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<b>News of the day in so many words…Friday 3 July:</b> Michael Shields to remain in prison; kidap faked and skateboards for overweight kids

Published on July 3rd 2009.


Michael Shields will have to serve his ten-year sentence following Jack Straw’s refusal to pardon the Liverpool fan. Shields was jailed in 2005 for the attempted murder of a Bulgarian barman. The justice secretary has made a “provisional decision” not to grant a free pardon as he is “not satisfied that Mr Shields was morally and technically innocent” although another man has confessed to the crime. The 22-year-old from Edge Hill is due for release in May 2010.

Four men have been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after a 32-year-old man was left in a critical condition following a road accident. Two men aged 19 and 28 from the West Derby area, a man, 19, from the Kirkby area and a 21-year-old from the Stockbridge Village area, are being questioned by police after the victim was found on Holt Road in Kensington on Thursday.

A man has been fined £1,000 for faking his own kidnapping. Peter Woodward, 57, told officers from Merseyside Police he had been held hostage by three men, made to drive to Liverpool and robbed of £90. South Ribble Magistrates Court heard how an extensive police investigation uncovered the man’s lies and fined him for wasting police time.

New skateboards are the latest weapon St Helens Council is introducing to tackle obesity and truancy. The “vigorboard”, a self-propelled skateboard which is split in the middle with wheels that rotate 360 degrees, will be used in PE lessons at every primary and secondary school to improve fitness.

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J4MJuly 3rd 2009.

Michael Shields will be out in a month. That was the prediction on Radio City today from your very own Laz Nield. Be interesting to see if the old know-all gets it right. I'll be watching.

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