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Gretna crash victims confirmed as two men

Police have confirmed that two people who died in a crash on the A74(M) near Gretna were both men from the Oldham area.

The two men, aged 21 and 22, were travelling in a car which crashed into a bridge column on the southbound carriageway close to junction 21. It happened at around 6am on Sunday. Both men were pronounced dead at the scene and formal identification is yet to take place.

The road was closed at junction 21 to allow for police enquiry and recovery of the vehicle. Local diversions were in place and the road was reopened by police at around 12:30pm.

Police Sergeant Leigh McCulloch from the Dumfries and Galloway Trunk Road Policing Unit, said today:

This was a serious road traffic incident which has resulted in the death of two men.

Specialist officers continue to progress the enquiry to determine the exact circumstances surrounding the incident and I would ask that anyone who may have witnessed the crash contact the Road Policing Unit at Lockerbie via the 101 number with any information they may have.

– Sergeant Leigh McCulloch, Police Scotland

Any witnesses are being asked to contact Police Scotland on 101.


De Bruyne signs for City

Manchester City's new signing Kevin de Bruyne Credit: MCFC

Manchester City have confirmed the signing of midfielder Kevin de Bruyne for a club-record fee reported to be 58 million pounds.

The 24-year-old Belgian has agreed a six-year deal at the Etihad Stadium.

He won last season's German Cup with Wolfsburg, having joined them from Chelsea in January 2014.

De Bruyne becomes City's fourth high-profile summer signing after Raheem Sterling, Fabian Delph and Nicolas Otamendi.


Lancashire triumph in T20 final

Lancashire are the T20 Blast champions after a 13-run win over Northants in the final at Edgbaston.

The Lightning triumphed in their third final appearance to win their first limited overs trophy since 1999.

They set the Steelbacks a target of 167, the highest on a low-scoring Finals Day. Alex Davis top-scored with 47 off 26 balls to be named man of the match.

Lancashire had reached the final with a 6-wicket win over Hampshire.

James Faulkner, who starred with bat and ball in the semi-final, dislocated his finger in the final. The Australian all-rounder described it as "a day I'll never forget."

Man arrested after woman found dead in Newton Heath

Murder investigation launched in Newton Heath Credit: Jim Cook

A man has been arrested on suspicion of murder after a woman was found with fatal injuries at a house in Manchester.

Police and paramedics were called to Culcheth Lane, Newton Heath in the early hours of this morning amid reports of an assault.

A woman, 38, was found with head injuries and died shortly after.

The arrested man, 48, is being questioned by Greater Manchester Police.

A post-mortem examination is due to take place later. The woman has not yet been identified.

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