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Former child runaway hopes to help others who leave home

Marie Penney as a 15-year-old runaway Credit: ITV

A social worker, who ran away from home as a child two decades ago, will try to help other runaways through her experiences.

Marie Penney left home at age 15, and slept rough on the streets of Manchester. She will speak as part of the 25th anniversary of the 'Safe in the City' programme, run by the Children's Society.

When I was missing I was too young to get scared but if someone had attacked me there would have been nothing I could have done. A friend's older sister tried to get me involved in prostitution. I was annoyed more than anything but looking at it now I was in a lot of dodgy situations.

– Marie Penney


Fusilier would be 'proud' of foundation in his honour

Fusilier Lee Rigby Credit: ITV

The stepfather of Lee Rigby says he would be "proud" of a special foundation being launched in his name.

The Fusilier was killed by extremists in London. His family have set up the charity to help veterans and bereaved families. Ian Rigby believes Lee would have approved.

The Fusilier's father believes he would be 'proud' Credit: ITV

I think he'd be proud that we've tried to do something to keep his memory alive. We've had to step-up to do something in his name.

– Ian Rigby


'I could totally hear it' says Gary Barlow on idea for 'Calendar Girls' musical

Singer-songwriter Gary Barlow has spoken of the ease of penning the musical based on the real-life story of the "Calendar Girls".

Gary told Granada Reports he "could totally hear" the songs for the show, from the moment his friend - and co-writer - Tim Firth asked him to compose it.

The star, from Frodsham in Cheshire, came into our studio for a chat, alongside Tim, ahead of the opening of "The Girls" musical in Salford in January. They talked about what inspired the show.

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