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<b>Wednesday 16 Sept:</b> Shorrocks Hill firebomber locked up, filmmaker sent on his way, soldier killed and microlight crash

Published on September 16th 2009.


A TEENAGER has been detained for four years after admitting an arson attack that reduced a Formby country club restaurant to ashes.

Roy Pearson, 15, was one of two youths who carried out the fire-bombing of Shorrocks Hill in June. He has refused to name his accomplice.

Liverpool crown court heard that Pearson, of Lyme Grove, Huyton was paid £500 to carry out the attack which caused over £1m damage.

Shorrocks Hill was owned by Crosby property developer Terry Riley, who, along with business associate John Ball, has seen his home and businesses attacked on more than 20 occasions this year.

THE ARRESTED FILMMAKER HAS BEEN FREED IN CONGO. Graham Hughes, 30, from Liverpool, was arrested in Brazzaville, while taking part in a challenge to travel to 192 UN member states by public transport. He was held at a checkpoint on Thursday when officers accused him of taking pictures of political figures. It was the second time the filmmaker was arrested during his round-the-world trip but has now been released.

A LIVERPOOL SOLDIER HAS BEEN KILLED in Afghanistan. Kingsman Jason Dunn-Bridgeman, 20, of 2nd Battalion The Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment, died in the Babaji district of Helmand province on Sunday after being involved in a firefight. His comrades said he had volunteered for early deployment. Known as “Dunny”, he was a member of the four-men clearance team responsible for finding insurgent-laid improvised explosive devices. Commanding officer, Lt Col Robbie Boyd, said, “England - as well as the Battalion - has lost a lion."

A MICROLIGHT AIRCRAFT HAS CRASHED ON HOYLAKE BEACH. The dramatic rescue operation unfolded when the pilot tried to attempt a controlled landing after setting-off from Ince Blundell on Tuesday. The emergency crews pulled the aircraft off the sand and the pilot miraculously escaped unharmed.

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