt-Korbel

Thomas Cashman was jailed for life with a minimum term of 42 years for the murder of Olivia Pratt-Korbel.

The 34-year-old, of Grenadier Drive in West Derby[44], was unanimously found guilty of murdering the nine-year-old schoolgirl by a jury. She was shot dead in her own home on Kingsheath Avenue in Dovecot in one of the most horrific crimes in Merseyside's history.

John Webber

John Webber John Webber

The paedophile assaulted a 12-year-old girl while she slept

John Webber pleaded guilty to three counts of sexual assault. He cried and held his head in his hands as he was jailed for five-and-a-half years.

James Liddiard and David Finn

James Liddiard James Liddiard

James Liddiard and David Finn were among six Merseyside-based people traffickers caught attempting to transport stowaways into the UK from France within the space of a week. The former did so with his mum in the passenger seat under the guise of a day trip to Paris.

David Finn David Finn

Liddiard was jailed for two years, while Finn was handed 22 months behind bars.

Sam Oliver

Sam Oliver Sam Oliver

The roofer was wanted by two police forces when he was caught after men were seen "dealing drugs" outside of a primary school.

Sam Oliver pleaded guilty to being concerned in the supply of heroin and cocaine. He was jailed for three years and four months.

William Davidson and Steven Gorry

William Davidson William Davidson

Two men were identified as major drug traffickers after chatting about their kids on EncroChat devices.

William Davidson, 39, and his right-hand man Steven Gorry, 47, were linked to the supply of 108kg of cocaine and 14kg of heroin arranged via the encrypted phone network, using the handles 'WoodenJay, 'RainBonsai' and 'RacyBike'.

Steven Gorry Steven Gorry

Both admitted conspiracy to supply class A drugs. Davidson was jailed for 18 years and nine months, while Gorry was locked up for 16 years and six months.

Jwamer Saygul

Jwamer Saygul Jwamer Saygul

It took a jury just 25 minutes to find a rapist guilty after he attacked a woman in a park.

Jwamer Saygul was sentenced to nine years in custody.

Jackie Lloyd and Adam Lloyd

Jackie Lloyd Jackie Lloyd

A mother and son recorded themselves "dancing" and "openly celebrating" as flames engulfed a barge they had set fire to in a "truly despicable act".

Adam Lloyd, 36, chanted "the roof is on fire" after using a cigarette lighter to ignite a cushion on the boat, leading to the fire that completely destroyed it. Accompanying him at the scene on the Bridgewater Canal in Runcorn on was his mum Jackie Lloyd, 54, who moments earlier had called the barge's owner Peter Hill, her former partner, and threatened to set fire to it after their relationship ended.

Adam Lloyd, 36, of Riversdale, Frodsham, was sentenced to 40 months in prison for arson. Adam Lloyd, 36, of Riversdale, Frodsham, was sentenced to 40 months in prison for arson.

They were jailed for three years and four months each.

Harry Ford

Harry Ford Harry Ford

A robber dragged a teenage girl through woodland as he stole her handbag before falling asleep in the dock once he was brought to court over the terrifying assault.

Harry Ford admitted robbery and was jailed for 15 months.

Paul Hughes

Paul Hughes Paul Hughes

A burglar ransacked a children's nursery twice in quick succession in order to steal tins of spaghetti, but was caught out after leaving behind a trail of blood.

Paul Hughes admitted two counts of burglary during an earlier hearing. He was jailed for 14 months.

Graham Minards, Peter Bradshaw and Michael Aboo

Graham Minards Graham Minards

A dad used an international network of criminal contacts in countries such as Colombia, Brazil and Dubai as he flooded the UK with tens of millions of pounds of cocaine and heroin.

Importer Graham Minards used the secret pseudonym "Calm Tea" on EncroChat as he traded in more than 1,300kg of class A drugs.

Peter Bradshaw Peter Bradshaw

Minards admitted conspiracy to import heroin and cocaine and conspiracy to supply heroin, cocaine, ketamine, amphetamine and cannabis. He was jailed for 21 years.

Bradshaw admitted conspiracy to supply heroin, cocaine, ecstasy, amphetamine and cannabis. He was jailed for 19 years.

Michael Aboo Michael Aboo

A third conspirator, Michael Aboo, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply heroin, cocaine and cannabis and conspiracy to launder money. He was handed 15 years behind bars.

Joanne Moran

Joanne Moran was found guilty of murdering her partner Jonathan Gibbons Joanne Moran was found guilty of murdering her partner Jonathan Gibbons

A woman was jailed for life with a minimum term of 17 years after stabbing her boyfriend to death.

Joanne Moran was unanimously found guilty of murdering Jonathan Gibbons. The 50-year-old victim was knifed in the heart at the couple's home on Bridge Road in Litherland[45] in the early hours of October 30 last year.

Jake Shaw

Jake Shaw Jake Shaw

A man hit his girlfriend with a shovel as she fed her son breakfast before throwing bags of dog poo at her.

Jake Shaw admitted two counts of assault occasioning actual bodily harm and was jailed for 10 months.

Owen Jameson

Owen Jameson Owen Jameson

A teenager pulled a wheelie on a scrambler bike and led police on a high-speed chase.

Owen Jameson pleaded guilty to driving while disqualified, possession of cannabis, possession of a shortened shotgun without a licence, dangerous driving and driving without insurance. He was sentenced to 18 months in a young offenders' institution.

Owen Wright

Owen Wright, 30, of The Calvers, The Brow, Runcorn,was sent down for indecent image charges including Category A distribution. Owen Wright, 30, of The Calvers, The Brow, Runcorn,was sent down for indecent image charges including Category A distribution.

A cyber pervert shared child abuse images of the “most terrible” type, showing victims being “horrendously abused”.

Former chef Owen Wright pleaded guilty to possession of indecent images, three counts of distribution and three charges of making such material. He was jailed for two years and four months.

Joao Domingos

Joao Domingos Joao Domingos

A man drunkenly attacked two security staff with glass bottles after being ejected from a city centre bar.

Joao Domingos pleaded guilty to two counts of threatening with an offensive weapon in a public place, one count of assaulting an emergency worker, and one count of causing criminal damage after an incident in the Tom Thumb bar on Hardman Street. He was jailed for 22 months.

Matthew Denton

Matthew Denton Matthew Denton

A man duped his unwitting dad into driving 20kg of drugs from Liverpool to Stoke before he was caught by police.

Matthew Denton pleaded guilty to one count of possession with intent to supply amphetamine. He was jailed for three years.

Jake Spencer

Jake Spencer Jake Spencer

A masked man burst into a pub brandishing a fake gun before being thrown out by an elderly drinker.

Jake Spencer admitted possession of an imitation firearm, inflicting grievous bodily harm and assaulting an emergency services worker and was jailed for 32 months. Co-defendant Kenny Scott pleaded guilty to inflicting grievous bodily harm and was imprisoned for 20 months.

Mark Edwards

Mark Edwards Mark Edwards

A cocaine deal "broker" was unmasked by his criminal contacts wishing him a happy birthday and his malfunctioning Sky TV box.

Mark Edwards pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply cocaine, heroin and cannabis. He shook his head as he was jailed for 16-and-a-half years.

Jack Swanson

Jack Swanson is a prolific burglar and convicted arsonist Jack Swanson is a prolific burglar and convicted arsonist

A prolific burglar and arsonist watched a pensioner leave her home to go to church before stealing £70,000 worth of items from her property.

Jack Swanson pleaded guilty to one count of burglary, having targeted a 74-year-old victim in December last year. The 29-year-old was jailed for three years and four months.

Jared Skeete

Jared Skeete Jared Skeete

A teenager brazenly sniffed ketamine in full view of riot police as he threw lit fireworks at officers and called them "little sausages".

Jared Skeete was described as being "at the forefront" of violence which erupted during a protest at the Suites Hotel in Kirkby earlier this year, during which missiles were thrown at police and a Matrix van was torched. He admitted violent disorder and was given three years in a young offenders' institute.

Callen Chandler-Jones

Callen Chandler-Jones Callen Chandler-Jones

A vile rapist repeatedly sexually abused a vulnerable woman as she slept.

Callen Chandler-Jones admitted two counts of rape and was jailed for 20 years.

James Billingsley-Taylor

James Billingsley-Taylor James Billingsley-Taylor

A married foster carer was put behind bars after "trading" videos of horrific child abuse on Snapchat with other paedophiles.

James Billingsley-Taylor admitted two counts of distributing indecent images of children, three of making indecent images and one of possessing indecent images and was jailed for two years.

Terence Earle and Stephen Singleton

Terence Earle Terence Earle

A gang behind a £1million amphetamine lab carried out their dodgy dealings in a Costco car park.

The organised crime group, led by "kingpin" Terence Earle, trafficked lorry loads of heroin and cocaine between Merseyside and Scotland.

Stephen Singleton Stephen Singleton

Earle admitted conspiracy to supply cocaine and conspiracy to produce amphetamine. He was jailed for 16-and-a-half years.

Stephen Singleton - who used his "apparently legitimate chemicals company" in order to "supply the necessary ingredients for large amounts of amphetamine" - pleaded guilty to conspiracy to produce amphetamine. He was handed 41 months behind bars.

Christopher Crotty

Christopher Crotty Christopher Crotty

A man assaulted his ex-girlfriend then sent explicit images of her to her mum and brother.

Christopher Crotty was found guilty of one count of assault occasioning actual bodily harm and two of disclosing private images without consent. He was jailed for 27 months.

James Coleman

James Coleman James Coleman

An innocent member of the public was hit with a shovel as a stag party and a group of workmen brawled in the street.

Anthony Hughes, who rendered the groom-to-be unconscious, admitted wounding without intent and affray. He was jailed for two years.

James Coleman, who wielded the shovel, pleaded guilty to affray and possession of an offensive weapon in a public place. He was handed 21 months behind bars.

Kevin Condliffe, Richard McLean, Jonathan Fincham and Kieron Ellis

Kevin Condliffe Kevin Condliffe

A county lines gang known as "Scouse Mick", which operated between Liverpool and Cornwall, was torn apart as four members were jailed.

Kevin Condliffe was jailed for nine years and six months.

Richard McLean was jailed for eight years and six months.

Richard McLean, 39, of Curtana Crescent, Liverpool, for eight years and six months Richard McLean, 39, of Curtana Crescent, Liverpool, for eight years and six months

Jonathan Fincham was jailed six years and six months.

Jonathan Fincham, 52, of Pellor Fields, Helston, for six years and six months. Jonathan Fincham, 52, of Pellor Fields, Helston, for six years and six months.

Kieron Ellis was jailed for seven years.

Kieron Ellis, 44, of Carbis Bay, Penzance, for seven years. Kieron Ellis, 44, of Carbis Bay, Penzance, for seven years.

Crimea Price, Arthur Gaskin, Lee Leatherbarrow and John Price

Crimea Price appeared at Liverpool Crown Court on Monday Crimea Price appeared at Liverpool Crown Court on Monday

Four men who committed 19 burglaries targeting cash machines in supermarkets stole hundreds of thousands of pounds.

Arthur Gaskin appeared at Liverpool Crown Court on Monday Arthur Gaskin appeared at Liverpool Crown Court on Monday

Arthur Gaskin, Lee Leatherbarrow, Crimea Price and John Price targeted ATMs across the country.

Lee Leatherbarrow appeared at Liverpool Crown Court on Monday Lee Leatherbarrow appeared at Liverpool Crown Court on Monday

Crimea Price was sentenced to eight years imprisonment, Gaskin and Leatherbarrow were both sentenced to seven and a half years and John Price was sentenced to six years.

John Price appeared at Liverpool Crown Court on Monday John Price appeared at Liverpool Crown Court on Monday

Keith Forsyth

Keith Forsyth appeared at Liverpool Crown Court on Monday Keith Forsyth appeared at Liverpool Crown Court on Monday

A former driving instructor repeatedly assaulted a boy several years his junior in the 1980s.

Keith Forsyth was found guilty of eight sexual offences and was jailed for 32 months.

Jack Wymer

Jack Wymer, 29, from Huyton, jailed for a high level EncroChat drugs operation Jack Wymer, 29, from Huyton, jailed for a high level EncroChat drugs operation

An EncroChat crook linked to Spanish villas, ruthless gun thugs and kilos of Class A drugs boasted of making up to £10,000 per day.

Jack Wymer, the man behind the handle "ItchyTrain", was jailed for 10 years and three months.

Craig Byatt

Craig Byatt Craig Byatt

A drugs courier was caught with nearly £85,000 of heroin and crack cocaine when he fell off his bike.

Craig Byatt admitted possession of heroin and crack cocaine with intent to supply, dangerous driving, driving while disqualified, drug driving and driving without insurance. He was jailed for five years.

Derek Miller and Mark Lindsey

Derek Miller was jailed for eight months and Mark Lindsey was sentenced to six months in prison Derek Miller was jailed for eight months and Mark Lindsey was sentenced to six months in prison

Two men were caught with more than £100,000 worth of cannabis after police stopped them on the M6 with a cracked windscreen.

Derek Miller and Mark Lindsey admitted being concerned in the supply of class A drugs.

Miller was jailed for eight months and Lindsey was sentenced to six months in prison.

John Murray

John Murray was sentenced to eight months imprisonment John Murray was sentenced to eight months imprisonment

Two football hooligans who were involved in a massive matchday brawl were seen throwing chairs and punches at Liverpool FC fans.

Thomas Keane and John Murray pleaded guilty to affray following fighting between Liverpool and Everton fans at the St Hilda pub on derby day. Keane was sentenced to 10 months imprisonment suspended for 18 months while Murray was jailed for eight months.

Stuart O'Brien

Stuart O'Brien, 48, jailed for breaching a football banning order Stuart O'Brien, 48, jailed for breaching a football banning order

A convicted ticket tout ignored a court order and flew to the Qatar World Cup to make quick cash.

Stuart O'Brien admitted breaching a football banning order breaching and was jailed for 12 weeks.

Gareth Parr

Gareth Parr Gareth Parr

A man who repeatedly stabbed a stranger in a pub was back in court for wielding a large blade in a park months before the attack.

Gareth Parr pleaded guilty to one count of threatening a person with a bladed article in a public place. He was jailed for 10 months.

Jordan Walmsley

Jordan Walmsley appeared at Liverpool Crown Court on Wednesday Jordan Walmsley appeared at Liverpool Crown Court on Wednesday

A man wanted by police for breaching the terms of his licence gave officers a fake name but his real phone number.

Jordan Walmsley pleaded guilty to possession of cocaine, possession of cannabis, perverting the course of justice and failing to surrender. He was jailed for eight months.

John Bishop

John Bishop appeared at Liverpool Crown Court on Thursday via video link John Bishop appeared at Liverpool Crown Court on Thursday via video link

A prolific burglar who stole £30,000 of clothes from a Flannels store in Southport[46] made off with £80,000 in an “almost identical” robbery a year later.

