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Festival takes place in memory of Warrington Band Viola Beach

A festival is taking place in Warrington to raise money for a foundation set up in the name of a member of the band Viola Beach.

All four members of the band and their manager were killed when their vehicle careered off a bridge in Sweden, in February.

Viola Beach Credit: Facebook

The festival has been organised by band member River Reeves' father, Ben Dunne, who has received messages of support from Coldplay's Chris Martin and band The Vaccines, amongst others.

River Reeves' brother Gabriel plays guitar in the band Pink Lady at the first RivFest. Credit: ITV News Granada Reports

The festival is taking place at Priestley College, Warrington.

Fears for Warrington seal being targeted by 'drunken fools' as it basks on the River Mersey

There are reports the Warrington Seal has been attacked by 'drunken fools'. Credit: Manchester Evening News

Police have been called in to assist RSPCA officers after reports that a seal living on the River Mersey has been attacked by thugs.

Facebook posts by people living close to the Cheshire stretch of the river have nicknamed the mammal the Warrington Seal.

But they've also raised concerns that it could be in danger after 'drunken fools' were seen throwing a stone at it.

An RSPCA spokesman said the charity was monitoring the situation.

He added: "We urge people to now keep their distance so this seal is not disturbed or frightened in any way, as this could lead to the seal getting into problems."

  • Calls about sick, underweight and injured seals can be logged with the RSPCA national cruelty and advice line on 0300 1234 999.

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Investigation launched after stately home gutted in blaze

The Hall was empty when the fire took place. Credit: Cheshire Fire Service.

An investigation is underway after a huge fire at an empty stately home in Cheshire.

Firefighters were called to Daresbury Hall, on Daresbury Lane, Runcorn, on Saturday afternoon.

When they arrived crews found that a blaze had taken hold of the large empty building.

A total of eight fire engines were called to the scene to help tackle the fire.

Firefighting operations stopped at just after 10pm last night with two fire engines remaining on the scene overnight, damping down, checking for hot spots and making sure there was no re-ignition.

"It is not yet known how the blaze started but an investigation has been launched.

"If you have any information that you think may be helpful please call Cheshire Police on 101 and tell them what you know."

– Cheshire Fire Service

Woman stabbed in Warrington

A 68-year-old woman has been taken to Aintree hospital with serious injuries after she was stabbed in Warrington on Wednesday.

Cheshire Police were called to an address in Burtonwood where they arrested a 66-year-old woman at the scene on suspicion of attempted murder.

She has since been detained under section 2 of the mental health act.

Police investigations are ongoing.

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Police make direct TV appeal for missing 14 year old to contact them

Credit: Cheshire Police

There's increasing concern for a 14 year old girl from Cheshire who's now been missing for 11 days with no money or phone.

Jade Lynch is described by police as ''extremely vulnerable''.

She disappeared on a shopping trip to St Helens.

But now police searching for her are chasing up new leads including possible sightings in Manchester.

The man leading the inquiry is Detective Superintendent Jon Betts from Cheshire Police he's hoping Jade will hear this message:

Sister of missing Jade Lynch makes emotional appeal

Jade Lynch has been missing for 10 days Credit: Cheshire Police

The sister of missing 14-year-old Jade Lynch today made a heartfelt plea for the schoolgirl to return home.

Jade was last seen 10 days ago in St Helens after telling her younger brothers she was going to meet someone. She has not been seen or heard from since.

Police say she left home at 1.00pm on Saturday March 26 without her mobile phone and now has no access to cash.

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