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Heysel memorial: Liverpool FC marks disaster thirty years on

A private memorial service at Anfield marked the 30th anniversary of the Heysel disaster Credit:

Liverpool FC has marked the thirtieth anniversary of the Heysel disaster with a private memorial at Anfield.

The memorial remembered the disaster of 29 May 1985 when 39 people - mostly Juventus fans - died under a collapsing wall in the Heysel Stadium in Brussels before the European Cup Final.

There have also been services of remembrance in Brussels and Turin.


Students watch out for each other over bullying

Pupils at a school in Manchester are helping each other to tackle bullying, having changed a culture of fear in the corridors.

Levenshulme High School for Girls was sanctioned by Ofsted over bullying in 2013. Now, a number of students work as 'Anti-Bullying Ambassadors' - watching out for other pupils and providing a counselling service. They have described their efforts, and how they help, to ITV's Stop Bullying campaign.

Young Lancashire story contest winner congratulated by Duchess of Cambridge

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A girl from Lancashire who won a national story contest was among young writers praised by the Duchess of Cornwall for their "brilliant" efforts.

10-year-old Amabel Smith from Chorley won gold in the older age category of the 500 Words competition with a futuristic tale about a society where people are not allowed to leave home and live their lives through computers.

The finalists were invited to a prize-giving ceremony staged at St James's Palace.

In Amabel's winning entry, a girl breaks convention and goes for a run, watched by a boy who has also defied the state by hacking into a government satellite, and he sees her on the streets.

The 10-year-old winner said:

'I got in the top 50 last year and I thought I might come third.'

"I really wanted to write a story where there are two people telling their own story from their own point of view.'

"The election was coming up and I thought what would happen if a government was elected and did something bad with the country - they might want more power.'

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The Duchess Camilla told the winners, who were gathered with their parents at the St James' Palace: 'Like climbing through the wardrobe into Narnia, stories open doors into different worlds. They stretch imagination and get our brains buzzing.'

'We fall in love with heroes and heroines and can't turn the pages fast enough to find out what happens. We meet impossible people, travel to remote places and make hundreds of new friends.'

Red Devils' grieving brothers to play together for first time after father's death

Salford Red Devils' three Griffin brothers are set to play alongside each other for the first time on Saturday just four days after the death of their father.

33 year-old Darrell, 25-year-old Josh and 22-year-old George have declared themselves available for selection after speaking with Red Devils Head Coach Iestyn Harris and have been named in the squad for the Super League match against Widnes, which will open the Magic Weekend at Newcastle's St James' Park.

33-year-old Darrell will be joined by his brothers on the field for the first time this weekend Credit: PA Images

A minute's silence will be held before kick-off as a mark of respect to the Griffin family.

Josh broke the news of his father's death from a heart attack on Tuesday and admits it will be an emotional occasion on Saturday.

'Me and my brothers have put our hands up this week to play in memory of him,' he tweeted.

'Will be hardest thing.'

'He would have wanted us to take that field, he loved watching us play and I'm sure it's going to be an emotional experience.'

Salford's Josh announced the news of his father's death this week Credit: PA Images

Salford owner Marwan Koukash said:

'I have nothing but admiration for the strength and professionalism of the three brothers.'

The youngest of the brothers George joined his siblings at the AJ Bell Stadium in the winter. Darrell joined the club two and a half years ago, while Josh arrived last season.

22-year-old George, the youngest brother Credit: PA Images


Headteacher: Every school needs 'Anti-Bullying Ambassadors'

A headteacher who turned around a high school, once condemned over bullying, says pupils keeping "a vigilant eye" is the answer. Patsy Kane took over Manchester's Levenshulme High School after Ofsted placed it in special measures in 2013.

She appointed a group of 'anti-bullying ambassadors' from among the students to help watch over corridors and counsel those being bullied. Ms Kane told ITV's Stop Bullying campaign that the ambassadors helped to transform the atmosphere.

Queen visits Lancaster: royal fans await her majesty's arrival

Ava and Poppy wait patiently for the Queen Credit: Victoria Grimes/Granada

Royal fans are gathering to welcome the Queen to Lancaster.

The Queen, who also holds the title of Duke of Lancaster, will arrive at Lancaster station by Royal Train before heading for Lancaster Castle for a ceremonial visit.

Young royal fans at Lancaster station waiting for Her Majesty to arrive Credit: Victoria Grimes/Granada

There she will be entertained by a performance of Shakespeare and meet invited guests.

Security is high for the Queen's visit Credit: Victoria Grimes/Granada

She will then have lunch at Myerscough College in Billsborrow.

Crowds are gathering at Lancaster station waiting to welcome the Queen Credit: Victoria Grimes

The visit marks 750 years since the creation of the Duchy of Lancaster inheritance.

Rape in Oldham: Police release CCTV Images

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Police have released CCTV images after a girl was raped in Oldham.

The 17-year-old was raped on Tuesday 5 May between 8pm and 9.30pm in woodland near Freehold Metrolink station.

The offender is described as a 5 foot 5 inch black male between the ages of 17 and 25 of skinny build with a shaved head.

The girl had met her attacker on the metro as she travelled between Westwood and Freehold in Oldham.

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After leaving the tram together they walked into nearby woodland where the man raped her.

An investigation has been launched and police are appealing for anybody with information to come forward.

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Detective Inspector Lewis Hughes said:

'I would like to appeal to anyone that was in the area around the time of the incident who may have seen something to please contact the police.'

'The victim met her attacker whilst on the Metrolink so we hope there may have been other passengers on there who have seen them and could help us identify the offender.'

'Please look carefully at the CCTV and contact police if you recognise the offender.'

Anybody with information should contact 0161 856 9080 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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