John Bishop pleaded guilty to one count of burglary. He was jailed for 15 months.

Russell Jones

Russell Jones Russell Jones

A pervert who sexually assaulted a hospital patient moaned "all of this is wrong" as he was jailed.

Russell Jones was found guilty of one count of sexual assault and imprisoned for three-and-a-half years.

Andrew Kirby

Andrew Kirby appeared at Liverpool Crown Court via video link on Thursday Andrew Kirby appeared at Liverpool Crown Court via video link on Thursday

A man hit his girlfriend’s sister in the face with a hammer while two young children were in the house.

Andrew Kirby pleaded guilty to one count of wounding. He was jailed for 29 months.

Ryan Hope, Paul Price, Phillip Owens, Malcolm Griffiths, Farrell Denton and Robert Thomas

Left to right Paul Price, Paul Price, of Pendyffryn Road, Rhyl, and Ryan Hope, of Hansby Drive, Speke, were each jailed for 11 years and four months. Philip Owens, of Meredith Crescent, Rhyl, Malcolm Griffiths, of Vale Road, Rhyl, and were each jailed for five years. Farrell Denton, of Gwynfryn Avenue, Rhyl, and Robert Thomas, of Maple Avenue, Rhyl, were each jailed for three-and-a-half years Left to right Paul Price, Paul Price, of Pendyffryn Road, Rhyl, and Ryan Hope, of Hansby Drive, Speke, were each jailed for 11 years and four months. Philip Owens, of Meredith Crescent, Rhyl, Malcolm Griffiths, of Vale Road, Rhyl, and were each jailed for five years. Farrell Denton, of Gwynfryn Avenue, Rhyl, and Robert Thomas, of Maple Avenue, Rhyl, were each jailed for three-and-a-half years

A drug gang flooded Wales with cocaine from Merseyside.

Paul Price, the boss of the drug operation, facilitated the supply of high purity cocaine from Merseyside to North Wales. He enlisted the help of Ryan Hope who worked alongside Price and operated in a "organisational role".

Both Price, 55, and Hope were jailed for 11 years and four months. Phillip Owens was jailed for five years in prison for his role.

Malcolm Griffiths was jailed for five years. Farrell Denton and Robert Thomas were jailed for three and a half years.

Michael Smith

Michael Smith Michael Smith

Michael Smith[47] called his mum a "fat b****" before brandishing a knife and threatening to burn down her house.

He admitted affray, assault occasioning actual bodily harm, assault and breaching a suspended sentence order and was jailed for 48 weeks.

Anthony Fox

Anthony Fox Anthony Fox

A thug left his neighbour with a bleed on the brain after hitting him on the head with a plank of wood.

Anthony Fox[48] admitted inflicting grievous bodily harm, battery, criminal damage and controlling and coercive behaviour. He was jailed for four years and 10 months.

Richard Hill

Richard Hill, aged 31 of Sleaford Road in Huyton was sentenced to 1 year in prison Richard Hill, aged 31 of Sleaford Road in Huyton was sentenced to 1 year in prison

A man stole a laptop, iPads and multiple debit cards from cars in one area of Liverpool.

Richard Hill[49] pleaded guilty to fraud and several thefts from cars. He was jailed for one year.

Charlie White

Charlie White Charlie White

A paedophile was ensnared when he sent a picture of his car's registration plates over Snapchat after recording a girl flashing him on webcam.

Charlie White[50] admitted inciting a child to engage in sexual activity, taking indecent images, attempting to incite a child to engage in sexual activity, attempting to cause a child to watch sexual activity, attempting sexual communications with a child, two counts of possession of indecent images and three counts of making indecent images. The barman was jailed for two years.

Cameron Edwards

Cameron Edwards Cameron Edwards

A "troubled" man chased his former cellmate and swung a large knife at him after they rowed in St Helens town centre. Cameron Edwards[51] was sentenced to 18 months for making threats with a bladed article.

Dominic Kelly

Dominic Kelly Dominic Kelly

A man kicked down the front door of his neighbours' flat before stabbing a boy in the face. Dominic Kelly[52] admitted aggravated burglary and possession of a bladed article in a public place. He was handed an indefinite hospital order.

Mark Brockley

Mark Brockley Mark Brockley

A fraudster pocketed hundreds of thousands of pounds by selling pirated subscriptions to stream Premier League[53] and Champions League games before fleeing the country with his dog.

Mark Brockley[54], who remains on the run and is believed to be living abroad, was handed a five years behind bars in his absence after being found guilty of distributing articles infringing on copyright and fraudulently evading income tax.

Stephen McHugh

Stephen McHugh, who deliberately drove into a crowd of pedestrians, killing 22-year-old Rebecca Steer in Oswestry, Shropshire Stephen McHugh, who deliberately drove into a crowd of pedestrians, killing 22-year-old Rebecca Steer in Oswestry, Shropshire

A drug dealer was jailed for life for murdering a 22-year-old student. Stephen McHugh[55] was handed a sentence of a minimum of 18 years for deliberately driving his car into a group of people, killing Rebecca Steer.

Nicholas Street

Nicholas Street Nicholas Street

A teenager collected manuals on how to make homemade grenades and cyanide and set up an online extremist group called "Tesco Waffen". Nicholas Street[56] was found guilty of encouraging terrorism by the jury, while he previously admitted three counts of possession of a document containing information likely to be useful to a person committing or preparing an act of terrorism. He was handed 30 months in a young offenders' institute.

Adetunji Akona-Dosunmo

Adetunji Akona-Dosunmo Adetunji Akona-Dosunmo

A paedophile who travelled on buses targeting schoolgirls in their uniforms was jailed for two years and four months. Adetunji Akona-Dosunmo[57] admitted two counts of sexual communication with a child, attempting to arrange a child sex offence, and four counts of breaching an existing sexual harm prevention order.

Dylan Hughes

Dylan Hughes Dylan Hughes

A man needed 53 stitches after being hit in the face with a vape during a night out in Liverpool city centre. Dylan Hughes[58] admitted wounding with intent and was jailed for 45 months.

Ryan Hunter

Ryan Hunter appeared at Liverpool Crown Court on Wednesday Ryan Hunter appeared at Liverpool Crown Court on Wednesday

A man who abused his girlfriend for years would put a bag over her head and ask her how long it would take her to escape.

Ryan Hunter[59] was found guilty of two counts of engaging in controlling and coercive behaviour and two counts of assault occasioning actual bodily harm. The 33-year-old previously pleaded guilty to two counts of producing cannabis and one count of abstracting electricity and was jailed for five years.

Brian Flynn

Brian Flynn Brian Flynn

A convicted cocaine dealer glassed a man who then accidentally stabbed his own mum to death in a pub car park. Brian Flynn[60] launched a pint glass at Jamie Dempsey's head in the Brambles pub, Kirkby, over an unpaid drug debt. Dempsey then went on to stab Flynn outside, but also fatally knifed his 55-year-old mother Karen Dempsey in the heart as she tried to stop the violence.

Flynn appeared admitted affray in relation to his part in the tragic incident and was locked up for 20 months.

Mark Sands

Mark Sands Mark Sands

A painter and decorator agreed to courier a shotgun wrapped in a bin bag and a hi-vis jacket in order to clear a £300 debt. Mark Sands[61] was locked up for three years, having admitted conspiracy to possess a shotgun.

Peter Hughes

Peter Hughes, 32, of Linwood Road, Tranmere was jailed for four years Peter Hughes, 32, of Linwood Road, Tranmere was jailed for four years

A prison officer who smuggled drugs into the jail where he worked spent his ill-gotten gains on a hair transplant, breast surgery and £10,000 wedding. Peter Hughes was jailed for four years after pleading guilty to misconduct in public office, possession of class C drugs with intent to supply, and conveying class C drugs into a prison.

Paul Cox

Paul Cox has been jailed for five years after being caught minding a lethal Skorpion sub-machine gun Paul Cox has been jailed for five years after being caught minding a lethal Skorpion sub-machine gun

A man was caught minding a Skorpion submachine gun and more than 140 rounds of ammunition. Paul Cox pleaded guilty to possessing a prohibited weapon and ammunition and was jailed for five years.

Ryan Kearns

Ryan Kearns, 29, of Marlborough Road in Oxton, was sentenced to four years and three months in prison Ryan Kearns, 29, of Marlborough Road in Oxton, was sentenced to four years and three months in prison

A dealer told officers he had swallowed wraps of drugs before vomiting as police raided his home. Ryan Kearns was jailed for three years and four months for possession with intent to supply crack cocaine and heroin.

John Tomlinson

John Tomlinson John Tomlinson

An arsonist launched a lit firework through his neighbour's letterbox after falsely accusing her of being a thief. John Tomlinson[62] admitted arson being reckless as to whether life was endangered. He was jailed for 36 months.

Michael Redmond

Michael Redmond Michael Redmond

Michael Redmond[63] told police "I'm going to need those in prison" after he was caught with class A drugs smuggled inside his body. The 53-year-old pleaded guilty to two counts of possession to supply cocaine and heroin. He was jailed for 44 months.

Liam Harrison

Liam Harrison, 26,  pleaded guilty to two counts of possession with intent to supply class A, cocaine and ecstasy, and possession of class B Liam Harrison, 26,  pleaded guilty to two counts of possession with intent to supply class A, cocaine and ecstasy, and possession of class B

A remorseful drug dealer broke down in court as he confessed to his involvement in a serious illegal operation. Liam Harrison[64] pleaded guilty to two counts of possession with intent to supply class A drug and was jailed for 28 months.

Michael Kelly

Michael Kelly, 36, pleaded guilty to possession with intent to supply class A and B drugs Michael Kelly, 36, pleaded guilty to possession with intent to supply class A and B drugs

War veteran Michael Kelly[65] was caught running a huge illegal drugs operation from his flat. The 36-year-old pleaded guilty to possession with intent to supply class A and B drugs and was jailed for 40 months.

Gavin Sellens

Gavin Sellens, 41, of Longfellow Street, Liverpool, pleaded guilty to assault Gavin Sellens, 41, of Longfellow Street, Liverpool, pleaded guilty to assault

Gavin Sellens[66] pushed his girlfriend to the ground and kicked her in the face after accusing her of cheating. Sellens admitted assault. He was jailed for 14 months.

Michael Legros

Michael Legros, 32, of Woodbridge Avenue, Halewood Michael Legros, 32, of Woodbridge Avenue, Halewood

Michael Legros[67] called a border force officer a "Rochdale paedo" after being caught with 14,000 cigarettes in his luggage. He was jailed for three years.

Thomas Robinson

Thomas Robinson, 43, of St Marys Road, Huyton was jailed for 17 years after he was found guilty of conspiracy to supply heroin and cocaine Thomas Robinson, 43, of St Marys Road, Huyton was jailed for 17 years after he was found guilty of conspiracy to supply heroin and cocaine

An EncroChat drug dealer who used the handle "CarbonZero" used his car and van hire company as a front to sell heroin and cocaine.

Thomas Robinson[68] was found guilty of conspiracy to supply heroin and cocaine and was jailed for 17 years.

Alan Madden

Alan Madden was charged with firearm, ammunition and offensive weapon offences and later pleaded guilty to terrorism related offences has been jailed for 7 years and 6 months. Alan Madden was been jailed for 7 years and 6 months.

A man who shared videos from banned far-right organisation National Action kept a gun next to his bed in case of a "complete breakdown in society".

Alan Madden[69] pleaded guilty to dissemination of a terrorist publication and three counts of stirring up racial hatred, possession of a prohibited firearm, possessing prohibited ammunition, possessing ammunition without a firearms certificate, possessing an offensive weapon in a private place and possession of a bladed article and was jailed for seven-and-a-half years.

Aaren Murphy

Aaren Murphy was jailed at Liverpool Crown Court Aaren Murphy was jailed at Liverpool Crown Court

A paedophile was caught when he posted vile images of children on Snapchat and Instagram. Aaren Murphy[70], 22, pleaded guilty to eight charges. He was jailed for three years and four months.

Kevin Jones

Kevin Jones, of Norman Road, Runcorn, pleaded guilty to six sexual offences, including three counts of rape of a girl under 16 Kevin Jones, of Norman Road, Runcorn, pleaded guilty to six sexual offences, including three counts of rape of a girl under 16

A former firefighter raped a girl over a three year period which started when she was just 13. Kevin Jones[71] pleaded guilty to six sexual offences, including three counts of rape. The 49-year-old was sentenced to 10 years in prison.

Stephen Townsend

Stephen Townsend Stephen Townsend

Members of staff cowered behind the bar in fear as a cocaine-fuelled customer launched pool balls across a crowded pub and shouted "I'll slice yous all up".

Stephen Townsend admitted affray and assaulting an emergency services worker. He sat with his arms folded in the dock as he was jailed for 14 months.

Thomas Stanley

Thomas Stanley Thomas Stanley

A convicted child rapist shared vile materials with a fellow sex offender who he met in prison. Thomas Stanley admitted distributing indecent images, possession of indecent images, three counts of making indecent images and breaching a sexual harm prevention order. He was locked up for a further 32 months.

Peter Steinitz

Peter Steinitz Peter Steinitz

A serial sex offender claimed his young victims "laughed at him" when he exposed himself to them as they walked home from school. Peter Steinitz admitted outraging public decency and breaching a sexual offences prevention order. He was jailed for 32 months.

Stanley Feerick

Stanley Feerick Stanley Feerick

A grandad used his job as a lorry driver as cover as he transported hundreds of thousands of pounds of heroin across the country. Stanley Feerick admitted conspiracy to supply heroin and participating in the activities of an organised crime group. He was jailed for eight-and-a-half years.

Andrew Carter

Andrew Carter Andrew Carter

A laughing pervert instructed a '13-year-old girl' to practice kissing using apples and oranges. Andrew Carter admitted arranging a child sex offence, attempting to incite a child to engage in sexual activity and attempting sexual communications with a child. He laughed before leaning forward and resting his head on the front of the dock after he was jailed for 33 months.

Nasrin Saleh

Nasrin Saleh was sentenced at Liverpool Crown Court on Monday (June 5) Nasrin Saleh was sentenced at Liverpool Crown Court on Monday (June 5)

A mum high on nitrous oxide killed her passenger after crashing into a roundabout at speed. Nasrin Saleh admitted causing Lugman Mehboob's death by dangerous driving and was jailed for four-and-a-half years.

Carl Ashall

Carl Ashall Carl Ashall

A mum discovered that her teenage son had been recruited to deal drugs when she checked his old phone. Carl Ashall and Neil Swift put the boy to work selling cocaine and manning their graft phone in return for small sums of cash. Ashall admitted conspiracy to supply cocaine and possession of cocaine with intent to supply and was jailed for five years. Swift pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply cocaine and was imprisoned for three years.

