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Police CCTV appeal over Preston assault

CCTV of suspect Credit: Lancashire Police

Police have released CCTV image of a man they would like to speak to following an assault in Preston city centre.

On Wednesday 26 March, a 28-year-old man was attacked outside a takeaway on Church Street around 3.20am.

The man was taken to Royal Preston Hospital where he was treated for minor injuries to his face and shoulder.

Shipman a 'good doctor' says victim's son

Harold Shipman Credit: PA

The son of one of serial killer Harold Shipman's victims maintains he was a "good doctor" and said he views the killing as "euthanasia".

Jack Shelmerdine, whose father - also called Jack - died at the hands of the GP, said he and his family had a greater suspicion that there was a problem with hospital care than their doctor being at fault.

He spoke out in a new documentary marking 10 years since Shipman committed suicide.

Mr Shelmerdine said: "It's an odd situation that he killed my father and that I still think he was a good doctor! The two don't seem reconcilable. I can't explain the attitude I have. I mean, logic says you should hate the man but, I don't know."

He had been present when Shipman delivered the lethal injection.

Mr Shelmerdine recalled: "I was concerned that my father was still unconscious, still asleep as we were thinking, and I rang Dr Shipman and I remember his words were, 'Oh, he might well make it'. But those words, 'he might make it' seemed odd to me.

"And I just wondered whether questions ought to be asked. I wasn't thinking in terms of Dr Shipman having done anything. We were more inclined to think that the hospital had done something wrong rather than Shipman.

"It is murder, but I would like to think of it as euthanasia. Twisted logic. That's life."

Shipman was sentenced to life in 2000 after being found guilty of 15 murders, although many more were suspected.

In the first programme, Harold Shipman: Driven To Kill, a former colleague from his early years practising medicine at Pontefract General Infirmary, the then ward sister Margaret Sivorn, said he was a "brilliant doctor".

"The consultants liked him. He got on well with his colleagues." she said.

"They felt calm and comfortable with him and knew that he was looking after them properly. He was always professional, always, and you always felt at ease with him. He'd have a smile with them, a little joke with them, but professional to his fingertips."

Harold Shipman: Driven To Kill is on Channel 5 at 9pm tonight.

Police deliver 2500 Easter eggs to sick children

Knotty Ash neighbourhood policing team with staff from Alder Hey

Merseyside Police have delivered over 2500 Easter eggs to children at Alder Hey Children's Hospital in Liverpool flanked by two Easter bunnies.

Police Constable Phil McKeown, the dedicated neighbourhood for Knotty Ash where Alder Hey is situated, helped organise the effort, which involved him and colleagues spending their day off driving around 250 miles to almost every police station in Merseyside to collect donations.

Police with Casey Willis, aged 9, who was visiting her younger brother at the hospital

He said: "My son, Caelan, spent a year at Alder Hey when he was first born as he had a critical heart condition. The doctors saved his life and the nursing staff helped us so much that I wanted to give something back.

We pretty much lived at Ronald McDonald House during 2013 and going back with all those Easters eggs was great as I saw parents and staff we had got to know.

Mia Copper aged 5

"The smiles on the children's faces were absolutely fantastic for me and my colleagues to see and some parents told us the sight of the Easter bunny put the first smile they'd seen on their child's face for days.

"It was a real team effort, not just from the officers who handed out the donations on the day, but also from the many police officers and support staff who donated two and half thousand eggs.

I would especially like to thank Wirral Sports and Social Club in Bromborough for their particularly large donation, and local supermarkets Tesco, Asda, Sainsburies, Co-Op and Knowsley Council for their kind donations too.

Wyatt Andrews, aged 11 months

"It has been a pleasure for us to have brought a little bit of cheer to some kids and their parents during what I know myself is a very difficult time."



Co-operative Group boss: '2013 was a disastrous year'

The Co-operative Group has announced annual losses of £2.5 billion after suffering the worst crisis in its history following the near-collapse of its banking arm.

The Co-operative Group reported its worst ever losses. Credit: Nick Ansell/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Interim chief executive Richard Pennycook said: "2013 was a disastrous year for the Co-operative Group, the worst in our 150-year history.

"Today's results demonstrate that but they also highlight fundamental failings in management and governance at the group over many years.

"These results should serve as a wake-up call to anyone who doubts just how serious the challenges we face are."

Read: Co-operative Group's £2.5bn loss is worst in its history

Royalist captures Queen visits in the North West

Royalist author Colin Edwards will be among the thousands of people welcoming the Queen to Lancashire at today's Maundy service.

The 73-year-old has met and photographed the monarch hundreds of times before, and today Colin will personally present her with his book, 'A Personal Portrait of the Royal Family.'

The book features many of the Queen's visits to the North West in a series of photos.

The Queen in Crewe, July 1987 Credit: Colin Edwards/Candy Jar Books
The Queen in Chester, April 1992 Credit: Colin Edwards/Candy Jar Books
The Queen in Manchester, December 1996 Credit: Colin Edwards/Candy Jar Books
The Queen at a Maundy service in Liverpool, April 2004 Credit: Colin Edwards/Candy Jar Books
Colin Edwards on a royal visit Credit: Colin Edwards/Candy Jar Books
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