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Tickets released for Hillsborough Memorial 25 years on.

Preparations are underway for the annual Memorial service for those who died at Hillsborough - 25 years ago. And this year one of the main speakers will be the MP for Leigh, Labour's Andy Burnham.

Five years ago, when he was Culture Media and Sports Secretary, he was drowned out by chanting at the Anfield event. But since then he's played a key role in calling for the new investigation into what happened that day. Daniel Hewitt reports:


Aspinall: Everyday we remember those who lost their lives

Margaret Aspinall Credit: PA Images

The Hillsborough Family Support Group says they remember those who lost their lives at the disaster "every day".

Speaking as details for the 25th anniversary memorial were announced, Margaret Aspinall said:

"Every day we continue to remember those who lost their lives.

"During this 25th anniversary service we will turn on a light for each and every life that was extinguished prematurely and the eternal flame of the Hillsborough Memorial will continue to light our way through the darkest days.

"We expect the service to be busy, so we urge you to obtain your ticket as early as possible and only request the amount of tickets you need. We have also put a closing date of Monday, March 31, so we can plan accordingly.

"For many, April 15 may be a working day and there will be those who are unable to attend. We invite you to join us in thought and spirit and keep us in your prayers at this difficult time."

Details announced for Hillsborough anniversary event

Details have been announced of a ceremony marking 25 years since the Hillsborough disaster.

The Hillsborough Family Support Group event will be held at Anfield at 2.45pm on Tuesday, April 15th.

Entry is free of charge.

Tickets can be acquired from the Liverpool FC ticket office at Anfield, by telephone on 0843 170 5555 (overseas 0044 151 907 9399) and by postal application to Liverpool Football Club Ticket Office, PO Box 204, Liverpool, L69 3JF.

Rare red squirrels steal the show in photography shoot

Squirrels go nuts for camera Credit: Peter Smith / Roy Rimmer

A pair of red squirrels have been captured during a photography shoot in Formby in Merseyside.

Wildlife photographers Peter Smith and Roy Rimmer only left the camera for a couple of minutes before the creatures moved in for close-up of their own.

Alan Wright, of the Wildlife Trust, said it was good to draw attention to the plight of the red squirrel, which has been in serious decline in Britain since the introduction of the grey squirrel as they compete for food and habitat.

He added: "The exciting news is that this native squirrel is battling back and now spreading eastwards into areas of West Lancashire and Greater Manchester."


What happened to Paula? Update for coroner

Paula Hounslea
Mother who vanished. Paula Hounslea Credit: Merseyside Police

A coroner will be updated today on the investigation into the death of a Liverpool mother who vanished after going out for a meal in 2009. The remains of Paula Hounslea were found three years later in a fire pit in Fazakerley. No one has ever been charged over her death.

CCTV of suspect in Merseyside park sex attack

CCTV of suspect Credit: Merseyside Police

Detectives investigating an allegation of sexual assault in Knowsley on Monday, 13 January have released CCTV of a man they want to trace

A 19 year old woman was walking through Jubilee Park, Roby, at around 11.45pm when she was approached by a man near to the children’s play area.

CCTV of suspect Credit: Merseyside Police

The man produced a knife and attacked her.

The offender is believed to have fled from the park, using the Lincombe Road exit, onto Barnwood Road and into Dinas Lane.

A man who police believe could help with their enquiries is pictured seen walking through Huyton Village.

CCTV of suspect Credit: Merseyside Police

He was wearing a distinctive top as the hood, which was possibly blue coloured, had a white stripe.

Detective Sergeant Paul Donaghy from Merseyside Police’s Matrix Serious Organised Crime Team, said: "We believe that someone in the community may recognise the man pictured on the CCTV.

"The incident happened two weeks today, and it might be that someone in the community takes the same route in the car or on foot - maybe on their way home from work, or even walking the dog and recognises the man?

"The victim walked from near to Wilson Road, to Lathom Road, through Huyton Village, along Rupert Road, into Church Road and onto Dinas Lane before entering the park.

I would like to appeal to anyone who was walking or driving along any of these roads, who may have information that could help our investigation to call us.

"The victim in this case bravely fought her attacker off and we are working hard to trace the person responsible.

We continue to appeal for the community, who we know are similarly outraged by this incident, for any information about the person pictured in the CCTV to get in contact.

Any information, no matter how small could be vital to our enquiries.”

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