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The sassy group, with members as young as four, won the contest in the Netherlands.
The sassy group, with members as young as four, were crowned European champions in the Netherlands.

Superstar takes a bike ride round Manchester

Hollywood superstar Hugh Jackman has been taking a spin around Manchester ahead of his live show at the city's arena later.

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The actor, whose live show sees him singing hits from the likes of The Greatest Showman and Les Miserables, shared images from his bike ride around the city on Instagram earlier.

Abbie McManus: England defender joins United after City exit

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England defender Abbie McManus has signed a pre-contract agreement with Manchester United Women after leaving rivals Manchester City Women.

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The 26-year-old had been with City for 12 years and left having helped them to a domestic cup double this season, including the Women's FA Cup final.

A childhood United fan, she now joins the Red Devils after they won the Women's Championship this season.

"My childhood dream has come true," McManus said on her Twitter account.

McManus made 111 appearances and scored three goals during her time with United's cross-city rivals.

She has been included in England's 23-player squad for this summer's Women's World Cup, which begins on 7 June.

Drug gang member caught replacing 'eaten' contacts jailed

A debt-laden drug user, sent from Manchester to Carlisle to regain addicts' phone numbers after a county lines gang member "swallowed" a crucial contacts list, has been jailed.

Jack Thomas Brian Henstock
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Carlisle Crown Court was told Jack Henstock, 28, of Grimshaw Lane, Middleton, Manchester, was seen by police approaching known drug users in Carlisle and was arrested after trying to run off.

In a statement to the court in which he admitted being concerned in the supply of heroin and crack cocaine, it emerged a gang member had swallowed a SIM card containing addicts' numbers to avoid detection by the police.

Henstock, who owed the gang money, was sent to Carlisle "to repopulate the phone contacts for the criminal organisation's customer base of addicts"

Judge Peter Davies jailed him for three years.

An 11-year-old uses a school project to make an imagined plea to the Manchester bomber.
An 11-year-old uses a school project to make an imagined plea to the Manchester bomber.

North West weather: Dry and sunny afternoon

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A dry, warm and sunny afternoon, with some patchy cloud. One or two showers may also form, although these will be isolated. Highs of 16C.

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Man guilty of toddler punch murder

A man who repeatedly punched a toddler left in his care has been convicted of her murder.

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Ella-Rose Clover was temporarily left in the care of Michael Wild

Ella-Rose Clover died in 2018 due to "internal bleeding and cardiac arrest following the deliberate infliction of blows", Liverpool Crown Court heard.

Her mother Pagan Clover broke down in tears as Michael Wild was convicted.

She had left Ella with the girl's godmother, Sharleen Hughes, who then left the 22-month-old with her 31-year-old partner Wild while she did errands.

Girl's 'time machine' talk with bomber

An 11-year-old uses a school project to make an imagined plea to the Manchester bomber.

Magic Weekend: Super League's annual carnival of rugby league

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The rugby league posts are up at Liverpool's Anfield stadium as the annual Super League festival - the Magic Weekend - heads for Merseyside with six matches over two days.

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If you are wondering what to expect, wonder no more.

Here are five great reasons to get involved at the Magic Weekend.

Metrolink staff to strike over Parklife festival weekend

More than 200 workers are to strike for four days next month on Greater Manchester's Metrolink tram service.

Parklife festival goers face travel disruption
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The walkout by Unite members over pay increases looks set to cause chaos over the weekend of the city's sell-out Parklife music festival.

The workers, who include network controllers, staff that check tickets and engineering and business support, will strike from 21:00 BST on 7 June to 05:59 on 10 June.

Metrolink has been asked to comment.

North West weather: Dry, warm and sunny

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There will be a good deal of dry, warm and sunny weather today, with some patchy cloud and highs of 16C. But there's a risk of one or two showers later.

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Weather: Mostly clear with misty patches

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It will remain dry tonight, with mostly clear skies and light winds. One or two mist patches could also develop.

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Guardiola to Juve rumours 'ridiculous'

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Reports that Pep Guardiola will leave Manchester City to manage Juventus are "ridiculous", says the English club's board member Alberto Galassi.

