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Latest 'Blue Heroes' recognised by Everton FC

Everton Football Club have announced their latest 'Blue Heroes' to be recognised as part of 'Blue Crimbo' and were treated to a pampering day.

The 'Blue Belles' are a group of local women who have children with various disabilities. Credit: Everton FC

The Everton in the Community group known as the 'Blue Belles' are a group of local women who have children with various disabilities.

Their twice weekly exercise sessions provide them with the opportunity of respite and the time to focus on themselves for a few hours a week as well as offering them a place to meet and talk about shared issues.

Their twice weekly exercise sessions provide them with the opportunity of respite Credit: Everton FC

Christmas tree collection for Alder Hey Children's Hospital

Credit: MumsInTheKnow Southport

A mum from Ormskirk is raising money for Alder Hey Children's Hospital by picking up discarded Christmas trees in January.

Rosie Bell from the Charity Tree Collection is asking for £10 donations for herself and volunteers to collect trees after the festive season.

She decided to donate the money to the hospital after her son Daniel was treated for a brain tumour there.

The trees will be sent to the National Trust in Formby, which will help combat coastal erosion in the area.

Alder Hey has specifically requested an iPad Mini, to provide entertainment and internet access to older children.

Rosie is hoping to raise enough money to buy one for the Neurosurgery ward and possibly another for the Oncology ward.

Anyone wishing to arrange a tree collection or wanting to help with the project can visit the Charity Tree Collection Facebook page.

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More than £10,000 raised in memorial fund for police officer

More than £10,000 has been raised so far in a Merseyside Police Federation memorial fund for PC Neil Doyle.

PC Neil Doyle died after being assaulted on Friday Credit: Merseyside Police

The 36-year-old off-duty officer from Liverpool was killed during a night out in the city in the early hours of Friday.

28-year-old Andrew Taylor from Huyton and 30-year-old Christopher Spendlove from Stockbridge Village remain in custody after appearing in court charged with his murder.

Technical fault caused Manchester Airport incident

Technical fault to blame for Manchester Airport incident Credit: Shoaib Patel

Manchester Airport says a technical fault was to blame for an incident there this morning.

An Emirates Airbus A380 had safely landed after flying into Manchester from Dubai when a technical fault was spotted during routine ground checks.

Passengers had already disembarked via an air-bridge and no passengers were on board at the time.

Airport fire services were called but after safety checks were carried out there was found to be no fire on board the aircraft.

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Fire engines surround plane at Manchester Airport

Greater Manchester Fire service have confirmed they have been called out to an incident on an A380 jet on the ground at Manchester Airport.

Two engines were called to attend to the plane at 11.45am. The incident has now been brought under control.

Passengers at the airport earlier tweeted pictures of fire engines surrounding the plane.

Manchester man remanded in custody on terrorism charges

A 24-year-old man has been remanded in custody after appearing in court on terrorism charges.

Muhammad Aftab Suleman, of Crumpsall, Greater Manchester, is accused of five offences under Section 58 of the Terrorism Act 2000 which relates to the collection of information which is likely to be useful to a person committing or preparing an act of terrorism.

He was arrested on Saturday and made a brief appearance before Westminster Magistrates' Court in London today.

He was remanded in custody to await his next court hearing at the Old Bailey on January 9.

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