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An MP has called for the UK to press for a new investigation into the disappearance of a Chester woman on a cruise ship five years ago.Copyright: Rebecca Coriam family
Chester MP Chris Mathieson has urged the Bahamas Government to push for the authorities to reopen the case of Rebecca Coriam, 24, who police said jumped overboard.
Doubts have been raised about the investigation into her disappearance from the Disney Wonder near Mexico on 21 March 2011.
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On tonight's programme we'll bring you the full story of teenager Clayton Williams' conviction for killing Merseyside PC Dave Phillips.Copyright: Family handout/PA
It was a crime that shocked the country, and today Williams is beginning a 20-year sentence.
The events of the day:
- Clayton Williams, 19, has been convicted of the manslaughter of PC Dave Phillips
- He was cleared by a jury of murder at Manchester Crown Court
- The judge sentenced him to 20 years detention and banned him from driving for life
- He said any remorse Williams had shown was false
- PC Phillips' widow Jen read a victim impact statement out in court
- She also spoke outside the court, saying she has regular flashbacks of the night her husband died
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Rural areas are likely to see a bit of frost and fog later, but a mild night is in store for most parts of the region.
Rail services across Merseyside are to be given a £340m upgrade, Network Rail has announced.Copyright: Geograph/David Dixon
Network Rail and Merseytravel will invest in new stations and new rolling stock to provide more frequent services and improve reliability.
The plan will also include improvements to Liverpool's Lime Street Station and the re-opening the Halton Curve, linking Liverpool to North Wales.
Entrepreneurs in Liverpool are being invited to transform derelict shops into business as part of the council's latest regeneration scheme.
It is hoped the "shops for a pound" scheme will boost the Picton area of the city, with 12 shops up for grabs.
A woman rescued from a house fire in West Kirby early this morning has died in hospital.
A man found inside the blaze on Boulton Avenue also died and Merseyside Police are investigating what caused it.
Officers don't believe it is suspicious.
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Rebecca Coriam, 24, from Chester, is thought to have fallen overboard from the Disney Wonder near Mexico on 21 March 2011.
Chester MP Chris Matheson has urged the UK Government to push for the case to be reopened based on new information.
Today's top stories in Merseyside and Cheshire include:
- Teenager Clayton Williams has been convicted of killing Merseyside PC Dave Phillips and sentenced to 20 years in custody
- A man and a woman have died in a house fire in West Kirby, Wirral
- An MP has called for a new investigation into the disappearance of a Chester woman on a cruise ship five years ago
We're now resuming the regular Local Live service for Merseyside and Cheshire until 18:00
The wife of PC Dave Phillips has described the impact her husband's death has had on her, after breaking down in tears as his killer Clayton Williams was jailed for 20 years.Copyright: Family handout/PA
"I have lost over two-and-a-half stone in weight since 5 October and the weight loss continues," Jen Phillips said.
"I not only have to grieve for myself, but to grieve for my children, run a household, and continue 'normally' for the sake of my children... but things are not normal."
Here are more pictures of PC Dave Phillips and his daughters Abigail and Sophie, which have been released by his family today.Copyright: Family handout/PACopyright: Family handout/PACopyright: Family handout/PA
Killer Clayton Williams grew up on the streets of Wirral, becoming involved in drugs and petty crime from a young age.
Here are a few things we've learned about him during and after his trial:Copyright: Merseyside Police
- Williams began smoking cannabis at the age of six
- Described as "troubled" by neighbours
- Has 33 previous offences to his name
- Williams had failed to stop for police in a high-speed crash five months earlier
- Claimed to have "needed a cuddle" after fatal collision
- Was later said to have sent a text to a family member reading: "I'm going down. I've killed a bizzie."
Speaking outside Manchester Crown Court today Hannah Whieldon, the sister of PC Dave Phillips said:
"Although Williams has been sentenced to 20 years it is our families, both adults and children, who will have a life sentence handed to us, spending the rest of our lives without Dave.Copyright: BBC
"The family has said on many occasions that we were and still are overwhelmed by the outstanding support we have received from the public so I make no apologies for repeating these most grateful thanks to you now but ask also that we are given time and space to allow us to grieve and try to come to terms with all that has happened over these last few months."
The immediate aftermath of PC Dave Phillips’ death led Merseyside Police to launch one of their most high profile investigations in recent memory.Copyright: BBC
The judge sentencing Clayton Williams has said any remorse he had shown for killing PC Dave Phillips was "false".Copyright: Merseyside Police
Judge William Davis told the teenager: "I regard this as a very grave offence of manslaughter.
"As that poor policeman was fighting for his life, you were covering it up. Any remorse is false."
In a statement, Det Supt Richie Carr said: “Williams was sentenced to 20 years for manslaughter, eight years for aggravated vehicle taking, and three years for burglary to run concurrently.
“We welcome the verdict and hope that it will give some closure to PC Phillips’ family, but ultimately nothing can bring him back and his family are still struggling to come to terms with his loss.
"He had everything to live for, but that was taken from him by Clayton Williams in the early hours of 5 October and now his family will be serving their own life sentence."