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Guardiola led City to an unprecedented domestic treble of Premier League, FA Cup and Carabao Cup this season.

Several Italian media outlets have reported that the Spaniard will replace Massimilano Allegri, who is leaving Juve at the end of this campaign.

"This rumour is unfounded," Galassi told Sky Italia.

Driving instructor jailed over sex attacks

A driving instructor who raped a 14-year-old girl and sexually assaulted a number of his pupils has been jailed.

Martyn Rees
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Martyn Rees, 37, was convicted of 14 sexual offences and also admitted nine other charges.

Staffordshire Police found 29 video clips of female students and footage of a unconscious teenager as he sexually assaulted her.

The eight victims were aged between 14 and 25 at the time of the offences, which took place in Newcastle-under-Lyme, Cheshire and Manchester between February 2015 and March 2018.

Rees, of West Avenue, Stoke-on-Trent, was jailed for 13 years and will spend five years on extended licence.

North West weather: Dry and sunny

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A dry, fine and rather warm afternoon, with sunny spells. Some cloud and light winds with highs of 18C.

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George Best statue mocked by fans

He's up there with Diego Maradona, Cristiano Ronaldo and Mo Salah - in more ways than one.

A new statue of George Best - the Manchester United football great - has provoked strong reactions from fans and critics alike.

The main complaint is that the sculpture, which was revealed on Wednesday, does not bear any resemblance to the Belfast boy.

The often cruel social media sphere has not held back with one wit saying it looked like everyone's favourite TV detective Columbo.

There was also a suggestion that it wasn't unlike the clay bust modelled by Lionel Richie in the video for his song Hello.

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Man Utd 1999 Treble: Near misses, determination and 'pure luck'

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On 26 May, it will be 20 years since Manchester United completed a remarkable Treble - becoming the only team to win the Premier League, FA Cup and Champions League in one season.

Manchester United open-top bus tour in 1999
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The club are marking the achievement by hosting a Champions League final rematch against Bayern Munich at Old Trafford, and will also be paying tribute on next season's kit.

Yet, such are the fine margins between success and failure that United's Treble hopes were almost killed off before the players seriously started to think it was possible.

Read more of Simon Stone's feature here.

Serial rape accused refuses to appear in court

A man accused of 21 offences including eight rapes across England has refused to attend a plea hearing at the Old Bailey.

Joseph McCann
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Joseph McCann, 34, was arrested near Congleton, Cheshire, and was due to appear via video-link from Belmarsh Prison.

But he did not appear on the screen and a dock officer confirmed he had refused to leave his cell.

Mr Justice Edis set a provisional six-week trial at the Old Bailey to start on 11 November.

He indicated that Mr McCann should be informed that, if he chose not to attend his trial, it would happen in his absence.

Mr McCann is charged with 21 offences against eight people, aged between 11 and 71, over a two-week period between 21 April and 5 May.

A string of alleged offences is said to have happened in Lancashire and Greater Manchester.

Attenborough praises Saddleworth Moor fire marshal scheme

Sir David Attenborough has praised a group of volunteers who have offered to patrol sprawling moorland to prevent wildfires from destroying the area.

Sir David Attenborough
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More than 100 people have signed up to the safety marshal scheme to protect Dovestone Reservoir and surrounding Saddleworth Moor area this summer.

The area of "outstanding natural beauty" has been repeatedly ravaged by fires - most recently in April.

Sir David described the scheme as a "most valuable initiative".

North West weather: Dry and fine

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A dry and fine day with a mix of sunshine and cloud. Feeling warm with highs of 17C.

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Weather: Dry with clear periods

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Any daytime showers will slowly fade in the evening, to leave the night dry with clear periods and just the odd mist patch.

Thursday will remain largely dry with sunny spells, although there is once again a chance of an isolated shower or two developing.

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Manchester Arena bombing: A city remembers with hearts and chalk messages
Handmade hearts are left across the city centre and people have chalked messages for the "22 angels".

Giant sausage thrown at disabled section at Old Trafford

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A giant sausage was among items thrown into the disabled section at Old Trafford by West Ham fans during the Premier League game on 13 April.

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Paris St-Germain fans damaged netting at Old Trafford in February

Manchester United have experienced problems protecting supporters in that area of the ground, particularly against Paris St-Germain in February.

