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Southport swimmer Fran Halsall collects a second Gold medal at the European Championships

Southport's swimmer Fran Halsall has struck gold again at the European Championships in Berlin.

Halsall beat fellow Briton Georgia Davies by one hundredth of a second to win the 50m backstroke final in 27.81.

It's her second Gold medal of the championships, after success in the 100 metre freestyle mixed relay.

She's also bringing home a Bronze medal from the 50 metre butterfly.

The swim instructor they call "The Water Whisperer"

Gail Rickett seems to have the magic touch when it comes to teaching children how to swim.

Her website makes a bold claim - that she can teach 99 % of all children aged 5 and above to be able to swim between 10 and 200m in just four hours.

Some of the Southport swim instructor's biggest success stories include Jodie swam a mile aged just four, and five-year-old Leah who swam five miles after just 18 months of lessons.

Parents of her pupils have nicknamed her "The Water Whisperer".

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Police: This is a 'wholly tragic' case

The police officer who led the investigation into the death of Clancy Durkin said:

"On behalf of Merseyside Police I would like to offer my sincere condolences to Clancy’s family.

"This is a wholly tragic case, aptly summarised during the trial, as a case with no winners. What was clear during the investigation, that despite all the difficulties in her life, Clancy was a caring individual who gave a great deal to those around her. I know from my dealings with them, she will be sadly missed by her siblings, friends and work colleagues.

"I would like take this opportunity to thank the investigation team for their commitment and tenacity in preparing this case for court and Crown Prosecution Service staff, who have provided support in this investigation."

Southport teenager sentenced over mother's death

Clancy Durkin Credit: Merseyside Police

A teenager, who smothered her mother with a pillow, has been jailed for four years and eight months.

Rebecca Durkin, 19, admitted unlawful killing her mother Clancy Durkin at their home in Southport last April.

She told the court she had "lost control" and was acting in the heat of the moment when the attack took place.

Rebecca Durkin Credit: Merseyside Police

Record numbers turn out at Southport Flower Show

More than 25,000 visitors attended the first two days of this year's Southport Flower Show.

Record numbers at Southport Flower Show Credit: Southport Flower Show

Ideal weather meant the number of visitors is up on last year's event. The show continues until tomorrow.

Falconry at Southport Flower Show Credit: Southport Flower Show

The Southport Flower Show in Victoria Park is the largest independent flower show in the UK. It started way back in 1924 which also makes it the longest running.

It is without doubt one of the most popular and there'll be more than a million different flowers on display.

Southport Flower Show Credit: Southport Flower Show

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Southport Flower Show opens for business

Sunflowers at Southport Show Credit: ITV Granada Reports

Southport has a real treat lined up for amateur and professional gardeners from today until Sunday. The Southport Flower Show in Victoria Park is the largest independent flower show in the UK. It started way back in 1924 which also makes it the longest running. It is without doubt one of the most popular and there'll be more than a million different flowers on display.

One of stunning Southport displays Credit: ITV Granada Reports
Strictly star Anton Du Bec will open Southport Show Credit: PA
Corrie's Alison King is appearing at show Credit: PA
Flower enthusiast Prof David Bellamy Credit: PA
Actor Lisa Riley will be at Southport Show Credit: PA
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