Lee Barnes

Lee Barnes, aged 23, of Cygnet House, St James Drive in Bootle was sentenced to a total of 45 months for drug offences and received a nine-month concurrent sentence for possession of criminal property Lee Barnes, aged 23, of Cygnet House, St James Drive in Bootle was sentenced to a total of 45 months for drug offences and received a nine-month concurrent sentence for possession of criminal property

A county lines drug dealer set up a new graft phone just one day after being questioned by police. Lee Barnes admitted being concerned in the supply of cocaine and heroin and possession of criminal property. He was jailed for 45 months.

Shaun Tinsley

Shaun Tinsley, 28, of Deysbrook Way, Liverpool, had pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving, causing death by driving while uninsured and causing death by driving while disqualified as well as failing to stop and failing to report the collision Shaun Tinsley, 28, of Deysbrook Way, Liverpool, had pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving, causing death by driving while uninsured and causing death by driving while disqualified as well as failing to stop and failing to report the collision

A Mercedes driver huffed on laughing gas and sped at up to 134mph before killing another motorist.

Shaun Tinsley smashed into the back of Paul Loller's car "like a missile" on the M62 in the early hours while high on nitrous oxide. He then careered into the central reservation and fled, leaving the innocent 61-year-old dying at the scene.

Tinsley admitted causing death by dangerous driving, failing to stop after an accident, failing to report an accident, causing death by driving while disqualified, causing death by driving while uninsured and driving without insurance. He showed no reaction as he was jailed for nine years and four months.

Yohammes Eyob-Berakhi and Abdulla Mohammed

Yohammes Eyob-Berakhi was jailed for two years and six months Yohammes Eyob-Berakhi was jailed for two years and six months

A gang lurked around cashpoints before stealing people bank cards and spending tens of thousands of pounds. Yohammes Eyob-Berakhi and Abdulla Mohammed were identified as being part of a wider group of fraudsters following an investigation into an incident on Hanover Street in Liverpool city centre.

Abdulla Mohammed, 30, of Westman Drive, Manchester, was also jailed for two years and six months for fraud Abdulla Mohammed, 30, of Westman Drive, Manchester, was also jailed for two years and six months for fraud

Eyob-Berakhi was jailed for two years and six months plus a concurrent three years and six months for a separate drugs offence. Mohammed was also jailed for two years and six months for fraud.

James Owen

James Owen James Owen

A perverted chef who sexually assaulted a semi-conscious student on Concert Square was jailed again after groping a girl on a train. James Owen admitted sexual assault. He was jailed for two years.

Paul Lipson

Paul Lipson Paul Lipson

A purse dipper feigned innocence and pleaded "I wouldn't do that, that's the lowest of the low" when he was confronted by an elderly woman after targeting her in an Asda supermarket. Paul Lipson admitted four counts of theft, one of attempted theft and six counts of fraud. He was jailed for 44 months.

Garry Earle

Garry Earle Garry Earle

A heroin and crack cocaine dealer who offered "fat bags for 20" was caught out when he ordered a taxi. Garry Earle admitted being concerned in the supply of heroin and crack cocaine and possession of cannabis. He was jailed for three years.

Carl Roberts

Carl Roberts Carl Roberts

A drunken burglar fell asleep for four and a half hours during a break-in but was still able to escape while wearing the victim's jumper. Carl Roberts admitted two counts of burglary and possession of cannabis. He was jailed four years.

Ornela Borisova

Ornela Borisova, 22, of Clough Lane, Huddersfield, pleaded guilty to burglary and theft Ornela Borisova, 22, of Clough Lane, Huddersfield, pleaded guilty to burglary and theft

A woman targeted an 85-year-old in a café and then broke into her house. Ornela Borisova was jailed for 16 months after admitting burglary.

Jacob Dickinson

Jacob Dickinson, 19, was sentenced at Liverpool Crown Court on Thursday Jacob Dickinson, 19, was sentenced at Liverpool Crown Court on Thursday

A teenager carrying a knife in a Tesco bag stabbed a delivery driver and tried to steal his bike. Jacob Dickinson pleaded guilty to robbery and wounding and was given six years in a young offenders' institute.

Tracey Bailey and Samuel Patterson

Tracey Bailey Tracey Bailey

A couple lured an old man to a flat on the promise of sex but instead attacked him with a hammer and a crow bar and robbed him.

Tracey Bailey and Samuel Patterson set the honeytrap on an online dating website, inviting their 75-year-old target around for a sordid romp before threatening to "break his kneecaps". Patterson admitted robbery and was jailed for six years and nine months.

Samuel Patterson Samuel Patterson

Bailey pleaded guilty to robbery and fraud. She was imprisoned for four-and-a-half years.

James Tully

James Tully was sentenced at Liverpool Crown Court on Friday James Tully was sentenced at Liverpool Crown Court on Friday

A drunk thug knocked a grandad to the floor and took out his tooth with an elbow to the face. James Tully was found guilty of assault occasioning actual bodily harm after a trial. He was jailed for nine months.

Kieran Cowley

Kieran Cowley, of Noctorum, Birkenhead Kieran Cowley, of Noctorum, Birkenhead

A thug who dragged his girlfriend down the street after rowing with her at a New Year's Eve party drunkenly attacked a Good Samaritan as he tried to intervene. Kieran Cowley was found guilty of inflicting grievous bodily harm. He was jailed for 16 months.

Elliot Harris

Elliot Harris Elliot Harris

A disabled teenager fled from her drunken boyfriend's clutches after he throttled her at the Hard Days Night Hotel and hid in another guest's room. Elliot Harris was found guilty of assault occasioning actual bodily harm. He was handed 14 months in a young offenders' institute.

Jamie Middleton

Jamie Middleton Jamie Middleton

A man flew into a violent rage and brutally attacked his friend after he told him to "shut up". Jamie Middleton admitted inflicting grievous bodily harm and was jailed for three-and-a-half years.

Daniel Cooper

Daniel Cooper Daniel Cooper

A man preyed on a teenage girl while pretending to be helping her study for her GCSEs.

Daniel Cooper pleaded guilty to three counts of sexual activity with a child and one count of causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity and was sentenced to two years and three months in prison.

Phillip Rogers

Phillip Rogers was jailed for ten and a half years Phillip Rogers was jailed for ten and a half years

A man was jailed for 10-and-a-half years for sexual offences against two children. Phillip Rogers was found guilty of two counts of attempted sexual assault and four counts of indecent assaults.

Erica Jones

Erica Jones, 22, jailed for 24 months after admitting child sexual offences committed alongside her former lover, Phil Hudson Erica Jones, 22, jailed for 24 months after admitting child sexual offences committed alongside her former lover, Phil Hudson

A jealous woman who went to police about her ex-lover's horrific crimes against children was also locked up after detectives realised she was heavily involved.

Erica Jones was jailed for two years after pleading guilty to possessing indecent images of children and arranging a child sexual offence.

Benjamin Carter, Jack Elliott and Christopher Davidson

Benjamin Carter, of Sprucewood Close, Liverpool Benjamin Carter, of Sprucewood Close, Liverpool

Three members of a county lines drug gang known as "Scouse Jonno" were locked up. Benjamin Carter and Jack Elliott pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply crack cocaine and heroin.

Jack Elliott, of Welton Green, Liverpool Jack Elliott, of Welton Green, Liverpool

Carter was sentenced to seven years.

Christopher Davidson of Cemlyn Close, Chester Christopher Davidson of Cemlyn Close, Chester

Eliott was jailed for three years and Christopher Davidson was jailed for one year and four months.

Steven Parle

Steven Parle was jailed for 12 years Steven Parle was jailed for 12 years

A shotgun wrapped in a towel was found following an extensive search at a Kensington home. Steven Parle was convicted of possession of a firearm, possession of controlled drugs with intent to supply and possession of criminal property. He was sentenced to 12 years in prison.

Thomas Walker

Thomas Walker, 43, formerly of Walton Thomas Walker, 43, formerly of Walton

A depraved paedophile who raped and abused a young girl for years was caught by undercover police. Thomas Walker was jailed for 16 years.

Liam Chung

Liam Chung Liam Chung

A cocaine dealing kickboxer supplied a semi-automatic firearm as part of a secret plot to shoot two brothers. Liam Chung admitted conspiracy to supply heroin, cocaine, amphetamine and cannabis, conspiracy to transfer a prohibited weapon and possession of criminal property. He was jailed for 20 years.

Kristofer Kearney

Undated handout photo issued by the Metropolitan Police of Kristofer Thomas Kearney who has been jailed for four years and eight months concurrent for two offences of disseminating terrorist publications. He is believed to be the first member of Patriotic Alternative to be convicted of terrorist offences. Issue date: Friday June 23, 2023. PA Photo. The offences relate to two Telegram posts on January 23 and March 8 2021 which disseminated dozens of documents encouraging extreme right-wing terror attacks, including the manifestos of Christchurch mosque killer Brenton Tarrant and Anders Breivik, who murdered 77 people in Norway. See PA story COURTS Kearney. Photo credit should read: Metropolitan Police/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder. Kristofer Thomas Kearney has been jailed for four years and eight months concurrent for two offences of disseminating terrorist publications

The "head of fitness" at far-right organisation Patriotic Alternative was jailed for sharing manifestos that encouraged extreme terror attacks.

Kristofer Kearney pleaded guilty to two offences of disseminating terrorist publications. The self-described British fascist was jailed for four years and eight months.

Derek Smith

Derek Smith was sentenced at Chester Crown Court Derek Smith was sentenced at Chester Crown Court

A paedophile who continued his sick activity after he had been charged by police was arrested at Cheshire Oaks after messaging adults acting as child ‘decoys’.

Derek Smith was found guilty of a total of 24 charges - including the possession and taking of indecent images of children, engaging in sexual communication with a child, inciting a child to engage in sexual activity and multiple counts of rape. He was sentenced to 15 years in prison.

Gary Groves

Gary Groves, 55, of Jean Walk, Fazakerley, was sentenced at Liverpool Crown Court Gary Groves, 55, of Jean Walk, Fazakerley, was sentenced at Liverpool Crown Court

A masked gang broke into a woman's house on Christmas Day before attacking her in front of her granddaughter and kidnapping her.

Gary Groves was handed 14 years behind bars, with his two accomplices having been sentenced in December 2020.

Ian Roberts

Ian Roberts, 51 years, of St Luke’s Close, West Derby Ian Roberts, 51 years, of St Luke’s Close, West Derby

A vile man grabbed a sex worker by the throat before punching her face. Ian Roberts admitted theft and assault and was imprisoned for one year and four months.

Zak Mortimer and Nathan Slemen

Zak Mortimer Zak Mortimer

Two childhood friends of 40 years turned on one another as a prison drug smuggling ring unravelled. Zak Mortimer and Nathan Slemen were part of a gang who plotted to fly up to £650,000 of drugs, tobacco and mobile phones into HMP Liverpool using drones.

Nathan Slemen Nathan Slemen

But when the police began to close in on the conspiracy and raided Mortimer's mum's house, he subjected Slemen to a brutal street attack and left him with a permanent disability. He admitted four counts of conspiracy to convey a prohibited article into a prison and inflicting grievous bodily harm, and was jailed for seven years and three months.

Slemen pleaded guilty to the four charges of conspiracy to convey a prohibited article into a prison. He smiled in the dock as he received five years and one month in prison.

Thomas Linsner

Thomas Anthony Linsner, 31, of Bravery Court, Speke Thomas Anthony Linsner, 31, of Bravery Court, Speke

A man was jailed after a scrambler bike shooting which terrified residents. Thomas Linsner was found guilty of conspiracy to possess firearms with intent to cause fear of violence. He was sentenced to six years in prison.

Tyler Rogers

Tyler Rogers, 22, from Crosby Tyler Rogers, 22, from Crosby

A perverted voyeur used a hidden camera to secretly film nude women in the changing rooms of Crosby[72] Leisure Centre.

Tyler Rogers pleaded guilty to eight counts of voyeurism and one count of making an indecent image of a child. He was jailed for 16 months.

James Eedle

John Eedle appeared at Liverpool Crown Court this morning John Eedle appeared at Liverpool Crown Court this morning

A man who grew cannabis to partly fund his addiction returned home to find police officers raiding his loft. James Eedle pleaded guilty to the production of cannabis and abstracting electricity. He was jailed for a year.

Lewis Wright

Lewis Wright, of Howard Florey Avenue, Netherton Lewis Wright, of Howard Florey Avenue, Netherton

A teenage tearaway who mowed down and killed Litherland running man with a stolen car lied to police about trying to brake moments before the fatal crash.

Lewis Wright, 17, lost control of the speeding Audi S8 as he attempted to drive the wrong way around the roundabout on The Marian Way, Netherton[73]. He crashed through a set of iron railings and ploughed into the 63-year-old runner, David Francis, crushing him between the car and the garden wall of a property on Morgan Mews.

He suffered multiple severe injuries and died at the scene. Wright pleaded guilty to causing his death by dangerous driving, causing death while driving uninsured, causing death while driving without a licence and taking a vehicle without the owner's consent and was given four years in a young offenders' institute.

Scott Beveridge

Scott Beveridge, now of HMP Garth, pleaded guilty to assaulting an emergency worker Scott Beveridge, now of HMP Garth, pleaded guilty to assaulting an emergency worker

A jailed drug dealer attacked a prison guard when she attempted to search him for an illegal mobile phone.

Scott Beveridge pleaded guilty to assaulting an emergency worker and possession of a device capable of transmitting or receiving images, sounds or information by electronic communications inside a prison and was handed an additional 10 months behind bars.

Peter Hogg

Peter Hogg Peter Hogg

A thug who left his step brother "close to death" after a row over their dad's ashes descended into brutal violence was jailed for life.

Peter Hogg was found guilty of inflicting grievous bodily harm with intent. He was handed a life imprisonment with a minimum term of 12 years.

Connor Chapman

Connor Chapman, 23 Connor Chapman, 23, found guilty at Liverpool Crown Court

Connor Chapman was jailed for life with a minimum term of 48 years after being found guilty of the murder of Elle Edwards.

The popular beautician was shot dead aged 26 outside the Lighthouse pub in Wallasey, Wirral[74], on Christmas Eve last year. She was described as the "wholly innocent" victim of the culmination of a violent feud between rival gangs based on the Woodchurch and Beechwood estates.

Thomas Waring

Thomas Waring Thomas Waring

Chapman's friend and criminal ally took custody of the gun and helped to torch the car used in the murder.

The 20-year-old was found guilty of assisting an offender and possession of a prohibited weapon, having previously admitted failing to comply with a disclosure notice after refusing to provide the passcode to his mobile phone to police. Waring was jailed for nine years.

Tracy Ellis

Tracy Ellis, also known as Tracy Hatton Tracy Ellis, also known as Tracy Hatton

A mum's £180,000 scam was uncovered after she went shopping at B&Q.

Tracy Ellis admitted fraud by abuse of position. She was jailed for two years and eight months.

Scott McLean

Scott McLean Scott McLean

A thug said a man was "getting terrored" before hitting him in the face with an axe.

