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Race against tide to save couple trapped by quicksand

Rescuers battle to free couple Credit: Bay Search and Rescue

A retired couple from Chester have been at the centre of a dramatic rescue after becoming trapped up to their waists in quicksand. Rescuers on the Cumbrian coast battled against an incoming tide for over an hour to free them. The Morecambe RNLI hovercraft was first on the scene and managed to save the woman, who is in her 70s. But the man was in danger of sinking further. The rescue operation involved a number of emergency services - including coastguards, ambulance and fire crews. When the man was finally freed the couple were taken to hospital and treated for the effects of the cold and damp.


'Witness' could hold vital clues to rape in store car park

CCTV of possible witness Credit: Greater Manchester Police

Police investigating the rape of a woman in a car park in Cheadle have issued a CCTV image of a possible witness.

The attack happened on Friday August 28 at around 7pm, when a woman in her late 20s was parked in a car at the far end of the John Lewis car park in Cheadle.

A man opened the car door, pulled the woman away from her car into some nearby bushes and raped her.

Her attacker then ran off into the undergrowth in the general direction towards Wilmslow Road.

The CCTV image released by police shows a person walking across the John Lewis overflow car park at approximately the same time the offence took place.

"The individual, possibly a woman, is wearing a light coloured top and dark trousers and carrying what appears to be a handbag.

“I would like to reassure this individual in the CCTV image that you are not in any kind of trouble, but we are eager to speak with you as you may have vital information that could assist our investigation."

– Detective Inspector Roger Edwards

'Significant' delays on motorway near Manchester Airport

Carriageways closed Credit: Paul Crone

Motorists are being warned of significant delays around the M56 near Manchester Airport this morning.

Police were called after reports that a man was stood on the top of the bridge near to the airport turn off.

Specially trained officers have been speaking to him.

There is a temporary full road closure in place on the eastbound carriageway. The westbound carriageway has been closed from junction five and traffic is being diverted via the airport slip road back onto the M56, just before junction six.

“We are grateful to the vast majority of the public who have been cooperative and understanding as we deal with this incident.

“We are diverting traffic where we can but appreciate that the road closures are causing some inconvenience to motorists. I would ask for the public’s continued patience and understanding as we deal with this sensitive matter.”

– Inspector John Armfield

'I feel like Dr Frankenstein' - Burton's verdict on lights switch-on

The moment Hollywood director Tim Burton turns on the 2015 Blackpool Illuminations Credit: VisitBlackpool
Burton starts the celebrations Credit: VisitBlackpool

Hollywood director Tim Burton said switching on Blackpool illuminations made him feel "like Dr Frankenstein flicking on the electricity, so it’s pretty cool".

Before switching on the lights he told the 20,000-strong crowd he loves Blackpool and would love to do another film here.

Burton filmed his latest project Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, in the town earlier this year and, to say thank you, VisitBlackpool bosses gave him their highest honour – the chance to flick the famous switch.


Beatles' only management contract goes up for sale

The historic contract goes to auction at the end of the month Credit: PA

The contract that launched The Beatles' career goes to auction at the end of the month and could fetch up to half a million pounds. The only management contract signed by the four band members and Brian Epstein will be up for grabs at Sotheby's on September 29th. It was signed by them all on October 1 1962, just four days ahead of the release of their first single Love Me Do.

"Without this contract, and the relationship it represents, it seems inconceivable that the Beatles could have achieved all that they did: it took more than inspired musicianship and song-writing to remake popular music. "The presentation, direction, and internal harmony of the Beatles all owed a huge amount to Brian Epstein. He was, as Paul McCartney has acknowledged, the Fifth Beatle."

– Gabriel Heaton Sotheby's

Hemingway rolls back the years in Morecambe

Designer Wayne Hemingway is heading the festival Credit: PA

Morecambe is rolling back the years this weekend as the seafront hosts a festival full of vintage cars, music and fashion. Designer Wayne Hemingway are heading the Vintage festival and today there'll be a military fly past. Tomorrow hundreds of cars will arrive for the Morecambe Vintage Car Rally.

Gormley works go on show in Southport

Gormley's Another Place statues on Crosby Beach Credit: PA

A series of new works on paper by Antony Gormley will go on show for the first time today. They form part of a solo exhibition at The Atkinson in Southport called Elemental. The opening of Elemental marks the tenth anniversary of Gormley's Another Place installation on nearby Crosby beach. The installation comprises 100 cast iron sculptures of the artist's own body facing towards the sea. The new series was produced by Gormley in 2014.

Anthony Gormley Credit: PA
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