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Every day is a blessing for Rochdale footballer Joe Thompson after beating cancer TWICE

It's story of hope and courage from a professional footballer, who was diagnosed with cancer at the age of 24.

Joe Thompson has beaten the disease TWICE and now hopes to go back to playing at Rochdale.

He wants to thank everyone who supported him through that fight especially his wife and four year old daughter.

He's been talking to David Chisnall.


Man charged over an alleged hostage incident in Oldham

Armed police at the scene on Tuesday. Credit: MEN Syndication

Police have charged a man after an alleged hostage situation in Oldham.

Mark Schofield, 30, of Pemberton Way, Shaw, has been charged with three counts of assault, two counts of possession of an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear or serious violence, and false imprisonment.

Police were called to reports that a man armed with a gun had locked himself in an address on Pemberton Way in Shaw, Oldham, on Tuesday morning.

Officers attended and were negotiating with the man for more than 24-hours before armed police entered the property and safely resolved the hostage situation.

Mr Schofield remains in custody and is due to appear at Tameside Magistrates’ Court on Friday 28 July 2017.

Dad suffering from deadly form of cancer plans to cycle 100 miles around London this weekend

Dave Staley will cycle 100 miles around London this weekend. Credit: ITV Granada

Dave Staley was diagnosed with a rare form of terminal lung cancer caused by asbestos just weeks before his 40th birthday.

Despite having a lung removed, the father of two has been cycling to get fit and this weekend will take part in a one hundred mile cycle event.

Tim Scott went to meet him.

Police are 'concerned' for missing 14-year-old boy

Khalid Omar was last seen at around 7.15am this morning. Credit: Lancashire Constabulary

Police are "concerned" for a missing 14-year-old boy from Blackburn.

Khalid Omar was last seen at around 7.15am at an address on Clockhouse Avenue, Burnley, this morning.

Police say Khalid left the house without telling anyone where he was going.

“We are concerned for Khalid’s welfare given his age which could make him vulnerable and because this is completely out of character for him to do.

“We would advise people not to approach him but to report any sightings to us.

“If you have seen him or know where he is, please make contact with the police.”

– A Lancashire Police spokesman

Khalid is described as black, around 5ft 9ins, of slim build with short, black hair and was last seen wearing a beige traditional robe and grey trainers.

Anyone with information can call 07818 012124 or if they fail to get an answer, 101, quoting incident number 225 of July 27th.


Building maintenance workers to protest outside council meeting

Members of Unite will demonstrate on Friday. Credit: PA

Building maintenance workers involved in a long-running dispute over pay are to stage a protest outside a council meeting as they continue with a month-long strike.

Members of Unite working for a joint venture between Manchester City Council and contractors Mears, will demonstrate on Friday ahead of a meeting of the Combined Greater Manchester Authority.

The workers have been on strike since July 8 and are not due to return until August 7, claiming differences in pay mean that some are earning up to £3,500 less than colleagues for doing the same job.

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Officers search for driver involved in Ulverston collision

The collision happened near the A5087 Credit: PA

Officers are continuing to search for a driver involved in a collision in Ulverston yesterday afternoon, 26 July. The collision happened near the A5087 at the junction of Park Road and Priory Road.

The collision involved a black VW Polo and a male cyclist. The male cyclist, a 24-year-old man from Ulverston, was taken to the Royal Preston Hospital via air ambulance. He remains in a critical condition this morning and his family remain with him, and they are being supported by specially trained officers.

Police were actively looking for the vehicle at the time of the collision. The vehicle has since been located by police.

The male driver involved in the Lancashire incidents is described as 5ft 10 inches, with dark blonde hair, of stocky build, wearing jeans and a white-coloured t-shirt.

The driver involved in this collision is not believed to live locally, and we continue to make every effort today to trace him. We would urge him to contact the police immediately. We continue to ask that anyone who believes they know the whereabouts of this man contacts police immediately and does not make any attempt to approach him themselves.”

– Rob O’Connor, Superintendent, Cumbria Police

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101 or contact Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

Police use Taser to bring down man 'carrying crossbow and knife' in Northern Quarter

Police cordon off Tib Street during the incident. Credit: MEN Media

Police have made an arrest after an armed man was seen walking around Manchester city centre with a crossbow and a knife.

Officers swooped on Tib Street near Ancoats at around 2.30pm today. A man was detained and arrested and it is understood police used a Taser as they attempted to detain the man.

“Shortly after 2.30pm police were called to Tib Street in Manchester City Centre to reports that a man was walking around with a large crossbow and a knife.

“Armed officers attended and a 30-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of carrying offensive weapons.

“During the incident the man suffered an injury to his hand. He has been taken to hospital for treatment.

“A police cordon has now been put in place around a bag that the man was carrying.

“During the detainment, a Taser and a baton launcher was used by officers. As is standard practice, an automatic referral to GMP’s Professional Standards Branch and the IPCC has been made.”

– Greater Manchester Police spokesman
An image of the crossbow. Credit: MEN Media

Keith Marland was driving past as the incident unfolded.

“I saw armed police driving past, then about six or seven police Range Rovers went passed. A few of them then jumped out of the cars. The man with a crossbow was running towards us, a police dog brought him to the ground, but he got up again and the police dog was hanging onto his arm. “He walked to the other side of the road. He walked into the front of a police car but carried on.

“The man was then Tasered, then I heard a bang and he fell to the floor. Police then disarmed him of his cross bow and took his mask off.

“They were shouting for everyone to move away.”

– Eyewitness account from Keith Marland who was driving past.

Chaplain from Stockport charged with historical sexual offences against two girls

Generic police photo. Credit: PA

A chaplain has been charged with sexual offences against two girls.

Greater Manchester Police said Alan Devine, 74, of Worthing Close in Stockport, had been charged with 15 offences including rape, indecent assault and gross indecency.

The charges relate to incidents which are alleged to have taken place at a school in Stockport between 1972 and 1976.

Mr Devine has been bailed and is due to appear at Stockport Magistrates Court on August 21.

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