Scott McLean was found guilty of wounding with intent by a jury, having admitted possession of a bladed article in a public place and a malicious communications offence. He was jailed for six years.

Damien Crellin

Damien Crellin, 39, of Salisbury Street, Runcorn Damien Crellin, 39, of Salisbury Street, Runcorn

A drug driver had his daughter in the car with him when he caused a horror crash that injured three people. Damien Crellin was jailed for 28 months for causing serious injury by dangerous driving.

James Spindler

James Spindler James Spindler

A county lines gang who dealt drugs near a primary school forced their way into a vulnerable couple's home and refused to leave.

James Spindler pleaded guilty to being concerned in the supply of cocaine and heroin and was jailed for 58 months.

Korben Bell

Korben Bell, 21, of Rice Lane was jailed for five years and six months Korben Bell, 21, of Rice Lane was jailed for five years and six months

A man who was found to be in possession of a knife and drugs can now be stopped and searched by police at any time.

Korben Bell admitted five drug offences, possession of an offensive weapon and possession of criminal property and was sentenced to five years and six months.

James Kelly

James Francis Kelly, of Gorsedale Road, Wirral, jailed for 10 months after he repeatedly gave the name of an innocent man when he was fined for travelling without a ticket on Merseyside James Francis Kelly, of Gorsedale Road, Wirral, jailed for 10 months after he repeatedly gave the name of an innocent man when he was fined for travelling without a ticket on Merseyside

A man avoided paying fines by passing them onto a former school friend.

James Kelly was jailed for 10 months after his scheme was eventually found out. He pleaded guilty to perverting the course of justice.

Patrick Kinsella

Patrick Kinsella, 29, from Spur Close in Croxteth Patrick Kinsella, 29, from Spur Close in Croxteth

A man using the nickname "Zac n Paddy" controlled a county lines drug supply chain.

Patrick Kinsella pleaded guilty to supplying heroin and crack cocaine. He was jailed for four years and four months.

Connor Jackson

Paedophile Connor Jackson, of Liverpool City Centre, jailed for sharing sick videos of child rape Paedophile Connor Jackson, of Liverpool City Centre, jailed for sharing sick videos of child rape

A paedophile ring was smashed thanks to cutting edge technology and the work of a sniffer dog.

Connor Jackson was jailed for two years after admitting making, possessing and distributing indecent images of children.

Manjit Singh

Manjit Singh Manjit Singh

A woman stole nearly £1million from her employer and gave it to a man who did not exist. Manjit Singh admitted eight counts of fraud by abuse of position. The 60-year-old was jailed for two years.

Daniel Doyle

Daniel Martin Doyle, of Cotsford Close in Page Moss, appeared at Mold Crown Court Daniel Martin Doyle, of Cotsford Close in Page Moss, appeared at Mold Crown Court

A dad went back to drug dealing due to owing money to people "you can't say no to". Daniel Doyle, was jailed for a total of four-and-a-half years after he pleaded guilty to being concerned in the supply of crack cocaine and heroin.

David Hunter, Stephen Quigley, Gary McEvatt, Gary Sarson, John Ianson and Andrew Unsworth

David Hunter, 51, who organised the shipment of cannabis worth £2million into Seaforth docks David Hunter, 51, who organised the shipment of cannabis worth £2million into Seaforth docks

A "highly organised" crime ring with links throughout Europe were caught red-handed after shipping £2million of cannabis into Seaforth Docks stashed in pallets of broccoli, kale and lettuce.

David Hunter was at the head of the conspiracy, closely supported by his trusted associates Stephen Quigley and Gary McEvatt.

Surveillance photos of Stephen Quigley, part of a gang who smuggled £2million of cannabis into Seaforth docks Surveillance photos of Stephen Quigley, part of a gang who smuggled £2million of cannabis into Seaforth docks

Also involved in the conspiracy were Gary Sarson, John Ianson and Andrew Unsworth.

Gary Sarson, left, and Gary McKevatt, part of a gang who smuggled £2million of cannabis into Seaforth docks Gary Sarson, left, and Gary McKevatt, part of a gang who smuggled £2million of cannabis into Seaforth docks

Hunter was jailed for four years and eight months, to run consecutively to his existing nine years and seven months sentence. Quigley was jailed for five years and two months. Sarson was jailed for five years.

John Ianson, 58 John Ianson, 58

McKevatt was jailed for four years and 10 months. Ianson was jailed for 25 months, while Unsworth was jailed for two and a half years.

Gheorghe Lupu

Gheorghe Lupu Gheorghe Lupu

A delivery driver had an affair with a woman then went on to send an explicit video of them together to her husband and elderly mum.

Gheorghe Lupu admitted disclosing a private sexual image and was found guilty of theft by a jury following a trial. He was jailed for 12 months.

Louis Griffiths

Louis Griffiths Louis Griffiths

A woman woke up after a night out to find a stranger sexually assaulting her.

Louis Griffiths admitted sexual assault. He was jailed for 12 months.

Jonathan Jackson

Jonathan Jackson, 34, and his girlfriend Katie Jones, 26, were caught with 250g of cocaine after being stopped on the M4 Jonathan Jackson, 34, and his girlfriend Katie Jones, 26, were caught with 250g of cocaine after being stopped on the M4

A couple claimed they were "visiting family'" when they were stopped on a motorway with £10,000 of cocaine.

Jonathan Jackson and Katie Jones were pulled over by police on the M4 motorway when they were on their way back from Liverpool. Jackson was sentenced to a total of 33 months imprisonment, with Jones handed an 18-month imprisonment suspended for 24 months.

Liam Carson

Liam Carson Liam Carson

A drug dealer's little brother was stabbed in the face outside McDonald's while his mum's house was petrol bombed after he racked up a £10,000 debt.

Liam Carson admitted supplying heroin and cocaine, two counts of being concerned in the supply of heroin, two charges of being concerned in the supply of cocaine and possession of cannabis. He was jailed for four years and eight months.

Joseph Triggs

Joseph Triggs, of Ashton Square, Woolton Joseph Triggs, of Ashton Square, Woolton

A 23-year-old drug dealer was taken to jail with his head in his hands as his heartbroken mother and girlfriend sobbed.

Joseph Triggs was jailed for 31 months.

Fraser Dolman and Wayne Hepburn

Fraser Dolman Fraser Dolman

The two men admitted manslaughter after a grandad died in a fire.

George Redmond was killed aged 76 after his house on Dorien Road in Old Swan was set alight in the early hours of September 1 last year. The arsonists "targeted the wrong house" in what was intended as a "retaliatory attack".

Fraser Dolman pleaded guilty to manslaughter and conspiracy to commit arson being reckless as to whether life was endangered in connection with the incident. The 37-year-old, who also admitted being concerned in the supply of heroin and crack cocaine, was jailed for 16 years and three months.

Wayne Hepburn admitted manslaughter and arson being reckless as to whether life was endangered. The 47-year-old was handed 15 years.

Wayne Hepburn Wayne Hepburn

Liam Cain

Liam Cain, 19, of Quarry Green Heights, Kirkby, Merseyside, who has been found guilty of murder Liam Cain

Liam Cain was locked up for life with a minimum term of 17 years for the murder of Courtney Bourne.

The 19-year-old was found unanimously guilty of murdering his girlfriend by a jury after one hour and nine minutes of deliberations. She was heard screaming out of the window of the couple's 14th storey flat on Quarry Green Heights in Kirkby moments before police discovered her lifeless body on a bed inside, having been strangled to death aged 20.

Paul McKee

Paul McKee Paul McKee

A children's entertainer known as "Professor Paulos" could spend the rest of his life behind bars after he was unmasked as a "predatory paedophile" who treated young girls "like little sex slaves".

Magician Paul McKee was convicted of 13 child sexual offences, including rape and sexual assault, after a trial. He was jailed for 30 years.

Albion Rapaj

Albion Rapaj, 24 years, of no fixed abode Albion Rapaj, 24 years, of no fixed abode

A man who travelled to the UK in "hope of a better life" was forced at knifepoint to look after a huge cannabis farm worth hundreds of thousands of pounds.

Albion Rapaj was jailed for 25 months.

Derek Moon

Derek Moon Derek Moon

A serial paedophile told police "that didn't happen hun" after he was arrested over his sick crimes.

Derek Moon admitted rape and 12 counts of sexual assault. He was jailed for 12 years and five months.

Jamie Veale

Jamie Joseph Veale, of Moorfield Road, Widnes, used the Encrochat handle ‘Monstermunchman’ Jamie Joseph Veale, of Moorfield Road, Widnes, used the Encrochat handle ‘Monstermunchman’

An Encrochat dealer used the handle "MonsterMunchMan" to supply large quantities of cocaine. Jamie Veale pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply class A and B drugs. He was jailed for 18 years.

George Liu

George Liu George Liu

A racist thug battered a taxi driver with a vodka bottle but accidentally left his mobile phone behind in the victim's car. George Liu admitted racially-aggravated assault occasioning actual bodily harm. He nodded as he was jailed for 18 months.

Nathan Elliott

Nathan Elliott Nathan Elliott

A dad turned to drug dealing following the failure of his nightclub as criminals further up the chain made threats against his baby son. Nathan Elliott admitted possession of heroin and crack cocaine with intent to supply and possession of cannabis. He was jailed for 26 months.

Jacob Hutchingson

Jacob Hutchingson Jacob Hutchingson

A former soldier broke a disabled man's nose after subjecting him and his mum to a "random attack" outside a pub. Jacob Hutchingson admitted assault occasioning actual bodily harm and assault. He replied "thank you very much" after he was jailed for 16 months.

Ian Thomas

Ian Thomas, 36, of Sunnyside, Toxteth, was sentenced at Liverpool Crown Court for drug offences Ian Thomas, 36, of Sunnyside, Toxteth, was sentenced at Liverpool Crown Court for drug offences

A county line drug boss sold heroin and cocaine across the region. Ian Thomas pleaded guilty to being concerned in the supply of heroin and crack cocaine. He was jailed for three-and-a-half years.

Lewis Hudson

Lewis Hudson mugshot Lewis Hudson mugshot

A sadistic thug tortured his partner's cat by scalding her in a hot shower and shooting her with a BB gun before eventually killing her. Lewis Hudson pleaded guilty to animal cruelty and harassment. He was jailed for two years and three months.

Anthony Doyle

Anthony Doyle was jailed Anthony Doyle was jailed

A Liverpool county lines drug dealer who moved to Devon to sell heroin and crack cocaine has been jailed. Anthony Doyle admitted supplying heroin and crack cocaine and was sentenced to three years and nine months in prison.

Timothy Sargeant

Timothy Sargeant Timothy Sargeant

A mum returned home from a holiday with her son to find that her boyfriend had smeared poo over the walls of her living room. Timothy Sargeant admitted engaging in controlling or coercive behaviour, strangulation and two counts of criminal damage. He was jailed for three years.

Christopher Macnab

Cjhristopher Macnab Christopher Macnab

"Terrified" children ran home from the park screaming after a man was spotted with a machete down his trousers. Christopher Macnab admitted possession of a bladed article in a public place during an earlier hearing. He was jailed for 18 months.

Samuel Trueman

Samuel Trueman Samuel Trueman

"Oblivious" Co-op customers continued buying milk unaware that a man clutching a can of Red Bull and a knife was silently robbing the store. Samuel Trueman admitted robbery and possession of a bladed article in a public place. He was jailed for four years.

Andrew Mayers

Andrew Mayers Andrew Mayers

A sex offender who was arrested in a Travelodge hotel claimed he had wiped his phone because he was "embarrassed" by calls he had made to Babestation. Andrew Mayers admitted breaching a sexual harm prevention order. He was jailed for two years.

Lewis Price

Lewis Price Lewis Price

A mum returned home from a friend's house in the early hours to find a shadowy figure lurking in her front window. The homeowner fled in terror after discovering Lewis Price inside her property uninvited. He admitted burglary and was jailed for 876 days, this being the minimum three-year term for a third-strike burglar minus a reduction for his guilty plea.

Helen and Michelle McPartland

Helen and Michelle McPartland Helen and Michelle McPartland

Two sisters wept and wailed in the dock as they were jailed for framing their brother-in-law for a crime he did not commit. Helen and Michelle McPartland admitted perverting the course of justice. They were locked up for 10 months each.

Aiden Dodd

Aiden Dodd Aiden Dodd

An eight-year-old girl was left in hospital after an illegal driver smashed into her mum's car. Aiden Dodd admitted dangerous driving, failing to stop after an accident and driving without a licence and insurance. He was jailed for 14 months.

Craig Gallagher, Christopher Van Maren, Wesley Campbell and Marcus Allen

Craig Gallagher Craig Gallagher

A pair of brothers called on contacts in Brazil, the Netherlands and Spain as they plotted to import cocaine and supply firearms on a "breathtaking" scale.

Craig and Ashley Gallagher had ambitions to flood the UK with hundreds of kilograms of class A drugs every week while arranging the sale of a frightening arsenal of guns, including AK-47 assault rifles and semi-automatic AR-15s. While the former was today handed a lengthy prison sentence over their multi-million pound operation, his older sibling remains on the run from the law and is believed to be in hiding abroad.

Craig Gallagher admitted conspiracy to import cocaine, conspiracy to supply cannabis, conspiracy to convert criminal property and assisting an offence of conspiracy to transfer firearms. Appearing remotely from HMP Liverpool, he shook his head after being jailed for 24 years before leaving the video link booth.

Appearing alongside him was "trusted" OGC member Christopher Van Maren, who pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply cocaine and conspiracy to convert criminal property. The 40-year-old, of Marbury Road in Kirkby, was locked up for 12 years and replied: "Thank you."

Christopher Van Maren Christopher Van Maren

Wesley Campbell, a customer of Gallagher's and an onward supplier, admitted the same counts of conspiracy to supply cocaine and conspiracy to convert criminal property. The 39-year-old - of Castle Green in Kingswood, Warrington - was also handed 12 years.

Wesley Campbell Wesley Campbell

Gang courier Marcus Allen, of Grey Road in Walton, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply cocaine and cannabis and conspiracy to convert criminal property. The 29-year-old said "nice one" after he was imprisoned for eight years.

Marcus Allen Marcus Allen

Douglas Webley

Douglas Webley Douglas Webley

A sick paedophile raped a young girl then branded her a "nuisance" and a "liar". Douglas Webley admitted rape and sexual assault. He was jailed for 15 years and four months.

Thomas Mayer

Thomas Mayer, 21, pleaded guilty to three offences including dangerous driving Thomas Mayer, 21, pleaded guilty to three offences including dangerous driving

A man who drove down the wrong side of the motorway "risked killing people". Thomas Mayer pleaded guilty dangerous driving, using a motor vehicle without insurance and driving otherwise in accordance with a licence. He was jailed for eight months.

Joanne McGarity

Joanne McGarity Joanne McGarity

A woman stole tens of thousands of pounds from her own grandma and left her facing the prospect of eviction. Joanne McGarity admitted fraud by abuse of position. She was jailed for two years and eight months.

