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Inaugural flight cancelled after firefighters spray plane with FOAM

Plane covered in foam Credit: MEN Syndication

An inaugural Virgin flight from Manchester to Atlanta was delayed for a day – after fire crews sprayed it with FOAM instead of water during a salute.

The first flight had been due to take off at 10.35am yesterday, with the bigger Airbus A330-300 taking over from Delta’s Boeing 757-200 aircraft, boosting passenger numbers from 164 to 266.

It’s understood the salute often carried out by airport fire engines to celebrate a new flight went awry after fire suppressing foam shot out from one of the vehicles. The blunder put the aircraft temporarily out of action by clogging up the vital and sensitive jet engines and hi-tech turbine blades delaying the flight by a day.

Man wanted after charity box stolen in Manchester

Police have released the image of a man wanted after a charity box was stolen from a shop in Manchester.

A man stole the charity box from the counter of the Student Convenience Store on Ladybarn Lane on March 19th.

Do you recognise this man? Call police on 0161 856 4423 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. Credit: Greater Manchester Police

The man is described as black, about 5ft 10in tall, between 40-45 years-old, of medium build, and was wearing glasses, a dark jacket, and was carrying a dark rucksack.

“This was a shameful act and we want to catch the person responsible.

“I would urge anyone who recognises the man in the image to contact police immediately.”

– Police Constable Chris Turner

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 0161 856 4423, or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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John Lennon's former home to go under the hammer

The house where John Lennon learned to play guitar is up for auction today. The property, on Blomfield Road in Liverpool, was once owned by his mother Julia. Although Lennon lived mostly with his Aunt Mimi nearby, he was a frequent visitor.

The three-bedroom home has been given a guide price of £120,000, but auctioneers are hoping it might attract much more from investors with an interest in The Beatles. Our reporter Tim Scott took a look around:

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