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Corrie star's battle over funding for disabled people

A Coronation Street actress has launched a personal campaign to save a fund that helps disabled people.

Cherylee Houston from Morecambe, who plays Izzy Armstrong in the soap, wants to protect the Independent Living Fund.

It allows people with disabilities to control their own care.

But the government plans to close it, with no direct replacement in sight.

Our political reporter Daniel Hewitt has more:


Long lay-off for Burnley's Barnes

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Burnley striker Ashley Barnes is set to miss the majority of next season after suffering a serious knee injury.

The Clarets have announced that the 25-year-old sustained anterior cruciate ligament and medial collateral ligament damage in Sunday's final-day Barclays Premier League victory over Aston Villa.

Barnes, who will undergo surgery next week, is the fourth Burnley player to be struck by a cruciate ligament injury in the space of 14 months, following Sam Vokes, Kevin Long and Dean Marney into long-term rehabilitation.

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'Accidental death' ruled in luxury yacht inquest

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A coroner has recorded a verdict of accidental death after a Cumbrian sailor fell off a luxury yacht in 2013.

Michael Hanlon, from Windermere, was working on the £65 million yacht "Faith" on a crossing from the Caribbean to the South of France.

The 22-year-old fell overboard the night it was docked in Antibes.

His family believe crucial lessons should be learned from his death on the safe operation of super yachts.

Salford backs call for LS Lowry to appear on £20 note

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Salford artist LS Lowry is the front-runner to become the new face of the £20 note.

The Bank of England is seeking nominations for the face that should grace the next £20 note and wants the public to choose a visual artist to celebrate Britain’s talent in this field.

Lowry lived and worked in Salford and now his ‘home’ city is being urged to get behind him to secure his place on the note.

The ‘winner’ will be chosen not by the number of votes they receive but by the strength of the reasons for using them so people are being asked to give a compelling reason as to why LS Lowry should be chosen.

City Mayor Ian Stewart said:

“LS Lowry painted everyday life in Pendlebury and Salford at a time when no-one else was depicting Northern, industrial scenes and people."

“He pioneered a new and unique style, capturing the essence of an industrial world which was disappearing even as he painted it and his work and his style are now loved and recognised around the world."

“Few working class artists have ever achieved the recognition he did and while Lowry never sought fame in his lifetime he wanted his art, his city and his people to be seen and appreciated. He was a very humble man who turned down many honours, including a knighthood, but this would be our way of recognising his genius and saying thank you to him."

“I’d urge everyone in Salford to nominate for Lowry to demonstrate the significance of his work. I think putting him on the £20 note would honour his life’s work and his talent and bring awareness to a whole new audience.”

Nominations for the new face of the £20 note close on July 19 and can be made through the Bank of England website –

Missing schoolboy in Liverpool

Merseyside Police is appealing for the public’s help in tracing a missing schoolboy.

William Perry, 13, was last seen at his home in Hardshaw Street, St Helens on the evening of Saturday, 23 May.

William is described as white, 5 feet 2 inches tall with short brown hair and brown eyes.

He was last seen wearing a black coat, trousers and trainers.

He is known to ride a black mountain bike and has links to the Breckside Park and Richmond Park areas of Anfield. He also has links to the Bootle area of Sefton.

Anyone who has seen William since Saturday or knows where he is now is urged to call Merseyside Police on 101.


Kevin Wilson shooting: Police appeal for witnesses in Wavertree

Merseyside Police have made an appeal on behalf of the family of a teenager who was murdered in Liverpool more than 3 months ago.

Kevin Wilson was shot in the back outside his home in Wavertree in February. Today would have been his 18th Birthday.

Police say a total of six people have been arrested as part of the ongoing investigation but have also appealed for pedestrians and vehicles that were passing the scene at 8.30 on the night of the murder to come forward.

DCI Tom Keaton from Merseyside Police said he believed someone in the community holds vital information that could provide answers.

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