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The North West remembers Tunisia gunman victims

Crowds outside Blackpool Town Hall to observe a minute's silence Credit: Ashley Derricott, ITV Granada

The region fell silent this lunchtime as a mark of respect for the victims of the Tunisia shooting.

Hundreds gathered at midday in Blackpool the home of Denis and Elaine Thwaites.

They were both killed by the gunman and their bodies were repatriated on Wednesday.

Thirty Britons died when he opened fire at the beach resort a week ago.

Denis and Elaine Thwaites Credit: Press Association

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  1. Andy Bonner, Hillsborough Correspondent

Hillsborough victim showed "no signs of life"

Vincent Fitzsimmons

Witnesses have told a court they did not see any signs of life when they tried to help a victim of the Hillsborough disaster.

Richard Shimwell, a police constable in 1989, described trying to revive Vincent Fitzsimmons on the pitch but did not hear a heartbeat.

"I thought from the moment I took hold of him that he was dead," he said.

Liverpool fan Stephen Mitton, who was in pen 3 during the crush, said he also did not see any signs of life when he carried the 34 year old to a temporary mortuary.

The inquest heard Vincent had travelled to Sheffield by coach from Ashton-in-Makerfield but a friend lost sight of him after a "large surge" in pen 3. Relatives thanked those who tried to help.

Mum's search for son's life-saving hero in Horwich

A mother is trying to find a man to thank him for saving her little boy's life.

Katie Blood was in the Asda supermarket at Middlebrook near Bolton.

As she was putting her shopping through the till she noticed her son was choking.

She says his sister had given him a mint. He was bright red, blue lips and becoming unresponsively floppy.

Katie tried to get him to bring the mint up with no luck then a man grabbed hold of him and preformed CPR.

He was taken to hospital where doctors said that if the man didn't do what he did then her son wouldn't be here now.

He's now back home after Wednesday's ordeal and doing well.

Now she wants to trace the man to thank him properly.

Video of fast food restaurant brawl passed onto police

(Pictures, Manchester Evening News Syndication)

This shocking footage shows a man punching a woman repeatedly in the face during an attack which unfolded in a Tameside fast food restaurant.

The vicious fight between three people was filmed at the McDonald’s in Mottram.

The footage - which appears to have come from the restaurant’s in-store CCTV - shows a man in a black coat with a shaved head repeatedly punching a woman as they come through the doorway of the restaurant.

A man in a bobble hat then enters the fast food chain and starts to hit her attacker who throws several punches back towards his head and face.

The woman can be seen trying to pull the two men away from each other and they stop briefly before all three throw further punches.

The shocking brawl took place in front of stunned diners at the Tameside restaurant in January.

McDonald’s bosses said the footage, which was shared on Youtube, has been passed onto Greater Manchester Police due to the severity of the attack.

A spokesman for McDonald’s said the attack happened in the Mottram store and the footage dates back to January 12 of this year.

A spokesman for the fast food chain said: “We are aware of this incident which took place back in January, in our Mottram restaurant.

“Due to its severity, police were informed and a copy of the CCTV has been provided in order to assist the investigation.”

Police hunt Rochdale sex attacker

Police want to speak to this man Credit: GMP
Police want to speak to this man Credit: GMP

Police have released images of a man they want to talk to in connection with a sex attack in Rochdale.

It happened as the 25-year-old woman was walking along Oldham Road towards The Landing at about 2.25pm on 5 June 2015.

She was listening to music on her headphones when she noticed a man walking on the same side of the road.

Initially she paid no attention to him but then, without warning, he sexually assaulted her.

When she confronted him, the offender simply stared and then smiled before jogging away towards the junction of Oldham Road and Wood Street, before the victim lost sight of him.

Police are now appealing to anyone who has information to come forward.

The offender is described as being white, in his late 20s, of a slim build and with a shaved head but with light-coloured hair growing back. He was said to have a distinctive round face and wearing a red T-shirt, dark blue adidas tracksuit bottoms with three stripes down each side and trainers.

He was also carrying a rucksack on his back that had a light lime green patch in the shape of a semi-circle on both the top and bottom with a darker pattern in between.

Police have now issued two CCTV stills and are appealing to anyone with information to come forward.

Police Constable Anthony Taylor said: "This young woman was simply minding her own business, walking along the road and listening to music when she was sexually assaulted by the offender.

"From his reaction, it appears as if the offender thought this was some sort of joke but I can assure everyone, especially the victim, that we take all such reports very seriously and we will be doing everything we can to identify who this man is.

