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  1. Andy Bonner, Hillsborough Correspondent

Fan "couldn't help" friend in crush at Hillsborough

Christopher Devonside, Simon Bell and Gary Church

A friend of three men who died at Hillsborough has described being unable to help one of the victims following a surge on the terrace.

James Thomas said he noticed 19 year old Gary Church, from Seaforth, looking distressed as they were pushed against a barrier.

Mr Thomas told his inquest: "He shouted my nickname, “Daffa, help me. I'm dying...” I shouted back to him that I couldn't help him. I said “I can't. I can't move” and he looked at me really angrily."

The witness said he would have done anything for Gary, who he said looked "absolutely petrified."

He added that he briefly saw him disappear under the crowd after the barrier broke.

The court heard that Christopher Devonside, 18, and Simon Bell, 17, were also part of the large group of friends who had entered the ground together.

Jason Kenworthy told the court how Christopher had been distressed by the amount of people inside the pen and wanted to move somewhere less crowded.

Mr Kenworthy, who asked Liverpool goalkeeper Bruce Grobbelaar to stop the game after escaping the pen, later helped carry Christopher across the pitch but saw no signs of life.

Body of Manchester Tunisia gunman victim flown home

Philip Heathcote Credit: Archant

The body of a man originally from Manchester who was killed in the shootings in Tunisia is being flown home.

Philip Heathcote and his wife Alison were celebrating their 30th wedding anniversary.

Mrs Heathcoate was seriously injured in the attack.

She's already been returned to the UK for treatment.

Alison Heathcote Credit: Archant


Lion cub set to make Blackpool Zoo debut

One of the zoo’s two lionesses, Rachel, gave birth to the little boy who has been named Kahri, which means like a king in Africa.

The zoo says Rachel has bonded well with her son in the Big Cat House, which is now open for her to introduce him to the visitors.

Only time will tell when she decides to carry him out to meet his adoring public.

We are absolutely delighted to announce the birth of a healthy lion cub.

“New babies are always a cause for real celebration here at Blackpool Zoo as it means the group is content with their surroundings, which is testament to the fantastic job our keepers do.

“As we approach our busiest time of the year it will be wonderful to see the new cub exploring his home.

– Adam Kenyon, Section Head of Mammals

Health inspectors ban food sales at Manchester store

Credit: Manchester Evening News Syndication

A B&M discount store has been stopped from selling food items after health inspectors discovered an infestation of mice.

Manchester City Council officers immediately shut down the shop in Hyde Road, Gorton, following the discovery.

Signs informing customers of the food ban Credit: Manchester Evening News Syndication
Credit: Manchester Evening News Syndication

Staff were ordered to throw away every single food item from the stockroom, where the infestation of mice had started.

The shop re-opened yesterday morning, but signs could be seen displayed telling customers only furniture could be purchased.

A member of staff, who wished to remain anonymous, said they saw mice inside the shop on numerous occasions.

We are co-operating fully with the Environmental Health who have identified an issue in the last 24 hours only. B&M, Hyde Road, Gorton.

“As a pre-cautionary measure, we regularly use third party pest control specialists and all previous reports in the last month did not identify any specific issues.

“We are taking immediate action with this isolated incident to provide further preventative pest control measures.”

– B&M Spokesperson

Fish saved from Lancaster Canal during emergency repairs

Fish being rescued from the Lancaster Canal to allow repair work

The Canal & River Trust is carrying out emergency repairs to a leak on the Lancaster Canal, near the Grade I listed Lune Aqueduct, just north of the city.

Trust staff first spotted the leak during a routine weekly engineering inspection on 21st June.

A section of the canal was drained early last week and engineers have now identified three holes in the 218 year old clay-lined bed, south of the aqueduct.

Fish in the area were rescued and removed to safety either side of temporary dams.

The trust says despite the heatwave over 90% of the fish have already been successfully transported and its specialist team is back on site this week to remove the smaller fish using nets.

It's hoped to be able to keep the towpath open throughout the repair work and reopen the canal to boats by the end of July.

Unfortunately these sorts of things can happen when caring for a 200-year old structure but we are taking swift action to repair and reopen the canal. In the meantime our teams are contacting boaters who are affected by the closure and making sure we do all we can to protect local wildlife.

“The specialist team carrying out the rescue are amazed at the increase in the number of fish in the canal – five times more than when they were last here six years ago. Large quantities of perch, roach, tench and bream have been rescued from this stretch which is very encouraging in terms of the canal’s general water quality. ”

– Chantelle Seaborn, North West manager, Canal & River Trust


Pope employs Cheshire tattoo removal specialists

When the Vatican needed some serious help to restore ancient works of art there was only one place to go.

They turned to a company in Cheshire that specialises in removing tattoos.

Many of the works needed centuries of dirt removed and the special laser technology is perfect for the job.

Our correspondent Rob Smith has this remarkable story.

United star Hernandez suffers 'broken collarbone'

Hernandez - faces a lengthy lay-off Credit: PA Pictures

Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez was taken to hospital after suffering an injury while playing for Mexico against Honduras in a Gold Cup warm-up match on Wednesday night.

According to reports, the 27-year-old has suffered a broken collarbone, although the Mexican Football Federation has yet to confirm the nature of the injury.

"We have no report, all I know is that he has gone to hospital," coach Miguel Herrera said on the federation's website. "We have not yet seen the results.''

Hernandez was hurt shortly before half-time in a collision with Honduras defender Brayan Beckeles and signalled for help before being substituted. The match finished goalless in Houston.

A significant injury will not only rule Hernandez out of the Gold Cup but also complicate his attempts to secure a move away from Old Trafford after a season out on loan with Real Madrid, who declined to take up an option to make the move permanent.

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