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Princess Anne names ship on Mersey

The Princess Royal names the ship Credit: GTV

A container ship has become the first vessel to have a Royal christening on the Mersey for more than half a century.

Princess Anne was at Liverpool's Pier Head to carry out the ceremony.

The ship the Atlantic Sea, is the size of three football pitches, and is due to sail out to sea this evening with a big firework sendoff

The Atlantic Sea is officially christened Credit: GTV
Its the size if three football pitches Credit: GTV

Man jailed after stealing dying man's mobile

Police have welcomed the sentence Credit: PA

Police on Merseyside have welcomed the sentencing of a Kensington man at Liverpool Crown Court for perverting the course of justice and theft.

31 year old Curtis Connick of Hawkins Street, was sentenced to 3 years and 3 months in prison after pleading guilty to perverting the course of justice and theft that occurred on 7 February 2015.

He pleaded guilty to stealing the mobile phone from Kevin Wilson who had been fatally shot in Holmes Street, Toxteth. Connick took the phone from Wilson’s pocket as he lay dying and disposed it hours later in a bin at Liverpool Lime Street station.

This was a despicable crime that has had a profound effect on Kevin Wilson’s family. Connick showed no compassion towards Kevin as he lay injured and he left him there without assisting him.

His selfish actions severely hampered the entire investigation in the crucial early stages.

I hope that this sentence can help the family in their grieving process

– Detective Constable Emma Singelton, Merseyside


Family of stab victim say he died trying to protect woman

Parents Gary and Lesley Credit: MEN

The family of a young dad who died after he was stabbed outside a pub believe he was fatally injured while trying to protect a woman.

27 year old Michael Hoolickin, 27, suffered five separate knife wounds. His parents say he ‘fought to the end’ in hospital.

One of four brothers, Michael leaves behind his own four-year-old son, Ellis. A murder investigation is continuing after a disturbance outside the Friendship Inn in Middleton on Friday night ended in tragedy. Michael's parents Garry and Lesley have paid tribute to him describing him as a much-loved family man who was the life of any party. He died from his injuries in hospital on Monday.

The family, from Middleton, said the exact circumstances were still unclear and police were working to piece details together. But they believe that Michael had stepped in to protect a woman who had been assaulted.

A 21-year-old man was arrested in Merseyside on suspicion of murder. He was being questioned last night. An 18-year-old man has also been charged with assisting an offender.

We had him for 27 years and he loved life. He looked after everyone and he has ended up dying by trying to help someone else, so we believe. That just sums up his character.

– Gary Hoolickin

The support has been second to none. It has helped us. We are very family orientated and the house has always been full since it happened. His mates have been brilliant and we cannot do this without them. People were lining the corridors of the hospital and the staff at the hospital couldn’t do enough for us or Michael.

– Lesley Hoolickin
Michael leaves a four year old son Credit: MEN

West Lancs council calls on newsagents to stop selling the Sun

The Council wants newsagents to stop selling the Sun Credit: PA

West Lancashire Council has passed a motion calling on newsagents to stop selling the Sun. Its over the paper's reporting on the Hillsborough disaster

Fort his reason the Council calls on all retailers and vendors of newspapers inWest Lancashire to stop selling The S*n and applauds the group ‘Total Eclipse of the S*n’ for endeavouring to rid the North West of the newspaper.

– West Lancs Council Motion

Royal christening for Liverpool ship

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HRH Princess Anne is to christen the first ship on the Mersey by a Royal since 1960. Princess Anne will name the newest Atlantic Container Line's (ACL) ship Atlantic Sea in the shadow of the Liver Buildings at Liverpool Cruise Line Terminal.

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Viewing will be available along Princes Parade and the Pier Head. Later the ship will move into the Mersey for a fireworks display.

Special house in Lee Rigby's honour

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The final touches are being put to a special house in memory of Lee Rigby. The soldier from Middleton was killed by extremists close to his barracks in London in 2013.

The Foundation set up in his name has funded the project which aims to give respite to veterans and their families.

It comes ahead of a fundraising concert for the Lee Rigby Foundation at the weekend.

For more information on the concert and how to buy tickets click here.


Man arrested over murder of Michael Hoolickin

Michael Hoolickin Credit: MEN

A man's being questioned by police iover the murder of a young father from Greater Manchester.

27 year old Michael Hoolickin.died of stab wounds he suffered in a fight outside a pub in Middleton

He's the son of former Oldham Athletic player Gary Hoolickin.

A 21 year old man's being questioned on suspicion of his murder after being arrested on Merseyside.

New scheme to combat radicalisation

Anti-terror police are piloting a groundbreaking scheme in the North West to prevent vulnerable people falling victim to radicalisation.

They've teamed up with mental health professionals to help individuals thought to be at risk of becoming extremists.

If successful it will be rolled out nationally.

Detective Chief Superintendent Tony Mole is Head of the North West Counter Terrorism Unit

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