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Bakary Sako scores the opening goal against Crystal Palace

Kris Holland

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Bakary Sako scores the only goal as Crystal Palace continue their revival under Roy Hodgson with victory over Burnley at Selhurst Park.

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KFC and Tesco machete robberies: Ex-rugby star Malcolm Alker jailed

A former rugby international who robbed a KFC restaurant and a Tesco Express store while armed with a machete has been jailed for four years.

Malcolm Alker
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Malcolm Alker, who played for Salford City Reds, pleaded guilty to two counts of armed robbery and carrying a bladed instrument at Bolton Crown Court.

The former hooker, 40, played over 350 games for the rugby league side between 1997 and 2010 and won two England caps.

Alker, of Rathern Avenue, Higher Ince in Wigan, was also a coach at the club.

Couple convicted of selling fake football shirts

A man has been convicted of selling selling fake signed items of football memorabilia including a signed "Wayne Rooney" Manchester United shirt.

Wayne Rooney signing a real shirt
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David Rennie, 46, from Banbury, Oxfordshire, was convicted by a jury at Bournemouth Crown Court of participating in a fraudulent business as a sole trader, and money laundering.

Acting on a complaint, trading standards officers bought a signed Wayne Rooney Manchester United shirt costing £150, Bournemouth Crown Courd heard.

Along with his wife he sold shirts, balls and boots purportedly signed by famous footballers including Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Wayne Rooney.

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Severe accident: M66 Greater Manchester southbound

BBC News Travel

M66 Greater Manchester southbound severe accident, at J3 for .

M66 Greater Manchester - M66 entry slip road closed southbound at J3, Hollins, because of an accident. Traffic is coping well.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Praise for students who helped 'distressed' man on motorway bridge

Police have praised four men believed to be students who came to the aid of a "distressed" man near a motorway bridge.

Officers said the four stayed with the man until police arrived at the bridge at junction nine of the M62, describing them as "pillars of the community".

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Man wanted after absconding from prison

A man is wanted after absconding from HMP Kirkham.

Simon Kierans
Lancashire Constabulary

Simon Kierans, 33, who was sentenced to two and half years in prison for burglary offences and making false representations, absconded from prison yesterday, police said.

Kierans, formerly of Industry Street in Rochdale, is described as white, 5ft 9in tall, of slim build, with scars on his nose, right eyebrow, head and right upper arm.

Police are advising people not to approach him and instead contact them.

Labour steps up Ivan Lewis harassment investigation

BBC Politics

Labour has stepped up its investigation into MP Ivan Lewis, who faces accusations of sexual harassment.

Ivan Lewis

The Bury South MP was suspended by the party last November and says he "strongly disputes" the allegations.

His case has now been referred to Labour's national constitutional committee, which deals with disciplinary matters.

He is one of a number of MPs who are being investigated over allegations about past conduct towards women.

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Football: Man City boss sets awards record

BBC Sport

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has set a Premier League record by being named manager of the month four consecutive times.

Pep Guardiola

The 46-year-old was named winner of December's award as his side produced six league wins and a draw.

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte won the award three times in a row in 2016.

Tottenham striker Harry Kane was player of the month for December to equal ex-Liverpool midfielder Steven Gerrard's record of winning the award six times.

Plans for new 'village' of homes near Lancaster

About 950 new homes could be built as part of plans for a new "village" development near Lancaster.

Stride Treglown Architecture

Ellel Artisan Village, described as a "garden village concept", would be built on agricultural land near junction 33 of the M6.

As well as the new houses there would also be a new hotel, retirement village and space for shops and businesses.

The plans are currently in the early stages of development.

The creation of a new village should not be merely about creating new houses. It needs to be much more. It needs to join the dots with working living and playing..delivering new homes and jobs in the area.

Andrew StanyonDeveloper

Severe disruption: A57(M) Greater Manchester eastbound

BBC News Travel

A57(M) Greater Manchester eastbound severe disruption, between A5103 Medlock Street and A635 Mancunian Way.

A57(M) Greater Manchester - One lane blocked and slow traffic on A57(M) Mancunian Way eastbound between A5103 Medlock Street and A635 Mancunian Way, because of a police incident.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Demi Stokes

England defender Demi Stokes signs a new three-year contract with Women's Super League champions Manchester City.

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Woman makes second court appearance over garden body find

A woman has appeared in court for a second time accused of murdering a man 12 years ago after police found a body buried in a garden in Greater Manchester.

Stockport murder

Barbara Coombes, 63, is also charged with preventing the lawful and decent burial of a body and fraud.

Remains, believed to be those of her father Kenneth Coombes, were found in Reddish, Stockport on Tuesday.

Ms Coombes, of Reddish, appeared at Manchester Crown Court.

Football: Man City is Sanchez's 'preferred destination'

BBC Sport

Could Alexis Sanchez be on his way to the Etihad?

He will leave Arsenal in January if a suitable offer arrives and a replacement is secured, the BBC understands.

Alexis Sanchez

Manchester City is thought to be the 29-year-old's preferred destination.

It is understood the Gunners hierarchy have privately accepted for some weeks that Sanchez is likely to depart after three-and-a-half years at the club.

However, Arsenal are reluctant to sell without replacing the Chilean and their first choice is Bordeaux's 20-year-old Brazilian forward Malcom.

Weather: Cloudy and breezy

BBC Weather

Some sunny spells are possible through the afternoon as well as the odd shower over the hills. Becoming quite breezy by evening. Highs of 7C.

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Man badly hurt in Upton hammer attack

A man was left with serious head injuries after being attacked with a hammer and piece of wood in a Merseyside village.