Suzanne David, Tiffany Baker and Shannon Baker

A furious mum led a vicious attack on her daughter's love rival after an argument in a tanning salon.

Suzanne David, 51, and her daughters Tiffany and Shannon Baker, 26 and 20, brutally attacked Melanie Park outside Tropical Heat on Corinthian Street, Rock Ferry.

Tiffany Baker, of Rock Close, Rock Ferry Tiffany Baker, of Rock Close, Rock Ferry

David sat on top of her and banged her head on the pavement, shouting: "You f***ing little sweat, dirty f***ing sweat. Don't you dare talk to my f***ing kids.

Shannon Baker, of Church Road, Tranmere Shannon Baker, of Church Road, Tranmere

All three women admitted assault occasioning actual bodily harm. David was jailed for one year and three months, while the sisters received 10 months.

Mark Roberts

Mark Roberts of Freehold Street, Fairfield Mark Roberts of Freehold Street, Fairfield

An armed robber went on the run for seven years after stabbing a man in a botched stick-up. Mark Roberts admitted attempted robbery and wounding with intent. He was jailed for eight years.

Darren Gray

Darren Gray Darren Gray

The "money man" for a £28million drugs gang was arrested in Spain after fleeing the country via the Channel Tunnel. Darren Gray admitted conspiracy to supply cocaine, heroin and cannabis and possession of criminal property. He was jailed for 17 years.

Ryan Daly and Luke Davies

Ryan Daly, left, and Luke Davies Ryan Daly, left, and Luke Davies

A drug dealer was banned from owning dogs after he left his own without food or water. Ryan Daly[75] and Luke Davies were charged with being concerned in the supply of cocaine, ketamine, and cannabis while Daly was also charged with failing to ensure the needs of a dog are met. He was jailed for four years, with Davies receiving four-and-a-half years.

Dean Welch

Dean Welch Dean Welch

A young child was left alone in a flat with weapons and drugs "at arm's length" when the dealer who was meant to be looking after the youngster went to sell cannabis on the street.

Dean Welch[76] admitted possession of cocaine and cannabis with intent to supply, possession of criminal property and child neglect. He was jailed for three years and three months.

Darren Ablett

Darren Ablett Darren Ablett

A cocaine trafficker was rumbled thanks in part to a picture showing him with his feet up watching Spider-Man. Darren Ablett was found unanimously guilty of conspiracy to supply cocaine by a jury after only an hour of deliberations. He was jailed for 20 years.

James Ireland

James Ireland is facing a life sentence James Ireland is facing a life sentence

A killer was told to "rot in hell" and branded a "murdering b******" by his victim's grieving girlfriend as he was jailed for life.

James Ireland[77] savagely knifed Billy Moore in the face, throat and chest on the doorstep of his own home only minutes after the two had hugged in the street. He was unanimously convicted of the 31-year-old's murder by a jury after one hour and 53 minutes of deliberations and told to serve at least 19 years behind bars.

Steven Laverty

Steven Laverty Steven Laverty

A disgraced PE teacher who had sex with a former pupil has been jailed. Steven Laverty[78] was found guilty of one count of sexual activity with a child by a jury. He was locked up for three years.

Steven Shannon

Steven Shannon Steven Shannon

A "geek" converted blank firing guns into functioning weapons for sale. Steven Shannon admitted conspiracy to possess prohibited weapons for sale, conspiracy to convert imitation firearms into firearms and possession of a prohibited firearm and ammunition. Supporters in the public gallery gasped and wept as he was jailed for eight years.

Gareth Bullock

Gareth Bullock Gareth Bullock

Police found a teenage boy hiding down the side of a paedophile's bed and another on the window ledge of his third-storey flat. Gareth Bullock admitted breaching a sexual harm prevention order and breaching a community order. He was jailed for two-and-a-half years.

Anthony Lucas

Anthony Lucas Anthony Lucas

A dad has been urged to stop committing crimes "if he loves and cares for his son". Anthony Lucas was found guilty of two counts of harassment and two counts of breaching a non-molestation order during a trial and admitted breaching a suspended sentence order. He was jailed for two years.

Robin Cunningham

Robin Cunningham Robin Cunningham

A "sexually deviant" pensioner stood on furniture while performing sex acts out of his bedroom window as horrified children watched on.

Robin Cunningham admitted five counts of engaging in sexual activity in the presence of a child and three of exposure. He was jailed for two-and-a-half years.

Owen Cotton

Owen Cotton, of Berwick Close, Newsham Park Owen Cotton, of Berwick Close, Newsham Park

A petty argument in a city centre bar erupted into an all-out melee as a gang of men rained down vicious blows on two strangers.

Owen Cotton pleaded guilty to two counts of grievous bodily harm and one count of unlawful wounding and was jailed for three years and 11 months.

Gordon Rhodes

Gordon Rhodes, aged 57, of Abbeystead Avenue in Netherton Gordon Rhodes, aged 57, of Abbeystead Avenue in Netherton

Police discovered three guns in a raid. Gordon Rhodes was jailed for nine years and nine months after being convicted of three counts of possession of a firearm, three counts of possession of ammunition and possession of cannabis.

Dellwyn James

Dellwyn James Dellwyn James

A convicted murderer told his ex he would send a man in a balaclava to "come looking for her and do her in".

Dellwyn James was previously locked up for life after stabbing his teenage girlfriend Rae Torbet to death during a frenzied attack in her own flat. He is now back behind bars after admitting making threats to kill, being jailed for 18 months.

Terence Wilson

Terence Wilson Terence Wilson

A heroin and cocaine trafficker who was known as "Sylvester the Cat" on EncroChat fled the country after his lockdown haircut brought the police to his door.

Terence Wilson admitted conspiracy to supply heroin, cocaine, cannabis and cannabis resin. He was jailed for 14 years and three months.

Liam Mousdell

Liam Mousdell, 24, was selling heroin and cocaine while based from a caravan in Rhyl Liam Mousdell, 24, was selling heroin and cocaine while based from a caravan in Rhyl

A drug dealer sold around £11,000 worth of heroin and crack cocaine from a caravan in Wales.

Liam Mousdell, from Prescot, pleaded guilty to two counts of possession with intent to supply class A drugs and possession of class B drugs and was sentenced to a total of 27 months imprisonment.

Calum Fairclough

Calum Fairclough, of Quigley Avenue, Netherton Calum Fairclough, of Quigley Avenue, Netherton

A man tried to blackmail what he thought was a 12-year-old girl into sending him naked pictures.

Calum Fairclough pleaded guilty to three counts of making indecent images, possession of indecent photographs of children, two counts of taking an indecent images, attempted blackmail, attempted sexual communications with a child, and attempting to cause a child to watch a sexual act and was jailed for four years.

Donna Wells

Donna Wells, from Runcorn, pleaded guilty to fraud by abuse of position, fraud and money laundering. She was jailed for four years in her absence. Donna Wells, from Runcorn, pleaded guilty to fraud by abuse of position, fraud and money laundering. She was jailed for four years in her absence.

A "greedy" conwoman who stole more than £150,000 from the charity she worked for has been arrested in Turkey.

Donna Wells was detained abroad nine months after she fled the UK, and was handed an additional four weeks behind bars for breaching bail. She was previously handed four years for her scam in her absence.

Linda Titterington

Linda Titterington was jailed after she pleaded guilty to a hate crime Linda Titterington was jailed after she pleaded guilty to a hate crime

A racist terrorised a woman by using "disgusting" slurs and threatening violence. Linda Titterington was sentenced to 10 weeks in jail after pleading guilty to a hate crime.

Andrew Contento

Andrew Contento Andrew Contento

A paedophile ranted "that's a lie" after a heroic dog called Monty caught him red-handed. Andrew Contento admitted three counts of making indecent images, possession of prohibited images of children and breaching a sexual harm prevention order. He was jailed for 20 months.

Ricky Hamblin

Ricky Hamblin Ricky Hamblin

A couple's romantic getaway ended with the girlfriend screaming for help from a hotel balcony. Ricky Hamblin admitted assault occasioning actual bodily harm, intentional strangulation, criminal damage and possession of cannabis. He was jailed for 20 months.

Sara Oliveria and David Lee

Sara Oliveria Sara Oliveria

A paedophile couple met for the first time in the dock at court after being convicted of a series of disturbing child sexual offences.

Sara Oliveria and David Lee hatched their sickening plot, which saw her film herself performing sex acts as a young child watched, in a series of Facebook and WhatsApp messages. She then sent these videos to the man, whom she had never actually seen in person, in order to fulfil his depraved "thrills and satisfactions".

David Lee David Lee

Oliveria admitted two counts of engaging in sexual activity in the presence of a child. She was jailed for 16 months.

Lee pleaded guilty to encouraging an offender, possession of indecent images and three counts of making indecent images. He was imprisoned for two years.

William Dickinson

William Dickinson William Dickinson

A pensioner left a stranger with a broken cheekbone after hitting him in the face with his walking stick after a night out.

William Dickinson admitted wounding without intent, possession of a bladed article in a public place and assaulting an emergency services worker. He was jailed for 14 months.

Scott McKay

Scott McKay Scott McKay

An arsonist who was found by police with his face covered in soot after setting a string of fires claimed that he was actually coated with gloss paint.

Scott McKay admitted 12 counts of arson being reckless as to whether life was endangered. He was jailed for 50 months.

Justin Fraser

Justin Fraser Justin Fraser

A police sergeant used the force's system to stalk a junior colleague after she called off their affair. Justin Fraser was jailed for 21 months after he pleaded guilty to stalking and misuse of police computer systems.

Ryan Gildea, Jordan Needham, Jodie Hewitt and Loretta Clinton

Loretta Clinton Loretta Clinton

A gang attempted to chop off a vulnerable victim's thumb and little finger in a "Quentin Tarantino" style attack.

Jordan Needham Jordan Needham

Ryan Gildea was given a custodial sentence of 81 months with an extended licence period of 39 months.

Ryan Gildea Ryan Gildea

Jodie Hewitt was given a total sentence of 64 months.

Jodie Hewitt Jodie Hewitt

Jordan Needham was handed 54 months in custody. Loretta Clinton received 21 months.

Raymond Henharen

Raymond Henharen Raymond Henharen

A paedophile whisked a boy away from his mum in a shopping centre while promising to take him to an arcade.

Raymond Henharen admitted breaching a sexual harm prevention order. He was jailed for 20 months.

Jack Powell

Jack Powell, of Abingdon Road, Walton, was sentenced to 33 months for being concerned in the supply of Class A drugs (heroin and crack cocaine) Jack Powell, of Abingdon Road, Walton, was sentenced to 33 months for being concerned in the supply of Class A drugs (heroin and crack cocaine)

The head of a county lines drug dealing gang was jailed.

Jack Powell was sentenced to 33 months for running a class A drugs line into Widnes.

Paul Whalley

Paul Whalley Paul Whalley

A robber smiled and joked with an old woman on a bus moments before he violently yanked a gold chain from around her neck.

Paul Whalley admitted two counts of robbery and possession of a bladed article in a public place. He was jailed for nine years.

Abdirashid Hassan

Abdirashid Hassan Abdirashid Hassan

A teenage girl was left in tears after being sexually assaulted as she walked to the shop.

Abdirashid Hassan admitted sexual assault and harassment. He was jailed for 50 weeks.

Philip Taylor

Philip Taylor Philip Taylor

A café owner was unmasked as an EncroChat drug trafficker after he bought a barbecue from Costco.

Philip Taylor admitted being concerned in the supply of heroin, cocaine and cannabis and money laundering. He was jailed for 13 years and four months.

Dylan Maher

Dylan Maher Dylan Maher

A stunned pensioner discovered a loaded revolver stashed inside an Armani bag behind his garden shed while he was chasing a cat.

Convicted drug dealer Dylan Maher would later be linked forensically[79] to the potentially deadly weapon, and was unanimously found guilty of possession of a prohibited weapon and ammunition and possession of a firearm and ammunition when prohibited for life. He was jailed for eight years.

Patrick Holt

Patrick Holt Patrick Holt

A drugs courier carrying nearly £700,000 of cocaine tore through a farmer's field in his Range Rover as he desperately attempted to flee from police.

Patrick Holt[80] admitted possession of cocaine with intent to supply and dangerous driving. He was jailed for six years and banned from driving for four-and-a-half years.

Mark Allen

Mark Allen Mark Allen

A dad wanted to do a favour for a friend but ended up behind bars with him.

Mark Allen visited HMP Risley in Warrington[81] with drugs stashed down his trousers.[82] The forklift truck driver admitted conveying a prohibited article into a prison and was jailed for eight months.

Callum Ashes

Callum Ashes Callum Ashes

A thug who repeatedly stabbed an undercover police officer has been put back behind bars after a Sunday morning street brawl.

Callum Ashes[83] admitted affray. He was jailed for 10 months.

Gary Lindop

Gary Lindop Gary Lindop

A burglar tunnelled his way into a phone shop[84] but was caught red-handed by a stunned worker.

Gary Lindop admitted burglary. He was jailed for 16 months.

Liam Worthington

Liam Worthington Liam Worthington

A man who was attacked by a stranger after chatting to him in a bar believes he is "lucky he wasn't killed".

Liam Worthington[85] admitted wounding without intent. He was jailed for 20 months.

Terrence Brown and Lee Brown

Terrence Brown Terrence Brown

A father and son subjected two young girls to a catalogue of horrifying abuse.

Terrence and Lee Brown sexually assaulted and raped the same victims over the course of several years[86]. But they were apparently unaware of one another's heinous crimes.

Lee Brown Lee Brown

The dad was found guilty of three counts of sexual assault, three of engaging in sexual activity with a child, four charges of inciting a child to engage in sexual activity and engaging in sexual activity in the presence of a child by a jury after a trial. He was jailed for six-and-a-half years.

His 21-year-old son admitted two counts of rape, two charges of sexual assault, two of causing a child to engage in sexual activity and two of inciting a child to engage in sexual activity. He was locked up for four years and four months.

Michael Martin

Michael Martin, 39 years, of Dover Road, Maghull Michael Martin, 39 years, of Dover Road, Maghull

An EncroChat dealer who used the handle "Lucozade" named his price for guns and drugs to "criminal contacts".

Michael Martin admitted conspiracy to supply class A and B drugs, conspiracy to possess a firearm without a certificate, possession of criminal property and possession of a controlled drug. He was jailed for 18 years and five months.

Learose Cheng

Learose Cheng murdered Dylan Bacon in her flat on Rock Grove in Old Swan Learose Cheng murdered Dylan Bacon in her flat on Rock Grove in Old Swan

A woman who stabbed a man to death after an afternoon in the pub has been jailed for life with a minimum term of 16 years.[87]

Learose Cheng was unanimously convicted of murdering Dylan Bacon by a jury of four men and eight women. Mr Bacon died aged 39 on March 14 last year after being found collapsed in a pool of his own blood outside a block of flats on Rock Grove in Old Swan[88].

