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HSBC closes Bolton charity's bank account

A Bolton-based Muslim charity has accused a bank of putting lives at risk for shutting down its account.

The Ummah Welfare Trust has distributed 70 million pounds to projects in 20 countries. And it's had a presence in Gaza for the past 10 years.

But the charity has now received a letter from the HSBC to tell them their account is being closed for being beyond the bank's "risk appetite".

Mohammad Ahmad is from the charity.

Former police officer tells Hillsborough Inquests the match commander was like 'a fish out of water'

A former police officer has told the Hillsborough Inquests that the match commander on the day was like 'a fish out of water.'

PC Trevor Bichard said Chief Superintendent David Duckenfield 'didn't offer true leadership at any stage' as the disaster unfolded.

Ann O'Connor reports.


Conman ransacks 90 year old man's house

Police are appealing for witnesses after a man conned his way into the home of a 90-year-old man in Oldham and attempted to rob him.

The man knocked on the 90-year-old victim's door between 2.30pm and 3.30pm on Thursday 24 July.

He asked if he would like any gardening work carrying out and forced his way into the house.

Once inside, he threatened the victim and demanded money, but when the man refused, he became aggressive and pushed him onto the bed.

He then ransacked the house and searched in the victim's pockets.

The victim tried to call the police but the man stopped him and unable to find any money, he left empty-handed.

The man is described as white, in his thirties, clean shaven between 6ft and 6ft 2in tall, and of slim build.

Detective Constable Christian Julien said:

This man targeted a vulnerable and frail elderly gentleman and, after conning his way into his home, he used aggression and intimidation to try to steal money.

"I would also like to make other local residents aware so they can remain vigilant and I urge anyone who may feel they have been targeted in a similar way in the nearby area to phone police.

– Detective Constable Christian Julien, GMP

Martinez on likely Lukaku signing - 'we need a number nine'

Everton to sign striker
Martinez says Everton need a new Number Nine Credit: PA Pictures

Martinez admits centre-forward is an area he has prioritised since the end of the season.

"We clearly need to strengthen in the numnber nine position, the striker, and probably another attacking player," he said.

"There is not an anxiety at finding out who the strikers will be.

"It is a matter of seeing how quickly Arouna Kone (who missed much of last season with a knee injury) is adapting and when he will be available.

"I am not too concerned about the timing (of signings), all I want to do is make sure we get the right footballers.

"We need up to three attacking players and that is bearing in mind the different ways we are going to play and attack.

"We know exactly our priorities and the names. We will work hard to get them but they need to be a perfect fit."

At a reported £25 million Lukaku would not leave much left for further squad strengthening but Martinez is not desperate just to add numbers to a relatively small playing staff.

"Every player that comes in needs to add to what we already have," he added.

"We are not going to bring in players for the sake of it, it will be the ones we need.

"The dressing room is something special and my only worry is bringing in a player who could disrupt that."

Vandals smash windows in 70 cars at Wigan garage

Police are appealing for information after vandals smashed the windows in 70 cars at a car dealership in Wigan.

It happened at the Chorley Nissan dealership on Pottery Lane in the town between 12pm and 1.40am on Tuesday 29 July 2014.

The attackers used a sledgehammer and sticks to smash the windows of the showroom before making their way onto the cars.

Police are now appealing to anyone with information to come forward.

The three vandals are described as men of medium build, and all were wearing dark clothing with hoods up and one was wearing white trainers and was carrying a sledge-hammer.

Detective Constable Daniel Ritchie said:

"I am asking anyone who lives in these communities to come forward with any information they may have that will help us catch the culprits.

We are taking this matter extremely seriously and we will do everything we can, with the public's help, to identify those responsible for this senseless acts of vandalism."

– Detective Constable Daniel Ritchie, GMP

Former United boss Moyes in clear after alleged bar brawl

Moyes in clear
No action will be taken against Moyes Credit: PA Pictures

Former Manchester United manager David Moyes is in the clear after he was investigated over an alleged bar-room bust-up.

The Scot was spoken to by police after claims made by builder Josh Gillibrand, 23, that he had been attacked at a wine bar in Clitheroe, Lancashire.

Officers were called to the Emporium bar in the town following a report of the altercation on the evening of May 21.

It is understood Moyes, 51, had been socialising with his friend, Blackburn Rovers managing director Derek Shaw, a local businessman in the Ribble Valley.

Witnesses reported Moyes, who had been sacked by Manchester United the previous month, was abused by a group of drunken young men shortly before he entered the bar.

The Emporium Bar
The Emporium Bar in Clitheroe Credit: ITV Granada

Mr Gillibrand, from nearby Dutton, denied that he or his friend were involved in the abuse but told The Sun he "felt like I was going to die", as trouble allegedly flared.

Police said at the time there were, "a number of differing accounts" of what happened.

Lancashire Police has confirmed no further action will be taken against any party.

A spokesman said: "After careful consideration of all the circumstances in this case it has been decided that no further action will be taken against anyone.

"A thorough investigation has been carried out and everyone identified as having been involved in this incident or having witnessed it have provided accounts to the police.

"All these accounts were given voluntarily, it has not been necessary to arrest any person. These accounts have been considered and it has been decided that this is the most appropriate course of action."

Moyes was dismissed by Manchester United last April following a mediocre season after he replaced the retiring Sir Alex Ferguson.


Birkenhead man calls for all dogs to be muzzled after his Jack Russell is victim of vicious attack

The owner of a Jack Russell which nearly died after it was attacked by another dog is calling for all dogs to be muzzled.

Leslie Whittaker's dog is called stitch - a name her owner claims became a reality for the animal when it was nearly ripped in two by a lurcher dog.

It has promoted more debate from some councillors over whether dogs should be muzzled or kept on leads in public parks.

There are some distressing images in this report by Amy Welch.

Everton closing in on club record swoop for Lukaku

Everton appear to be closing in on a club-record transfer for striker Romelu Lukaku.

Reports in the Belgium international's homeland suggest a five-year contract has been agreed.

The 21-year-old spent last season on loan at Goodison Park from Chelsea and was the Toffees' leading scorer with 16 goals in 33 appearances, helping the club finish fifth.

Manager Roberto Martinez made Lukaku one of his primary summer targets but the player's involvement in the World Cup and extensive negotiations with Chelsea have taken time.

The striker tweeted a picture of himself on a plane with the message "Time to write a new chapter.....", although whether the inclusion of a partially-obscured exit sign behind the player's head was intentional or accidental is open to debate.

Lukaku's Belgian team-mate Marouane Fellaini, who coincidentally is currently Everton's club-record signing after a £15 million fee was paid to Standard Liege back in 2008, added further support to reports.

The Manchester United midfielder's post on Instagram said "CONGRATULATIONS to my man @romelu--lukaku17 on signing for @officialeverton !! Big future ahead" and also featured Lukaku's plane picture alongside an Everton badge and a shot of the pair in battle against each other in the Premier League last season.

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