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Terry Waite opens new homeless community building in Salford

Credit: Simon Bray

Terry Waite CBE, who was kidnapped and held captive in the late 1980s, has opened a new community building for a charity in Salford to support up to 28 homeless people.

The new building belongs to Emmaus Salford - a charity that supports formerly homeless people by providing them with a stable home and meaningful work.

Terry, whose experience in captivity in Lebanon gave him a great insight into the misery, isolation and despair that many homeless people go through, said he felt great empathy with those who have experienced homelessness and social exclusion.

He said: “Emmaus is proud to be part of the renewal of Salford. By enabling people who have experienced homelessness to help themselves, a great contribution is being made to one of the greatest social problems.”


man charged with perverting the course of justice following murder of Constable Neil Doyle

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Merseyside Police have confirmed a 30-year-old man from Liverpool has been charged with perverting the course of justice following the murder of Constable Neil Doyle in December 2014.

Stephen Vaughan, of Mariners Wharf, Liverpool, who is also charged with driving a motor vehicle with no insurance, will appear at Liverpool and Knowsley Magistrates Court today.

Bereaved Parents: Families 'must talk' about bullying

Families must talk more about bullying, and society must take it more seriously, say the parents of a teenager who took his own life.

Lin and Roger Jones, from Cleveleys, lost their son Matthew in 2008. The 17-year-old had been bullied for years. They spoke to ITV as part of our Stop Bullying campaign. The couple are urging other parents to ask more questions about their own youngsters' schooling and internet use.


Cipriani: England call-up justifies my return

The Sale fly-half is hoping to prove himself in England's run-up to the World Cup Credit: PA Images

Danny Cipriani says his selection in England's World Cup training squad is the ultimate justification for returning to the Aviva Premiership.

Cipriani has the chance to press his claim for a place in the final 31-man squad for the World Cup in England this autumn, starting with Sunday's annual fixture against the Barbarians.

The 27-year-old missed the 2011 World Cup after falling out of favour with Martin Johnson and subsequently departed for Super Rugby's Melbourne Rebels before joining Sale.

Cipriani rejoined Sale Sharks from Melbourne Rebels in 2012 Credit: PA Images

Cipriani said:

"Being in this initial World Cup squad is the dream. I'm in the 50 and that's a start, now it's down to me to show my worth in the next three months and argue why I should be picked. It's the same for everyone."

"I never lost faith. The reason I came back to England was to try and be a part of this World Cup squad. If I'd lost faith, I'd probably still be in Australia."

"I love being with England now. I've known Stuart Lancaster for a long time. He has a great mind."

The forgotten Fourth Queen - Lytham lifeboat among royals on river

The Three Queens may have stolen the attention of the crowds in Liverpool on Bank Holiday Monday but there was one more royal on the river who stayed out of the spotlight.

'Her Majesty the Queen' was one of a number of lifeboats from the Liverpool area out to protect people at the event.

The stations from New Brighton, Hoylake and Lytham St. Anne's were all on the river to see the Three Queens sail safely.

The lifeboat 'Her Majesty the Queen' was yet another royal on the river on Bank Holiday Monday Credit: RNLI/Bob Warwick
'Her Majesty the Queen' was one of a team of lifeboats on duty for the event Credit: RNLI/Bob Warwick
Lifeboats from New Brighton, Hoylake and Lytham St Anne's accompany the Three Queens on their voyage Credit: RNLI/Bob Warwick
The hovercraft from the New Brighton station was among the lifeboats keeping people on the beaches safe Credit: RNLI/Bob Warwick
The Three Queens were on the river to celebrate the 175th anniversary of the Cunard shipping line Credit: RNLI/Bob Warwick

Man dies in Clitheroe crash

Lancashire Police appeal for information after death Credit: Lancashire Police

A 44 year old man has died in a crash in Clitheroe, Lancashire.

Police say the collision happened at around 12.25am this morning, Wednesday 27 May, on the A59, Sawley outside Smithies Bridge Farm.

It is thought that the black Fiat Punto hit a dry stone wall near the entrance to the farm.

The man was pronounced dead at the scene and the road was closed for three and a half hours.

Sergeant Tracey Ward of the Road Policing Unit said: “We are appealing for anyone with information about the collision to come forward and help us with our enquiries. Understandably this is a difficult time for the family of the deceased and specialist officers are supporting them.”

Anyone with information should contact police on 101 quoting log number 0029 of 27th May. Alternatively Crimestoppers can be called anonymously on 0800 555 111 or on-line at

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