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12 years in jail for child rapist who 'destroyed' victim's life

Tomlinson, 56, admitted 12 charges. Credit: Merseyside Police

A man who raped a toddler has been jailed for 12 years.

The victim's parents said Stuart Tomlinson, 56, from Leasowe in Merseyside, had 'destroyed' the life of the young girl.

Tomlinson admitted a total of 12 charges, including one count of rape, making indecent images and voyeurism.

In a victim impact statement read to Liverpool Crown Court, the victim's father said: "He can’t be human, he is without any doubt evil."

"[Our daughter] is more precious to us than life itself. Our whole world was destroyed when the police came to see us to tell us that [our daughter] may have been the victim of a serious sexual assault.

"My wife and I started to cry as they told us some of what had happened.

"We were so frightened and upset about what we were being told. It was just too horrible to think about."

– Victim impact statement

"Stuart Tomlinson is a determined sexual predator who raped a very young child, violated the privacy of others by taking images without their knowledge and downloaded indecent images of children of the worst kind.

"I am sure people will be horrified by the seriousness of his crimes."

– Detective Constable Steve Duke, Merseyside Police

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Snake up a drain: Missing corn snake Heston finally reunited with owner after 18 months

Heston the corn snake is now back home after 18-months missing. Credit: RSPCA

A snake who went missing a year-and-a-half ago has been reunited with his owner after he was rescued from a drainpipe by the RSPCA.

Animal welfare officer John Littlewood was called to a home in Wirral after the householder found the corn snake slithering out of plastic piping running to their washing machine on Wednesday.

After asking around the neighbourhood it was discovered the escapee corn snake, named Heston, had disappeared from his vivarium from a neighbour's home a few doors up 18-months-ago.

“It is incredible to think that this snake, Heston, went missing from his vivarium more than a year ago. His owner really did not expect to see him again.

“It is very unusual for a snake to survive on his own in the open for so long as snakes have very particular environment needs - especially when it comes to temperature."

– RSPCA animal welfare officer John Littlewood

“It is great to have Heston back. We just wonder where he has been all this time."

– Heston's owner Paul Sheratt
Heston the corn snake was found in a drain. Credit: RSPCA

Man arrested after fishing farm death

Police are questioning a man on suspicion of murder after the death of another man at a fishing lake in Wirral. Officers were called to reports of a fight at the Claremont road site in Spital over the weekend.

The 37 year old was taken to hospital but was later pronounced dead. A 28 year-old man has been arrested.

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Cancer patient builds boat for nurse who looked after him

A cancer patient has built and dedicated a model boat to the nurse that helped him.

“The Sue Byrne” was built by Jeffery Prout who has prostate cancer, as a way of showing his deepest thanks for the care he received from Sue. Compared with the recent Boaty McBoatface story, what this model boat lacks in scale, it more than makes up in emotion and meaning.

Jeffery and Sue

Diagnosed in 2014, Mr Prout needs constant monitoring and reassessment. Community nurse Sue Byrne, has been responsible for his care and has developed a close friendship with Mr Prout and his family from Woodchurch.

A builder by trade, Mr Prout has continued to apply his skills into retirement and diagnosis, building model boats for his family members and Wirral Hospice St John’s.

Mr Prout said “I have incredible reassurance because she will always answer me and listen to what I have to say. She is somebody to call on to allay my fears and worries when things are down. I don’t know what I’d do without her.”

“I always did admire his boats, but I had no idea he was making one for me! He thanked me for everything I’d done for him. The boat itself is in prime position in our house. My family love it and everyone comments on it saying how lovely it is.”

– Sue Byrne, Wirral Community NHS Foundation Trust nurse
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