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Grandad pushed into canal while fishing as police appeal for witnesses

‘I could have lost my life. It was terrifying’

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Police have made an appeal after a grandad was pushed into a canal while fishing.

A grandad from Chester has said he is lucky to be alive after being pushed into a canal while fishing with his wife.

Wayne Cairns, 64, from Blacon was out with his wife Ann, 68, when the incident happened at around 7pm on Wednesday April 26th, near to the Telford’s Warehouse restaurant.

Wayne, who suffers from angina and has lung problems, said he was pushed into the Shropshire Union Canal by a man who had been previously swimming there.

The grandfather-of-three said he had asked the man to move before an altercation occurred involving the man and a woman.

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He was then pushed into the water by the man, who also went on to threaten to push Ann in before fleeing the scene, leaving Wayne struggling in the water.

Ann managed to get Wayne out of the water with the help of a passerby.

Cheshire Police were called and Wayne received medical attention where he was prescribed a course of antibiotics after swallowing some canal water.

Wayne, who has a son and a daughter as well as three grandsons, told Cheshire Live: “We were fishing by Telford’s Warehouse when this lad jumped in and started swimming where we were fishing. I said ‘why don’t you go to that side of the canal as we are fishing’.”

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He continued: “After he got out of the water he came over to me, put his hands up and pushed me straight in. I could have lost my life. It was terrifying.

“I have trouble with my lungs and heart and for all he knew I might not have been able to swim.

“I wouldn’t have been able to get out by myself if some blokes passing by hadn’t been there. I was wearing a jumper which became really heavy in the water.”

Speaking of the ongoing impact the incident has had on the couple, Wayne added: “We’ve been going fishing for around 30 years and this has put us off going out fishing now. We haven’t been sleeping at night either. What if this happens again to someone else?”

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A Cheshire Police spokesperson said: “At 7.40 pm on Wednesday April 26th, police were called to reports of an incident on banks of the Shropshire Union Canal near to Telford’s Warehouse.

“The caller reported that a 64-year-old man had been involved in a verbal altercation with an unknown man and woman. During the incident the man pushed the victim into the canal.

“Officers attended the scene and spoke to the victim. They also conducted a search of the area and reviewed CCTV footage, but were unable to locate the offenders.

“Enquiries in relation to the incident are ongoing and as part of their investigation officers are keen to hear from anyone who witnessed the incident, the same goes for anyone who recognises the man and woman in the video footage.”

Anyone with any information is asked to contact Cheshire police on 101, or at www.cheshire.police.uk/tell-us, quoting IML 1533530.


Boy, 11, left in critical condition after being hit by police van

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A boy has been left in critical condition in hospital following an incident with a police van last night.

The 11-year-old was struck by a police van in Lancaster on Thursday night, May 25th, as the van was attending a call.

Lancashire Police say the vehicle was en route to an emergency call when the collision happened.

The boy was crossing Owen Road just before 8:30 pm when he was hit, and was transported to Royal Lancaster Infirmary in a critical condition.

A police spokesperson said: “Our thoughts are with the child’s loved ones at this time.

“An investigation is underway to establish the full circumstances that led to the collision.

“We have voluntarily referred this matter to the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC), as is standard with an incident of this nature.”

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The IOPC said in a statement: “We have declared an independent investigation into the actions of Lancashire Police prior to a road traffic collision in Owen Road, Lancaster at around 8.30pm tonight, in which a child has been injured.

“We understand that a marked police van, with its lights and sirens on, was in a collision with an 11-year-old boy.

“We were notified by the force shortly after the collision and declared an investigation at 10.37pm. IOPC investigators are heading to the scene and the police post incident procedure to begin gathering information.”

According to the IOPC, the investigation is in its early stages.

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Sam Smith cancels upcoming shows due to ‘vocal cord injury’ and tells fans ‘I’m so sorry’

‘Refunds will be available at point of purchase for all three dates; Manchester, Birmingham and Glasgow’

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Sam Smith has cancelled their upcoming shows due to a vocal cord injury and issued a statement telling fans, ‘I’m so sorry’.

The singer had to call off their Gloria Tour show, mid-way through, at Manchester AO Arena last night (Wednesday May 24th) after experiencing ‘vocal issues’.

The lights went off and fans waited in darkness for a number of minutes as speculation circulated on social media, with many wondering if there had been a ‘power cut’.

Moments later, after just four songs, a packed-out arena was told the show unfortunately had to be called off.

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Afterwards, Sam, 31, issued a statement on their Instagram stories to tell fans — who had missed out on a ‘surprise’ that was supposed to be at the end of the show — how ‘sorry’ they were.

Today, Thursday May 25th, the ‘Unholy’ singer has issued another statement after calling off upcoming gigs.

On their Instagram stories, the star wrote: “Due to vocal issues during last night’s Manchester performance, regrettably we will be cancelling the rescheduled Birmingham and Glasgow Sam Smith shows.

“Refunds will be available at point of purchase for all three dates; Manchester, Birmingham and Glasgow.

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“A spokesperson said ‘Doctors have advised due to a vocal cord injury, Sam must have complete vocal rest’.

“Sam is heartbroken to have had to cancel these shows but they have been told by doctors that if they keep singing, they will do permanent damage to their voice.

“If they take some rest they will be able to perform again. I’m so sorry.”

Sam already had to push back the Birmingham and Glasgow gigs after suffering from a virus several weeks ago.

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After calling off last night’s show at Manchester’s AO Arena, Sam wrote on their Instagram story: “Today in soundcheck I felt fine and was so excited to give Manchester an amazing show tonight, with a special surprise at the end.

“During my third song, I noticed something wrong with my voice. I prayed it was just my voice waking up for the show but into the fourth song I could feel something was really wrong.”

The pop singer added: “I came off stage and have tried everything to get my voice back in gear but it won’t.

“I am honestly heartbroken I couldn’t finish the show tonight for you all. I love you all. I’m sorry I’m sorry I’m sorry.”

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Body found in river in search for missing 24-year-old woman

Shannon’s family have been informed

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A body has been found in a river in the search for a missing woman from Lancashire.

Police searching for Shannon Canning from Lancaster say they have found a body. The 24-year-old had been missing from home since the early hours of Friday May 19th.

A search operation was launched to find the young woman who did not turn up for work at Tipple bar on Friday afternoon. 

Public appeals for help were launched by her family and the police force, who said they were concerned for her welfare as the disappearance was out of character.

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Lancashire Police have confirmed the body of a woman was found in the River Lune near Halton on Wednesday afternoon, May 24th. Shannon’s family has been informed.

Patrols were increased during the week and specialist divers joined the search yesterday. Officers were called at around 4.20pm Wednesday afternoon when the discovery was made.

A statement from Lancashire Police said: “Sadly, officers searching for missing Shannon Canning have an update, following a body recovered from the River Lune.

“We can confirm that we were called today (May 24th) at around 4:20pm to a report that a body had been found in the River Lune, near Halton.

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“Specialist search teams have subsequently attended the area and can sadly confirm that the body of a woman has been recovered.

“Although formal identification has yet to take place, we believe the body to be that of missing Shannon Canning.

“Shannon’s family have been made aware of this sad development and our thoughts are with them at this upsetting time.”

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