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Preston blow promotion chance and must now settle for the play-offs

Dejected Preston players. Credit: Paul Harding/PA Wire/Press Association Images
Preston manager Simon Grayson. Credit: Paul Harding/PA Wire/Press Association Images
Colchester celebrate their survival. Credit: Paul Harding/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Preston will face Chesterfield in the League One play-offs after missing out on automatic promotion. They required a victory away at Colchester in their final game of the season to secure a place in the Championship, but lost 1-0, a result which was enough for the hosts to avoid relegation. North End will travel to Chesterfield on Thursday night for the first leg of their semi-final.

Activists accuse police of 'starving' them out

The 'Love Activists' who have occupied Liverpool’s old Bank of England for more than two weeks claim police are 'starving them out.' The building is now being used as a shelter for the cities homeless.

Bailiffs set up fences around building after an eviction notice was served to the group on Tuesday. The anti-austerity activists say officers are now refusing to allow supplies to be taken into the building. Earlier today a post appeared on the group's facebook page calling for a protest outside the bank. A number of people showed to bringing food for those inside. Police deny the accusation.

Yesterday the protestors were offered water several times by officers outside the building and they refused to accept the offer. They were also made aware that there were bottles of water at the side entrance of the property which they could collect – those bottles of water are still waiting to be collected.

For clarification those inside the building are now in breach of an interim possession order which was issued earlier this week and they are committing an offence. We have tried to work with the protestors to facilitate peaceful protest, and have also given them the option to leave the building and not face charges even though they are in breach of the possession order and have committed damage to a Grade 1 listed building (damage to the door and graffiti on the walls).

– Police spokesperson

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Man dies after M6 crash

Police are appealing for witnesses after a man died on the M6 in the early hours of this morning when he crashed into a tree between junctions 33 and 32.

The driver, a 75 year old man, was sadly pronounced dead at the scene.

Sgt Claire Pearson of the Road Policing Unit said: “We are trying to establish how this collision occurred and I would ask anyone who witnessed the collision or saw the Fiesta on the hard shoulder to contact us.”

Sikh festival parades through Manchester

Start of the parade Credit: ITV

Thousands of people of people have taken to the streets of Manchester for a holy Sikh festival. The Vaisakhi festival has been celebrated in Britain for more than 40 years, and it's full of noise and colour. The holy scriptures make their way through the five temples of Greater Manchester ending up in Albert Square for a huge celebrations.

Raagis (Sikh religious musicians) perform on the main float as it navigates the route. There is a float with local children who have been learning Sikh traditional music.

Holy scriptures paraded through the streets Credit: ITV

One of the organisers Parkash Singh to us it's a big day for the community. "The atmosphere is phenomenal, we get 3 to 4 thousand people attending, in their, orange vibrancy colours. He explains the significance of the festival below:

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