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Doomed ship leaves River Mersey to be scrapped

HMS Plymouth
HMS Plymouth Credit: PA

Doomed warship HMS Plymouth has left home, sailing the River Mersey, on its final journey to be scrapped in a foreign port.

The Royal Navy ship, where the Argentinians formally surrendered their garrison after invading South Georgia during the Falklands War, could not be saved, despite a 25-year long fight since it was decommissioned in 1988.

She sailed on the morning tide on the Mersey, leaving her berth for the open seas and is thought to be heading for a port in Turkey where she will be scrapped.

Campaigners had raised money to launch a legal action to have the ship "arrested" and prevent the ship leaving.

But Peel Ports, who own Vittoria Dock in Birkenhead where she has languished rusting and unloved for years, said they had no "practical choice" but to scrap the vessel.


Police name man killed in Blackburn on monday

Police have named the man who died in an incident on Revidge Road in Blackburn on Monday night as 29-year-old Bilal Saddique.

Revidge Road in Blackburn
Revidge Road in Blackburn Credit: ITV News / Dave Brown

The cause of death was a single stab wound to the left leg.

A 19-year-old woman under arrest on suspicion of murder remains in police custody.

Revidge Road in Blackburn
Revidge Road in Blackburn Credit: ITV News / Dave Brown

Coleen Rooney takes on Ice Bucket Challenge

Coleen Rooney has followed in the steps of David Beckham, Steven Gerrard, and Daniel Sturridge, and taken on the Ice Bucket Challenge.

Croxteth-born Coleen was nominated for the challenge by Queens Park Rangers winger Sean Wright Phillips.

The Ice Bucket Challenge sees participants filming themselves having a bucket of iced water poured over their heads, before sharing it on social media.

After the soaking, Coleen nominated journalist Piers Morgan and her friend Sheree Murphy.

Man wanted in connection with indecent exposure in Leyland

E-fit of man wanted in connection with indecent exposure
E-fit of man wanted in connection with indecent exposure Credit: Lancashire Police

Police have released an e-fit of a man they would like to speak to after an indecent exposure on Moss Lane in Leyland.

At around 2.50pm on Friday 25 July a man approached a woman on Moss Lane and tried to engage in conversation before pulling down his shorts and exposing himself.

The man is described as white, in his early 20s, 5ft 8 tall of a slim build with short light brown hair. He was wearing glasses, knee length shorts and a light coloured t-shirt at the time of the incident.

PC Graham Whitehouse said: “We are keen to speak to the man pictured in the Evofit in connection with our inquiries. If anyone knows who the man is or has any information, they should contact police".


Racer Stephen McIlvenna killed at Manx Grand Prix

Stephen McIlvenna
Stephen McIlvenna Credit: Redpoint PR

The Manx Motor Cycle Club has announced the death of Stephen McIlvenna, who was killed during yesterday's qualifying session at the 2014 Manx Grand Prix on the Isle of Man.

The 39-year-old rider, from Co Antrim, died after an incident at the Mountain Mile.

The Manx Motor Cycle Club said:

"McIlvenna was an experienced racer who first competed in the Manx Grand Prix in 2005."

"The Manx Motor Cycle Club wish to pass on their deepest sympathy to Stephen's family and friends".

– The Manx Motor Cycle Club

An investigation into the accident is now underway.

Rojo set to complete move to United

Marcus Rojo
Marcus Rojo

Louis van Gaal has made a breakthrough in his mission to reinforce Manchester United's defence after a deal was struck to bring Marcos Rojo to Old Trafford.

Sporting Lisbon on Tuesday night sanctioned the sale of the Argentina international to United, with Portuguese winger Nani returning to his former club as part of the deal. Centre-back Rojo, 24, will become a United player should he pass a medical and agree personal terms, the Barclays Premier League club announced on Twitter.

Rojo is equally comfortable at centre-back as he is at left-back and played all 120 minutes of July's World Cup final as Argentina lost to Germany after extra-time in Rio de Janeiro.

"It's a dream to play at Manchester United and I am very proud of having the chance of working with Van Gaal.

"I spoke with Juan Sebastian Veron about Manchester United when we were at Estudiantes. I have always liked English football, and I should adapt to this new playing style easily."

– Rojo

United's move for Rojo had been complicated by a row between Sporting and a third-party ownership group, while the player upset his employers by initially refusing to train in a bid to push through the deal, although he later apologised and returned to work.

Rojo said. "If I made a mistake, I have already apologised because I didn't want to hurt the feelings of anyone at the club."

Man charged with Leigh woman's murder

A man has been charged with murder after a woman was found dead in the garden of a house in Wigan.

Thomas Flanagan, 57, of Wigan Road, Leigh, will appear before Wigan Magistrates' Court later today.

Police were alerted just after midnight yesterday with a call from a member of the public who reported concerns for the welfare of a woman who lives at the house.

The victim, believed to be in her late 50s to early 60s, has not been named. She was found dead in the back garden.

A Home Office post-mortem examination will take place later to establish the cause of death.

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