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Man arrested after five-hour 'armed siege' in Blackpool

A man has been arrested following a five-hour armed siege in Blackpool.

The 43-year-old was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder, at around 9pm this evening in South Shore.

Armed police surrounded the flat on Alexandra Road and specialist officers had been negotiating with the man inside, who reportedly had a weapon.

He handed himself in after the stand off and is currently in custody.

A woman was taken to hospital with a minor head injury. A teenager and a toddler were also taken to hospital but were uninjured.

Heart transplant patient feels there is 'nothing' to hold onto in life, as she now needs new kidneys

A heart transplant patient, from Widnes, says there is "nothing" to hold onto in life after discovering she needs another transplant.

Jade Carr became a world-beating athlete after getting a new heart at age 3. Now, at age 21, she is on dialysis after anti-rejection drugs damaged her kidneys.

She is among 854 people, across the North West, waiting for donor organs to be found.

Rob Smith reports.

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Police cleared of misconduct over abuse investigation at school in Cumbria

There's anger after police were cleared of misconduct in the way they investigated claims of sexual and physical abuse at a boarding school.

Allegations from a number of pupils were made to Cumbria Police in 1996 and 1997 about mistreatment at Underley Hall near Kirkby Lonsdale.

The Cumbria force carried out an internal investigation this year but reported back today, saying the claims had been investigated properly.

Ex-pupils say they have been let down.

Ashley Derricott reports.

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Fugitive arrested trying to sneak back into UK on plane

One of Britain's most wanted fugitives has been arrested while trying to sneak back into the UK in a light aircraft from the Netherlands.

Suspected drug smuggler Paul John Scott, 32, was picked up by police after flying into East Winch Airfield in Norfolk in a Cessna 170.

The pilot, who was also arrested, had raised suspicions by flying into the same airfield in a different aircraft earlier this month.

Paul John Scott's arrest came two weeks after an appeal for help capturing him was made on BBC's Crimewatch. Credit: National Crime Agency/Steve Ivie/YouTube

The National Crime Agency (NCA) said Scott is a suspected member of a drug-smuggling gang from Merseyside that plotted to smuggle up to 40 tonnes of drugs into the UK.

The NCA said he was wanted by the Guardia Civil in Spain in connection with the murder of a British man, Francis Brennan, in Alicante.

He appeared at Liverpool Magistrates Court yesterday, charged with conspiracy to import cocaine, and was remanded in custody until his next court appearance on 2 January.

The pilot, who was also arrested on suspicion of money laundering, was bailed pending further enquiries.

Hillsborough Inquests to continue for another year

Lord Justice Goldring, Coroner at the Hillsborough Inquests Credit: Judicial Office:Crown Copyright

The jury at the Hillsborough inquests in Warrington has been told that the hearing is likely to continue for another year.

The coroner, Lord Justice Goldring, told the jury of seven women and four men:

As you will appreciate in these inquests we are covering a huge amount of ground. I'm conscious that we’re taking longer than we originally anticipated.

What is clear is that there must be a real risk that the inquests will not be completed until the early part of 2016.

– Lord Justice Goldring, Coroner at theHillsborough Inquests

The fresh inquests into the 96 men, women and children who died at Liverpool's 1989 FA Cup semi-final were originally scheduled to have finished by this Christmas.

The inquests are expected to move into a new phase during March 2015 which will detail the final movements of the 96 and medical evidence about how they died.

Former Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish is expected to take to the witness stand tomorrow afternoon before the hearing takes a two-week break.

Anger after police are cleared of misconduct over abuse claims at Cumbrian school

Underley Hall Credit: ITV Granada

There's anger after police were cleared of misconduct in the way they investigated claims of sexual and physical abuse at a boarding school.

Allegations from a number of pupils were made to Cumbria Police in 1996 and 1997 about mistreatment at Underley Hall near Kirkby Lonsdale.

The Cumbria force carried out an internal investigation this year but reported back today, saying the claims had been investigated properly.

Joseph Ryan is an ex-pupil of the school he says it should not have been Cumbria Police who carried out the investigation.

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