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Parklife victim's mum says they can't celebrate Christmas without him

Robert Hart with his girlfriend Gemma Party Credit: ITV Granada

The mother of Robert Hart, who was killed at the Parklife music festival in Manchester has spoken of her heartache facing her first Christmas without her son.

Elaine Hart from Bollington near Macclesfield has made a fresh appeal for help to find her son's killer.

The 26 year old was struck after a row trying to protect his girlfriend. Gemma had been hit by a man kicking an inflatable doll.

E-fit of mixed race man police believe was responsible for killing Robert Hart Credit: ITV Granada

The police believe they are just a photo frame away from identifying Robert Hart's killer but say they still need more photos and video clips from the festival.

His mother says they can't celebrate Christmas until his killer has been caught.

Clarke Carlisle hospitalised with life threatening injuries

Clarke Carlisle Credit: PA

The former Burnley captain Clarke Carlisle is said to be fighting for his life after being hit by a lorry in York. Carlisle, who was born in Preston, and started his career at Blackpool, was airlifted to Leeds General Infirmary this morning with life threatening injuries. In the last few minutes, Burnley have released a statement, saying the thoughts of all at the club are with him and his family.

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Paul McCartney pays tribute to 'lovely northern lad' Cocker

Sir Paul McCartney joined the tributes to Joe Cocker. Credit: Reuters

Beatles legend Sir Paul McCartney has joined the tributes to Joe Cocker, the singer who died today at the age of 70.

Sir Paul said:

It's really sad to hear about Joe's passing. He was a lovely northern lad who I loved a lot and, like many people, I loved his singing I was especially pleased when he decided to cover With A Little Help From My Friends and I remember him and (producer) Denny Cordell coming round to the studio in Savile Row and playing me what they'd recorded and it was just mind-blowing, totally turned the song into a soul anthem and I was forever grateful for him for doing that.

I knew him through the years as a good mate and I was so sad to hear that he had been ill and really sad to hear today that he had passed away. He was a great guy, a lovely guy who brought so much to the world and we'll all miss him.

– Sir Paul McCartney

Two men charged with murder of Merseyside police officer Neil Doyle

PC Neil Doyle who died after being assaulted early on Friday morning Credit: Merseyside Police Credit: Merseyside Police

Two men have been charged with the murder of Merseyside Pc Neil Doyle.

Andrew Taylor, 28, of Cherrytree Road, Huyton, and 30-year-old Christopher Spendlove, from Brandearth Hey, also Huyton, will appear before magistrates at Liverpool Crown Court tomorrow, the Crown Prosecution Service said.

Both men have also been charged with grievous bodily harm in relation to two other men who were also attacked.

The attack took place in the early hours of Friday in Liverpool city centre.

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Blackpool chairman Oyston apologises for abusive fan text messages

Blackpool chairman Karl Oyston Credit: Mark Robinson/PA Wire

Karl Oyston has apologised for branding a Blackpool fan "a retard".

Oyston has come in for strong criticism over the last 36 hours after a series of texts he sent to supporter Stephen Smith were published on the Tangerine Knights' website.

The Blackpool chairman became embroiled in a furious row with Smith, branding him "a retard" and telling him to "enjoy the rest of your special needs day out".

After being criticised by Blackpool fans and a number of organisations, Oyston responded by issuing an apology on the Blackpool website on Monday afternoon.

"I would like to unreservedly apologise for any offence or distress caused by my text responses reported in the media recently," Oyston said in a statement.

Alan Henning Academy helps Syrian refugees back to school

A school dedicated to the sacrifice made by aid worker Alan Henning has opened in Turkey.

The project will allow 400 Syrian refugees to get an education hundreds of miles from the Syrian border and the conflict they fled.

Alan Henning, a taxi driver from Salford, was killed by Islamic State terrorists earlier this year.

Granada Reports was given exclusive access to the school named after Alan.

Appeal after unprovoked assault on Afghanistan veteran in Morecambe

CCTV Images Credit: CCTV Images

POLICE have released CCTV images of a man they would like to speak to after an army reservist was punched in the face during an unprovoked attack in Morecambe.

The victim, a 31-year-old local man, was on a night out after returning from a six month tour in Afghanistan.

He was approached and then punched near to The King’s Arms Hotel on Marine Road Central between 2 to 3am on Thursday 11 December.

The victim suffered a broken jaw on both sides.

CCTV Images Credit: CCTV Images

DC Jill Neil from Lancaster CID said: “This was a despicable act on a man who had just been enjoying his first night out after returning back from serving his country in Afghanistan.

“After the attack, the victim had to be operated on as a result of the severity of his injuries.

“I appeal to anyone who may have any information about this incident to get in touch with us.”

Anyone with information should contact Lancashire Police on 101 quoting incident reference LC-20141217-0723 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Man quizzed by anti-terror police

A 24-year-old man is being questioned on suspicion of terror offences.

Officers from the North West Counter Terrorism Unit searched an address in Crumpsall in Manchester on Friday.

The suspect was arrested the following day on suspicion of offences under the Terrorism Act, according to Greater Manchester Police.

A police spokesman said:

"There is believed to be no threat to the community of Greater Manchester relating to the circumstances of this address."

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