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X Factor audition's cancelled following death of Cowell's mother

Simon with his mother Julie Credit: PA Images

The Manchester X Factor auditions have been cancelled following the death of Simon Cowell's mother. The family of the music mogul announced that Julie Cowell died yesterday at 89.

Auditions for the ITV talent show were due to begin in Manchester today but will now no longer go ahead, a spokesman for Syco Entertainment confirmed. There is no reschedule date at this time.

Announcing Mrs Cowell's death last night, the family said it was heartbroken and would "miss her terribly".

"Today our beloved mum Julie passed away. Anyone who had met her would know what a truly special and kind lady she was. We are heartbroken and will miss her terribly, but she is now at peace," a statement said.

Mrs Cowell was the mother of four boys - Nicholas, Simon, Tony and Michael, and step-mother to John and June.


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Man charged over Windermere murder

Gordon Smith, who was found dead at Windermere Credit: ITV Border

A man has been charged in connection with the death in the Lake District of Gordon James Smith.

26 year old Mark Russell of Holly Terrace in Windermere has been charged with murder, and remanded in police custody.

He is due to appear at Furness & District Magistrates Court on Monday 6th July.

Three other people have been bailed as part of the police investigation.

A 48 year old woman and a 15 year old girl - both from Kent - have been bailed until 10 July.

A 31 year old man from Millom has been bailed until 17 July.

Superintendent Rob O’Connor said:

“I would like to reassure the people of Windermere and the wider community that enquiries are continuing. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank the community for their assistance. Anyone with any further information which could assist the investigation is asked to contact police on 101.”

– Superintendent Rob O'Connor, Cumbria Police

Paralympian hate crime campaign to reach 50,000th pupil

Paralympian Adrian Derbyshire talking to pupils Credit: ITV Granada

Paralympian and disability campaigner Adrian Derbyshire's anti hate message will reach its 50,000th pupil today.

The gold medal winner form Warrington is touring schools across the UK to talk about his own experience of abuse.

Paralympian on his bike at TT Races Credit: ITV Granada

He's talking to pupils at Penketh High School in his home town today.

Click here to see Adrian Derbyshire on Granada Reports.

Cyclist amazed by reaction to his epic journey

Andrew Rogerson says his 10,000 mile cycle trip from Shanghai to Liverpool has been far tougher than he ever expected.

The electrician from Merseyside has been encouraged every step of the way by the reaction from local people and those learning about his trip and supporting his charity.

He has currently cycled over 3,000 miles across China and is raising money for the Anthony Nolan charity.

To follow the Scouse cyclist's journey click here

A call to help shape Alder Hey 'Health' Park

Alder Hey in the Park Credit: Alder Hey Hospital

Local people will get the chance to help shape a health park around the new Alder Hey hospital.

A number of events are planned this week in Springfield Park to encourage people to get involved.

Poster for Alder Hey in the Park Credit: Alder Hey Hospital

“We hope as many people as possible are able to join us in celebrating ‘Alder Hey in the Park Week’.

This festival will focus on the future of Springfield Park, which will surround our new children’s hospital when it opens later this year.

‘Alder Hey in the Park Week’ gives us a fantastic opportunity to share our proposals for the park and hear the thoughts of local people about what they want from their park.'

– Rachel Armstrong, Project Coordinator for Alder Hey

Click here for more details


Training company in court over death of an apprentice

16 year Cameron Minshull Credit: ITV Granada

An apprentice training company is due in court today over the death of a teenager who became entangled in industrial machinery.

16 year old Cameron Minshull died weeks into an apprenticeship at Huntley Mount Engineering in Bury in 2012. The training had been organised by Lime People Training Solutions.

At the time of the incident, his devastated mum Joanne Hill said her family had ‘lost a very precious part of our lives’.

More than 1,000 people attended a memorial vigil in Bury in tribute to the popular teenager.

Cycling Scouser reaches Kyrgyzstan

Andrew Rogerson Shanghai to Liverpool Credit: Cycling Scouser

A cyclist from Merseyside who's travelling 10 thousand miles by bike from Shanghai to Liverpool has made it to Kyrgyzstan in Central Asia.

Andrew Rogerson is cycling alone through 17 countries to raise money for the Anthony Nolan blood charity.

He's completed 3030 miles so far. You can follow his journey here

Andrew Rogerson on his epic journey Credit: Cycling Scouser
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