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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.

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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.

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:

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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.

Four jailed after fake post office robbery

Four men have been jailed after a postmaster arranged a fake robbery at his branch in Rishton.

Police have released CCTV footage of the moment Mohammed Iqbal was ‘attacked’ by men wearing CSI-style suits before being chloroformed and tied up.

£185,000 was lost in the phoney raid.

Iqbal had earlier conspired with brothers Terry and Jason Yarwood, who donned boiler suit outfits, to carry out the staged robbery in front of the watching CCTV camera at the High Street branch.

The ‘robbers’, who had been hiding in the back of the post office for several hours, are shown on the CCTV to throw a sheet of material over Iqbal’s head before dragging him to the ground.

They then go on to bundle £185,000 in cash, stamps and postal orders into two large rucksacks before fleeing in Iqbal’s car.

Burnley Crown Court was told that the the gang plotted for several weeks to carry out the ‘carefully orchestrated and seemingly authentic’ robbery with one of the Yarwood’s armed with a ‘prop’ gun.

They also enlisted the help of Avaiz Samad to act as ‘getaway driver’ following the incident on June 5, 2015.

Lancashire Police have released the CCTV after all four men were jailed for a total of more than 10 years.

Today’s sentences are the culmination of a long and complex investigation into what at first appeared to be a genuine armed robbery at the Post Office.

While our enquiries soon established that the “robbery” was in fact planned by Mohammed Iqbal who worked at the Post Office and his associates Jason and Terry Yarwood and Avaiz Samad, it must have been extremely frightening and unsettling for the local community at the time to hear reports of an armed robbery in their local area.

I hope that today’s result brings the community some peace of mind that those involved have now been jailed. Although we disproved that it was a genuine armed robbery we still took the matter very seriously and left no stone unturned until those responsible were brought to justice

– DI Simon Upton of Lancashire Police

New owners for Belle Vue Aces

Aces will be based at the National Speedway Stadium Credit: GTV

New owners have been announced for Belle Vue Aces speedway team.

Founded by Tony Rice and Robin Southwell, Belle Vue Speedway 2017 Ltd are the new owners of the franchise, starting today.

Aces will be based at the National Speedway Stadium at the Belle Vue Sports Village.

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