Michael Hannan

Michael Hannan Michael Hannan

A heroin and cocaine trafficker who used the pseudonym "Mr Royal Blue" as he conducted his shady dealings over EncroChat shook his head and sighed as he was locked up.

Michael Hannan admitted conspiracy to supply heroin, cocaine, amphetamine and cannabis. He was jailed for eight years and four months.

Jade Jarvis

Jade Jarvis Jade Jarvis

A woman exposed herself in a homeless hostel before smacking her "terrified" pet dog in the head.

Jade Jarvis admitted causing unnecessary suffering to an animal, using threatening behaviour, possession of an offensive weapon in a public place, assaulting an emergency services worker and criminal damage. She was jailed for 13 months.

Connor Roberts

Connor Roberts Connor Roberts

A dad bragged of having the "heaviest graft phone about" and spoke of "earning millions" as he secretly trafficked wholesale quantities of drugs.

Connor Roberts admitted conspiracy to supply heroin, cocaine, ketamine and cannabis. He was jailed for 14 years.

Josh Donnelly

Josh Donnelly, 29, of Hollow Croft, Stockbridge Village, was found to be county line drug dealing following an investigation from Merseyside Police Josh Donnelly, 29, of Hollow Croft, Stockbridge Village, was found to be county line drug dealing following an investigation from Merseyside Police

A county lines drug dealer who operated under the name 'Sunny' has been jailed.

Josh Donnelly admitted supplying heroin and crack cocaine. He was jailed for three-and-a-half years.

Dominic Jordan

Dominic Jordan, 37, of no fixed abode, was sentenced to two years and four months in prison after assaulting two police officers in Birkenhead Dominic Jordan, 37, of no fixed abode, was sentenced to two years and four months in prison after assaulting two police officers in Birkenhead

A man locked himself in the toilets of a YMCA before biting one officer and kicking another in the face.

Dominic Jordan admitted assaulting an emergency worker and assault and was sentenced to two years and four months in prison.

Brian Taylor

Brian Taylor Brian Taylor

A rapist who portrayed himself as "hard-working" to the outside world was actually a "manipulator and a monster".

Brian Taylor admitted rape and sexual assault. He was jailed for 24 years.

Chelsea Mighall and Rory Pearson

Chelsea Mighall Chelsea Mighall

A mum wiped away tears as she and her boyfriend were jailed for hunting a man down and brutally hacking at him with a machete.

Chelsea Mighall called in her boyfriend Rory Pearson to race to her aid and leave the dad with a gaping wound to his arm, a cut so deep that it reached the bone, after the red mist descended upon her following an extraordinary episode of road rage. Pearson admitted inflicting grievous bodily harm with intent and making threats with an offensive weapon and was handed five years plus an additional two-year licence period.

Rory Pearson Rory Pearson

Mighall pleaded guilty to wounding without intent and dangerous driving. She sat in tears with her head in her hands after being imprisoned for two years.

Anthony Bird

Anthony Bird Anthony Bird

An armed forces veteran raped and sexually abused a young girl before "buying her silence" by bribing her with cigarettes, cash and clothing.

Anthony Bird was found guilty of six counts of indecent assault and two counts of gross indecency with a child. He remained emotionless as he was jailed for 16 years.

Kevin Lawton

Kevin Lawton, 38, of Prescot Road, Old Swan Kevin Lawton, 38, of Prescot Road, Old Swan

A burglar was "intent on breaking into homes" while his victims slept.

Kevin Lawton was jailed for three years.

Carl Pickering, David Jones and Liam Reynolds

Carl Pickering Carl Pickering

A drugs gang used a Highways Agency truck and a double glazing van as cover to transport their commodities during lockdown.

Liam Reynolds Liam Reynolds

Carl Pickering admitted conspiracy to supply cocaine and transferring criminal property. He was jailed for nine years and nine months.

David Jones pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supplying cocaine and transferring criminal property. He was handed nine years.

David Jones David Jones

Liam Reynolds admitted conspiracy to supply cocaine. He was locked up for eight years and eight months.

Sean Calvert

Sean Calvert Sean Calvert

A former Tranmere Rovers footballer was arrested at Manchester Airport after being unmasked as EncroChat user "Sound Dill".

Sean Calvert admitted conspiracy to supply heroin, cocaine and cannabis and conspiracy to launder money. He was jailed for 12 years.

Joshua Williams

Joshua Williams Joshua Williams

A heroin and crack cocaine dealer tried to stuff drugs up his bum when police came knocking at his door.

Joshua Williams admitted conspiracy to supply heroin and cocaine, being concerned in the supply of crack cocaine, possession of heroin with intent to supply and possession of cannabis. He was jailed for seven years and four months.

Scott Connolly

Scott Connolly Scott Connolly

A dad told his ex-girlfriend that he was "satan" before subjecting her to a savage beating which only ended when a pizza delivery arrived.

Scott Connolly admitted assault occasioning actual bodily harm and harassment. He was jailed for 16 months.

Faisal Yasin

Faisal Yasin Faisal Yasin

A takeaway delivery man sent Snapchat messages to his girlfriend while behind the wheel of his car moments before he struck and killed a talented young rugby player.

Jordan Welsby died aged 26 after being hit by Faisal Yasin's Vauxhall Corsa following a day in the pub with friends. Yasin admitted causing death by careless driving and was jailed for 10 months.

Brandon Glover

Brandon Glover Brandon Glover

A mum's "heart was ripped out" after her son was knocked off his motorbike and killed by a driver chasing him through the streets at 97mph.

Harley Lea died after Brandon Glover smashed his Toyota Corolla into the back of the 17-year-old's motorcycle while sarching for thieves who had stolen his brother's bike. The 25-year-old was cleared of murder and manslaughter but admitted causing death by dangerous driving and two counts of causing serious injury by dangerous driving and was jailed for 10 years.

Erickson Pascual

Erickson Pascual Erickson Pascual

A paedophile took pictures up schoolgirls' skirts on buses and groomed a teenager for sex by plying her with booze and buying her underwear from Primark.

Erickson Pascual admitted meeting a child after grooming, operating equipment beneath clothing without consent, possession of indecent images and making indecent images. He was jailed for four years and four months.

Shaun Duckworth

Shaun Duckworth Shaun Duckworth

A thug who ran over a love rival with his BMW and left him with a brain injury ranted that his victim "got everything he deserved" and stuck his middle fingers up to his devastated family.

Shaun Duckworth[89] was unanimously cleared of attempted murder by a jury after two hours and 24 minutes of deliberations,[90] but was convicted of an alternative count of causing grievous bodily harm with intent. He was jailed for 13 years and handed an additional four-year licence period.

John Lewis

John Lewis, John Lewis

A gang of would-be hitmen hunted a rival “in a pack” and pumped bullets into his car outside a busy primary school.

John Lewis was jailed for a total of 24 years with an extended five years on licence.

Simon Gerrard

Simon Gerrard Simon Gerrard

A paedophile preyed on children in Sefton Park and at a Butlin's holiday park.

Simon Gerrard was found guilty of 21 child sexual offences including rape, attempted rape and indecent assault by a jury. He was jailed for 14 years.

Michael Colligan

Michael Colligan Michael Colligan

A man burgled his girlfriend's house while she and her mum were in prison.

Michael Colligan admitted burglary, aggravated vehicle taking and escaping from lawful custody and was jailed for two years and two months.

Shaun Moynihan

Shaun Moynihan Shaun Moynihan

A paedophile collapsed in the dock moments before he was due to learn his fate from a judge after plotting "fun meets" with girls at an Aldi supermarket.

Shaun Moynihan admitted two counts of attempting sexual communications with a child, two charges of arranging a child sex offence and attempting to incite a child to engage in sexual activity. He put his head in his hands and cried as he was jailed for two years and 11 months.

Jack Caddick

Jack Caddick Jack Caddick

A serving soldier killed a 22-year-old woman as he sped to Starbucks in his Mercedes at 68mph.

Jack Caddick was travelling at more than double the speed limit when he lost control on a bend and smashed almost head-on into another car. One of his passengers, nursery worker Claudia Forden, died as a result of her injuries, while his girlfriend was also seriously hurt on what was her 21st birthday.

Caddick admitted causing death by dangerous driving and two counts of causing serious injury by dangerous driving. He was jailed for five years and four months.

Ian Doyle

Ian Doyle, of Prescot Road, St Helens Ian Doyle, of Prescot Road, St Helens

A man photographed a child for years before he was caught out by the contents of an SD card.

Ian Doyle pleaded guilty to five charges relating to his three year voyeurism campaign and the contents of his iPhone and an SD card. He was jailed for 16 months.

Liam Freaney

A dad of four with the “only EncroChat phone on the estate” sent sinister messages aiming to source a gun and silencer because “things need flattening out”.

Liam Freaney pleaded guilty to conspiracies to supply cocaine, heroin and cannabis and conspiracy to possess a prohibited weapon. He was jailed for 16 years.

Craig Arnold

Craig Arnold Craig Arnold

A drug dealer tried to bury class A drugs in a plant pot in his back garden before police raided his home.

Craig Arnold admitted being concerned in the supply of crack cocaine and heroin, possession of crack cocaine and heroin with intent to supply and dangerous driving and was jailed for six years and three months.

Lee Whewell

Lee Whewell Lee Whewell

A man battered his girlfriend after she sold his dog while he was in prison.

Lee Whewell admitted assault occasioning actual bodily harm and harassment. He was jailed for two years.

Luke Jones and Callum Jaxon

Luke Jones Luke Jones

A man robbed a Just Eat delivery driver then claimed he had been asleep in a tent at the time.

Luke Jones admitted robbery. He was jailed for five years and seven months.

Callum Jaxon Callum Jaxon

A second man, Callum Jaxon, pleaded guilty to theft. He was locked up for nine months.

Sanad Ahmed

Sanad Ahmed, of Asbridge Street in Toxteth Sanad Ahmed, of Asbridge Street in Toxteth

A shop worker sexually assaulted two young girls after they went into a city centre newsagents.

Sanad Ahmed found guilty of all offences, including rape and assault by penetration. He was sentenced to seven years behind bars.

Thomas Belmar

Thomas Belmar Thomas Belmar

A Merseyrail[91] worker left a young woman feeling "isolated and ashamed" after he sexually assaulted her whilst she slept.

Thomas Belmar pleaded guilty to one count of sexual assault[92]. He was jailed for nine months.

Daniel Sneddon

Daniel Sneddon, of Galston Road, Kilmarnock, was jailed for 13 years and six months Daniel Sneddon, of Galston Road, Kilmarnock, was jailed for 13 years and six months

A paedophile would bribe his 10-year-old victim by offering to buy him gifts before his vile attacks.

Daniel Sneddon was convicted of engaging in sexual activity with a child, engaging in sexual activity in the presence of a child, four counts of rape, two counts of sexual assault and possession of indecent images. He was jailed for 13-and-a-half years.

Craig Ford

Craig Ford, 30, of Cinema Drive, Liverpool, was jailed for 20 months for having a bladed article at HMP Berwyn, with five months each for committing arson there and for assaulting a prison guard. Craig Ford, 30, of Cinema Drive, Liverpool, was jailed for 20 months for having a bladed article at HMP Berwyn, with five months each for committing arson there and for assaulting a prison guard.

A prisoner set fire to his own cell and then punched a guard who came to help him.

Craig Ford was handed 20 months for possession of a bladed article in prison with a further five months for arson and five months for assaulting an emergency worker.

James Moreton

James Moreton, 18, formerly of Fairstead, Skelmersdale James Moreton, 18, formerly of Fairstead, Skelmersdale

A thug stabbed a teenager in the eye with a crossbow before trying to bribe him to drop the charges.

James Moreton[93] pleaded guilty to wounding with intent, possession of an offensive weapon and attempting to pervert the course of justice and was jailed for seven years and nine months.

Gabriel Fregonese

Gabriel Fregonese of Lathom Road, Southport Gabriel Fregonese of Lathom Road, Southport

A paedophile who was given a second chance by the courts has been jailed after being caught with indecent images of children for a second time.

Gabriel Fregonese[94] pleaded guilty to two counts of making indecent images of a child, possession of indecent images of a child and breaching his suspended sentence and sexual harm prevention order. He was jailed for 20 months.

Benjamin Fitzsimmons

Benjamin Fitzsimmons of Altcross Road, Croxteth Benjamin Fitzsimmons of Altcross Road, Croxteth

A convicted rapist slashed an elderly man's face after he walked past his house singing on the way home from the pub.

Benjamin Fitzsimmons[95] pleaded guilty to two counts of assault inflicting grievous bodily harm, assault occasioning actual bodily harm, possession of a bladed article and affray. He was jailed for nine years.

David Eyre

David Eyre, 55, was jailed at Liverpool Crown Court David Eyre, 55, was jailed at Liverpool Crown Court

A paedophile who claimed his offending was due to a pornography addiction admitted "I know what this is about" when police raided his house.

David Eyre admitted sexual assault, three counts of taking indecent images and three counts of possession of indecent images and was jailed for 14 years.

Jade Joynson

Jade Joynson, 25, who has been banned from touching parking meters Jade Joynson, 25, was banned from touching parking meters

A woman banned from touching parking meters was jailed after being caught engaging with a machine in the city centre.

Jade Joynson[96] was jailed for 38 weeks.

Anthony Shackleton

Anthony Shackleton, of Queens Drive in Prenton, was jailed for five years and 10 months, with an added four years to be served on licence on his release Anthony Shackleton, of Queens Drive in Prenton, was jailed for five years and 10 months, with an added four years to be served on licence on his release

A pervert sexually assaulted a bedbound woman after breaking into a property as she slept.

Anthony Shackleton admitted burglary and sexual assault. He was jailed for five years and 10 months.

Alex Thompson

Alex Thompson, of Payne Close, Great Sankey, Warrington Alex Thompson, of Payne Close, Great Sankey, Warrington

A jealous boyfriend with a history of domestic violence almost battered his girlfriend to death in a drunken rage.

Alex Thompson was found guilty of wounding with intent. He was jailed for seven years.

Samantha Norris

Samantha Norris, of Millfields Court, Eccleston Samantha Norris, of Millfields Court, Eccleston

A woman said "I'm f***ed aren't I?" after being caught trying to get drugs into a prison.

Samantha Norris pleaded guilty to two counts of conveying prohibited articles into prison. She was jailed for 12 months.

Terence Griffiths

Terence Griffiths, of David Street, Malltraeth, Bodorgan Terence Griffiths, of David Street, Malltraeth, Bodorgan

A paedophile who preyed on an eight-year-old girl promised her chocolate in exchange for her silence.

Terence Griffiths was sentenced to a total of 11 years in prison.

David Ashbrook

David Ashbrook David Ashbrook

A "warped monster" showered a girl with presents and hundreds of pounds in cash as he subjected her to a sickening "campaign of rape".

