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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.

Merseyside hospital urges people to only visit A&E if it's 'absolutely essential'

A&E at Whiston hospital in Merseyside. Credit: ITV News.

“Whiston Hospital’s Accident and Emergency Department is, like all others in the region, currently extremely busy with many patients experiencing unavoidably long delays.

"We apologise for this and would like to remind the public about alternative health care options available at this time.

– Professor Kevin Hardy, Medical Director, St Helens and Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

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Why boys are falling so far behind girls at school, and why it's worse in St Helens

The statistics which show the extent of St Helens' gender gap. Credit: ITV News.

St Helens has the biggest education gender gap in the country, according to a new report.

It found 31% of boys in schools in the borough do not meet the required standard of early language skills, compared with 14% of girls.

The report by Save The Children says St Helens has the largest disparity in the UK.

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Life imprisonment for man who knifed businessman 30 times in 'random, senseless' murder

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

A schizophrenic man who murdered a "wholly innocent" engineer while on a drugs binge has been jailed for life.

Jobless Robert Kay, 49, walked past the open garage of Ian Dollery's seaside home in St Annes, Lancashire, and stabbed him in front of his screaming wife, Andrea, and their 22-year-old daughter, Grace.

The attack took place on the evening of June 18 last year just hours before the Dollerys were due to go holiday and after the defendant had injected himself with amphetamines and drunk eight cans of Tennent's Super lager.

Before the murder, Kay had told friends he was "the son of Satan" and had been given "a list of things to do".

The court was told Grace Dollery used a broomstick to force Kay, armed with a large kitchen knife, out of the garage of the detached property in York Road.

Father-of-three Mr Dollery, who worked at BAE Systems all his life, suffered more than 30 stab wounds, some made with considerable force, and later died in hospital.

Kay - who had never met his victim - had admitted manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility but a jury at Preston Crown Court convicted him of murder.

The defendant was suffering from a long-standing illness at the time of the killing but had failed to co-operate with mental health services over the years, the court heard.

Robert Kay will serve at least 23 years for the murder of Ian Dollery. Credit: Lancashire Police.

"My life, and that of my family and friends, has been shattered into tiny pieces never to be restored

"I am only here today because of my daughter's courage and quick thinking."

– Andrea Dollery's victim personal statement.

“This is a tragic case in which Ian Dollery was murdered in a random and senseless attack.

“He was cruelly taken away from his family by Robert Kay, a man who he did not know and had never met.

“Kay has now been brought to justice for his actions but I am aware that it will not bring Mr Dollery back and nothing will ever compensate his family for their loss.

"My thoughts, and those of the officers who worked on this case, remain with them at this time.”

– DCI Jonathan Holmes, Lancashire Police

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