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Video games help pensioners avoid falls

Pensioners are using video games to help them avoid falls in a new scheme being piloted in Greater Manchester.

Researchers from the University of Manchester and the NHS in Trafford have been fitting people in their 80s and 90s with motion sensors while they play video games.

They have found that tracking body movement can help to improve mobility and prevent accidents.

Falls cost the healthcare system £2.3 billion each year.

Burnley fans offered chance to check for prostate cancer

Turf Moor will host its second prostate cancer blood testing event Credit: PA Images

Burnley FC is to host another prostate cancer blood testing event, a year after a similar event that helped to save two lives.

Last year, Burnley became the first Premier League club to host such an event, which saw 273 men undertake the simple prostate-specific antigen (PSA) blood test.

As a result, 29 men were advised to see their GPs and two found to be extremely serious, ultimately leading to life-saving treatment.

This year’s screening programme will take place in the James Hargreaves Stand, between 10am and 1pm on Saturday, 13th February.

The club is subsidising the £40 private treatment cost of the blood testing day, which will cost £5 to anyone who turns up on the day.

Prostate Cancer is the most common form of male cancer, affecting one in eight men. The test is recommended for men over the age of 50, or over 45 if there is a history of cancer in the family.


Adam Johnson sacked by Sunderland

Adam Johnson Credit: PA

The former Manchester City player, Adam Johnson, has been sacked by Sunderland.

A statement on the club's website said: "In light of Adam Johnson's guilty pleas, the club has today terminated his contract with immediate effect.

"The club will make no further comment."

Earlier Adidas announced it had cancelled its boot deal with the Sunderland and England player.

The 28-year-old is due to stand trial at Bradford Crown Court on Friday on two counts of sexual activity with a child under 16, which he denies.

On Wednesday he pleaded guilty to one count of sexual activity with a girl under 16 and one count of child grooming at the court.

Johnson, who has earned 12 caps for England, began his career at Middlesbrough before moving to Manchester City in 2010.

He won the Premier League and FA Cup during his time at the Etihad Stadium, and moved to Sunderland for £10 million in 2012.

Watch: Special constable given criminal record made 'split second' mistake

A special constable from Lancashire is calling for more protection and support for volunteer officers after he was convicted of dangerous driving for trying to protect a colleague.

Andrew Blades said he made a 'split second' mistake after using his police car to block a road as he tried to stop unlicensed bikers from running over his colleague. As a result he's lost his job as a driving instructor and been forced to resign from the force.

Mel Barham reports.


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Car narrowly misses colliding with house in Isle of Man

The woman driving the vehicle which landed in a garden received minor injuries, with the other vehicle driver unscathed Credit: @TweetBeatIOM (Isle of Man Police)

A driver in the Isle of Man has narrowly escaped crashing into a house.

At approximately 17.00 hours last night, emergency services were called to an address in Anagh Coar, where two vehicles had collided.

The driver of the car, which went through a garden and nearly a terraced property, received minor injuries, whilst the other vehicle driver wasn't injured.

Anagh Coar Road from its junction with Bayr Cam to Stevenson Way was closed for three hours.

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