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Coronation Street actress Knox to go on trial next year

Coronation Street actress Barbara Knox, who plays Rita Tanner, is to go on trial for drink-driving in February next year.

Coronation Street actress Barbara Knox. Credit: PA Wire

The 81-year-old did not attend Crewe Magistrates' Court today, where a two-day trial was set for February 9th 2015.

The actress was arrested at a Cheshire police station in March after going to collect her daughter, who had herself been arrested on suspicion of drink-driving.

Knox denies the offence.

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Rooney fit for derby return

Wayne Rooney. Credit: Press Association Images

Wayne Rooney has been passed fit for the Manchester derby but Radamel Falcao remains out through injury, United manager Louis van Gaal has confirmed.

Van Gaal denied reports Rooney was suffering from a foot injury and insisted the Manchester United captain is ready to start following a three-match suspension.

But Falcao, who missed the last two games after receiving a kick in training, is still injured.

The Colombian will therefore miss Sunday's hotly-anticipated game against Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium.

Paediatric doctor admits to catalogue of sex offences against children

Raza Laskar Credit: Greater Manchester Police

Raza Laskar of Ashton-under-Lyne has admitted 6 counts of causing or inciting child pornography, 1 count of taking indecent photographs, 8 counts of causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity, 5 counts of voyeurism, 3 counts of sexual activity with a child, 2 counts of distributing an indecent photograph of a child, 1 count of incitement to distribute an indecent photograph of a child, 2 counts of causing or inciting a child under 13 to engage in sexual activity, 2 counts of making indecent photographs of a child and one count of possessing an extreme pornographic image.

The charges relate to offences against 12 boys under 16-years-old.

Raja Laskar is a person who lived two very different lives.

Like Jekyll and Hyde, he is vastly different in moral character depending on the situation, going from caring for and treating children to deliberately targeting, grooming and abusing them.

He has admitted a vast number of appalling child sexual abuse offences and the size and the scale of this operation obviously came as a shock to the investigation team when you consider his background allied with the scale of his offending.

His profession will obviously be an aggravating factor and one that many people will be extremely concerned about.

– Detective Inspector Theresa Carter

In April 2014, GMP received information from the National Crime Agency that between Christmas Day 2013 and 27 January 2014, 1,605 separate files, suspected of containing indecent photographs of children, had been made available on a file sharing site.

The IP address was checked and an address in Ashton-under-Lyne identified and on 2 May 2014, a warrant was executed at the house.

A number of computers and data storage devices were seized and subsequently forensically examined by GMP's high tech crime unit and latterly by an external company; such was the amount of data recovered.

Chat logs were recovered as well as videos of Laskar engaging in sexual acts with a child that had been taken in a hotel room he had booked.

Further examination of the vast amounts of data recovered revealed more than 1.2million images.

He will be sentenced on 9 January 2015.

Halloween engagement couple 'we're on cloud 9!'

After waiting very patiently for more than 8 years, Mick finally popped the question! I'm on cloud 9 right now and can't wait to start planning for our big day!!

– Emma Kelly
Mike and Emma on holiday in Paris Credit: ITV Granada

I took Emma to Paris for her birthday earlier this year and I think she was expecting a proposal there, and we have just booked to go to Las Vegas for New Year so I also think she might have been expecting me to ask her there. I refuse to be predicted though, so thought I'd do it on a Thursday night with some pumpkins. Thankfully she said yes.

– Mike Whalley
Mike Whalley presenting his proposal carved in pumpkins Credit: ITV Granada

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