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Soldiers share relatives' stories of Battle of Somme

Tens of thousands of people are expected in Manchester to mark the centenary of the Battle of the Somme.

A parade featuring military personnel and descendants of those who fought at the Somme will leave Albert Square at 2pm, continuing along John Dalton Street and Deansgate to finish at Manchester Cathedral, where a service of remembrance will be held at 3pm.

Colour Sergeant Lee Vout and Major Andy Holsgrove told us about their relatives who fought in the Battle of Somme.


Breaking: Reports coming in that Ryan Giggs leaves Man Utd after 29 years

Ryan Giggs leaves Man Utd after 29 years Credit: ITV Granada

According to reports Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs has agreed a settlement with the club after 29 years.

Giggs, 42, had a year left on his contract as assistant manager but new boss Jose Mourinho is expected to give Rui Faria that role.

Unable to reach an agreement over another possible position at the club, it is believed Giggs, who made a record 963 appearances for United, has decided to move on.

Ryan Giggs joined the Manchester United academy on his 14th birthday in 1988 and turned professional aged just 17.

The Wales-born winger won a record 13 league titles, two European Cups, four FA Cups and four League Cups to become the most decorated British player of all time.


Man dies after Crumpsall assault

Charminster Drive area of Crumpsall Credit: Google Maps

A man has died after an assault in Crumpsall.

Shortly before 7.10am today, Friday 1 July 2016, police were called to reports of an assault at a property in the Charminster Drive area of Crumpsall.

Officers attended and found a man in his 50s with serious injuries.

He was immediately rushed to hospital, but sadly died of his injuries a short time later.

A 28-year-old man was arrested at the scene on suspicion of assault and remains in custody for questioning.

Detective Chief Inspector Sarah Jones, from GMP’s Major Incident Team, said:

Our thoughts are with the man’s family at this difficult time and our specially trained officers will continue to provide support to them.

We understand local residents will be quite shocked by this incident but I would like to assure them that a full investigation has been launched and we currently have one man in custody.

Residents may notice an increase in police presence as we carry out enquiries today and if anybody has any information which could assist with the investigation then I would urge you to call police.

– Detective Chief Inspector Sarah Jones

Anyone with any information should call police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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