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Body found in search for missing Wirral man

Simon Watson, 45, was last seen on CCTV at a bank in Birkenhead days after going missing. Credit: Merseyside Police

Merseyside Police says a body has been found in the search for Simon Watson, 45, from Prenton, who went missing nearly four weeks ago.

The body was found on Friday, but officers have not disclosed where.

Police say the death is being treated as unexplained. A post-mortem examination will take place to establish the cause.

The body has not yet been formally identified.

Coastguard alert after kids take out rowing boat to 'chase a Pokémon'

Coastguard and fire service rescue people have reminded people to take care when playing the popular mobile phone game Pokémon.

It comes after crews in New Brighton in Merseyside were called out during the early hours of today after a group of youths ventured onto a boating lake which chasing the character.

The alert from the Maritime and Coastguard Agency. Credit: Facebook.

"We know that many people are enjoying Pokémon GO across the UK and we wouldn’t want to spoil that fun.

"However, we would ask people to use a little common sense and not to take risks while looking for Pokémon.

"The incident this morning shows that risk taking can put not only you in danger but also the rescue services who have to come to your aid.

– Danny Jameson, Senior Coastal Operations Officer

The coastguard said around 20 youths were involved in taking the rowing boat without permission at New Brighton Marine Lake.

The youngsters had left by the time crews arrived, but the boat was left driving in the marina.

Wallasey MP Angela Eagle silent on Labour leadership bid as local party sends message of support to Jeremy Corbyn

A source close to Wallasey MP Angela Eagle has said she would challenge Jeremy Corbyn's leadership "when the time is right".

It comes after her constituency Labour party said on its website they had passed a motion of support for Mr Corbyn 'with an overwhelming majority',

"Last night at our branch meeting Wallasey branch Labour Party passed, with an overwhelming majority, a motion of support for Jeremy Corbyn as Leader of the Labour Party .

"As such we wish to send our message of support to our Leader Jeremy Corbyn at this time as we work together on the larger issues effecting our society.


Mr Corbyn has resisted calls to step down as Labour leader after MPs voted by 172-40 that they had no confidence in him.

After the mass resignation of the bulk of Mr Corbyn's front bench team, the former shadow business secretary was understood to be considering a formal challenge to his position.

"Angela has made her position 100% clear but she will challenge when there is absolutely nothing left to fight for," the source said.

"There will be a challenge unless he goes."

On Mr Corbyn and activists such as Momentum who support him, the source said: "When people get weaker, they shout louder."


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

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
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