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Blackburn attack: Pair jailed for manslaughter over man's death

A man who carried out a "sustained attack" on a man who was unable to defend himself has been jailed. Nigel Scott, 58, suffered fatal head injuries in the assault on Clarendon Road East, Blackburn, in December 2020. Daniel Butler, 33, was jailed at Preston Crown Court for 11 years...
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Widnes mini tornado damages houses and vehicles

A mini tornado has hit a town, with strong winds damaging houses and vehicles. Police received reports of walls being brought down and car windows being smashed by freak weather in Widnes, Cheshire, at about 12:25 BST. Resident Claire Earnshaw said she walked back from the shop and "came back...
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Chancellor urged to fund maintenance of Chester city walls

The Chancellor has been urged to provide a yearly cash pot of £600,000 to help preserve a city's Roman walls. Chester is the only city in Britain to boast a full circuit of the ancient fortifications but the council has to use money set aside for highways investment to maintain them.
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Rhys Thompson death: Man arrested in murder inquiry

A man has been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to murder a man found dead on moorland. The body of Rhys Thompson, 29, from Moss Side in Manchester, was discovered in West Yorkshire on 13 May. A 30-year-old man was detained earlier following a raid at an address in Wythenshawe.
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Manchester bus strike cancelled after pay deal agreed

Planned strike action on Manchester's buses has been called off after drivers accepted a new pay offer. Members of the Unite union employed by Stagecoach were due to start industrial action later this month. Unite said an offer of a 3.7% pay increase and a £150 one-off payment had been...
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Manslaughter arrests in fatal Heysham blast investigation

Two people have been arrested on suspicion of manslaughter following a house explosion which killed a child and left four adults injured. Two-year-old George Hinds died in the blast at 20 Mallowdale Avenue in Heysham, Lancashire, on 16 May. The cause was a gas pipe which had been cut inside...
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Oldham suspect charged with murder after man's death

A man has been charged with murder following the death of a man in Oldham. Jamie Kennedy, 24, of Yorkshire Street in the town, appeared at Manchester Magistrates' Court earlier accused of killing Bob Payne, who was 60. Mr Payne was found with critical injuries following a disturbance on Frances...
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Blackpool Illuminations: £13m revamp for town's famous show

Blackpool's famous illuminations are to be spruced up with a range of sparkling new light features in a £13m upgrade. A plethora of new attractions will be added to the annual display, which will be extended by two months until 3 January in an effort boost tourism. The lighting infrastructure...
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HMP Liverpool: Prison watchdog member held in smuggling probe

A member of a prison watchdog has been arrested on suspicion of smuggling drugs and phones into a prison. The woman was detained on suspicion of conspiracy to convey prohibited articles into HMP Liverpool and misconduct in a public office. She has been questioned and released under investigation. The Ministry...
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Warrington suspects jump into River Mersey in police escape bid

A pair of suspects tried to escape the officers who were chasing them by jumping into a river, police said. Cheshire Police said a van driver reported he had been assaulted and robbed on Monday evening in Warrington. Two people fled the scene as the police helicopter circled overhead. The...
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Attempted murder charge over Northwich gym stabbing

A man has been charged with attempted murder following a stabbing outside a gym in Cheshire. The 47-year-old of Sefton Road in Wigan, was arrested over an attack outside Pure Gym in Leicester Street, Northwich, on Thursday. He has also been charged with possession of a bladed article in a...
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Greater Manchester Police officer charged with child abuse offences

A detective at Greater Manchester Police has been charged with child sexual abuse offences. Lee Cunliffe, 40, a detective constable based in Salford, was charged with 11 offences earlier. They include two counts of attempting to arrange the commission of a child sexual abuse offence. Mr Cunliffe, who was arrested...
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