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Former St Helens council leader charged over polling station "assault"

A former Merseyside council leader has been arrested and charged in connection with an alleged assault at a polling station in Scotland.

Marie Rimmer, 67, leader of St Helens council on three occasions, was arrested yesterday after a woman was allegedly assaulted near Shettleston Community Centre in Glasgow.

The centre, in the city's Amulree Street, was being used as a polling station for people to cast their votes in the Scottish independence referendum.

Ms Rimmer is expected to appear at Glasgow Sheriff Court at a later date.

A police spokeswoman said: "Police Scotland can confirm that a 67-year-old woman has been arrested and charged in connection with an alleged assault on a female following an incident at Shettleston Community Centre in Amulree Street, Glasgow, around 1pm today.

"A report will be submitted to the procurator fiscal."

According to her Twitter page, Ms Rimmer is seeking the Labour candidacy for St Helens at the next General Election.

St Helens target the Super League Grand Final after winning League Leaders Shield

St Helens rugby league are celebrating their first trophy in six years.

After their nearest rivals Castleford lost to Catalan Dragons, they finished top of Super League to win the League Leaders Shield.

The honours keep coming, with winger Tommy Makinson today named in the Super League dream team.

Our Sports Correspondent David Chisnall has been speaking to a couple of Saints who feel blessed.


St Helens star Luke Walsh recovers from broken leg

St Helens' scrum half Luke Walsh has told ITV Granada Reports that he feared his career was over after suffering a broken leg during a Super League game at Widnes.

The Australian is now a month into his recovery and is aiming for a return to action in 2015.

The 27 year old has had to watch from the sidelines as Saints close in on finishing top of the Super League. He's tipped them to go on and win the Grand Final for the first time since 2006.

Prescott autobiography completed by player's wife

The wife of charity fundraiser and former Rugby League legend Steve Prescott, has completed her late husband's autobiography.

Steve Prescott's autobiography has been completed by the player's wife Credit: Steve Prescott Foudation

Steve died in November 2013 from a rare form of cancer. During his illness Steve undertook many charity and endurance challenges, raising half-a-million pounds for charity.

Super League's Man Of Steel award was renamed for Steve Prescott.

You can find out more about the ongoing charity work of the Steve Prescott Foundation at

Murder arrest in St Helens

Homes on Beacon Grove, St Helens. Credit: Google Street View

A man has been arrested after a man was found dead following reports of an assault in St Helens.

Officers were called to a house on Beacon Grove at about 2.20am today.

Officers found the body of a 35-year-old man in the house.

He was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics.

The victim has not been identified.

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

A 33-year-old man from St Helens was arrested on suspicion of murder and remains in police custody for questioning.

The house was cordoned off for forensic examinations and officers are carrying out house-to-house enquiries in the area.

Anyone with information about the incident is urged to call St Helens CID on 0151 777 6811 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.


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Schoolchildren's World War 1 journey of discovery

There's just a week to go until the 100th anniversary of this country entering the First World War. To mark the occasion the families of many servicemen who fought and died are travelling to France to honour the dead at war memorials and cemeteries over the next few days. And one group of schoolchildren from St Helens have already been to see for themselves the sacrifice made by so many.

St Helens rocker wins lottery jackpot

Lottery winner James Jennion and partner Andrea Maclean Credit: Paver Smith

A drummer in a St Helens rock band has won over a million pounds on the lottery.

James Jennion, 50, scooped a share of the Lotto jackpot on Saturday 28 June worth £1,045,504.

Lottery winner James Jennion Credit: Paver Smith

James who is part of ‘Poisoned Electrick Head’ is a roofer by trade but handed in his notice on Monday morning.

He said: “I always play Lotto on a Saturday, but normally log into my account to check my numbers on a Monday morning.

For some reason this time I logged on to check on Sunday night and saw the message congratulating me on being a winner.

I thought it must be a small win but got the shock of my life when I checked my account and realised I had just become a millionaire!"

Police appeal for information on a hate crime in St Helens

Merseyside Police is appealing for information following an incident in St Helens that is being treated by the Force as a hate crime.

At around 6.30pm on Thursday, 12 June a wheelchair user and his partner were travelling along the canal path near to Chalon Way when they were verbally abused by three teenage boys.

Following the incident the offenders ran off towards the nearby KFC restaurant.

Although uninjured the victims have been left shaken following the incident.

The offenders are all described as being white and aged in their mid to late teens. Two of the youths were wearing black coloured tracksuits and one of them was wearing a blue coloured tracksuit.

Police hunt youths who attacked man in St Helens

CCTV of suspect Credit: Merseyside Police
CCTV of suspect Credit: Merseyside Police

Police have released CCTV stills of two people they would like to speak to after a 58-year-old man was assaulted in St Helens town centre.

Officers were called to Bridge Street, at around 8.05pm on Saturday, 19 April following a report from a member of the public that they had seen two youths approach the man as he was walking along the road outside the Post Office.

Police say the attackers cycled up behind the victim and hit him on the back of the head, causing him to fall over.

As he fell, his arm became trapped in some railings.

Detective Constable Chris Loughead, St Helens CID, said: "This was a cruel and spiteful assault on a man who was walking home from town minding his own business.

"The victim's arm was broken as a result of the incident, leaving him needing an operation to fit a metal plate and screws.

He spent five days in hospital, and nearly two months on, he still hasn't made a full recovery from what happened."

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