David Ashbrook admitted two counts of rape, sexual assault and inciting a child to engage in sexual activity. He was jailed for 15 years.

Adam Hoyle

Adam Hoyle Adam Hoyle

A former police officer exploited vulnerable women for his own sexual gratification.

Adam Hoyle was found guilty of misconduct[97] after establishing intimate relationships with "vulnerable" women whom he came into contact with after they reported sexual and domestic abuse to the force. He was jailed for four years.

Lesley Clarke

Lesley Clarke, of Blinkhorn Grove, St Helens Lesley Clarke, of Blinkhorn Grove, St Helens

A seasoned conwoman "brazenly and blatantly"[98] fleeced the taxpayer out of thousands of pounds as she lied about having terminal cancer.

Lesley Clarke pleaded guilty to eight counts of fraud and forgery. She was jailed for 10 months[99].

Stephen Blackmore

Stephen Blackmore, of Hunt's Cross Avenue, Woolton Stephen Blackmore, of Hunt's Cross Avenue, Woolton

A man who went on a drunken tirade in the middle of the street[100] smashed his pint glass on a man's head when he told him to keep it down.

Stephen Blackmore was jailed for six years and nine months.

Daniel Rushworth and John Barton

Daniel Rushworth, 34, Deerbarn Drive, Netherton Daniel Rushworth, 34, Deerbarn Drive, Netherton

Two EncroChat dealers involved in separate multi-million pound drug supply plots were linked together through the brokering of a handgun.

John Barton admitted conspiracy to supply heroin, cocaine and cannabis and conspiracy to sell or transfer a prohibited weapon. He was jailed for 21 years.

John Barton, 48, of Green Street, Vauxhall John Barton, 48, of Green Street, Vauxhall

Daniel Rushworth, pleaded guilty to the charges of conspiracy to supply cocaine and cannabis, possession with intent to supply cocaine and cannabis and money laundering. He was jailed for 16 years and four months.

Mark Jacobson

Mark Jacobson, formerly of Washington Parade, Bootle Mark Jacobson, formerly of Washington Parade, Bootle

The brave victim of a dangerous child rapist was determined to bring her abuser to justice nearly 30 years after being let down by the justice system.

Mark Jacobson was found guilty of 16 counts of indecent assault following a trial and jailed for 12 years.

Stephen Brown

Stephen Brown, of Lorenzo Drive, Walton Stephen Brown, of Lorenzo Drive, Walton

A short-tempered dad "saw red" when a shopkeeper refused to sell his 13-year-old son an energy drink.

Stephen Brown admitted inflicting grievous bodily harm. He was jailed for two years and four months.

Angela Roberts

Angela Marie Roberts, 54, of London Road, Liverpool was sentenced to two years and eight months in prison at Liverpool Crown Court on Wednesday 1 November, 2023 Angela Marie Roberts, 54, of London Road, Liverpool was sentenced to two years and eight months in prison at Liverpool Crown Court on Wednesday 1 November, 2023

A woman waved a knife at shoppers and police officers in the middle of Liverpool city centre[101].

Angela Roberts was jailed for two years and eight months.

Kamen Smith

Kamen Smith, 29, of Molyneux Drive, Warrington Kamen Smith, 29, of Molyneux Drive, Warrington

A convicted drug dealer sexually assaulted a woman as she slept then attacked her boyfriend when he confronted him.

Kamen Smith pleaded guilty to assault occasioning actual bodily harm and causing criminal damage and was found guilty of sexual assault following a trial. He was jailed for four years.

Hayley Fairhurst and Danielle Taylor

Hayley Fairhurst, of Windle Hall Drive, St Helens

A woman who threatened and mocked a rape victim burst into tears as she was jailed.

Danielle Taylor, of Watery Lane, St Helens Danielle Taylor, of Watery Lane, St Helens

Hayley Fairhurst and her friend Danielle Taylor were jailed for a year.

Roland Povall

Roland Povall, 48, of Pensby Road, Heswall Roland Povall, 48, of Pensby Road, Heswall

A wedding guest with a history of brutal domestic violence drunkenly attacked his girlfriend and cut a teenager's face with a broken mug.

Roland Povall pleaded guilty to two counts of wounding and one of assault. He was handed a seven-year sentence.

Joseph Farrell and Thomas Byrne

Joseph Farrell, 22, and two others drove from Wirral to Ellesmere Port on Thursday, July 14, to track down their 18-year-old victim for a Joseph Farrell, 22, and two others drove from Wirral to Ellesmere Port on Thursday, July 14, to track down their 18-year-old victim for a "punishment attack"

A knifeman tracked down a teenager and attacked him with a machete in the street.

Thomas Byrne, 32, from HMP Berwyn, pleaded guilty to assisting an offender at an earlier hearing.

Joseph Farrell pleaded guilty to section 18 assault, possession of a weapon in a public place, driving without a licence, driving without insurance, and handling stolen goods at an earlier hearing. Thomas Byrne pleaded guilty to assisting an offender at an earlier hearing.

Farrell was sentenced to six years in prison. Byrne was sentenced to 16 months in prison.

Diane Mansell and Gary Mansell

Diane Mansell aged 58 and Gary Mansell aged 61, of Camp Road in Liverpool have been jailed for six years at Liverpool Crown Court for fraud by abuse of position and money laundering today (Wednesday 8 November). Diane Mansell aged 58, of Camp Road in Liverpool have been jailed for six years at Liverpool Crown Court

A shameful husband and wife who "lived outside the lifestyle they could afford" defrauded an elderly couple leaving them with just 28p in the bank.

Diane Mansell aged 58 and Gary Mansell aged 61, of Camp Road in Liverpool have been jailed for six years at Liverpool Crown Court for fraud by abuse of position and money laundering today (Wednesday 8 November). Gary Mansell aged 61, of Camp Road in Liverpool have been jailed for six years at Liverpool Crown Court

Diane and Gary Mansell were jailed for six years each.

John Jones

John Jones, 32, jailed for 44 months for Class A drug dealing, burglary and affray John Jones, 32, jailed for 44 months for Class A drug dealing, burglary and affray

A drug dealer caught selling heroin and crack cocaine to an undercover police officer broke into his ex's home, cut up her clothes and stole a pack of chicken wings.

John Jones admitted four counts of possessing class A drugs with intent to supply, affray, two charges of burglary, criminal damage and failing to surrender to bail and was jailed for 44 months.

Natalie Bennett

Natalie Bennett Natalie Bennett

Natalie Bennett was jailed for life with a minimum term of 18 years for stabbing her boyfriend to death.

She was convicted of the murder of her partner Kasey Anderson following a trial. He died a week before his 25th birthday in March this year after being slashed several times with a knife and suffering two stab wounds.

Michael McGrane

Michael McGrane, of Victoria Street in Southport Michael McGrane, of Victoria Street in Southport

A "depraved, evil" paedophile repeatedly raped a little girl years before he would go on to sexually assault and murder a pregnant woman while playing doctor in Australia.

Michael McGrane is back behind bars, being given 23 years after being found guilty of rape, buggery and indecent assault in relation to historic offences.

Michael Kent

Michael Kent Michael Kent

A drug courier with £16,000 worth of amphetamine drove through a hotel barrier to escape from police.

Michael Kent pleaded guilty to possession of class B drugs with intent to supply, dangerous driving, failing to stop, driving while disqualified and driving without insurance. He was jailed for 26 months.

Paul Kelly

A man who lulled close friends and professionals into thinking he was safe and caring was unmasked as a child rapist.

Paul Kelly was found guilty of prolonged sexual abuse against a vulnerable child and jailed for 20 years.

Ricky Coddington

Ricky Coddington, 34, of Heathgate Avenue, Speke Ricky Coddington, 34, of Heathgate Avenue, Speke

A "controlling, cowardly" bully subjected his girlfriend to a year of terrifying abuse before deliberately crashing his car into hers outside a McDonald's.

Ricky Coddington was convicted of controlling and coercive behaviour and common assault. He was jailed for three years.

Mark Murphy

Mark Murphy, aged 39, of Canal View Court, Litherland was sentenced to 18 years in prison Mark Murphy, aged 39, of Canal View Court, Litherland was sentenced to 18 years in prison

An EncroChat dealer was caught with a block of cocaine as police raided his home.

Mark Murphy pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply 17.75kg of cocaine, 9kg of heroin and 2kg of cannabis, conspiracy to possess a prohibited weapon and associated ammunition, namely a Glock self-loading pistol, along with possession with intent to supply cocaine. He was jailed for 18 years.

Jonathan Weedall and Karen Hazelden

Jonathan Weedall and Karen Hazelden Jonathan Weedall and Karen Hazelden

A drug dealing couple were caught after one of them was seen on CCTV putting credit on a graft phone.

Jonathan Weedall and Karen Hazelden pleaded guilty to being concerned in the supply of heroin and crack cocaine. Both received two years and eight months in prison.

Govar Abdul-Rahman

Govar Abdul-Rahman, formerly of Silkstone Street, St Helens Govar Abdul-Rahman, formerly of Silkstone Street, St Helens

A dangerous sexual predator crept through the bedroom window of a vulnerable teenager and loomed over her as she slept - then tried to do the same thing a week later.

Govar Abdul-Rahman pleaded guilty to two counts of sexual assault and was found guilty of two further charges of sexual assaults, as well as trespassing with intent to commit sexual assault, attempted trespass with intent to commit sexual assault and voyeurism. He was jailed for nine years and four months.

James Costello

James Costello James Costello

A delivery driver lived a double life as the worldwide leader of a racist church which called for a "holy race war".

James Costello was found guilty of 19 counts of stirring up racial hatred by publishing materials. He was jailed for five years.

William Stokes

William Stephen Stokes, of Rainhill William Stephen Stokes, of Rainhill

A man who beat his ex partner also taped her child's mouth shut.

William Stokes[102] was jailed for three-and-a-half years after pleading guilty to a number of offences including internal suffocation.

Danielle Muirhead

Danielle Muirhead, 32, of Church Road, Walton, Danielle Muirhead, 32, of Church Road, Walton

A benefit fraudster who scammed the government for thousands kicked her friend out of court after he lounged across seats in the public gallery.

Danielle Muirhead pleaded guilty to three counts of benefit fraud. She was jailed for 16 months.

Shakur Watson and Stephen Curry

Shakur Watson received a 13 year and four month jail sentence Shakur Watson received a 13 year and four month jail sentence

Two men used an explosive device to blow up a stolen BMW in a gang feud.

Shakur Watson and Stephen Curry[103] were found guilty of causing an explosion likely to endanger life.

Stephen Curry was given 11 years in custody for using an explosion likely to endanger life Stephen Curry was given 11 years in custody for using an explosion likely to endanger life

Watson received a 13 year and four month jail sentence for possession of a firearm and ammunition, two offences of supplying class A drugs and causing an explosion likely to endanger life. Curry was given 11 years in custody for causing an explosion likely to endanger life.

Niall Barry, James Witham, Joseph Peers and Sean Zeisz

James Witham was convicted of the murder of Ashley Dale after shooting the 28-year-old Knowsley Council worker dead in her own home on Leinster Road in Old Swan James Witham was convicted of the murder of Ashley Dale after shooting the 28-year-old Knowsley Council worker dead in her own home on Leinster Road in Old Swan

Ashley Dale's killers were jailed for a combined total of 173 years.

The 28-year-old council worker[104] was shot dead in her own home on Leinster Road in Old Swan[105] in the early hours of August 21 last year. James Witham, Joseph Peers, Niall Barry and Sean Zeisz were unanimously convicted of her murder following a seven-week trial.

Niall Barry was convicted of the murder of Ashley Dale Niall Barry was convicted of the murder of Ashley Dale

They were also found guilty of conspiracy to murder Ms Dale's boyfriend Lee Harrison and conspiracy to possess a prohibited weapon, namely a Skorpion submachine gun, and ammunition with intent to endanger life.

Joseph Peers was convicted of the murder of Ashley Dale Joseph Peers was convicted of the murder of Ashley Dale

Gunman Witham was imprisoned for life with a minimum term of 43 years, and getaway driver Peers was told he must serve at least 41 years behind bars before he will become eligible for release. "Organisers" Barry and Zeisz were also handed life sentences with 47 and 42 year tariffs.

Sean Zeisz was convicted of the murder of Ashley Dale Sean Zeisz was convicted of the murder of Ashley Dale

Anthony Harrison

Anthony Harrison, aka 'Tosh', who was jailed after being unmasked as EncroChat money launderer and drug dealer 'Walkthedog' Anthony Harrison, aka 'Tosh', who was jailed after being unmasked as EncroChat money launderer and drug dealer 'Walkthedog'

A once respected businessman "brought shame" on himself[106] after getting embroiled in the murky world of EncroChat drug dealing and money laundering - helping to disguise up to £500,000 in dirty cash.

Anthony Harrison admitted conspiracies to supply ecstasy and cannabis and one count of conspiracy to conceal criminal property. He was jailed for eight years.

Wade Walsh

Wade Walsh, of Altcourse prison, pleaded guilty to two counts of assaulting an emergency worker Wade Walsh, of Altcourse prison, pleaded guilty to two counts of assaulting an emergency worker

A repeat offender who taunted a fellow inmate at HMP Altcourse and encouraged him to kill himself turned violent when guards intervened.

Wade Walsh pleaded guilty to two counts of assaulting an emergency worker and was handed three-and-a-half months behind bars.

James Matthews and Phillip Burns

James Matthews, 19, of Naylor Road, Ellesmere Port (left) and Phillip Burns, 32, of Flint Court, Ellesmere Port James Matthews, 19, of Naylor Road, Ellesmere Port (left) and Phillip Burns, 32, of Flint Court, Ellesmere Port

Dealers who flooded the streets with cocaine were jailed for a combined seven years and nine months.

James Matthews was jailed for two years and three months, with Phillip Burns given five-and-a-half years.

Charlie Cooper

Charlie Cooper Charlie Cooper

A man fled from the clutches of police after they raided his house and found more than £50,000 in cash.

Charlie Cooper admitted production of cannabis and escaping lawful custody. He was jailed for five years.

Colin Martindale

Colin Martindale of Moss Lawn Road, Kirkby Colin Martindale of Moss Lawn Road, Kirkby

A man floored a stranger with a single punch after rowing with him in Warrington[107] town centre.

Colin Martindale admitted assault occasioning actual bodily harm. He was jailed for eight months.

David Pursglove

David Pursglove David Pursglove

A 12-year-old girl was killed by a careless driver as she got off a bus on her way home from school.

David Pursglove, 35, admitted causing death by careless driving after knocking over Lexi McDavid at around 3.30pm on June 7 last year. The Broughton Hall Catholic High School pupil was on her way to a friend's house when she got off a bus on Princess Drive, Huyton[108], and ran out into the road, where she was hit by Pursglove's white Mercedes Sprinter van as it travelled at around 45mph in a 30mph zone.

Pursglove showed no emotion as he was sentenced to eight months in prison, and banned from driving for two years and 10 months. Lexi's family, sitting in court, broke down in tears.

