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Fans warned not to bring flares to Anfield

Liverpool fans let off a red flare in the stands during the UEFA Europa League match at Old Trafford Credit: PA

Liverpool FC and the emergency services are warning fans not to bring flares, smoke bombs or other pyrotechnics to tonight's Europa League semi-final.

The club says anyone caught taking these items to Anfield will face prosecution and will be banned.

Merseyside Police Match Commander, Jon Ward said:

The increasing use of flares and other pyrotechnics at football matches is a concern.

We fully support the club in working to eradicate this dangerous and reckless practice and would ask that supporters work with us.

– Merseyside Police Match Commander, Jon Ward


Man dies after violent attack outside chip shop in Leigh

Man died close to chip shop in Leigh Credit: Google

Police are appealing for information after a man died after being attacked outside a chip shop in Leigh.

The attack happened around 11:45pm on Wednesday 4 May 2016 by the Oceans Eleven chip shop on Railway Road.

Police say the 50-year-old man was attacked by a group of people and had personal items stolen.

A 31-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder and remains in custody for questioning.

Detective Chief Inspector Jane Little from GMP’s Major Incident Team said:

“I would like to offer my heartfelt condolences to the man’s family at this incredibly difficult time and we currently have specially trained officers working to prove them with support.

“Less than 12 hours on from this man’s tragic death, we are still in the very early stages of our investigation and our enquiries are on-going.

“I know this incident may cause some concern locally but I want to stress that we have launched a full investigation and are actively trying to find those responsible for the attack.

“This was a violent attack and we are appealing for anybody who may have witnessed it or have information on the circumstances surrounding it to please contact police.”

– Detective Chief Inspector Jane Little, GMP

Anybody with information should contact police on 0161 856 8797 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

Tribute to man who was killed whilst celebrating his birthday

James Feeney Credit: Family photo

The family of a man who died after he was assaulted whilst celebrating his birthday at a pub in Rochdale have released a tribute.

James Feeney, 65 was attacked on Sunday 1 May 2016 at around 8.20pm.

A 53-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of manslaughter and has been bailed until 4 September 2016.

James Feeney's family have said:

“Jimmy was a loving family man, his family were his life.

“His kindness and friendliness was known to everyone.

“Jimmy would steer away from trouble and enjoy life to the full. He loved horse-racing and football.

This tragic event has left us all shocked, devastated especially as it happened during his 65th Birthday celebrations.”

– Family statement


Debt affecting mental health of North West students, says survey

Debt worries are putting students under immense pressure, says survey Credit: PA

Students across the North West are so concerned about their debts it affects their mental health, according to a new survey.

The study found 46% of students worry to the point where it impacts upon their wellbeing. 74% said finances were something they were troubled by "all the time or very often."

Man dies after attack outside chip shop in Leigh

A man has died after being attacked outside a chip shop in Leigh. He was taken to hospital but succumbed to his injuries. Police are now appealing for witnesses.

Detectives say the man was not presenting a threat to anyone at the time of the violent attack shortly after 11.30pm last night.

Several males are sought in respect of this attack and anyone witnessing the events leading up to, during or after the attack are asked to make contact with police as soon as possible.

– Greater Manchester Police
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