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Appeal over missing man from Merseyside

Police on Merseyside say they are becoming increasingly concerned for the whereabouts of a 45-year-old man from Wirral.

Simon Watson, 45, of Yewdale Park, Prenton, was last seen in person at 5pm on Wednesday 29 June on Holm Lane in Prenton and was seen on CCTV in a bank in Birkenhead on Saturday 2 July.

He is described as a white male, 6ft tall, of proportionate build, with short grey hair and hazel eyes. When last seen he was wearing blue jeans, a blue shirt, grey jumper, a black beanie hat and brown shoes.

It is thought that Mr Watson may use rail and coach networks to possibly travel to the south coast of England – specifically Eastbourne and Devon.

  • Anyone who has seen Mr Watson or has any information about his whereabouts is asked to contact Merseyside Police on 101, the confidential Crimestoppers line on 0800 555 111 or the Missing Persons charity on 116 000.

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  1. Rachel Townsend, ITV News

The new research taking place in Manchester that could make scars a thing of the past

Scientists at work in Manchester. Credit: ITV News.

It's been described as-important as the discovery of antibiotics - a bold claim, but scientists in Manchester believe they'll be able to eradicate human scarring within a generation.

Doctors will use a mixture of modern medicine and stem cells to ensure patients no longer will be left with permanent scarring.

Rachel Townsend has been talking to some of those involved:

  1. Elaine Willcox, ITV News

Ian Dollery's family describe his killer as 'a time bomb waiting to happen'

Ian Dollery and his wife Andrea. Credit: Lancashire Police.

Ian Dollery has been described as kind and compassionate, his widow and children say they miss him every second of ever day.

He was killed by Robert Kay, who has schizophrenia.

Mr Dollery's family say chances to diagnose his illness were missed time and time again.

Elaine Willcox reports:

Tony and Lucy also spoke to Julian Hendy whose father was stabbed by a man with a history of mental issues.

He's set up a website, Hundred Families, offering support and information:

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  1. Andy Bonner, ITV News

Anger over plans to use football-style red and yellow cards against people begging on the streets

The red and yellow cards being used by Merseyside Police. Credit: ITV News.

A homeless campaigner has hit out at a new scheme where police are showing red and yellow cards to street beggars.

Officers in Liverpool want to crack down on anti social behaviour with the threat of kicking them out of the city centre.

But there are worries it could stigmatise some vulnerable people.

Our Merseyside correspondent Andy Bonner has the details:

Coastguard alert after kids take out rowing boat to 'chase a Pokémon'

Coastguard and fire service rescue people have reminded people to take care when playing the popular mobile phone game Pokémon.

It comes after crews in New Brighton in Merseyside were called out during the early hours of today after a group of youths ventured onto a boating lake which chasing the character.

The alert from the Maritime and Coastguard Agency. Credit: Facebook.

"We know that many people are enjoying Pokémon GO across the UK and we wouldn’t want to spoil that fun.

"However, we would ask people to use a little common sense and not to take risks while looking for Pokémon.

"The incident this morning shows that risk taking can put not only you in danger but also the rescue services who have to come to your aid.

– Danny Jameson, Senior Coastal Operations Officer

The coastguard said around 20 youths were involved in taking the rowing boat without permission at New Brighton Marine Lake.

The youngsters had left by the time crews arrived, but the boat was left driving in the marina.

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