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Roy Keane leaves Aston Villa

Aston Villa has announced Roy Keane has left the club with immediate effect. He joined Villa as Assistant Manager in July.

Roy Keane has left the club with immediate effect Credit: PA

The 43-year-old had been splitting his time between Villa and his job as Martin O'Neill's number two with the Republic of Ireland.

Keane has stepped down from the Premier League club ahead of their trip to Burnley on Saturday.

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Tributes to Phil Hughes dominate Australian papers

Tributes to batsman Phil Hughes, who died yesterday aged 25, dominate the front pages of today's Australian newspapers.


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Immediate safety review launched after Hughes death

Australia's cricket board is to launch an "immediate" review into player safety in the wake of Phillip Hughes' death.

Phil Hughes died on Thursday, three days after suffering a head injury in a freak accident. Credit: Reuters

The 25-year-old's death, two days after he was struck by a ball in a "freak accident", has sparked an outpouring of grief from around the world, symbolised by the #putoutyourbats campaign.

"Statistics say it is clearly a freak incident, but one freak incident is one freak incident too many, so that of course puts us in a position of looking into that," Cricket Australia boss James Sutherland said.

He said the board would work with manufacturers and regulators to review safety measures and seek improvements.

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Team-mates lead cricket's grief for Phillip Hughes

Cricket figures around the world have paid tribute to Australian batsman Phillip Hughes, who was regarded as a key part of his country's future before a freak injury from a bowler's delivery ended his life.

ITV News Sport Editor Steve Scott reports on the prodigy who set new records during a career and life cut cruelly short as he entered his prime.

Drug grower told: Pay £120,000 or get two more years in jail

A convicted drug grower from Leicester has been ordered to surrender just under £120,000 or face a further two years in jail.

Karen McCann, 59, is already serving a sentence of three years and four months after she admitted production of cannabis, abstraction of electricity and money laundering.

Earlier this week a judge at Leicester Crown Court decided she had benefitted from her criminality to the tune of £341,861.01 and that she had realisable assets of almost £120,000.

She now has six months to come up with the cash or face a longer jail term.

Police found 26 cannabis plants growing in a bedroom, another 40 in her loft, and £18,000 in cash when they raided her home in March.

She pleaded guilty to the offences in August, and was sentenced the following month.

Seizing assets from criminals is one of the ways that we ensure crime doesn’t pay. Thanks to this order, Karen McCann won’t have a nest-egg from years of drug production when she comes out of prison.

The cash will be split between Leicestershire Police, the Crown Prosecution Service, HM Court Service and the Home Office, and will help fund other crime-fighting work.

– Mick Penfold, Leicestershire Police


Woman's arm trapped between car roof and road

A woman's arm was trapped between the roof of her car and the road after her car overturned in Hampton in Arden.

The accident happened on Solihull Road at around 10.45pm last night.

Crews arrived on scene to find a car that had overturned onto its roof.

The driver was trapped upside down with her right arm trapped between the roof of the car and the road.

The woman, believed to be 22 years old, was treated for an arm injury.

– Spokeswoman, West Midlands Ambulance Service

'Devastated' family's heartfelt appeal to find man

The family of missing 20-year-old man who disappeared in the early hours of Sunday morning have issued a heartfelt appeal for his safe return.

Daniel Hodgin hasn't been seen since Sunday Credit: West Mercia Police

Daniel Hodgin had been on a night out in Shrewsbury town centre. His mother, Lorraine, last spoke to him at 5.30am when she called to offer him a lift home.

He said he would walk home although he was unsure where he was, so we drove to Shrewsbury anyway but could not find him.

We are devastated as any parent would be who did not know where their son was.

As a family we have been in and around Shrewsbury searching day and night.

We have given out leaflets asking for anyone to come forward with any information as to his whereabouts or the location of any of his possessions.

– Lorraine, Daniel's mother

It is believed Daniel left the Buttermarket nightclub at around 3.30am on Sunday Morning.

His disappearance has been described as completely out of character.

Concerns are growing by the hour for Daniel with the current cold weather, and we request that public keep an eye out for a man matching Daniel’s description.

We are carrying out extensive searches in the Shrewsbury area to locate Daniel. These involve using police dogs, the police helicopter and boats to search the river area.

We are working with the family to ensure they are kept up to date with any developments in the investigation and we continue to follow all lines of enquiry.

– Chief Inspector Tom Harding, West Mercia Police

Frail 84-year-old woman injured in 'despicable' attack

A man attacked a frail 84-year-old woman and stole her handbag, leaving her with a fractured wrist and cuts to her face.

The pensioner suffered a fractured wrist and sever bruising Credit: West Midlands Police

The attack happened as the woman was walking home from a shopping trip on Larch Walk in Yardley on Sunday 16 November at 4.15pm.

She was approached from behind by a man who pulled on her handbag, causing her to fall over. He then stole her bag and shopping. These were later recovered, but he did take £60 cash and her debit card.

This was a despicable attack on a vulnerable elderly lady, who was walking home after getting some grocery shopping and one which has caused great physical and emotional distress.

Although we haven’t got much of a description at this stage, we believe as the attack took place in a fairly busy area someone will have seen the incident and may be able to give a better description, and we ask they should contact police at Stechford on 101.

– DC Cheryl Ray, West Midlands Police

Leicestershire Police launches drink driving campaign

Leicestershire Police is launching its Christmas drink driving campaign today.

Random checks will be made throughout the day and night Credit: PA

Officers will be on the streets making checks at random locations.

Last December a total of 108 drivers were arrested during the campaign.

Cracking down on those who drink and then drive is a year-round commitment for Leicestershire Police.

However, we are very aware the festive season can present opportunities where people are tempted to drive after drinking.

We would advise drivers to plan ahead by leaving the car at home, sharing a taxi or taking public transport or alternatively nominating a designated driver who will avoid drinking alcohol.

– Graham Compton, Leicestershire
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