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Farron's hospital petition sent to over 20,000

Liberal Democrat president and MP for Westmorland and Lonsdale, Tim Farron Credit: PA

South Lakes MP Tim Farron has sent out petitions to over 20,000 people throughout the South Lakeland area asking them to join his campaign to protect the Westmorland General Hospital.

The MP is also holding a series of petition signing sessions following claims that the hospital could potentially close.

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World's largest indoor illumination display opens in Blackpool

Lights at illuminasia

The World's largest indoor illumination opens in Blackpool today. The new attraction by Chinese experts at the Winter Gardens has used 35,000 LED to create 6 interactive worlds including it's very own Blackpool Tower.

Illuminasia will be open all year round, unlike the regular illuminations which shine for 66 nights a year. Among the worlds are Land of the Giants, a planetarium and the Wonders of the World.

Blackpool Tower being erected

Gun criminal to stand as MP

Domenyk Noonan

Notorious gun criminal Domenyk Noonan has set his sights on becoming an MP for Manchester after being let out of jail according to the Manchester Evening News.

Mr Noonan, who was released yesterday after 18 months, is planning to hit the campaign trail for Blackley and Broughton, the seat currently held by Labour's Graham Stringer.

The 49-year-old, who was freed following a Parole Board hearing, was locked up despite being cleared of raping a boy of 15,

Crown lawyers dropped their case following allegations his accuser had made false complaints in the past. But Noonan was then recalled to prison for a nine-and-a-half year sentence imposed in 2005 for possessing a gun.

He said: “My plans for the future are suing GMP and running for MP. I will be campaigning for better private security so people can get help to their homes quickly, and for more youth clubs.”

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Police appeal after bottle attack in Liverpool

Merseyside Police is appealing for witnesses after a man was assaulted close to Liverpool city centre on Wednesday.

Officers were called by the North West Ambulance Service, at around 7pm, following a report that a 45-year-old man had suffered a number of head injuries.

Police believe the victim was attacked with a bottle as he was walking along Islington, close to its junction with Birchfield Street.

The offender has been described as a white man aged around 25-years-old. He's thought to be around 5ft 10in tall, slim and had black hair which was shaved at the sides.

"He is believed to have been wearing a light grey jumper with stripes on the sleeves and matching tracksuit bottoms.

"The incident happened in the middle of rush-hour on one of the main routes into and out of the city. I'd appeal to anyone who may have witnessed the assault, or seen the victim, possibly whilst he was injured, to get in touch with us"

– Detective Sergeant Paul Jones

Manchester hosts the BMX supercross world cup.

Some of the world’s best riders will compete over two days at the indoor arena. Credit: PA

The BMX Supercross World Cup returns to Manchester’s National Cycling Centre. The Great Britain squad will join the world's best riders for two days racing.

Shanaze Reade celebrates her 2013 victory at the event Credit: PA

Last year Crewe's Shanaze Reade won the Supercross event but she'll be absent this year as she's currently racing in the U.S.A.

There will be elite competitions for both men and women.

Liverpool spoil City's WSL debut

Reigning WSL champions Liverpool Ladies launched their title defence with a 1-0 win over ambitious newcomers Manchester City Women.

England striker Natasha Dowie, who finished as top scorer in the league last season, made the breakthrough on the 70-minute mark.

The game, played on a challenging surface at Liverpool's Widnes home, saw City make their debut in the English top flight following a bold close-season signing spree.

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