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Lancashire triumph in T20 final

Lancashire are the T20 Blast champions after a 13-run win over Northants in the final at Edgbaston.

The Lightning triumphed in their third final appearance to win their first limited overs trophy since 1999.

They set the Steelbacks a target of 167, the highest on a low-scoring Finals Day. Alex Davis top-scored with 47 off 26 balls to be named man of the match.

Lancashire had reached the final with a 6-wicket win over Hampshire.

James Faulkner, who starred with bat and ball in the semi-final, dislocated his finger in the final. The Australian all-rounder described it as "a day I'll never forget."


Man arrested after woman found dead in Newton Heath

Murder investigation launched in Newton Heath Credit: Jim Cook

A man has been arrested on suspicion of murder after a woman was found with fatal injuries at a house in Manchester.

Police and paramedics were called to Culcheth Lane, Newton Heath in the early hours of this morning amid reports of an assault.

A woman, 38, was found with head injuries and died shortly after.

The arrested man, 48, is being questioned by Greater Manchester Police.

A post-mortem examination is due to take place later. The woman has not yet been identified.

Robbery at Asda supermarket in Liverpool

A security guard was robbed as he delivered money to a Liverpool supermarket's cash machine.

The guard had the cash box stolen after he was kicked in the legs and pushed to the ground by a man at Asda on Smithdown Road, Wavertree on Saturday.

People in the cash machine queue who witnessed the incident at 10:10am are urged to contact police.

The guard was checked at hospital and was uninjured but distressed by what happened.

The robber ran off towards Arundel Avenue.

He is described as wearing a dark grey hooded top, black jogging pants/tracksuit bottoms, and a red cap with a white logo on it. He was carrying a bag which he used to put the stolen money into.

This was a brazen and calculated robbery in broad daylight right in front of people doing their Saturday morning shop. The offender knocked the cash delivery guard over and snatched the cash box right in front of the ATM at Asda. This is a very busy supermarket with taxis queuing right outside this ATM and buses going along Smithdown Road past Arundel Avenue where the offender fled. I am sure many people will have seen this robbery take place and the offender leaving the scene using local, residential streets of Smithdown Road to get away. I would urge all those people to contact my team as their information could help us bring this person to justic

– Detective Inspector Rachel Wilson, Matrix Serious Organised Crime unit


Ecstasy tablets found in shampoo bottles at Creamfields

Drugs found in shampoo bottles at music festival Credit: Cheshire Police

More than 100 ecstasy tablets hidden in bottles of shampoo have been seized by police at the Creamfields festival.

Two men have been arrested on suspicion of possessing drugs with intent to supply, after the seizure at the dance music event near Warrington.

Cheshire Police say the search was carried out by officers at the VIP entrance on Friday.

Thousands of people are attending the festival at the Daresbury site. It continues until Bank Holiday Monday.

Distraction burglar targets elderly women

Police are warning about a female distraction burglar who is targeting elderly women in Manchester.

She has stolen money from the homes of two pensioners after claiming to both that she was pregnant and needed to use the toilet.

Detectives say the offender made off with a purse containing £90 and a £20 voucher, after being allowed into the home of an 87-year-old woman in Ancoats on Thursday 27th August.

The following morning she stole a purse from an address in Newton Heath. She had been invited into the 76-year old victim's house after striking up a conversation with her as she walked home from the shops.

She is described as white, mid to late 30s, slim build, around 5ft 2in tall, with dark brown, shoulder length hair tied back in a ponytail. She spoke with a husky voice with a local accent.

“This contemptible woman preyed on the victims’ compassion and humanity, and rewarded their kindness with a terrible act of theft.

“We would like the public to be vigilant and keep an eye out for this offender, who will almost certainly look to target other elderly people in the North Manchester area.

“While it is, of course, important that we try to locate the woman responsible for these despicable thefts, it is equally important that we warn the public to try and ensure we prevent any other people falling victim to this offender.”

– Sergeant Keith Gibbs

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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