Aunt's life ended by stranger, 114 paedophiles jailed and city's first five star hotel

By Ellen Kirwin

Good morning, these are the latest ECHO headlines today.

Heartfelt tributes paid to popular aunt who had dreams 'cruelly' ended by stranger

The brother of a popular former headteacher said he knew "something was very wrong" when she didn't arrive home.

Paula Kingdon had no chance to avoid Ann Marie Crook's Renault Clio as it hurtled towards oncoming traffic on the M57.

Liverpool Crown Court was told of Ms Kingdon's compassion and devotion to others as Crook was jailed over the crash yesterday.

READ MORE: Mum drove wrong way down M57 and killed someone

Ms Kingdon was on her way to see her brother Stephen Sharples when she drove onto the M57 at around 9.30am on the morning of October 31, 2019.

The 64-year-old had been in Kirkby to visit her step-dad John, who she helped to care for, and had messaged Stephen Sharples via WhatsApp just before she set off.

In an emotional statement written by Mr Sharples, he said: "So soon after waving Paula off, John opened his front door to police officers who told him Paula was dead."

Read the full article and tributes here.

114 paedophiles and perverts brought to justice this year in Merseyside

The list includes a paedophile who raped a girl at least 60 times, a sex attacker who tried to rape a teen, then did rape a gran, and a couple who raped a little boy then offered his mum cash.

Judges dealt with a sex offender who blamed his behaviour on an alter ego called 'Alex' and a paedophile whose video of him abusing a girl ended up being seen by her mum.

READ MORE: Schoolgirl taken on dad's 100 mile cocaine debt road trip

Meanwhile, a member of a gang who tortured and raped a man for hours was finally brought to justice after years at large.

Thanks to the bravery of victims who summoned the strength to report their abusers, and in some cases give evidence against them in trials, these twisted crooks were all locked up.

Here is the full list of paedophiles and perverts brought to justice this year.

Growing Liverpool developer wants to open city's first five star hotel

A city developer wants to open Liverpool's first five-star hotel following an "absolutely stunning" post-Covid recovery from his current sites.

Town Hotels and its director of hospitality operations Duncan Stewart recently opened the first hotel in the Baltic Triangle - and its portfolio includes Duke Street Boutique Hotel, York Street Studios and Chavasse Apartments in the city centre.

According to Mr Stewart, that future includes the aim of opening the city's first five-star hotel - an ambition slowed down by the pandemic but one that is still very much on the cards.

Read the full story here.

Receive newsletters with the latest news, sport and what's on updates from the Liverpool ECHO by signing up here


What is inkl?

Important stories

See news based on value, not advertising potential. Get the latest news from around the world.

Trusted newsrooms

We bring you reliable news from the world’s most experienced journalists in the most trusted newsrooms.

Ad-free reading

Read without interruptions, distractions or intrusions of privacy.