Aaron Qureshi

Aaron Qureshi, 31 years, of Sandringham Road in Waterloo was sentenced to three years and two months Aaron Qureshi, 31 years, of Sandringham Road in Waterloo was sentenced to three years and two months

A van driver hit a 26-year-old woman while going three times the speed limit in icy conditions.

Aaron Qureshi pleaded guilty to causing serious injury by dangerous driving. He was jailed for three years and two months.

Jason Elson

Jason Elson, of Stanley Road in New Ferry Jason Elson, of Stanley Road in New Ferry

A jealous man doused his best friend's car in petrol and set it alight after bombarding him with threatening text messages.

Jason Elson admitted arson and malicious communications. He was jailed for 20 months.

Robert Byrne

Paedophile Robert Byrne, 56, who impersonated a police officer and kidnapped a 13-year-old boy in Liverpool City Centre Paedophile Robert Byrne, 56, who impersonated a police officer and kidnapped a 13-year-old boy in Liverpool City Centre

A lost boy fell into the clutches of a prolific paedophile who was prowling Liverpool city centre[109] at 3am dressed like a police officer.

Robert Byrne admitted kidnap and breaching a sexual harm prevention order. He was jailed for five years and four months.

Charles Riley

Paedophile Charles Riley, who was jailed for abusing two girls Paedophile Charles Riley, who was jailed for abusing two girls

A "depraved" pensioner targeted two young girls in a campaign of abuse.

Charles Riley pleaded guilty to offences including sexual assault and inciting a child engage in sexual activity. He was jailed for 10 years.

Mark Taylor

Mark Taylor Mark Taylor

A man stole his friend's car when they went bowling then led police on a wild goose chase before crashing in an explosion of flames.

Mark Taylor pleaded guilty to dangerous driving, driving without a licence, driving without insurance, failure to provide a specimen for analysis and aggravated vehicle taking. He was jailed for a year.

John Madden

John Madden John Madden

A drug gang hid millions of pounds worth of class A drugs in a lorry full of raspberry sorbet.

John Madden pleaded guilty to conspiring to fraudulently evade a prohibition on the importation of a class A drug and was jailed for 21 years.

MacCauley Smith

MacCauley Smith MacCauley Smith

A drug dealer tried to hide wraps of cocaine in a roll of carpet in his bedroom.

MacCauley Smith pleaded guilty to possession with intent to supply class A drugs. He was jailed for four years.

Karl Yates

Karl Yates, 40, was jailed for 28 months at Liverpool Crown Court Karl Yates, 40, was jailed for 28 months at Liverpool Crown Court

An insurance worker stole and sold customer details to cold callers who pressurised drivers to make claims.

Karl Yates was found guilty of fraud by abuse of position and computer misuse. He was sentenced to 28 months.

Daniel Thompson

Daniel Francis Thompson, 36, pleaded guilty to producing cannabis Daniel Francis Thompson, 36, pleaded guilty to producing cannabis

A man hid a huge secret behind hay bales on a secluded farm.

Daniel Thompson admitted production of cannabis and was jailed for 28 months.

Sean Probert

Sean Probert, 38, of Crosby Street, Rochdale Sean Probert, 38, of Crosby Street, Rochdale

A mum-of-two "thought she was going to die" after she was battered in her own home by a violent thug when she asked him to get her phone charger.

Sean Probert pleaded guilty to inflicting grievous bodily harm. He was jailed for two-and-a-half years.

Dillon Cain

Dillon Cain Dillon Cain

An EncroChat dealer used a horse box to travel and transfer drugs during the coronavirus pandemic.

Dillon Cain pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply 18kg of cocaine, 6kg of heroin, 100kg of amphetamine and 163kg of cannabis, as well as intentionally encouraging or assisting an offence between March and June 2020. He was jailed for 11 years and six months.

Kieran Cooney

Kieran Cooney Kieran Cooney

A Ryanair flight attendant was killed by a dangerous driver after he sent a one-word text message.

Cinzia Ceravolo, 36, died on Friday, August 26, 2022, four days after she was hit by a Ford Focus being driven by Kieran Cooney, 31. The Ryanair cabin crew member was returning home after two days away with work and had arrived back into Liverpool John Lennon Airport[110] on a flight from Dublin.

Moments before the crash, Cooney had received two text messages from his partner, one regarding their child's nappy, and he had sent a one-word reply saying "really". He was sentenced to three years in prison after admitting causing death by dangerous driving.

Ellis Price and Jordan Hawkins

Ellis Bradley Price Ellis Bradley Price

A woman was punched to the floor after a huge brawl erupted outside a bar.

Ellis Price and Jordan Hawkins pleaded guilty to affray.

Jordan Nathanial Hawkins Jordan Nathanial Hawkins

Price was jailed for 18 months while Hawkins received a nine month sentence.

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  2. ^ Elle Edwards (www.liverpoolecho.co.uk)
  3. ^ Ashley Dale (www.liverpoolecho.co.uk)
  4. ^ Secret drug plots of 'Monster Munch Man', 'Sylvester the Cat' and 'Sound Dill' (www.liverpoolecho.co.uk)
  5. ^ Wanted list of festive fugitives on the run this Christmas (www.liverpoolecho.co.uk)
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  15. ^ Speke (www.liverpoolecho.co.uk)
  16. ^ Toxteth (www.liverpoolecho.co.uk)
  17. ^ Warrington (www.liverpoolecho.co.uk)
  18. ^ New Brighton (www.liverpoolecho.co.uk)
  19. ^ Liverpool city centre (www.liverpoolecho.co.uk)
  20. ^ Widnes (www.liverpoolecho.co.uk)
  21. ^ Prescot (www.liverpoolecho.co.uk)
  22. ^ Each defendant was found guilty (www.liverpoolecho.co.uk)
  23. ^ admitted wounding (www.liverpoolecho.co.uk)
  24. ^ was sentenced to 13 months (www.liverpoolecho.co.uk)
  25. ^ admitted conspiracy to supply heroin (www.liverpoolecho.co.uk)
  26. ^ Janette Mercer was imprisoned for nine months (www.liverpoolecho.co.uk)
  27. ^ was convicted of conspiracy (www.liverpoolecho.co.uk)
  28. ^ admitted inflicting grievous bodily harm (www.liverpoolecho.co.uk)
  29. ^ Lamb admitted conspiracy to supply heroin (www.liverpoolecho.co.uk)
  30. ^ admitted being concerned (www.liverpoolecho.co.uk)
  31. ^ He was jailed for 15 months. (www.liverpoolecho.co.uk)
  32. ^ He was jailed for four-and-a-half years (www.liverpoolecho.co.uk)
  33. ^ He was jailed for 44 months (www.liverpoolecho.co.uk)
  34. ^ Price was sentenced to nine and a half years (www.liverpoolecho.co.uk)
  35. ^ admitted possession of cocaine and heroin (www.liverpoolecho.co.uk)
  36. ^ Eight men were jailed for life (www.liverpoolecho.co.uk)
  37. ^ Skelmersdale (www.liverpoolecho.co.uk)
  38. ^ Anfield (www.liverpoolecho.co.uk)
  39. ^ Walton (www.liverpoolecho.co.uk)
  40. ^ Facebook (www.liverpoolecho.co.uk)
  41. ^ in Kirkby (www.liverpoolecho.co.uk)
  42. ^ Asda (www.liverpoolecho.co.uk)
  43. ^ Wallasey (www.liverpoolecho.co.uk)
  44. ^ West Derby (www.liverpoolecho.co.uk)
  45. ^ Litherland (www.liverpoolecho.co.uk)
  46. ^ Southport (www.liverpoolecho.co.uk)
  47. ^ Michael Smith (www.liverpoolecho.co.uk)
  48. ^ Anthony Fox (www.liverpoolecho.co.uk)
  49. ^ Richard Hill (www.liverpoolecho.co.uk)
  50. ^ Charlie White (www.liverpoolecho.co.uk)
  51. ^ Cameron Edwards (www.liverpoolecho.co.uk)
  52. ^ Dominic Kelly (www.liverpoolecho.co.uk)
  53. ^ Premier League (www.liverpoolecho.co.uk)
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  67. ^ Michael Legros (www.liverpoolecho.co.uk)
  68. ^ Thomas Robinson (www.liverpoolecho.co.uk)
  69. ^ Alan Madden (www.liverpoolecho.co.uk)
  70. ^ Aaren Murphy (www.liverpoolecho.co.uk)
  71. ^ Kevin Jones (www.liverpoolecho.co.uk)
  72. ^ Crosby (www.liverpoolecho.co.uk)
  73. ^ Netherton (www.liverpoolecho.co.uk)
  74. ^ Wirral (www.liverpoolecho.co.uk)
  75. ^ Ryan Daly (www.liverpoolecho.co.uk)
  76. ^ Dean Welch (www.liverpoolecho.co.uk)
  77. ^ James Ireland (www.liverpoolecho.co.uk)
  78. ^ Steven Laverty (www.liverpoolecho.co.uk)
  79. ^ Convicted drug dealer Dylan Maher would later be linked forensically (www.liverpoolecho.co.uk)
  80. ^ Patrick Holt (www.liverpoolecho.co.uk)
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  82. ^ drugs stashed down his trousers. (www.liverpoolecho.co.uk)
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  84. ^ A burglar tunnelled his way into a phone shop (www.liverpoolecho.co.uk)
  85. ^ Liam Worthington (www.liverpoolecho.co.uk)
  86. ^ Terrence and Lee Brown sexually assaulted and raped the same victims over the course of several years (www.liverpoolecho.co.uk)
  87. ^ jailed for life with a minimum term of 16 years. (www.liverpoolecho.co.uk)
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  91. ^ Merseyrail (www.liverpoolecho.co.uk)
  92. ^ pleaded guilty to one count of sexual assault (www.liverpoolecho.co.uk)
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  96. ^ Jade Joynson (www.liverpoolecho.co.uk)
  97. ^ found guilty of misconduct (www.liverpoolecho.co.uk)
  98. ^ "brazenly and blatantly" (www.liverpoolecho.co.uk)
  99. ^ jailed for 10 months (www.liverpoolecho.co.uk)
  100. ^ drunken tirade in the middle of the street (www.liverpoolecho.co.uk)
  101. ^ Liverpool city centre (www.liverpoolecho.co.uk)
  102. ^ William Stokes (www.liverpoolecho.co.uk)
  103. ^ Shakur Watson and Stephen Curry (www.liverpoolecho.co.uk)
  104. ^ 28-year-old council worker (www.liverpoolecho.co.uk)
  105. ^ Old Swan (www.liverpoolecho.co.uk)
  106. ^ "brought shame" on himself (www.liverpoolecho.co.uk)
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Glasgow ‘sky opens up’ as confused resident spots strange ‘black object’

Residents in Glasgow have been left confused after spotting a strange[1] 'black object' in the sky while capturing the beauty of the full moon on Boxing Day.

A video shared with GlasgowLive shows a resident zooming into the full moon before being taken aback by the unknown object that is later seen splitting in two.

At first, Megan Cochrane thought that the "sky is opening up" and has never seen anything like it before. She was capturing the full moon with her cousin and brother from the window of her Knightswood home before zooming in to see the anomaly this afternoon.

The 26-year-old said: "I noticed this black oval shape and I made a joke saying it looks like the sky is opening up but then it got bigger and split into two and stretched out while getting longer and travelling through the sky.

"At first I thought, when it split, that it might have been birds but then I was thinking it can’t be as they travel in an arrow shape. We were in absolute shock and have no idea what it could be, we have never seen anything like it.

"We can't believe we caught it on camera."

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  1. ^ strange (www.glasgowlive.co.uk)
  2. ^ Man 'covered in blood' at Cambuslang shop as emergency crews race to scene (www.glasgowlive.co.uk)
  3. ^ Paisley mum fighting 'horrendous' cancer battle as community rally around to support her (www.glasgowlive.co.uk)
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Young Lanarkshire woman fighting illness receives ‘best gift ever’ with new dream career

A young Lanarkshire woman was given the best present she could have wished for this Christmas with a new career, thanks to a gym boss who was inspired by her story.

Stephanie Boyle has been facing a battle with ulcerative colitis[1] - a condition where the colon and rectum become inflamed - and recently shared how she was faced with a stark choice of agreeing to a stoma operation or the possibility of death within a year.

The 24-year-old, who lives in Bellshill[2], has a long-term condition that can lead to serious flare ups which require hospitalisation and complications include an increased risk of developing bowel cancer. The steroid medicines used to treat ulcerative colitis can also cause weakening of the bones.

Community learning development worker Stefanie – an ambassador for the Crohn’s and colitis charity The Catherine McEwan Foundation – was diagnosed when she was 17.

But Stefanie, who is in her third year at university studying community education, has not let her stoma or her condition stand in the way of her fitness, working out at the gym five times a week, the Daily Record[5] reports.

She now dreams of becoming a personal trainer, specialising in helping people with underlying health conditions.

Founder of Virtual Health and Fitness, Darren Doak, read her story and was so impressed by her can-do attitude that he has offered her free training to help her realise her dream.

Stefanie said: “Darren has offered to put me through my level two and three training for personal training which will give me a personal trainer diploma.

Stefanie is looking forward to starting a new career as a personal trainer Stefanie is looking forward to starting a new career as a personal trainer

“He is also putting me through a first aid course and a nutrition course as well so I will be a fully certificated personal trainer.”

She hopes to complete the paperwork in January with a plan to start her courses in April when she completes her third year at university. If everything goes according to plan she may be qualified by July and Darren is confident of fixing her up with work at one of the leading gym groups in the country.

Stefanie said: “It is such a great opportunity. It is the best Christmas present I could ever have got this year and such a genuine act of kindness.

“I am so thankful the Daily Record told my story. When I spoke to Darren he told me he always reads the Daily Record in the morning to see what’s going on in Scotland and said to his wife that he was in a position to do a good deed and get me into the fitness industry.

“I am just so over the moon, so happy.”

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Darren, 48, said he was “blown away” by everything Stefanie had done.

And he added: “She so deserves this. Your article talked about the barriers she had faced and we try to break down barriers to allow people into fitness education.

“Stefanie has such a positive attitude, she’s exactly the kind of person we want in the industry as a personal trainer.”

Darren has been so inspired by her that his company plans to turn the offer he has made her into an annual scholarship.

References

  1. ^ ulcerative colitis (www.glasgowlive.co.uk)
  2. ^ Bellshill (www.glasgowlive.co.uk)
  3. ^ Glasgow family devastated by flood get 'Christmas miracle' thanks to local hero plumber (www.glasgowlive.co.uk)
  4. ^ First picture of Rutherglen woman found dead days before Christmas as murder investigation launched (www.glasgowlive.co.uk)
  5. ^ Daily Record (www.dailyrecord.co.uk)
  6. ^ Glasgow Live's Whatsapp Community here (chat.whatsapp.com)