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After winning a silver in the team pursuit in Glasgow, Sir Bradley Wiggins says track racing is now his priority.

The Chorley based rider wants to add to his four Olympic golds in Rio in two years time.

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Man jailed for attack on mother and daughter in Manchester

Gareth Ward Jnr
Gareth Ward Junior, jailed for 12 months. Credit: Greater Manchester Police

A man has been jailed for a vicious attack on a mother and daughter to a Manchester bar.

Police say 21 year old Gareth David Kevin Ward from Bowness Rd, Middleton, left a 52-year-old woman with a fractured cheek and other facial injuries.

The court heard the violent and unprovoked attack happened at Lammars Bar on Hilton Street in the early hours of Sunday 29th September 2013.

Ward was in a group of eight men who entered the bar in Manchester's Northern Quarter, where the victims were already enjoying a night out.

At around 1.50am a scuffle between the group of men and the women took place, resulting in a drink being thrown into the face of a 19-year-old woman.

Her mother, the 52-year-old victim, went to protect her daughter and dry her face, telling the men to "back off".

It was then that Ward launched into his shocking attack, punching the mother full force in the face, fracturing her cheek, while knocking over the daughter with the same blow.

He then continued his assault, punching the mother once more and kicking her to the body before he is dragged away by one of his group of friends.

He admitted the assault at an earlier hearing and was today sentenced to 12 months in prison

As part of the investigation police are continuing to appeal for information as to the whereabouts of Gareth Ward's father, also called Gareth Ward, who is wanted in connection with the incident and is believed to be abroad.

Gareth Ward Jnr
Police are still hunting Gareth Ward senior, believed to abroad. Credit: Greater Manchester Police

In a personal statement, the woman, who has suffered lasting nerve damage and has had to give up work because of this.

I've not been to Manchester city centre since the attack and feel nervous in crowded places.

"The attack has changed my personality and lifestyle completely.

"I am angry that he (Ward) would hit a female of my petite size with so much force. I fell lucky that I wasn't killed."

– Victim of attack

The mother's white dress was left covered in her own blood as a result of Ward's attack and as he was escorted away by door staff he ended his sickening attack by spitting in the face of an unknown woman by the exit of the bar.

"Gareth Ward (junior), using as much force as he could muster, punched a petite 52 year old woman, causing devastating injuries to her face.

"Her dress was drenched in her own blood and she still suffers from recurring pain as a direct result of this attack.

"This victim feels lucky to be alive. As she outlined in her victim personal statement, people can lose their life as a result of just one punch.

"Ward's cowardly behaviour caused public outrage at the time when a press appeal was launched in a bid to identify the person responsible from CCTV.

"We received numerous calls identifying Ward (junior) which we were able to swiftly act upon. This shows that the community who know him are not prepared to put up with his thuggish behaviour."

– Detective Constable Adam Cronshaw

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Giants Spectacle captured from the air

The crowds at the Giants Spectacle have been captured by the helicopter from the National Police Air Service Rhuddlan.

Around a million people are expected in the city over today and the weekend.

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