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Mersey Duck Boats "extremely poorly maintained"

A report into the sinking of an amphibious tour bus in Liverpool's Albert Dock has said its extremely fortunate no one drowned or was injured. The Duck tour craft got into difficulties in June 2013. 33 passengers and crew were forced to abandon the ship when it sank. The report by the Marine Accident Investigation Branch said the craft were poorly maintained and for nearly 14 years they had operated with insufficient buoyancy foam to keep them afloat should they suffer major damage.

33 people had to abandon the craft when it sank in June 2013 Credit: PA


Completion of home sold for just £1

Work has been completed on the first property to be refurbished as part of Liverpool's pioneering Homes for a Pound scheme.

Jayalal Madde with Liverpool Mayor, Joe Anderson Credit: PA

Jayalal Madde, 49, was the very first applicant to be allocated a house last year under the city council's pilot scheme to sell 20 of its properties for just £1. He will be giving Mayor Joe Anderson a guided tour of his house on Cairns Street in Granby ahead of moving into the property in time for Christmas.

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Parklife organisers fined over 'mum' marketing texts

The organisers of the Parklife music festival have been fined over marketing texts that appeared on recipient's mobile phones as having come from "Mum".

Organiser of the festival have been fined over marketing texts Credit: PA Images

A number of people complained, many that message caused substantial distress.

One complainant said that their mother had recently passed away and they still had her number saved in the contacts, so receiving the text was distressing.They described the campaign as “unprofessional and disgusting”.

Another person reported that they had recently lost their mum and were shocked when 'Mum' flashed up as a notification on the mobile screen.

They felt so strongly about the situation they sold the tickets and refused to attend the festival.

The Information Commissioners Office fined the festival organisers £70,000.


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First TV ad for 50 years to show someone smoking

The first ad in 50 years to show someone smoking will be broadcast tonight. Credit: VIP

The first advert in 50 years to show someone smoking is to be broadcast on TV tonight.

The VIP e-cigarettes ad will feature someone exhaling what appears to be cigarette smoke.

The ad, which can be broadcast following a change in law from the Advertising Standards Authority, will debut tonight during a break in ITV1's Grantchester.

Anti-smoking campaigners have attacked the ads for "sexualising" e-cigarettes but VIP said e-cigarettes are a healthy alternative to smoking.

It is not the first time VIP's TV campaigns have sparked controversy - its first ad, broadcast last December, was also criticised.

Town wins top award

A Lancashire town has won an award for having one of the best high streets in the country. Barnoldswick picked up the title of best local centre in a competition to revamp and revitalise high streets nationwide. Government minister, Penny Mordaunt said Barnoldswick impressed with some very innovative ideas to try and attract new visitors.

Report: More to be done over wheelchair access to North West attractions

Living everyday life in a wheelchair can be challenging enough - but how about when you fancy going to an art gallery or museum?

Well, here's some good news. Four of our region's top tourist attractions, have been named in the top 10 nationwide for having the best wheelchair access.

Other venues like Manchester's Museum of Science and Industry and Chester Zoo are in the top 50.

But as our correspondent Ann O'Connor found, that doesn't mean ''job done'':

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