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Man charged over kidnap of Cheshire girl, 11, found hundreds of miles from home

Cheshire police say an 'extensive search' was mounted for the girl. Credit: Cheshire Police

A man's been charged after an 11-year-old girl was allegedly kidnapped from Cheshire and taken more than 150 miles away.

The girl was reported missing from her home in Ellesmere Port on Saturday. She was found four hours later near Darlington in the North East.

She's been taken into police care.

Paul Ripley will appear at Chester Magistrates tomorrow charged with two counts of rape of a female under 13, kidnap and dangerous driving.

He has been remanded into custody and will appear at Chester Magistrates Court tomorrow morning.


PC thought Hillsborough victim's eyes opened

Hillsborough victim Jimmy Hennessy, who was 29.

A police officer tried to save the life of a Liverpool fan at Hillsborough because he thought he saw his eyes open, his inquest has heard.

Carl Maltravers said he went to Jimmy Hennessy about 10 to 15 minutes after the match had ended after seeing him lying on his own on the pitch.

Mr Maltravers said he thought he saw Jimmy's arm twitch but he did not appear to be breathing.

So the officer slapped his face and thought his eyes opened.

Giving evidence to the jury, he said: "I took it to be a reaction that led me to believe there was something I could do."

He told the jury he did not know if Jimmy was actually looking at him, but his eyes were pointing in his direction.

Mr Maltravers said he believed the 29-year-old, from Ellesmere Port, started breathing after beginning resuscitation but said the reaction was not sustained.

The court heard he helped carry Mr Hennessy on a stretcher towards the medical room after being unable to feel a pulse.

The witness explained how a doctor said Jimmy's eyes were fully dilated and told him he was dead.

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Meet the team of North West schoolboys who've all been signed by professional clubs

Transfer deadline day often leaves fans gutted about the players they lose to other clubs.

But what if you lost your whole team?

That's what's happened to Vauxhall Motors Under 8s, who are celebrating getting every one of their squad signed up to professional clubs.

Chris Hall went to meet the pride of Ellesmere Port.

Ellesmere Port and Neston - Labour Hold

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  • Katherine Fletcher (C) 16,041 (34.33%, -0.53%)
  • Jonathan Starkey (UKIP) 5,594 (11.97%, +8.31%)
  • Trish Derraugh (LD) 1,563 (3.34%, -11.72%)
  • Michelle Palmer (Green) 990 (2.12%)
  • Felicity Dowling (TUSC) 192 (0.41%)
  • John Dyer (ND) 31 (0.07%)
  • Lab maj 6,275 (13.43%)
  • 1.82% swing C to Lab
  • Electorate 68,134; Turnout 46,727 (68.58%, -1.52%)


5 million cars made at Ellesmere Port

Production line Credit: PA

With 5 millionth car will roll off the production line at Vauxhall, Ellesmere Port today. The company is celebrating 50 years of operation marking quite a turnaround from 2012 when it was saved from closure by a pioneering long-term deal with the unions.

The plant in Cheshire will be taking on 300 new workers who will start in Spring next year ahead of the production of the new Astra model.

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