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End-of-term flashmob gets celebrity thumbs up

An end-of-term flashmob by pupils at a primary school in Liverpool has had the thumbs up from celebrity John Barrowman.

The Belle Vale flashmob Credit: Belle Vale School

The kids at Belle Vale Primary School celebrated the end of the school year, and surprised plenty of mums and dads, with their surprise flash mob.

And their dancing got the seal of approval from West End star, John Barrowman.

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.

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