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Wigan chairman accused of racism while defending texts

Wigan Athletic Chairman Dave Whelan with new manager Malky Mackay

Wigan FC Chairman Dave Whelan is being accused of being racist and anti- semetic while defending the appointment of Malky Mackay as new manager, according to an interview he's given to a national newspaper.

Mackay was unveiled as Latics new boss yesterday despite an ongoing FA investigation into racist, sexist and homophobic text messages he sent during his time as Cardiff manager.

Meanwhile, kitchen firm Premier Range, has now announced ending it is shirt sponsorship with the club because it feels its position is "untenable".

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Missing teenager could be in Birkenhead, say police

Merseyside Police are appealing for information about a missing teenager from North Wales, who could be in Birkenhead.

13 year old boy Liam Anderson has not been seen since around 11:00 on Wednesday.

He is described as 5’4 tall, of thin build, with short brown cropped hair and freckles.

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Second case of meningitis at Liverpool Hope University

A second case of meningitis has been confirmed at Liverpool Hope University.

It follows the death of student Alisha Bartolini, whose body was discovered at her university halls of residence earlier this month.

Alisha Bartolini Credit: Merseyside Police

Public Health England said:

"Health protection experts from Public Health England are working with staff and students at Liverpool Hope University after a second confirmed case of meningococcal infection at the same halls of residence.

An 18-year-old student is currently being treated in hospital and is recovering well."

– Public Health England, spokesperson

Liverpool Hope University said they will ensure that all staff and students 'receive the appropriate support, reassurance and advice'.

Robbie Williams launches fashion range in Primark

Robbie Williams teams up with budget retailer Primark Credit: PA

Robbie Williams is teaming up with budget retailer Primark for a new fashion collection.

The star, whose clothing label Farrell was in danger of closing last year but was saved by Dragons' Den star Peter Jones, has launched a 30-piece collection with the firm.

Williams said he was "delighted", adding: "What a great collaboration - let's have it!"

JJB boss from Cheshire found guilty of £1m fraud

Christopher Ronnie, 52 Credit: PA

The former chief executive of JJB Sports, from Cheshire, has been convicted of accepting more than £1 million in backhanders from suppliers.

Christopher Ronnie, 52, was found guilty of fraud during his time at the sportswear giant in 2007 and 2008.

The businessman from Wilmslow, who did not give evidence in his own defence, was convicted of three counts of fraud, and two of furnishing false information after a trial lasting more than eight weeks.

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