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How courage runs in a family. Widow and son reveal plan to climb Everest.

Watch this: It's a great example of how courage can run in a family.

The widow of the former St Helens Rugby League player Steve Prescott has revealed tonight she's joining a challenge in his memory to climb Everest and she's taking her fourteen year old son with her.

Steve was 39 when he died after a seven-year battle with cancer.

Throughout his illness he raised thousands of pounds for charity with a series of endurance events.

On tonight's Granada Reports Steve's widow Linzi and his 14-year-old son Taylor exclusively revealed they're taking part in the Everest challenge in October. It was a privilege to interview them

They will climb with 40 others who include friends and supporters. They will take the amount raised to over a million pounds.

More info at steveprescottfoundation.co.uk If you want to sponsor Linzi and Taylor here's the link https://www.justgiving.com/LinziTaylor/

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Heartbreak for St Helens' Martin Murray as fourth title bid ends in defeat

It was heartbreak again for St Helens' Martin Murray as his fourth world title attempt ended in defeat once more against Arthur Abraham in Germany.

The defending WBO super-middleweight champion won a split points decision 115-112, 112-115, 116-111 to retain his belt.

Murray had little success in the opening rounds in Hanover and was caught by a straight, powerful right hand in the third.

It was not until the sixth that Murray landed something meaningful, forcing his opponent back on to the ropes with a right hand, but Abraham responded with a counter to mark the Briton's face.

The champion twice caught Murray in the seventh but he landed the best punch of the fight in the next round, catching Abraham with a big right glove.

Murray was deducted a point, after a couple of warnings, in the 11th for using the shoulder, which all-but ended the 33-year-old's hopes.

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Couple married after town hall rooftop stand-off ends

A couple whose wedding was in danger of being postponed after a protester scaled the roof of St Helens Town Hall in Merseyside were married in the end, the local council has confirmed.

A spokesman for the council told ITV News: "It [the wedding] did go ahead, so it was a happy ending in that respect."

The protester reportedly climbed down from the roof after an appeal by the couple. He was arrested by police.

Town Hall rooftop protester comes down after appeal from wedding couple

Fire crews at the scene of the incident. Credit: Viewer picture.

The rooftop protester at St Helens Town Hall has come back to ground level.

It's understood a couple who were due to marry there appealed to him to let them have their ceremony.

The man, who had been throwing roof tiles to the ground causing police to have to cordon off the building, shouted: "Shall we let them have their wedding?" before coming down.

It's thought he was protesting about a housing issue - he had unfurled a blanket as a banner which made allegations about being evicted from his home.

The man was arrested by Merseyside Police.

St Helens Town Hall was cordoned off meaning today's wedding ceremonies were under threat. Credit: ITV News.

Man on roof of St Helens Town Hall appears to be throwing slates to the ground

The man is pictured on the roof of St Helens Town Hall.

A man has scaled the roof of St Helens Town Hall and is throwing slates to the ground.

It is understood nobody has been hurt in the incident.

Woman 'stamped on' as she lay on the ground

Officers would like to speak to the man in the photographs as they believe he could help them with their enquiries. Credit: Merseyside Police

A woman was stamped on the head by a man as she lay on the ground following an attack in the street.

The incident happened at around 3am on Friday, 7 August on Westfield Street.

Witnesses are asked to call Merseyside Police. Credit: Merseyside Police

“This was a particularly nasty assault on a woman who was lying defenceless after being knocked to the floor.

Thankfully the victim wasn’t badly hurt but we are keen to speak to the man in the photograph as we believe he may be able to help with our enquiries.”

– Detective Constable Tracy Awbery, Merseyside Police
  • Anyone with information is asked to call Merseyside Police on 0151 777 6816 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
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