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Walk of Remembrance in Liverpool to mark Slavery Remembrance Day

Liverpool served as the main European slaving port during the transatlantic slave trade. Credit: National Museums Liverpool

A walk of remembrance will take place in Liverpool city centre to mark Slavery Remembrance Day.

Liverpool served as the main European slaving port during the transatlantic slave trade and the city has been involved Slavery Remembrance Day commemorations since it began seventeen years ago.

The 23rd August commemorates an uprising of enslaved Africans on the island of Saint-Domingue (modern Haiti) in 1791.

The day pays homage to the many lives lost as a result of the transatlantic slave trade, it remembers Liverpool's role as the main European slaving port, and it also celebrates the survival and development of African and Caribbean cultures.

National Museums Liverpool has planned three days of commemoration, celebration and remembrance.

"Slavery Remembrance Day is a vital event not only for the International Slavery Museum but for Liverpool and the country as a whole.

"It not only commemorates the lives and deaths of millions of Africans enslaved during the period of the transatlantic slave trade, but recognises their resilience and resistance too.

"We also live with the legacies of transatlantic slavery and enslavement, such as racism and discrimination and ongoing inequalities, injustices and exploitation and that is why the International Slavery Museum is a campaigning museum - promoting social justice through it's work."

– Dr. Richard Benjamin, Head of the International Slavery Museum, Liverpool


Memorial to hero Lancashire police officer, 45 years after he died tackling a jewel thief

Superintendent Gerald Richardson, who was shot and killed during a chase to apprehend Jewel robbers. Credit: Press Association.

A memorial stone is being unveiled 45 years after the death of a police officer who died tackling a gunman in Blackpool.

Superintendent Gerry Richardson was shot and killed during a chase to apprehend jewel robbers on 23 August 1971.

He remains the most senior policeman in the UK to lose his life on duty.

Supt Richardson's widow Maureen will unveil the memorial stone at Aspire Academy, the school which occupies the site of his former school, Blackpool Grammar. Sarah Rogers has the story:

The officer was killed after assisting in a car chase of a gang of five armed robbers who had attacked a jeweller's shop in Blackpool.

As the gang split up and attempted to escape on foot, he and Pc Carl Walker chased one of the raiders - 'Fat' Fred Sewell, down a dead-end alleyway.

Sewell shot Pc Walker in the thigh before Supt Richardson tackled the gunman and attempted to persuade him to surrender his weapon.

However, Supt Richardson was shot twice in the stomach at point-blank range and died of his injuries later that day at Blackpool's Victoria Hospital.

His funeral was attended by around 100,000 members of the public and he was poshumously awarded the George Cross the following year.

Pc Walker was also awarded the George Cross, one of the nation's highest awards for gallantry.

The unveiling of the memorial stone later will be attended by his family and friends as well as civic dignitaries and former and present members of the Lancashire police force.

Charity's £1.6m appeal aims to help isolated older people

The Silver Line was launched just two and half years ago. Credit: ITV News.

A Blackpool-based helpline for lonely and isolated older people says it could be forced to close because of the sheer number of calls it receives.

The Silver Line, which was founded by the television personality Dame Esther Rantzen, has taken over a million calls in its first two and half years.

The helpline says two thirds of calls are made overnight and at weekends - that's about 700,000 calls - and it's seeing call numbers growing by around 45% year on year.

Without more public donations Silver Line's volunteers fear it could be forced to close its 'vital' out-of-hours service.

Now it's launched an appeal to raise £1.65 million to keep the helpline going 24-hours-a-day and seven-days-a-week.

"Every day we speak to lonely older people who have led varied and interesting lives but are now isolated and literally have no one to speak to for days on end.

"Over 90% of our callers say they live alone and rely on the helpline - especially at night when other services are closed.

"We're the only helpline specifically for older people, which is there 24/7, every day of the week, including Christmas and Bank Holidays."

– Sophie Andrews, Chief Executive of The Silver Line

"I knew there was a need for the helpline but to answer one million calls in such a short space of time is desperately sad.

"Calls to the helpline increase almost every week as we uncover the epidemic of loneliness among our oldest and most vulnerable people.

"Our callers tell us that nights can be the worst times of all when they really need someone to talk to and confide in.

– Dame Esther Rantzen, founder of The Silver Line

Watch: Woman devastated after housefire adds to misery

Friends and family are rallying around a Liverpool woman who's trying to rebuild her life for the second time in three years.

Sarah Hebden's husband, a Royal Marine who had served in Afghanistan, died when he fell from a cliff when he was out running. Sarah was heavily pregnant at the time.

She was still trying to adjust to life without him, when her home was gutted by fire - destroying most of her photographs and memories.

Sarah has been speaking to ITV Granada's Merseyside correspondent Andy Bonner.


Watch: BMX rider bashed by level crossing barrier

This BMX rider speeding across a level crossing in Liverpool got more than he (or she) bargained for when the level crossing came smashing down o top of them.

The video was posted on the British Transport Police Twitter account on Saturday but the footage is dated from Thursday last week.

It shows the moment the BMX rider desperately tries to get under the barrier as it lowers but is too slow and does a somersaulting backwards off his bike.

BTP Merseyside reiterated its message about level crossing safety by saying:

No gold medal for this BMX rider at Waterloo. Worth the risk?

– BTP Merseyside
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