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University - it's such a drag

Lily Savage Credit: PA

A university in West Lancashire is to become the first higher education institution in the UK to offer a module dedicated to the art of drag.

The Drag Kings and Drag Queens of Performance module will be on offer to year 3 undergraduates at Edge Hill on Performing Arts and Dance & Drama courses. They'll be available from next year.

“Despite the fact that performers have been 'dragging up' since Shakespearean times, this module is completely unique in exploring the crossing of boundaries in terms of gender and performance.

“As part of undergraduate studies, this module not only explores drag as a highly camp performance art, it also engages with complex gender, feminist and queer theory to explore the social and political implication of 'doing gender' in performance. Drag as a performance art form has seen a relative decline in thepast decade, yet there are new and exciting emerging forms coming through whichmakes this module all the more relevant to performance contexts. There's a lot more to drag studies than wigs, make-up and high heels!”

– Senior Lecturer Mark Edward

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Victim's mother's plea to Parole Board over killer's Facebook posts

Steffan Bell, 23, was running his own business in Ormskirk when he was killed in an unprovoked attack by Colin Eedle. Credit: ITV News.

A murderer has posted a shocking messages on the internet which the mother of his victim says mean he should stay behind bars.

Colin Eedle stabbed Stefan Bell to death in 2001 and more than a decade later, he is now due for parole.

But Stefan's mother says the killer's post on social media makes him unfit for release.

Tim Scott has this report:

Drug trafficker named 'most wanted'

'Most wanted' David McDermott could be in Spain Credit: Crimestoppers

Gangster David McDermott has been named in the UK's 'most wanted' by Crimestoppers and the National Crime Agency,

McDermott, 41, who is originally from Ormskirk but also lived in Liverpool, is wanted on suspicion of conspiracy to supply cocaine and conspiracy to blackmail.

He is believed to be a member of an organised crime gang involved in a conspiracy to supply 400 kilos of cocaine.

It's thought he could be on the run in Spain.

CCTV showing McDermott circled. Credit: Crimestoppers

McDermott is on a 'most wanted' list being published in Madrid as part of Operation Captura, a scheme by the National Crime Agency to trace criminals who are thought to have fled to Spain.

The appeal comes after 16 holdalls containing cocaine with a street value of £71 million were found hidden in a container of frozen Argentinian beef at Tilbury Docks in Essex in May 2013.

After the cocaine was seized, NCA officers watched and listened as McDermott met with members of the gang at Aintree Retail Park.

Spain is not a safe haven for British fugitives.

"Sixty-five fugitives on the Operation Captura list have been caught, along with many more fugitives.

"The exceptional level of collaboration and intelligence sharing with the Spanish authorities has been vital to these arrests. "However, we still need the support of the public. Be our eyes and ears and tell us if you have any information on the whereabouts of our targets."

– Hank Cole, Head of International Operations for the National Crime Agency.

He was allegedly involved in the planning of a "violent mission" to recover the drugs, not knowing it had been seized by law enforcement, the NCA said.

The use of "physical and sexual violence" against anyone who had information was discussed, a spokesman said.

Five members of the gang have already been jailed for a total of 42 years.

CCTV: Man left with broken jaw following attack

Police are now hunting this man and woman they would like to speak to. Credit: Lancashire Police

CCTV has been released after a man was left with a broken jaw following an attack in Ormskirk.

The 23-year-old had been in The Kebab House on Church street with a group of friends at around 3am on Sunday 13th July before heading to The Stiles car park, where he was attacked.

Police are now hunting a man and woman they would like to speak to.

This was a nasty assault which left the victim requiring an operation on his broken jaw and enquiries are underway to establish the circumstances of the assault. We believe the man and woman pictured in the CCTV image may have been in the vicinity at the time of the incident and I would appeal to anybody who recognises them or knows who they are to contact me."

– DC Kate Ellison of Skelmersdale Police

Women recalled after 'faults' found with breast biopsy machine at Ormskirk Hospital

Ormskirk and District General Hospital

A group of women have been recalled for 'further consultation' after faults were found in a machine used for taking biopsies of breast tissue at Ormskirk General Hospital.

The hospital said a panel of consultants and breast specialist nurses had reviewed the records of 117 patients who underwent the procedure, which can help diagnose conditions such as cancer.

The panel concluded there was no cause for concern in the majority of patients.

But chief executive Jonathan Parry said today: ''We are inviting back 14 patients as a precaution for a further consultation.

“I know this news will be deeply concerning for the women concerned and I am very sorry for the unnecessary worry we have caused them.

“The Trust has established an internal review group to investigate and report to the Board on the circumstances surrounding what has happened. It will be chaired by the Executive Medical Director and supported by independent experts.

“Our breast care specialists assure me any risk to these patients is low.

“Following the original biopsy, each patient had their case reviewed at least once by a panel of specialist doctors and nurses, and was subsequently followed up.

''This process, which is part of our routine breast care service, has ensured the number of patients requiring further investigation has been kept to a minimum.''

The 14 recalled patients are being contacted directly by the Trust. A helpline staffed by senior nurses is also available.

The helpline number is 01704 704962. It will be staffed Monday to Friday between 8am and 8pm. A message can be left outside these hours.

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Police find body in Ormskirk

Police searching for a woman who'd gone missing from home have found a body.

The body of a 38 year old woman was found by officers yesterday afternoon in woodland next to Castle Lane in Westhead, near Ormskirk in Lancashire. There are no suspicious circumstances.

Formal identification has yet to be carried out but at this stage police are satisfied the body is that of Kirstin Hart who went missing from her home in Roby Mill on Friday.

Appeal following Christmas day attack

Police are appealing for information after a man was attacked in the early hours of Christmas Day.

At around 2:10am, the 34 year old victim was walking along Burscough Street in Ormskirk following a night out. He was approached by a man who, without provocation, punched him in the face several times.

This was a nasty attack which was completely unprovoked and so I am very keen to speak to anyone who could help us to trace the person responsible.

"We believe there was a young couple who may have witnessed what happened and so we would appeal to that couple, if that was you and you saw what happened, please get in touch. There was also a group of three people stood by Ormskirk paint and DIY store that may also have seen the assault take place - if that was you, please give us a call.

– PC Ian Fisher

The offender is described as a white, aged in his 20's, around 5 feet 8 inches tall and of medium build. He had blond-light brown short hair and was wearing a dark shirt and dark jeans.

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