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Let's Ride Manchester - cycle route confirmed

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British Cycling and HSBC UK have confirmed the route which thousands of locals will take as they pedal their way through the city for the UK Let’s Ride Manchester event, taking place on July 1.

The free-to-attend event will get underway at Whitworth Park, with the 7.5km course taking participants along Oxford Road, up to Albert Square and onto Deansgate, with a host of activities taking place along the route.

The route will be open between 11am and 4pm, and four-time Olympic champion Laura Kenny will be mixing with participants throughout, taking part in the activities and passing on her advice to young riders.

Full details are available at www.letsride.co.uk, where people can also register for the event.

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Manchester played host to a fantastic event last year, and we’ve worked hard - alongside Manchester City Council and local businesses and attractions - to ensure that HSBC UK Let’s Ride Manchester will again be a truly enjoyable, free and family-friendly day out which showcases the best of the city and the real benefits of cycling.”

– Julie Harrington, chief executive of British Cycling
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Our partnership with British Cycling is about getting more people to experience the joys of cycling, whether they are a new or lapsed cyclist. The HSBC UK Let’s Ride series of events is designed with grassroots cycling in mind, giving people the opportunity of seeing some of our finest cities on a closed road circuit, with additional events for all the family.

“The effect of more people cycling is not to be sniffed at, it will undoubtedly lead to a cleaner, fitter, healthier Britain.”

– Luke Harper, head of HSBC UK’s partnership with British Cycling

Dogs found starving in locked shed on Merseyside

Canine Carers Heather Ronson (left) and Sally Melia with Khali and his mum Nikki Credit: Photo, Dogs Trust

Staff at Dogs Trust Merseyside are appealing to dog lovers to give an abandoned mother and son a loving home together.

Akitas mum, Nikki, and her son, Khali, were found locked in a shed and when rescued were severely underweight, sick and their hair was filthy and matted from years of neglect.

Now having recovered from their ordeal the devoted duo are the picture of health and ready to find a forever home together.

Nikki Credit: Picture, Dogs Trust
Khali Credit: Picture, Dogs Trust

It doesn’t bear thinking about what these two have been through.

They have recovered really well and now we just want someone to fall in love with them.

They are a gorgeous pair and truly are the best of friends. Given the terrible ordeal they have suffered we really want to find them a home together.

The team say the two are great fun, with eight-year-old Khali keeping his ten-year-old mum young at heart as he is always ready to play. Both dogs are great on the lead and love an interesting walk.

Although they prefer the company of each other to other dogs, they love to meet new people and adore spending time with their two-legged friends.

Sometimes when dogs have been through such a traumatic experience they show signs of nervousness around people but not these two - they are incredibly friendly.

They don’t ask for much; a couple of nice walks every day, a comfy place to sleep and lots of love. If someone was to adopt them they would know they were giving them the life they deserve, rather than the terrible life they had to suffer for so many years.

Nothing would make us happier than seeing them head off to a loving forever home.

They have waited too long and we hope the wait is almost over.

Nikki and Khali are housetrained.

They can live with children aged ten and over and would ideally join a household with owners who have experience of the breed to help them settle and get used to their new life.

– Georgina Lowery, Manager at the Huyton-based rehoming centre

If you think you could give Khali and Nikki the home they deserve, please call 0300 303 0292 or visit Dogs Trust Merseyside at Whiston Lane, Liverpool, L36 6HP. It is open 12pm-4pm, every day except Wednesday when it is closed. You can also find out more at www.dogstrust.org.uk

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Airbus warning is "wake up call" over Brexit talks

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There's a warning from aerospace firm Airbus that it could pull out of the UK with the loss of thousands of jobs in the event of a "no deal" Brexit.

The company, who employ around 14,000 people nationally, with almost half of that based in Broughton near Chester.

The threat has provoked anger from both Labour and Unions towards the Government, who say it should be a wake up call, and an incentive to do away with red lines in negotiations with Brussels.

An Airbus wing taking shape at Broughton. Credit: ITV Granada

The company said it would “reconsider its investments in the UK, and its long-term footprint in the country” if Britain crashed out of the single market and customs union without a transition agreement.

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Singer Rick Astley supports cancer charity

Singer Rick Astley has been giving his support to a cancer support charity.

The star sang at a special fashion show in aid of Maggie's - an organisation offering professional support to people with cancer and families affected by the disease.

Rick, who's about to start a nationwide tour, visited Maggie's in Manchester and said he was moved by the care they provide.

Sisters anti-drugs message

Tasha and Kemi Ryan Credit: itv granada

Two sisters from Liverpool who were jailed for drugs offences as teenagers are now celebrating 10 years of inspiring others. Tasha and Kemi Ryan turned their lives around and now run an organisation warning about the dangers of drugs. They feel its their mission to help stop young people going down the same road they did.

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