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<b>Friday 21 August:</b> Postal strike cancelled, Careline not answering calls, and more hand grenade arrests

Published on August 21st 2009.


TWO MORE PEOPLE have been charged after a live hand grenade was found outside Kenny Dalglish’s home. Mark Johnston, 21, from Old Swan has been charged with conspiracy to commit murder and criminal damage with the intent to endanger life. Carol Johnston, 50, from Old Swan, is charged with assisting an offender. The grenade was found on the wall of the house in Selworthy Road, but there was no connection with the Liverpool FC legend.

MORE THAN £50M destined for credit crunch hit businesses in Merseyside is yet to be handed over by Whitehall due to a funding feud. The North West Development Agency had hoped to make available venture capital loans of up to £2m to businesses in early 2009. But the introduction of the fund has been delayed over concerns it will contribute to national debt. NWDA's chief executive said the money 'should' be available at the end of October.

WIRRAL POSTAL WORKERS have cancelled their strike action after an agreement to renegotiate their workload was reached. Mark Walsh, of the CWU, said they had agreed to return to work in return for the promise to negotiate from management. Wallasey residents have been without mail for four days due to the stoppage.

LIVERPOOL’S CARELINE IS FAILING to meet council targets three months after leaders called for improvements. The service, which receives calls from vulnerable adults and children, has been accused of not answering thousands of calls each month. Careline said they fell 'just short' of the standard expected.

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