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Rick Astley gets first number one in nearly 30 years

Rick Astley celebrates first number one in 30 years Credit: PA

Rick Astley has claimed his first number one album since his debut nearly 30 years ago.

The singer, from Newton-le-Willows, said friend Elton John was straight on the phone to congratulate him as album 50 beat Tom Odell's Wrong Crowd after a close tussle for the top spot that at one point saw Odell just 14 sales ahead.

50 managed to claw back the lead and joined 1987 album Whenever You Need Somebody - which spawned his most enduring hit Never Gonna Give You Up - in taking the top spot.

Astley told

It's amazing, it's incredible, it's been a very, very, very long time since this happened before, I'm ecstatic, I couldn't be happier!

Elton John's sent a few texts over the last couple of days and just called me now to celebrate and said, 'Just make sure you enjoy it'.

He's one of those people I've always respected, he has always, and still does, love music... it was a nice moment to get that congratulations.

– Rick Astley


Dumbledore the seal fighting pneumonia

A grey seal found stranded on a farmer's field 20 miles from the coast is being cared for at an animal hospital in Norfolk.

The seal - nicknamed Dumbledore - was discovered on a farm in Merseyside. It's thought he'd got stuck there after swimming inland.

He was taken to the RSPCA centre near King's Lynn - where he's being treated for pneumonia.

Stuart Leithes has this report.


Rescued seal exhausted but may still return to its natural habitat

The seal was found in a field in Newton le Willows Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

A seal rescued from a field in Newton le Willows has been described as exhausted and is now being assessed at a wildlife centre.

Police, fire officers and a local farmer earlier herded the seal onto an RSPCA trailer.

The seal has now been taken to the RSPCA's wildlife hospital in Stapley Grange, Nantwich, for assessment.

Once fully recovered they hope to release the seal back into its natural habitat.

Rescue operation underway for stranded seal in Cheshire field

Seal found in St Helens field Credit: Karen Johnson

A rescue is underway for a seal found in a field near Newton le Willows in Cheshire.

A dog walker came across the seal in the middle of a field at Red Bank Farm.

Police are at the scene to contain the seal Credit: Karen Johnson

Police say they have contained the seal and representatives from the British Diver Marine Life Rescue Service are making their way to the scene.

It's believed the seal arrived in the field via a stream.

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