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Special investigation: saving lives in the water

Last year 338 people died from drowning, a figure that would be higher without the efforts of emergency services across the region.

GMFRS firefighters training in fast-water in Wales Credit: Granada Reports

Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service say that they deal with more more water-related deaths than fires.

In the second of her special reports into water safety, our correspondent Amy Welch has been with the lifesavers training inland, and on the sea:

Police: Paige murder was 'cold and callous'

The murder of Blackpool teenager Paige Chivers was "cold and callous" according the officer that lead the case to bring her killer to justice.

Paige Chivers has been missing since 2007 Credit: Lancashire Police

Robert Ewing was sentenced to life in prison for Paige's murder on Tuesday.

The Senior Investigating Officer, Detective Superintendent Andy Webster said:

“This sentence clearly reflects the cold and callous nature of this murder. Paige was an extremely vulnerable 15 year old girl who was targeted and groomed by Ewing to feed his sexual motivation.

“Cases that start as a missing person enquiry and end as a homicide investigation are notoriously difficult to investigate and prosecute. In this case it was compounded by the fact that we have never recovered Paige’s body. Over the eight years the enquiry team has had to piece together the evidence generated from over 8,100 actions and 29,000 documents.

“We have established beyond any doubt what happened to Paige and who killed her. This has been a challenging and complex case for all of those involved. For nearly eight years we have worked tirelessly to bring Paige’s killer to justice and today’s sentence represents the culmination of that investigation.”

– Detective Superintendent Andy Webster from Lancashire Police’s Force Major Investigation Team


Police identify man found dead at business in Burnley

A man who was murdered in Burnley has been identified as 49-year-old Stephen Whitehead.

Stephen Whitehead was found dead at a business in Burnley Credit: Lancashire Police

Stephen Whitehead was found dead at a business in Burnley on Monday.

Police say he was found with "extensive head injuries".

Detective Superintendent Paul Withers of Lancashire Police said:

“We have a large team of detectives dedicated to this investigation and finding out exactly how this man came about these injuries and the circumstances which led to his death.

“I would urge anyone with information about this man’s death to please get in contact with us at your earliest opportunity.”

– Detective Superintendent Paul Withers

Further arrests over Kevin Wilson murder

Police in Liverpool have arrested two people on suspicion of the murder of a teenager.

Kevin Wilson was shot in the back outside his home in Wavertree in February.

Kevin Wilson was shot in the back outside his home in Wavertree in February

The two warrants were executed this morning in Edge Hill and Toxteth areas of the city, and a 38-year-old woman and a 37-year-old man are being questioned by police.


CPS: Paige's family now have justice

The Crown Prosecution Service say the family of murdered Blackpool teenager Paige Chivers finally have justice.

In a statement Joanne Cunliffe, from CPS North West Complex Casework Unit said:

“At the time of her disappearance Paige had very little stability in her life and Robert Ewing took advantage of this. He was a middle-aged man who befriended her, not for any charitable reasons, but because he had an inappropriate sexual interest in her.

“Neither of the defendants has ever shown any remorse and over the years since Paige went missing they have done everything they could to cover their tracks, to divert enquiries away from them and try to put the blame on other people.

“Because Paige’s body has never been found this has been a very complex case, firstly to prove that Paige was dead, not just missing, and then to prove that Robert Ewing murdered her.

“My sincere sympathies are with the family of Paige Chivers. Despite the outcome today the trial has been a difficult and painful time for them. I hope they can take some comfort in knowing that Robert Ewing and Gareth Dewhurst have now received justice.”

– Joanne Cunliffe, from CPS North West Complex Casework Unit

Post-mortem confirms Paul Massey shot dead

Police have confirmed that a businessman from Salford died after being shot outside his home.

Paul Massey was murdered on Sunday evening in the garden of his home in Clifton.

Paul Massey was shot dead outside his home Credit: MEN Syndication

Officers say he was shot four times, including a fatal wound to the chest.

Police also say the offender was white and of slim build and was wearing a hat, possibly fisherman style, a face covering, a green or khaki long-sleeved top and combat style trousers tucked into black, lace-up boots. He was carrying a black gun.

Hillsborough victim wanted to move out of pen

The husband of a Preston woman who died in the Hillsborough disaster has told her inquest how they tried to move away from the increasing pressure.

Stephen Jones said his wife, Christine, was by his side right up until the "fateful surge" just after kick-off.

Christine Anne Jones Credit: Hillsborough Inquests

Mr Jones said the 27 year old radiographer had been alarmed at the pressure and the pair thought of moving into neighbouring pens.

"But by that time there was such a queue at the end towards the tunnel that movement was impossible so we had to return to where we were," he added.

Mr Jones described the gradual build-up of pressure as like "someone tightening a steel band or a vice."

Anxious to find his wife after the crush, the witness said he asked a police officer where casualties had been taken to but was told "They don't want the likes of you there do they?"

The court heard that Mr Jones later found Christine lying near the goal with a jacket over her face.

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