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Residents count the cost of fracking in nearby Roseacre

Residents in nearby Roseacre Wood have already been counting the cost of fracking in terms of house prices.

Some say they had no option to move, others say they can't sell.

Amy Welch has been speaking homeowners about the prospect of the fracking drills headed there next.


The last stand - anti fracking protestors say they'll fight on

The last stand - anti-fracking protestors show their opposition as drilling gets underway today at the controversial Lancashire site.

After drilling was halted seven years ago, Energy firm Caudrilla say it's the end of a long and bitter battle to start shale gas extraction.

For those against the process, there's disappointment, but they say they'll fight on.

Our political reporter Hannah Miller was there when fracking started and looks at both sides of the debate

Celebration for Women of the year

The Macclesfield Alpine Skier who brought home gold at the Winter Olympics has been celebrated at a glitzy Women of the Year lunch.

Menna Fitzpatrick won four medals, including gold, hurtling downhill with just 5% vision:

Heroin addict jailed for life after killing a man by stabbing him in the neck

Liverpool Crown Court Credit: PA Images

A heroin addict has been jailed for life after repeatedly stabbing a man in the neck during a chance street encounter.

A judge ordered Dale Murray to serve a minimum of 23 years after he launched the attack just days after being freed from a jail sentence.

The 32-year-old had denied murdering father of three Thomas Grace on October 10 last year and wounding Anthony Ryan with intent two months earlier, but a jury at Liverpool Crown Court took just two and a half hours to unanimously convict him of both offences.

Dale Murray and Thomas Grace had a short altercation when they passed in the street, but within 90 seconds Murray turned back on himself armed with a knife and a fight broke out. Mr Grace swung a shopping bag at him but Murray lunged at his neck stabbing him five times and cutting his jugular veins.

“One year on and we still struggle to accept this has happened, we still see people and think its Tommy. As a family we have lost a brother, a son, a best friend, a father to his children. Our mother is 81 and is now a shell of her former self.”

– Paula Murphy, Mr Grace’s sister

Murray ran off but was arrested shortly afterwards, by which time he had disposed of the murder weapon.

Judge Andrew Menary told Murray that it was agreed he suffers from symptoms of schizophrenia with associated paranoia and hearing voices and his condition has markedly defined his life since the age of 18.

“It is impossible for me to know what was the dominant factor - the mental illness or the Spice - but each played a significant role in causing you to do what you did. You have little control over your psychosis but you must know that taking illicit substances only makes the matter worse.”

– Judge Menary


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