THERE were uplifting scenes at Whiston Hospital as police officers turned out in force for last night's Clap for Our carers event to salute NHS workers on the front-line of the fight against coronavirus.

As streets across St Helens joined the nation in what has become a weekly show of thanks to key workers, 999 crews displayed their solidarity by flashing blue lights and clapping passionately.

Video showed the remarkable scenes at Whiston which aimed to boost morale of doctors, nurses and other key staff who are working around the clock to treat patients with COVID-19 and other illnesses.

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A Knowsley Police spokesman said officers were also supporting carers right across the community.

St Helens and Knowsley NHS Trust described the applause outside Whiston as "amazing".

A Knowsley Police spokesperson said: "Local officers attended Whiston Hospital at 8pm this evening to show our appreciation for some of the many carers working across our communities during this challenging time.

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"A big thank you to everyone who is working tirelessly to help and support so many."

Meanwhile, firefighters at stations across the region joined in the applause to underline the show of unity with carers.

Buildings also lit up in tribute, with Prescot Church shining blue and Saints stadium displaying rainbow colours at its entrance.

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