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Alfie Evans: parents to appeal decision to turn off life support

The father of a seriously ill toddler from Liverpool whose life support machine was due to be switched off tomorrow has told ITV News he intends to launch an appeal against the High Court decision.

Medics say prolonging Alfie Evans' treatment is not in his best interests - a decision a High Court judge upheld "with great sadness".

But Alfie's father Tom says his son is responsive, and he is "not giving up":

oday's the day that the appeal goes in. It will be in before when it's supposed to be in which is four o'clock today, and it will be stamped and I'm hoping I'll have a receipt to show them to say 'No machine goes off on Friday'

– Tom Evans, father

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Roman barracks dug up in Chester

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Experts believe this is the remains of barracks for roman soldiers Credit: Chester Chronicle

Archaeologists have found a wall from a Roman soldiers' barracks while digging the foundations for a new shopping centre in Chester. The multi million pound Northgate development –– will cover a site once occupied by a Roman fortress 2,000 years ago. Experts are probing underground remains before construction starts by digging a series of trial holes. They believe they have already found the remains of a Roman wall in Hamilton Place, at the rear of The Forum shopping centre, which would have formed part of the soldiers’ barracks.

Sovereign Porter: concerns grow for missing girl

have you seen Sovereign Porter? Credit: Merseyside Police

A 16 year old girl has gone missing from Southport.

Sovereign Porter was last seen at home on Saturday 17th February at 2pm.

Her family are growing increasingly concerned for her safety and are asking for the public's help.

Sovereign was last seen wearing black leggings, a black coat with faux fur trim around the hood and white ‘huarache’ trainers.

We are making extensive efforts to find Sovereign and return her home safely. Anyone with information on her whereabouts is urged to get in touch by calling 101.

– Merseyside Police

Information can also be left with the independent charity Missing People by calling 116 000 or by emailing 116000@missingpeople.org.uk.

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Universities hit by strike action

Manchester University is one of five institutions to be hit by walkouts Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Wire/PA Images

Five universities across the region will be hit by strike action today.

Members of the University and College Union are striking at Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, University of Liverpool, University of Lancaster, University of Manchester and the University of Salford.

It is the first of fourteen planned walk outs in the next four weeks as part of a nationwide dispute over pensions.

Liam Gallagher pays tribute to Manchester Arena bombing victims

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Liam Gallagher has paid tribute to the victims of the Manchester Arena bombing at the Brit Awards after Ariana Grande was forced to pull out due to illness.

The American pop star was due to take to the stage to remember the victims of the attack that took place at her concert in May last year, but was not well enough to travel to the UK.

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Gary Barlow introduced Liam Gallagher, who performed Oasis track Live Forever, and said the victims "will always live on forever in our hearts, in our minds and in our memories".

The Take That star said: "May 22 2017 will always be remembered for the saddest of reasons. That night 14,000 people were having a wonderful time watching Ariana Grande at the Manchester Arena.

Liam Gallagher on stage at the Brit Awards 2018 Credit: Press Association

These innocent, beautiful music-loving people were blissfully unaware that in just a few moments their lives would change forever.

"A horrific terrorist attack took place, stealing the lives, dreams and futures of 22 people while injuring and maiming hundreds of others.

"Lives changed irreparably forever. A few weeks later Ariana returned to the city to host the One Love Manchester concert, helping the families of the victims and survivors of the tragedy.

"It was an event that epitomised the human spirit, an event that showed hate will never win, and fear will never divide us.

"In a tribute to the people we so sadly lost that day but who will always live on forever in our hearts, in our minds and in our memories, please welcome on stage, Liam Gallagher."

– Gary Barlow
Ariana Grande Credit: Press Association

On Wednesday afternoon, the chief executive of the Brit Awards confirmed that Grande was unable to travel to the UK on doctors orders.

Two weeks after the Manchester attack, Grande returned to the city after organising the One Love Manchester benefit concert, which enthralled and warmed the hearts of a global audience of millions.

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The incredible journey of the refugee who became the best plasterer in Britain

Meet the man who arrived in Liverpool as a young refugee five years ago - and has just been named the best plasterer in Britain.

Yagoub Mohamed grew up in Sudan, but fled his village after his grandparents were killed by an Arab militia.

It took him ten years to make his way to the UK on a journey which took him through Northern Africa and Europe.

And when he finally arrived here he managed to enrol on a college plastering course.

Tim Scott's been to meet the man who's succeeding against all the odds.

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