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Fan wishes he could have done more to save Hillsborough victim

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A football fan who escaped from the terraces at Hillsborough has told a jury how he wished he could have done more for a 20 year old victim of the disaster.

Garry Williams-Verrall who was 16 at the time said he helped carry Gordon Horn, from Liverpool, across the pitch to an area where he hoped there would be some kind of treatment.

The witness, who identified himself on a photograph carrying the makeshift stretcher, said he only learnt Mr Horn's name three weeks ago. Mr Williams-Verrall told the inquest in Warrington that he did not see any signs of life but hoped he would be dealt with by a paramedic.

Friend Mark Griffiths, speaking via videolink from New Zealand, told the court that he assumed Mr Horn was conscious because of the urgency in which they were directed to take him. The pair were thanked for their efforts.

Preview: Liverpool's own Bollywood superstar

23 year old Amy Jackson is a superstar in India Credit: ITV NEWS

23 year old Amy Jackson from Liverpool has become a Bollywood star! Amy was spotted by a Bollywood director as she was competing in a beauty contest. Amy is mobbed everywhere she goes in India and has already appeared in five films.

Our reporter Paul Crone will have a full report on this new superstar at 6 o'clock on Granada Reports.


Masked man attacks police car with a hammer

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A masked man attacked a police car with a hammer following a pursuit late on Sunday.

Shortly after 11:30pm officers from the Greater Manchester Police Intercept Unit spotted two people wearing balaclavas in a black Ford Mondeo at a petrol station on Cromwell Road, Salford and signalled the vehicle to pull over.

The driver of the car ignored the initial attempts and after a short pursuit the offender pulled over on Upper Camp Street, where his passenger jumped out and came towards the police car armed with a hammer.

Fearing for their safety, the driver of the police car rammed the masked assailant, driving him onto the floor.

As this was happening, the driver of the Mondeo rammed the police car twice before turning round and driving towards the junction with Bury New Road, at which point the passenger ran and got back into the car.

The car turned right onto Bury New Road and got away before it was later found abandoned on Thanet Close with a number of weapons inside.

I think it is clear that the occupants of the car were about to commit a violent offence when the officers originally attempted to stop them and their subsequent behaviour only further reinforces that.

It is possible that the actions of the Intercept Unit officers prevented a robbery from taking place as, when they first approached the offenders, they were pulling into a petrol station forecourt wearing balaclavas and carrying a number of weapons.

Although we don’t have a clear description of the offenders, the one who attempted to attack the police with a hammer may have been injured in his attempts and returned home limping.

– Chief Inspector Mark Dexter

Anybody with information should contact police on 101 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

Former councillor killed himself days after being arrested on suspicion of sex assault

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A former Rochdale councillor killed himself days after being arrested on suspicion of sexual assault, an inquest heard.

Jonathan Burns, 33, who represented the North Middleton ward for almost seven years until stepping down last year, was a successful entrepreneur and was described as a ‘great community champion’.

But on January 16 this year, the dad-of-one was arrested over an alleged sexual assault and bailed.

But seven days later,Mr Burn was found hanged in the kitchen of his company premises.

The Manchester Evening News reported that officers who attended Pride Media Association, the company which Mr Burns founded helping people learn IT and media skills, retrieved eight hand-written letters intended for various members of his family and friends, it was said.

Following a hearing at Heywood Coroners Court where he recorded a conclusion of suicide, coroner Simon Nelson said it is sad that young men found it difficult to ‘open up to others’.


Lancashire MP defends decision not to allow fracking

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Following the decision of Lancashire County Council to reject the fracking planning application at the Little Plumpton site, West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper says that they made the right decision:

Lancashire County Council members took a brave decision but ultimately the right decision for the residents and communities of Lancashire.

Being opposed to fracking and having voted for a moratorium I wholeheartedly support this decision.

No doubt this is not the end of the fight. It is important that residents’ voices continue to be heard over the interests of big business. I will continue to work to work with local residents and campaign groups opposed to fracking.

– West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper

Blackpool couple leave 'void that will never be filled'

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The family of a Blackpool couple killed in the Tunisian gun attack say there is a 'void' in their lives that 'will never be filled'. Former Birmingham City Football Club player Denis Thwaites and his wife Elaine are the latest to be confirmed as dead following the tragedy.

Gordon Marsden, MP for Blackpool South, wrote on Twitter: "Very sad to hear Denis and Elaine Thwaites from Blackpool among those killed in the terrorist attack in Sousse and condolences to their family."

The retired couple, aged 70 and 69, arrived in Sousse on Wednesday and had been staying at the Hotel Riu Imperial Marhaba. Their son-in-law Danny Clifford used Twitter to try to find Mr and Mrs Thwaites after receiving no information.

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