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Norris Cole is taking a break from Coronation Street

Coronation Street star Malcolm Hebden, who plays Norris Cole, is taking a break from the show.

The 78-year-old first appeared in the soap as the much-loved character in 1994.

Before being cast as Norris, who works in The Kabin, he played another Weatherfield character, Carlos, in 1974.

The Sun quoted an ITV source as saying that the Chester-born actor, known for his busybody alter-ego, is currently away from the soap and "bosses do not know when he will be back".

Talking about his classic character, Hebden previously said:

I quite enjoy making people laugh. And children seem to like Norris. Perhaps he reminds them of their grandad.

– Malcolm Hebden

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Watch: the 9 year old who can chop a brick in half with his hand

A talented nine-year-old who can chop a brick in half with his hand has become the youngest person in Great Britain to be named as an expert fighter at his level.

Julian Chlipala started training in the Korean martial art of Tang Soo Do when he was just three.

Now Julian, who's from Swinton, Salford, has achieved the rank of black belt 2-dan.

Click to watch him in action:

He’s absolutely phenomenal. He’s my little boy wonder.

A lot of young people get to 1st degree and then struggle for a few years. It takes a huge amount of training and dedication to get to that level - it’s more of a lifestyle than a hobby.

– Peter Watt, Family Martial Arts Centre

His father Lucjan says the whole family are so proud of Julian, who trains at least three times a week.

Any father would be proud of a son like that. It makes him disciplined and he has a lot of respect.

He’s such a nice guy

– Lucjan, father

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Vandals who graffitied city centre war memorial are branded 'a disgrace'

The graffiti is being cleaned off today, and CCTV in the area examined. Credit: MEN Media

Vandals who scrawled graffiti on a city centre war memorial have been branded "a disgrace".

The cenotaph in St Peter’s Square, Manchester, pays tribute to those who gave their lives for their country.

It's believed to have been targeted at some point over the weekend, with the words ‘Parisa Marie’ and ‘X Factor 2018’ painted on.

City centre spokesman councillor Pat Karney warned that those responsible will be caught.

‘Parisa Marie’ and ‘X Factor 2018’ were scrawled on the tribute Credit: MEN Media

This is disgusting and an insult to all those people who gave their lives to save Manchester.

Of all the places in the city for graffiti to be it should not be on our war memorial.

– Cllr Pat Karney

The graffiti is being cleaned off today, and CCTV in the area examined.

Liverpool DJ Pete Price made Citizen of Honour

Pete Price Credit: Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA Archive/PA Images

DJ Pete Price is to receive one of Liverpool's top awards.

The 71 year old has been nominated for Citizen of Honour in recognition of his 50 years in show business and his charity work.

He' ll receive the award at Liverpool Town Hall in a special ceremony this evening.

It is in recognition of his services to entertainment and his charity work.

Pete Price is an institution, loudly passionate about Liverpool because he genuinely cares about the city and its people.

He has used his fame and his phone in to rightly shine a spotlight on many difficult issues as well as speaking out against homophobia, bullying and highlighting mental health issues.

I am delighted to be able to confer the Citizen of Honour award on him.

– Lord Mayor, Councillor Malcolm Kennedy

Liverpool has been my life. It gave me the opportunity and platform to be who I am today.

It has had some dark times, but now, as I always have been, I am proud to talk about Liverpool.

People sometimes ask why I live on the Wirral, but from my lounge every day I have the best view of the city, overlooking one of the most iconic waterfronts in the world.

I never take for granted the city or the people, and apart from this new honour, one of my biggest achievements was being made an honorary scouser.

Thank you Liverpool for giving me so much.

– Pete Price
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