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Two men found guilty of PC Doyle manslaughter

PC Neil Doyle Credit: ITV Granada

Two men have been found guilty of killing an off-duty police officer who was on a Christmas night out.

PC Neil Doyle, who was 36, suffered an injury to an artery in his neck and died in hospital last December.

Andrew Taylor, 29 and Timmy Donovan, 30, were convicted of the manslaughter of Neil Doyle at Liverpool Crown Court.

A third defendant Christopher Spendlove, 30, was cleared of all charges.


Help reunite man with his dead wife's ashes ... that he keeps in a walking stick

The walking stick containing wife's ashes Credit: Katie Brookes

A man has left his walking stick containing his dead wife's ashes with a mother and daughter he met in a taxi queue in Liverpool.

Katie Brooks, from Maghull, had been out in the city centre celebrating her mum Carol’s 58th birthday on Monday.

They met a man in his 80s as they queued for a taxi home near Irish pub O’Neill’s, on Hanover Street.

Katie and her mum from Kirkby offered to share a taxi with the man, whose name they cannot remember, when he told them he was heading to his Skelmersdale home.

The widower, who is believed to be a regular at O’Neill’s, told the women how lonely he was and how he had his wife’s ashes in his stick so that she’s always with him.

During the ride home, Carol invited the man in for a cup of tea at her Kirkby home.

Katie said: “We said for him to share our taxi because we thought it would cost him a fortune to get home to Skelmersdale.

“The man told us how lonely he was and how he liked to get out of the house at least once a week.

“On the way home, my mum invited him in for a cup of tea. We carried on chatting inside and shortly after finishing his drink, he ordered a taxi to take him home.

“The next morning we realised he’d left his walking stick which, he told us, had his wife’s ashes in so that she was with him everywhere he went.

“We felt awful, I couldn’t believe it. All we want now is to see the man reunited with the walking stick.”

A Facebook post sharing a picture of the walking stick and a short account posted by Katie on July 29 has been shared more than 40,000 times over the last 24-hours.

Katie says she contacted the Kirkby taxi company which collected the OAP from her mum’s address but, she says, they were unable to disclose any personal details to the woman.

The taxi firm say they cannot recall where they dropped him.

Man charged with murder of baby girl

Police at scene of alleged murder Credit: MEN
Police at scene of alleged murder Credit: MEN

A man has been charged with murder after the death of a two-week old baby in Stockport.

Matthew Higham, 23, of Shaw Road South, was charged and is due before Stockport magistrates today.

At 8.15pm on Wednesday 29 July 2015, police were called to a house on Shaw Road South, Shaw Heath, Stockport by the ambulance service following reports a two-week old baby had stopped breathing.

Officers attended and she was taken to hospital. The baby sadly died from her injuries at Stepping Hill Hospital.

A Home Office post mortem revealed the baby had died from multiple injuries.

Police at scene of alleged murder Credit: MEN
Police at scene of alleged murder Credit: MEN
Credit: MEN
Credit: MEN
Credit: MEN
Credit: MEN

Prison death

An investigation into the death of a prisoner at Strangeways has been launched. Police were called shortly before 10:55am on Wednesday after a 41-year-old man who was being held at HMP Manchester was taken to North Manchester General Hospital.

He had suffered a suspected cardiac arrest.

Despite the best efforts of paramedics and hospital staff, the man was pronounced dead shortly after 11:20am.

Enquiries are on-going.

Police question man after baby dies in Stockport

Police are questioning a 25 year old man Credit: PA

A 25-year-old man is being questioned on suspicion of murder after the death of a two week old baby. Police were called to a house on Shaw Road South in Stockport on Wednesday evening. The baby died from her injuries at Stepping Hill Hospital. A post mortem will take place later today.

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