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Man jailed for raping boy in Manchester Arndale toilets

John Richard Ferrier Credit: Greater Manchester Police

A 70-year-old man has been jailed after he raped an 11-year-old boy who was at the Arndale Centre in Manchester.

John Richard Ferrier, from Wigan, was found guilty of rape and sentenced to life in prison with a minimum term of eight years.

Ferrier approached the boy in the toilets. When the boy refused to go into a cubicle with him, he dragged him in and raped him.

Police appeal after man escapes Sefton Magistrates Court

James Gelling Credit: Merseyside Police

Merseyside Police is searching for a 27-year-old man who escaped from court today.

James Gelling from Southport appeared before South Sefton Magistrates Court to face charges of assault and criminal damage.

At around 12.30 pm, police were notified that he had escaped.

Gelling is described as white, 5’10” tall with ginger hair.

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Bellew and Cleverly weigh-in ahead of tomorrow night's fight

There are just 24 hours left until one of the biggest sporting events of the year- when Liverpool will be hosting a highly-anticipated night of boxing.

Tickets for the rematch between local hero Tony Bellew and Welshman Nathan Cleverly sold out in less than 48 hours, making it the fastest selling sporting event ever held at the Echo Arena.

Today, at the final weigh in, both boxers weighed-in at 14st 3lbs.

North West sports stars fundraise for Burnley teacher

Credit: PA

Former England footballer Phil Neville and England cricketer James Anderson are backing a fundraising effort in honour of a Burnley school teacher.

Friends and pupils of Mick Ennis have organised a charity football match and auction in aid of Pendleside Hospice, where the keen sportsman is receiving treatment for cancer.

Mick, a teacher at Blessed Trinity RC College, formerly St Theodore's, has managed the school's cricket and football teams for many years.

His former pupils will take part in a charity match against veteran Burnley FC stars - the Vintage Clarets - on November 23 at Burnley Belvedere Football Club from 1.30pm.

Mick Ennis Credit: Just Giving page
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Vincent Tan calls Wigan owner and manager 'racist'

Cardiff City owner Vincent Tan has hit out at Wigan owner Dave Whelan and manager Malky Mackay calling them both 'racists'.

The Malaysian businessman was speaking after Whelan gave an interview to the Guardian where he said 'Jews chase money more than anybody else' and said it was acceptable to refer to Chinese person as a 'chink'.

Tan sacked Mackay, who was appointed Wigan manager on Wednesday, as Cardiff boss last year.

It was later revealed that Mackay had exchanged offensive text messages with a former colleague.

Mackay has apologised for his involvement in the texts and denied he had prejudices, saying: "I'm no racist. I'm no sexist. I'm no homophobe. I'm no anti-Semite."

Vincent Tan employed Malky Mackay at Cardiff. Credit: PA

"I think he insulted the dignity of all Jewish people. I think he insulted the dignity of Chinese," Tan told the BBC.

"I'm so disappointed the chairman of Wigan, a big club, is also a racist. This is a racist chairman hiring a racist manager.

"I hope that stops at two racists in Wigan, not snowballing to 2,000 or 20,000 racists in Wigan."

Whelan has since apologised for the comments, saying he did not mean to cause offence.

The Wigan said earlier: "I apologise on my behalf and on behalf of the club. We do not ever want to insult any nation or any person in the world."

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