Daily news bulletin: £1m cocaine verdict, Kirkby train crash, city repair costs

£1m worth of drugs in bag for life, kirkby station train crash and building repair costs

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📰 A man has been jailed for eight years after police found £1 million worth of cocaine hidden in his car in a ‘bag for life’.

Police said John Butler, 27, from Tower Hill in Kirkby, appeared ‘nervous and visibly shaking’ when they stopped his black Volkswagen on Heysham Road in Netherton on January 8.

Merseyside Police searched Butler’s car and found a bag containing 10kgs of cocaine, with a street value of around £1m.

📰 A train driver who was using WhatsApp just before he crashed a Merseyrail train has been convicted.

Phillip Hollis, 59, of Spellow Lane, Liverpool, pleaded guilty to endangering the safety of passengers.

He was going nearly three times the speed limit, causing the train to derail, and an estimated £450,000 in damage to Kirkby station.

📰 Renovations to two of Liverpool's most iconic buildings will cost more than three quarters of a million pounds.

More than £800,000 has been awarded in contracts for repair work at St George's Hall and Croxteth Hall in the last 12 months by Liverpool Council.