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Man held after body found in Southport

Linaker Street, Southport. Credit: Google Street View

A 31-year-old man has been held by police after the discovery of a man's body at a house in Southport last night.

Merseyside Police were called to Linaker Street in Southport at about 7.45pm, after a woman called police to advise she had found the body of a 33-year-old man at the address.

Officers attended and the suspect, from Skelmersdale, who was present at the address, was arrested on suspicion of murder.

The police said the death is being treated as unexplained.

A Home Office post mortem examination to establish the cause of death will be carried out.

Detectives are appealing for anyone who may have information to contact Sefton CID on 0151 777 3460, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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92-year-old former Spitfire pilot does parachute jump for charity

Peter Proctor taking part in his sky dive Credit: ITV Anglia

A 92-year-old World War Two veteran from Southport has taken part in a sky dive for charity.

Peter Proctor never had to use his parachute during the war but deployed one for the first time today in aid of an RAF charity.

Peter Proctor Credit: ITV Anglia

Peter who was stationed in Africa, Egypt, India and Burma during the war made his jump with the RAF Falcons Parachute display team..

Briefing before the sky dive Credit: ITV Anglai

The money he raises will go to the RAF Association which provide welfare support to servicemen and their families.

Toddlers learn to swim a mile thanks to 'Water Whisperer'

'Water Whisperer' Gail Ricketts and two of her pupils Credit: ITV

A swimming teacher from Southport has become known as the "Water Whisperer" because she can make her young pupils swim remarkable distances.

Gail Ricketts taught a two-year-old to swim 20 metres without armbands. Her lessons have seen toddlers swim more than a mile.

Pupils' parents gave her the moniker of "whisperer", as she convinces youngsters that they "will be able" to swim further.

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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