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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."

Triple amputee set to complete daring mission

Andy Reid in training Credit: Granada Reports

Former soldier Andy Reid, who lost both legs and an arm in an explosion in Afghanistan, is due to finish a daring mission in France today.

Andy joined other injured ex-servicemen to canoe 60 miles down the River Gironde, retracing the steps of the famous Cockleshell Heroes during Operation Frankton

All money raised will go towards supporting injured soldiers and their families.


Full report: Former soldier attempting to recreate daring war mission

Former soldier Andy Reid, from St Helens, is attempting to recreate one of the most daring missions of the Second World War.

He will row 60 miles down a French river to re-enact the journey of the famous Cockleshell Heroes in 1942. He will be joined by other former soldiers - some fellow amputees, and also those who have suffered with post traumatic stress disorder.

Triple amputee joins Second World War reenactment

A former soldier who lost both legs and an arm in Afghanistan is taking to a canoe to help recreate one of the most daring missions of the Second World War.

Andy Reid from St Helens will row 60 miles down a river in France as part of the Cockleshell Heros reinactment.

The raid targeted German ships at the port of Bordeaux.

A video of Andy training with the team who'll be rowing in France:-


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St Helens' Wilkin urges Super League chiefs to stick with fixture 'tradition'

Saints' Jon Wilkin Credit: PA Pictures

St Helens and England forward Jon Wilkin has urged officials to leave the Easter double-header intact but restore the Challenge Cup final to its traditional May slot.

The Rugby Football League's executive has embarked on a review of the domestic schedule and looks set to bow to pressure from Super League coaches to scrap the second game over Easter.

Wilkin, who is preparing to play his third blockbusting match in nine days when Saints go to Leeds in the fifth round of the Cup on Saturday, argues it would be folly to tamper with tradition.

Even in his role as chairman of the players' association 1eagu3, Wilkin believes the game's history and heritage should come before player welfare.

"I've really enjoyed the Easter period," Wilkin said. "To at be your best on Friday and then to be able to play on the Monday and having to play in a big game the week after, physically and mentally it's a huge challenge for players but it's one I really enjoy.

"I'm a big believer in the history and the heritage in the game. It's always been a big part of my experience of the game, whether it be a Hull derby or a Wigan-Saints derby.

"As a fan of the game, I sense a real buzz around the weekend. We're an entertainment industry and this is an entertaining part of the year for the fans."

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