Good evening, these are the latest ECHO headlines on Wednesday, March 2.
Liverpool ready to welcome Ukrainian refugees
Liverpool is ready to welcome refugees fleeing from the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
At tonight’s full city council meeting, the leaders of the city’s Labour, Lib Dem, Green and Liberal groups will unite to show support for the Ukrainian people – and condemn Russia’s ‘illegal and unprovoked’ invasion.
The council motion will also call on the UK government to do more and offer sanctuary to Ukrainians in their hour of need.
The government has been criticised for its policy, which means only Ukrainians with relatives in the UK are permitted to come here.
Tonight’s cross-party motion states: “This council condemns the unprovoked invasion of Ukraine by the Russian Federation, an illegal act of international aggression which again sees the spectre of war cast a shadow over Europe and across all the peaceful, democratic and free nations of the world.
“Council notes that Liverpool has an active Ukrainian community who face a reality that their family and friends in Ukraine are in the midst of conflict.
“Liverpool has a proud history of providing sanctuary and welcome to people from the Ukraine since the beginning of the last century, which has allowed generations of families to live in peace and enjoy the security and the opportunity that Liverpool and the UK offers. Liverpool again stands ready to offer its support and sanctuary.”
Reason behind ‘mystery air raid siren’ heard across parts of Merseyside
An “air raid” siren was heard across parts of Merseyside this morning.
A number of people said they were ‘alarmed’ by the siren as they did not know where it came from.
Riley Taylor posted a video in a local Facebook group this morning at around 10.45am.
In a message, he told the ECHO : “It really scared me, to be honest, I thought we were about to go into conflict and lots of people stopped what they were doing.”
He posted in a local group: “Anyone else hear that siren in Birkenhead/Rock Ferry just then?”
A number of people speculated that it could be from Cammell Laird in Birkenhead, although the company denies the siren came from them.
One person described it as sounding like an “air raid” alarm.
Teenager ‘ready for theft’ caught with knife and balaclava
A teenager who was ‘equipped for theft’ was arrested by police last night.
The 18-year-old was apprehended on Crow Lane West in Newton-le-Willows as part of late night patrol on Tuesday, March 1.
Upon conducting a stop search, officers found a balaclava, a knife, gloves and cannabis.
The teen was taken into custody and charged with going equipped for theft and possession of a controlled drug and taken to spend the night in police cells.