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Two men charged with murder of Merseyside police officer Neil Doyle

PC Neil Doyle who died after being assaulted early on Friday morning Credit: Merseyside Police Credit: Merseyside Police

Two men have been charged with the murder of Merseyside Pc Neil Doyle.

Andrew Taylor, 28, of Cherrytree Road, Huyton, and 30-year-old Christopher Spendlove, from Brandearth Hey, also Huyton, will appear before magistrates at Liverpool Crown Court tomorrow, the Crown Prosecution Service said.

Both men have also been charged with grievous bodily harm in relation to two other men who were also attacked.

The attack took place in the early hours of Friday in Liverpool city centre.

Blackpool chairman Oyston apologises for abusive fan text messages

Blackpool chairman Karl Oyston Credit: Mark Robinson/PA Wire

Karl Oyston has apologised for branding a Blackpool fan "a retard".

Oyston has come in for strong criticism over the last 36 hours after a series of texts he sent to supporter Stephen Smith were published on the Tangerine Knights' website.

The Blackpool chairman became embroiled in a furious row with Smith, branding him "a retard" and telling him to "enjoy the rest of your special needs day out".

After being criticised by Blackpool fans and a number of organisations, Oyston responded by issuing an apology on the Blackpool website on Monday afternoon.

"I would like to unreservedly apologise for any offence or distress caused by my text responses reported in the media recently," Oyston said in a statement.

Alan Henning Academy helps Syrian refugees back to school

A school dedicated to the sacrifice made by aid worker Alan Henning has opened in Turkey.

The project will allow 400 Syrian refugees to get an education hundreds of miles from the Syrian border and the conflict they fled.

Alan Henning, a taxi driver from Salford, was killed by Islamic State terrorists earlier this year.

Granada Reports was given exclusive access to the school named after Alan.

Appeal after unprovoked assault on Afghanistan veteran in Morecambe

CCTV Images Credit: CCTV Images

POLICE have released CCTV images of a man they would like to speak to after an army reservist was punched in the face during an unprovoked attack in Morecambe.

The victim, a 31-year-old local man, was on a night out after returning from a six month tour in Afghanistan.

He was approached and then punched near to The King’s Arms Hotel on Marine Road Central between 2 to 3am on Thursday 11 December.

The victim suffered a broken jaw on both sides.

CCTV Images Credit: CCTV Images

DC Jill Neil from Lancaster CID said: “This was a despicable act on a man who had just been enjoying his first night out after returning back from serving his country in Afghanistan.

“After the attack, the victim had to be operated on as a result of the severity of his injuries.

“I appeal to anyone who may have any information about this incident to get in touch with us.”

Anyone with information should contact Lancashire Police on 101 quoting incident reference LC-20141217-0723 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.


Man quizzed by anti-terror police

A 24-year-old man is being questioned on suspicion of terror offences.

Officers from the North West Counter Terrorism Unit searched an address in Crumpsall in Manchester on Friday.

The suspect was arrested the following day on suspicion of offences under the Terrorism Act, according to Greater Manchester Police.

A police spokesman said:

"There is believed to be no threat to the community of Greater Manchester relating to the circumstances of this address."

Rescued seal exhausted but may still return to its natural habitat

The seal was found in a field in Newton le Willows Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

A seal rescued from a field in Newton le Willows has been described as exhausted and is now being assessed at a wildlife centre.

Police, fire officers and a local farmer earlier herded the seal onto an RSPCA trailer.

The seal has now been taken to the RSPCA's wildlife hospital in Stapley Grange, Nantwich, for assessment.

Once fully recovered they hope to release the seal back into its natural habitat.

Lucy Henning: Now I have a 'clearer insight' into why my dad went to Syria

Credit: Facebook: Lucy Henning

The daughter of Alan Henning has described how seeing the work being done for refugees at the Alan Henning Academy has made it easier to understand why her dad went to Syria.

Lucy Henning, 17, said:

"The look on the children's faces puts something like education in to perspective; where we take it for granted they make the most out of what they have and to be able to learn is a blessing to them!

"Broke my heart.

"Definitely gave me a much clearer insight as to why my dad needed to do what he wanted!"

– Lucy Henning
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