"I would appeal to anyone who either witnessed the incident itself, or who suspects they know who the offender is from the very good description we have issued, to come forward."


Bronze in line for World Cup honour

Bronze struck gold in Canada for England Credit: PA Pictures

Manchester City Ladies' defender Lucy Bronze is among eight players short-listed for the Golden Ball at the Women's World Cup.

The Lionesses' campaign ended in heartbreak as they lost in the semi-finals to Japan courtesy of a stoppage-time own goal in Edmonton.

However, Bronze's performances in Canada have caught the eye and she has been nominated for the best player of the tournament award.

She started the first game, against France, on the left wing but switched to right-back for the remainder of the World Cup.

She was substituted in the closing stages of Wednesday night's Japan contest due to a minor injury.

The other players nominated are United States trio Julie Johnston, Carli Lloyd and Megan Rapinoe, France's Amandine Henry, Japan's Saori Ariyoshi and Aya Miyama and Germany's Celia Sasic

Fenerbahce close in on Nani

Is Nani off? Credit: ITV

Fenerbahce appear to be closing in on a move for Manchester United's winger Nani. The 28-year-old Portugal international spent last season on loan at Sporting Lisbon - the club he joined United from in 2007 - as part of the deal that brought defender Marcos Rojo to Old Trafford. However, it seems the Turkish club are now in pole position to land Nani. Fenerbahce tweeted on Thursday night: "Fenerbahce has begun to talk with Luis Nani and his club Manchester United to transfer the player. "Nani will be in Istanbul on Sunday for medical check up." Nani, capped 86 times by his country, has played almost 150 games for United.

Gun held to heavily pregnant mother's head and her 9-year-old threatened by armed gang

Pregnant woman and daughter held by gunmen in raid Credit: ITV

A heavily pregnant woman had a gun pressed to her head after masked intruders broke into her Rochdale home.

The woman’s nine-year-old daughter was also threatened by a member of the gang holding knife.

It happened at their home in the Turf Hill area of Rochdale between 5.15am and 5.30am on Wednesday 24 June 2015.

Up to three intruders, all wearing balaclavas, broke in through the living room window. The offender carrying the gun, said to be a small silver metal handgun, went into the 28-year-old woman's bedroom and pressed the gun to her head before demanding cash.

The woman is heavily pregnant.

Another member of the gang who was carrying the knife went into the nine-year-old girl's bedroom and told her to be quiet.

The gang then stole cash in £20 denominations, two Asian gold bangles, a set of gold hooped earrings and one gold ring, as well as the woman's white Samsung Galaxy Note.

It is believed the offenders then fled outside where they were met by three other members of the gang.

The man carrying the gun was described as being Asian, 5ft 10in tall, of a slim build, aged between 20 and 30-years-old, with brown eyes and spoke with a local accent. The man with the knife was said to be black, about 30-40-years-old, 5ft 8in tall, of a medium build and said to have bloodshot eyes.

The third man was either Asian or of mixed race, aged 20-30-years-old, 5ft 7in tall and of a slim build. They were all wearing balaclavas. The other three men were not described.

Detective Constable Rich Shelton said: "The facts of this truly appalling robbery speak for themselves.

"This gang targeted a mum and her young daughter, even stooping as low as to hold a gun to the head of a woman who was clearly heavily pregnant and absolutely terrified. To threaten a nine-year-old girl merely compounds the cowardice of these men.

"Understandably, the mum and her young child are distraught and afraid these men may return, which is a feeling no-one should ever have to endure. Thankfully they were not physically injured and the unborn baby not harmed but the emotional trauma they have suffered is immeasurable.

"That is why it is so important we catch these unscrupulous and shameless offenders and give this family some sense of justice.

"I would appeal to anyone who has information about this robbery, or who suspects who may be involved, to come forward. In particular, if you are offered these pieces of jewellery or a white Samsung Galaxy Note then call police immediately."

Fears for missing girl

Missing: Marta Da Silva Bento Credit: GMP

Police are becoming increasingly concerned for a missing 13-year-old girl from Blackley.

Marta Da Silva Bento was last seen at her home on Beverley Street in Harpurhey at 5am on Thursday 2 July 2015.

Marta took some clothes, but is not believed to have a mobile phone or any identification with her.

She is described as approximately 5ft 2in tall, with black shoulder length hair and brown eyes.

Detective Sergeant Shagufta Khan said: “Marta’s family are frantic with worry at Marta’s disappearance and are desperate for her to return home safely as soon as possible."

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