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Matthew Pullman wanted on recall to prison

Matthew Pullman Credit: Merseyside Police

Merseyside Police is appealing for the public’s help in tracing a man who is wanted on recall to prison.

Matthew Pullman, 25, who is from the Crewe area, was jailed for 16 months in June 2015 at Chester Crown Court for assault.

He was released from prison on Friday 18 December 2015 but is wanted on recall for breaching his licence conditions.

Pullman is believed to have links to Halewood and the Winsford area of Cheshire.

He is described as being 5ft 8in tall, of slim build, with dark brown hair and blue eyes.

Anyone who knows Matthew Pullman or thinks they may have seen him recently is asked to contact Wavertree police station on 0151 777 5469 or leave information anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Witnesses sought after New Year’s Eve stabbing

British Transport Police are looking for witnesses after a man was stabbed in Winsford Credit: PA

The British Transport Police have launched an investigation after a man was stabbed in the car park of Winsford railway station yesterday evening - New Year's Eve.

The victim, a 28-year-old man from Liverpool, was on the 8.34pm train from the city to Birmingham New Street when he challenged a group - believed to be one man and four or five women - who were throwing objects around the carriage.

The man got off the train at Winsford and was followed by the man from the group, who is described as being in his late 20s and of a stocky build.

The man then stabbed the victim several times, causing injuries to his groin and upper body, before the injured man was taken to safety by another passenger from the train.

Detective Sergeant Matt Davies from British Transport Police said:

“Thankfully, the victim’s injuries are not life threatening but he remains in hospital where he has received surgery for his wounds.

“We are also grateful to the passenger who came to the aid of the victim and took him to a place of safety.

“Our investigation into who is behind this attack continues and we have been at the station today conducting a forensic examination of the scene, local enquiries and reassurance patrols.

“It is vital we now speak to anyone who was on the 8.34pm train out of Liverpool and witnessed the disturbance in the carriage, as well as anyone else who was in the area of Winsford station at 9.10pm and saw what happened.

“I would also appeal to those involved to do the right thing and come forward as soon as possible.”

– Detective Sergeant Matt Davie

Anyone with information should call BTP on 0800 40 50 40 or text the force on 61016 quoting reference 454 of 31/12.

Alternatively, details can also be passed anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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Eight children hospitalised with respitory problems after incident at Winsford Lifestyle Centre

Eight children and one adult were taken to Leighton Hospital this afternoon suffering from minor respiratory symptoms following an incident at Winsford Lifestyle Centre.

The Lifestyle Centre was immediately evacuated following the alert.

Cheshire West and Chester Council will investigate the incident now that the building has been given the all-clear by the Fire and Rescue Service.

Around 56 children from Winsford High Street Primary School were at the centre for swimming lessons. Most were poolside when a small group in the water began coughing.

All 56 were taken to a rest centre set up at nearby Wyvern House for a medical examination and the majority were allowed to go home.

Later it was expected that the children taken to Leighton Hospital would be kept under observation for around four hours as a precaution but none were in a serious condition.