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Four kayakers on charity expedition rescued from River Mersey

Four men who had been kayaking on the River Mersey have been rescued and brought to safety.

Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service was called at 12.50pm to the River Mersey and sent the Service’s Marine Rescue Unit’s boat.

Two of the four kayaks had got into difficulty near Seacombe, leaving the occupants requiring immediate assistance.

The four men were thought to have been on a charity kayak expedition.

All kayakers and kayaks were recovered and returned to the safety of the River Mersey Community Fire and Rescue Station for checks.

There were no reports of any injuries.

HM Coastguard Watch Officer Stuart Atkinson said: “These charity expedition members are extremely lucky that Wirral Beach Patrol had monitored their movements and relayed concerns to HM Coastguard, who quickly dispatched rescuers."

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Co-op chair speaks of 'defining moment for the group'

The vote on a radical shake-up of the way Co-operative group is run is "a momentous and defining moment" for the group, Co-op chair Ursula Lidbetter said.

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Co-op group members have backed radical shake-up. Credit: PA Wire

These reforms represent the final crucial step in delivering the change necessary to return the group to health. This will strengthen the society and enable us to move forward with the urgent work to rebuild the business and deliver on our renewed purpose, in the interests of all our colleagues and our millions of members and customers.

– Co-op chair Ursula Lidbetter

The changes to the group's governance were backed by its members following a landmark vote.

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Co-op group members back radical shake-up

A radical shake-up of the way the Co-operative group is run has been approved by its members.

A general view of a Co-operative food store, in the Strand, central London
A general view of a Co-operative food store, in the Strand, central London. Credit: Nick Ansell/PA Archive

At a special general meeting in Manchester, the crisis-hit company said 83% of votes were cast in favour of proposals drawn up in the wake of last year when the group racked up £2.5 billion losses.

The plans include reform of the food-to-funerals group's board structure, with elected directors - including the likes of a plasterer, engineer and retired deputy head teacher - largely replaced by professional business people.

The new governance structure includes the creation of a smaller board of directors and a move to a one-member one-vote system.

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Man exposes himself to 5-year-old in busy park

Police are appealing for anyone who may have witnessed a man exposing himself in front of a five-year-old boy in the middle of Hyde Park on 8 August 2014.

The offender is described as being white, 40-50 years old, 5ft 6in - 7in tall, of a medium build, with a round face and clean shaven. He was either bald or with short shaved hair, possibly brown.

He was wearing big, round-rimmed glasses with blue eyes, a black three-quarter-length jacket and jeans.

Sir Paul McCartney joins 'Let's Stay Together' campaign

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Sir Paul McCartney Credit: PA

Sir Paul McCartney has been unveiled as the latest celebrity to sign up to the Let's Stay Together campaign.

The campaign, led by Dan Snow, aims to urge Scotland to stay in the UK.

Sir Paul McCartney said:

"The decision on whether to leave our shared country is, of course, absolutely yours alone. Nevertheless, that decision will have a huge effect on all of us in the rest of the United Kingdom. We want to let you know how very much we value our bonds of citizenship with you, and to express our hope that you will vote to renew them. What unites us is much greater than what divides us. Let's stay together."

– Sir Paul McCartney

Man United agree fee with Ajax for Daley Blind

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Daley Blind Credit: PA

Manchester United have agreed a fee with Ajax for the transfer of Holland international Daley Blind.

Blind, 24, is yet to agree personal terms and undergo a medical, but United are hopeful the player will complete his move to Old Trafford before the transfer window shuts on Monday night.

Reports in Holland suggest the agreed fee is 18 million euros (£14.2million).

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