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<b>Friday October 2:</b>: Man charged with robbery at Gerrard home and more stuff

Published on October 2nd 2009.

A MAN HAS BEEN CHARGED WITH THE ROBBERY at the home of Stephen Gerrard. The footballer’s wife Alex Curran, 27, was confronted by four masked raiders at the couple's mansion in Formby, Merseyside, in December 2007. Martin Wilson, 22, of Stockbridge Village has been charged with robbery and burglary and will appear at North Sefton Magistrates' on 30 October.

THE FATHER OF RHYS JONES’S KILLER will not be charged over an arson attack on the home of his son’s fellow gang members.

Joseph McCormick, 56, the father of Sean Mercer, was arrested after a petrol bomb was thrown at Gary Kay's home in West Derby in July. Merseyside Police said, "No further action will be taken”.

A FURNITURE COMPANY IS TO AXE 180 JOBS at its Merseyside depot after going into administration. Dams International, based in Knowsley, was placed in the control of administrators KPMG on Wednesday. Paul Flint, associate partner at KPMG, said, “Over the course of the last 12 months, Dams International has experienced a significant fall in turnover as a result of the economic crisis”.

FREE FOOD FOR CASH-STRICKEN FAMILIES is available in Merseyside for the first time. The first Liverpool Foodbank, set up by the Trussell Trust, was opened by the Lord Mayor, Councillor Mike Storey, in Woolton Village on Thursday. It is the 50th set up in the UK by the Christian charity, in which shoppers will be asked to donate various food items to the food bank to help families living in poverty.

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