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Teenager stabbed in the street in Manchester

The teenager was attacked in Newton Heath Credit: PA

Detectives are hunting a knifeman who stabbed a teenager on a street in Manchester last night. The 18-year-old was attacked on Scotland Hall Road in Newton Heath, at 9.45pm.

His attacker walked up to him, got into an argument, then pulled out a knife to stab the teen in the back. The victim was taken to hospital, but released after treatment.

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Investigators in Cheshire hunt shooter who injured Swan

The bird was peppered with shotgun pellets Credit: RSPCA

The RSPCA's searching for the shooter who injured a swan so badly it had to be put to sleep.

A passer-by rescued the wounded bird from the Middlewich Canal on Wednesday, and took it to a wildlife centre in Nantwich.

X-ray images show the pellets inside the swan's head Credit: RSPCA

X-rays showed four shotgun pellets in the swan's body, alongside an air rifle pellet. The bird was so badly hurt, vets could not save it.

Investigators are appealing to the public for any information on the incident.

It is very distressing to think that people take pleasure in causing harm to these beautiful and defenseless birds. These are deliberate acts of cruelty and we would appeal to people’s consciences not to commit these offences.

– Lee Stewart, RSPCA

Search for missing teenage girl in Bury

Shannon Devlin was last seen on Thursday Credit: Greater Manchester Police

Police in Bury are trying to find a missing 15-year-old girl. Shannon Devlin, from Radcliffe, was last seen at home on Thursday night.

Officers fear she may not know the area well, having only recently moved to Greater Manchester.

Shannon is 5ft 4in and believed to be wearing a black Ugg boots and a green parka coat which is edged with blue fur. She speaks with a Newcastle accent.

Third arrest in hunt for escaped Merseyside murderer

Shaun Walmsley is still missing Credit: Merseyside police

Detectives investigating the escape of convicted murderer Shaun Walmsley have arrested a man in Liverpool. But Walmsley remains on the run after two armed men helped him escape prison officers on a visit to Aintree Hospital on Tuesday. This evening Merseyside police say a 25 year old man from Norris Green is being questioned on suspicion of perverting the course of justice. A 27-year-old man and a 26-year-old woman, both from Norris Green, who were arrested yesterday for assisting an offender, have been released.

Police 'regret' tasering innocent blind man

Police used taser thinking the man's stick was a gun Credit: PA

Greater Manchester Police say they have apologised to a blind man who was tasered when an officer mistook his walking cane for a gun in Levenshulme. In a statement the force says they regret the incident on Albert Road but have defended the officers involved.

Two witnesses, as well as our firearms officers, believed the man was acting in an agitated manner and in the dark, the folded cane appeared to be a gun. An officer decided that in the circumstances, and to ensure the safety of the man and public, he should deploy a Taser.

– GMP's Assistant Chief Constable Garry Shewan

The force says its reviewing training following the incident and the man was uninjured.

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Questions over compensation paid to Guantanamo man

Questions have been raised about what happened to taxpayers' money paid to a man from Manchester, who's thought to have carried out a suicide bombing. Jamal al-Harith is reported to have died after a car bomb was driven into an army base in Iraq.

In 2010 he'd received substantial compensation from the British government over being detained at Guantanamo Bay.

But it's been suggested some of that money ended up paying for his extremist activities.

Rob Smith reports:

Top award for racehorse groomer Elisha

A horse-loving teenager whose care for horses has seen her collect a top national award.

Two years ago Elisha Whittington used her own savings to rescue and look after a pony about to be sold off for meat. She bought her without the permission from her parents.

It sparked a love of horses. Elisha now works at the Cheshire stables owned by former footballer Michael Owen.

Sarah Rogers has been to meet her:

Hope for Vauxhall workers after Peugeot meeting

Vauxhall car workers have started their weekend with more hope they'll have jobs to return to for the next four years.

There had been fears the Ellesmere Port plant would close, as owners General Motors discuss selling its European operation to the French makers of Peugeot, PSA.

There've been days of talks between the British and French government, union leaders and the bosses of both car giants.

The UNITE union says its been assured that Ellesmere Port will continue making the Astra until 2021.

Victoria Grimes reports.

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