Greystoke Close

The 49-year-old victim was attacked by a group of males following a fight on Greystoke Close, Upton, at about 19:50 on 10 January.

The offenders are described as aged about 17 and dressed in black with hoods.

The victim remains in a stable condition in hospital and police have launched an appeal for information.

Everton midfielder Harry Charsley

Bolton Wanderers agree a loan deal for Everton midfielder Harry Charsley until the end of the season.

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Astronaut Tim Peake's spacecraft is coming to Manchester

Manchester Evening News

Space fans will be able to get up close to Tim Peake's spacecraft when it lands in Manchester.

The astronaut's Soyuz capsule will be in the city as part of a museum tour and families will be able to see it for free.

Blackburn's oldest fan receives special visit

A woman thought to be Blackburn Rovers' oldest fan has received an extra special present ahead of her 102nd birthday - a visit from club skipper Charlie Mulgrew.

Clara Aspen

Clara Aspen watched her first game when she was 11 years old back in 1927.

She will be joined by family and friends to mark her actual birthday on Sunday.

But Mulgrew and BBC Radio Lancashire presenter Graham Liver thought they'd get the party started early by paying her a visit.

Blackpool shop worker threatened with gun during robbery

A cashier at a Blackpool shop was threatened with a handgun during a robbery, say police.

Premier, Blackpool

At about 07:50 on 6 January, the suspect went around the counter before threatening the cashier.

He pointed his gun at her while demanding cash and left with the money.

The man is described as white, aged 30-40 years old, of slim build and about 5ft 6ins, wearing a dark jacket, gloves, jeans and dark trainers, and a blonde wig.

Ryan Kent

Liverpool loan young winger Ryan Kent to Championship club Bristol City until the end of the season.

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Dog attack in Liverpool leaves man needing surgery

A man had to have plastic surgery after a reportedly being bitten by a dog in Liverpool, prompting police to launch an appeal.

Merseyside Police

It happened on 18 November at about 20:40 in Lawrence Road.

Police have released CCTV images of a man they want to speak to in connection with the incident.

Anyone with information should contact them

Severe disruption: M6 Lancashire northbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Lancashire northbound severe disruption, between J27 for A5209 and J28 for B5256.

M6 Lancashire - One lane closed on M6 northbound between J27, A5209 (Standish) and J28, B5256 (Leyland), because of a broken down lorry. Traffic is coping well.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

BreakingWoman in court over Reddish body in garden find

A woman has appeared at Manchester Crown Court accused of murdering a man 12 years ago after police found a body buried in a garden in Greater Manchester.

Barbara Coombes, 63, is also charged with preventing the lawful and decent burial of a body and fraud.

Remains, believed to be those of her father Kenneth Coombes, were found in Matlock Road, Reddish, Stockport on Tuesday.

Ms Coombes, of Matlock Road, was remanded in custody until 3 April when she will make her next appearance before the same court.

A provisional trial date has been set for 9 July.

Theo Walcott

Everton manager Sam Allardyce confirms the club are negotiating with Arsenal to sign Theo Walcott on a permanent deal.

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£1.2m restoration of Burnley park begins

Restoration work has begun at Burnley's Thompson Park as part of a Heritage Lottery funded project.


The focal point of the park is the sizeable boating lake, with the adjoining boathouse being transformed into a new cafe.

The pavilion - which has been used as the ranger station - will continue to be a base for the rangers but will also serve as a community space.

The work will also include refurbishing the toilets, the paddling pool and play area, and creating a new car park.

Severe accident: M60 Greater Manchester clockwise

BBC News Travel

M60 Greater Manchester clockwise severe accident, at J4 for M56 Sharston Link affecting J26 for A560.

M60 Greater Manchester - Two lanes closed and slow traffic on M60 clockwise at J4 M56 Sharston Link, because of an accident involving three cars. Congestion to J26, A560 (Stockport East).

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Football: Accrington Stanley sign Derby striker and Akeel Francis

BBC Sport

Accrington Stanley have signed Offrande Zanzala from Championship side Derby County on loan and fellow forward Akeel Francis on a free transfer.

Offrande Zanzala
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Zanzala, 21, previously had a loan spell at Stevenage in 2016, as well as with Chester earlier this campaign.

"I'm grateful for the opportunity and I'm looking to grab it with both hands," he told the club's website.

Francis, 18, joins until the summer following the end of his contract with League One side Rotherham United.

Delays on M60 and M61 after accident

There are delays on the M60 and M61 northbound this morning following an accident involving an HGV.

Highways England

The M61 northbound entry slip at J1 from M60 anti-clockwise is closed.

Drivers are being told to expect delays, with normal traffic conditions not expected until after midday.

Latest information can be found here.

Severe disruption: M62 Cheshire westbound

BBC News Travel

M62 Cheshire westbound severe disruption, between J8 for Burtonwood Road and J7 for A57 Warrington Road.

M62 Cheshire - Very slow traffic and one lane blocked on M62 westbound between J8 Burtonwood Road and J7, A57 (Rainhill Stoops), because of debris on the road.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Fresh rail strikes in train safety row

Fresh strikes are expected to cause more disruption for rail passengers in the latest 24-hour walkout over safety.

Rail strikes

RMT union members at Northern, South Western Railway, Merseyrail and Great Anglia are taking action for the third time in less than a week.

The union says scrapping guards and introducing driver-only operated trains risks passenger safety.

But the rail companies have insisted the move is safe and already widely used.

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  • The University of Central Lancashire's £200m phased redevelopment which includes cars and pedestrians sharing roads has been approved despite opposition

Weather: Dry and cloudy

BBC Weather

Dense fog patches should clear through the morning, leaving a mostly dry but rather cloudy day. Highs of 7C.

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