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Woman dies after Cockermouth fall

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A 24-year-old woman has died after falling from Haystacks in the Lake District.

Cumbria Police and Cockermouth Mountain Rescue Team were called to reports that a woman had fallen at 4pm on Wednesday 1st July.

An RAF Sea King helicopter and an air ambulance attended to assist in the rescue.

The woman was flown to the Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle where she was pronounced dead after she sustained fatal head injuries.

She has been named as as Victoria Harris, aged 24, from the Manchester area.

During the same incident another woman was also winched to safety by the RAF helicopter but was uninjured.

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Jewellery robbers knock down pensioner trying to stop them

Jewellery robbers on motorbikes in Bolton Credit: Greater Manchester Police

Police have issued images of offenders fleeing after robbing a jewellery store in Bolton.

It happened at 4.45pm on Friday 4 July 2015 at a jewellers shop on Newport Street, Bolton.

Four offenders, who were armed with axes and crowbars used two stolen motorbikes to carry out the raid.

They threatened staff before smashing glass cabinets and stealing a large amount of jewellery.

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A passerby tried to knock the offenders off their bikes with a billboard. One of the men collided with the 66-year-old man, injuring him. He was taken to hospital for treatment to minor injuries but has since been discharged.

Jewellery robbers at scene in Bolton Credit: Greater Manchester Police

“These robbers have brazenly committed this robbery in broad daylight on a pedestrianised street, stealing a large amount of jewellery from the store.

Passersby on Newport Street had no doubt as to what these offenders were up to and were obviously infuriated by what they could see unfolding before their eyes.

One man courageously tried to stop the robbers as they made off, while a number of other members of the public took photos on their phones.

I would like to thank all of these people for their bravery and for taking a stand against these criminals, however, I would also urge people to be conscious of their safety in incidents such as this and to not unnecessarily put themselves in danger. Thankfully the man knocked over by the bike was not seriously injured.

Anyone with information is asked to call police at Scholey Street police station on 0161 856 5594 or contact Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111."

– Detective Sergeant Iqbal Ahmed from GMP’s Bolton division

Vandals blamed for Manchester tram derailment

Tram derailment St Werburghs Station Credit: ITV Granada

Vandals are being blamed for a tram derailment overnight in Chorlton.

Metrolink say points were damaged at St Werburghs Road station, but the tram was going at a 'walking pace' when it came off the tracks.

There are no reports of any injuries to passengers.

Services are currently suspended between East Didsbury and Deansgate Castlefield and Cornbrook and Manchester Airport.

Engineers were at the station at first light and are working to repair the tram and damaged points.

The line is suspended until further notice and there is no estimate yet when services will start again.

Architect transforms station view into 'green oasis'

Deansgate Station transformed into 'green oasis'. Credit: Manchester Evening News

Bored of looking down onto a drab 'grey' station Beetham Tower architect has designed himself a new view.

Ian Simpson who lives in the top two floors of the 47-storey building wanted to look out on a 'green oasis'.

Blocks of low-maintenance grass have been placed between the tracks to give Deansgate station a more natural appearance.

Grass at Deansgate Station Credit: Manchester Evening News

Mr Simpson will have a bird’s eye view of his new creation from his home

'We wanted to create something a bit special out of something a bit ordinary and grey.

Many people coming in from the airport and this will be one of the first things they see. We wanted to use as many natural materials as possible to create a truly natural, green feel to the station.'

– Architect Ian Simpson
Deansgate Station Credit: Manchester Evening News

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Suspected Ebola patient gets the all clear

A man who was admitted to hospital in Liverpool yesterday to be tested for Ebola has been cleared, as tests came back negative for the deadly virus

The patient - who has a history of travelling to western Africa, became unwell in North Wales and was rushed to Liverpool in an ambulance.

The Royal was one of four UK hospitals placed on Ebola standby last year amid growing concerns the disease could reach the UK

Champion kick boxer jailed for rape

Anthony Richardson Credit: Manchester Evening News

A Champion kick boxer has been jailed for raping one young woman and sexually assaulting another.

Anthony Richardson, of Stockport, Greater Manchester, who won the ISKA British light heavyweight title, committed the offences while addicted to cocaine.

Just days after the successful bout last December he was arrested.

The dad-of-two, 35, was jailed for six and a half years and was told he must serve at least three.

Richardson was well thought of in kick boxing circles and helped train youngsters but his career is now in ruins.

After the hearing the family of one of the victims hit out at the length of his sentence, saying: “It is not long enough, he got let off lightly. They try and make them (the court) feel sorry for them.

“He will only do half of it. But his career is over, he’ll never do kick boxing again.”

Richardson, who apologised after both attacks, was arrested after one of his victims told her family about it.

In a victim impact statement one of the women said: “It has taken away my happiness and turned me into someone I don’t know. It has taken away all that is possible. It has ruined my life.”

Anthony Richardson Credit: Greater Manchester Police

Defending, Rachel Shenton said her client had an ‘exceptional level of remorse’ and even praised his behaviour.

She said: “In many ways the conduct of Mr Richardson since the offences has been exceptional. He did not wish to explore the merits of a trial.

“At the time of these offences he was addicted to cocaine, he was choosing to have alcohol as well. He accepts he behaved as a different man through drink and drugs.

“He has achieved a degree of local celebrity, he has twice been national champion Thai boxer, he has won a lot of medals and trophies.

It was said Richardson, of Florist Street, Shaw Heath, had sought help for his cocaine addiction. He was given six years jail for the rape and six months for the sexual assault.

Fire at Burnley recycling plant Accrington Road closed

Lancashire Fire and Rescue are still tackling a fire at a recycling centre on Accrington Road in Burnley.

Firefighters from across East Lancashire were called to the site at 9.40pm last night. Eight fire engines, a cherry picker and a hazardous materials unit were dispatched as flames engulfed a pile of tyres.

The fire is now under control, three fire engines remain at the site this morning and Accrington road remains closed until further notice.

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