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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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Shots fired from car in Southport

Merseyside Police is investigating after shots were fired from a car in Southport. Officers were called to Newton Street at 8pm last night following reports a man had been shot at by people in a in a dark saloon.

Officers located the man, who was shaken but uninjured. Following a search, the outer wall of a house was found to have been damaged.

The incident is being treated as a targeted attack and officers are trying to locate the vehicle involved. Extra patrols are out in the area.

Samuel 'L' Jackson the driving instructor gets a call from the star!

Driving instructor Sam Jackson, from Southport got an interesting call from the Hollywood star himself after pictures of his car became an internet hit. The photo's went viral on social media after he attracted attention with the well placed 'L' on his learner vehicle.

Chat show host Graham Norton arranged for the actor Samuel L Jackson to call his namesake on his show, but the call didn't make the final cut.

The driving instructor, 53 told the Daily Express, the Pulp Fiction star "used a lot of choice language which I can't repeat. It was surreal to speak to someone so famous."

Pupils aim to break world record with biggest poppy

Hundreds of children stand together to make a giant poppy Credit: Sefton Council
5,821 pupils from 47 schools on Southport beach Credit: Sefton Council

Pupils from across Sefton had to stand in the formation for 15 minutes and its now being verified with Guinness to see if it qualifies as a new world record. It was organised by Sefton council with Sefton CVS and the Royal British Legion.

Leader of Sefton council, Cllr Peter Dowd said: "To watch the World Record being set on Southport Beach was truly amazing. Once in formation the poppy looked spectacular and this marks the start of Sefton's commemorations to mark the onset of World War 1.

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