Fans ripped the netting, designed to stop missiles entering the area, during their Champions League visit.

Talks are ongoing in order to find a long-term solution to the problem.

Brother of Manchester attack victim visits gallery's public tribute collection

The brother of one of the 22 victims of the Manchester Arena attack has visited the Manchester Art Gallery collection of public tributes on the second anniversary of the bombing.

Dan Hett, whose brother Martyn died, tweeted that the collection of tributes was "amazing to see".

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About 10,000 objects - including soft toys, lanterns and a guitar - form part of the collection, which Manchester City Council has said will be archived and used for therapy to help families with the grieving process.

'Social media and T-shirts not enough' - Raheem Sterling

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Manchester City forward Raheem Sterling says boycotting social media and wearing T-shirts is "not enough" to combat racism and there must be "harder punishments".

Raheem Sterling
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Sterling, 24, was speaking at the Wall Street Journal's Future of Everything Festival in New York on Tuesday - three days after winning the FA Cup to complete a historic domestic treble.

He said:

Teams getting points deductions, getting kicked out... this is when people start taking it seriously.

North West weather: Hazy, sunny afternoon

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Partly cloudy this afternoon, with hazy, sunny spells. There will be a few light showers around, but most places will stay dry with highs of 16C.

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Give Solskjaer time at Man Utd, says Robin van Persie

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is the right man to lead Manchester United and must be given a fair chance to reverse their decline, former striker Robin van Persie told BBC Sport.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Alex Ferguson
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After impressing as interim manager following the sacking of Jose Mourinho, ex-United forward Solskjaer oversaw a dismal end to the season as they missed out on a top-four finish.

But Van Persie said:

I think it's the perfect match, it's just they're having a bad spell.

Back in the day it was normal for a manager to get time. Nowadays if you lose six games, you're out. Is that the solution?

Give someone time, especially if it's a kid from the club.

Manchester remembers 22 killed in bomb attack

Here's or fully updated story so far, as tributes are made to the victims of the Manchester bombing on the second anniversary of the attack.

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Twenty-two people were killed and hundreds injured in the 2017 suicide bombing at Manchester Arena.

Many people marked the anniversary on Twitter with #OneLoveManchester #WeStandTogether and #ManchesterRemembers all trending.

A Manchester City Council spokesman said this year's anniversary would be marked with a "more intimate" commemoration.

A low-key memorial service will take place at St Ann's Church later, the city council said.

The "personal and private event" for families and emergency services will take place from 14:00 BST.

Manchester Cathedral will also be open throughout the day for people to "spend some time in quiet reflection and prayer".

'You are with me always' - Ariane Grande's mum tweets message to Manchester

Joan Grande, the mother of pop star Ariane Grande, has tweeted a message to Manchester on what is the second anniversary of the terror attack in the city.

Twenty-two people were killed and hundreds injured in the suicide bombing at Manchester Arena in 2017.

Salman Abedi, 22, detonated a home-made device at the end of a concert by Ariana Grande as children and adults began leaving the venue.

In a tweet, Joan Grande said: "I love you, I send you a warm hug, today and forever."

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Hand-crafted hearts mark Manchester bomb anniversary

Hand-crafted heart decorations have been left around Manchester as the city remembers the victims of the 2017 attack.

People have been encouraged to share photographs of the hearts using the hashtag #aheart4MCR.

Fabric hearts in Manchester city centre
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Joyce Tewen, from Ardwick, said she was moved by the heartwarming scenes in St Ann’s Square as people stopped to pick-up a heart and remember the victims.

Joyce Tewen, 45, from Ardwick
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The 45-year-old, who has three children aged seven to 20, said it was a “beautiful” way to mark the sombre occasion.

She said:

I’ve taken a photo of all the hearts so I can show my children as it’s important that they understand what happened.

Alexander McBurney travelled into Manchester on a bus from Heywood to pay tribute to those affected by the terror attack.

Alexander McBurney
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The 48-year-old also made the trip to St Ann’s Square last year to remember those who lost their lives.

He said:

It’s just the right thing to do. I can’t think of a community or city that has come together as much as Manchester. It’s outstanding.