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Architect transforms station view into 'green oasis'

Deansgate Station transformed into 'green oasis'. Credit: Manchester Evening News

Bored of looking down onto a drab 'grey' station Beetham Tower architect has designed himself a new view.

Ian Simpson who lives in the top two floors of the 47-storey building wanted to look out on a 'green oasis'.

Blocks of low-maintenance grass have been placed between the tracks to give Deansgate station a more natural appearance.

Grass at Deansgate Station Credit: Manchester Evening News

Mr Simpson will have a bird’s eye view of his new creation from his home

'We wanted to create something a bit special out of something a bit ordinary and grey.

Many people coming in from the airport and this will be one of the first things they see. We wanted to use as many natural materials as possible to create a truly natural, green feel to the station.'

– Architect Ian Simpson
Deansgate Station Credit: Manchester Evening News

Suspected Ebola patient gets the all clear

A man who was admitted to hospital in Liverpool yesterday to be tested for Ebola has been cleared, as tests came back negative for the deadly virus

The patient - who has a history of travelling to western Africa, became unwell in North Wales and was rushed to Liverpool in an ambulance.

The Royal was one of four UK hospitals placed on Ebola standby last year amid growing concerns the disease could reach the UK

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Champion kick boxer jailed for rape

Anthony Richardson Credit: Manchester Evening News

A Champion kick boxer has been jailed for raping one young woman and sexually assaulting another.

Anthony Richardson, of Stockport, Greater Manchester, who won the ISKA British light heavyweight title, committed the offences while addicted to cocaine.

Just days after the successful bout last December he was arrested.

The dad-of-two, 35, was jailed for six and a half years and was told he must serve at least three.

Richardson was well thought of in kick boxing circles and helped train youngsters but his career is now in ruins.

After the hearing the family of one of the victims hit out at the length of his sentence, saying: “It is not long enough, he got let off lightly. They try and make them (the court) feel sorry for them.

“He will only do half of it. But his career is over, he’ll never do kick boxing again.”

Richardson, who apologised after both attacks, was arrested after one of his victims told her family about it.

In a victim impact statement one of the women said: “It has taken away my happiness and turned me into someone I don’t know. It has taken away all that is possible. It has ruined my life.”

Anthony Richardson Credit: Greater Manchester Police

Defending, Rachel Shenton said her client had an ‘exceptional level of remorse’ and even praised his behaviour.

She said: “In many ways the conduct of Mr Richardson since the offences has been exceptional. He did not wish to explore the merits of a trial.

“At the time of these offences he was addicted to cocaine, he was choosing to have alcohol as well. He accepts he behaved as a different man through drink and drugs.

“He has achieved a degree of local celebrity, he has twice been national champion Thai boxer, he has won a lot of medals and trophies.

It was said Richardson, of Florist Street, Shaw Heath, had sought help for his cocaine addiction. He was given six years jail for the rape and six months for the sexual assault.

Fire at Burnley recycling plant Accrington Road closed

Lancashire Fire and Rescue are still tackling a fire at a recycling centre on Accrington Road in Burnley.

Firefighters from across East Lancashire were called to the site at 9.40pm last night. Eight fire engines, a cherry picker and a hazardous materials unit were dispatched as flames engulfed a pile of tyres.

The fire is now under control, three fire engines remain at the site this morning and Accrington road remains closed until further notice.

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Rugby players support Tony Barrow's cancer fight

Tony Barrow is fighting cancer Credit: ITV News

A special rugby match is being played later to support one of the star's of the sport. Tony Barrow has been diagnosed with a brain tumour at the age of 43. He could have only months to live. Later stars of the sport past and present will play in a Testimonial match to help raise money for Tony's treatment. Its at Thatto Heath at 3pm today.

Liverpool's ship-shape for fashion world record

The Queen Mary 2 will dock in Liverpool this weekend for the event Credit: PA

Liverpool continues to mark the 175th anniversary of the Cunard shipping line this weekend with a world record attempt. A catwalk will be set up at the Pierhead and it's hope more than 3084 models from all walks of life will strut their stuff down it. The current Guiness World Record for the biggest catwalk is held by Mexico. The catwalk will be in the shadow of Cunard's liner Queen Mary 2 which will be docked at the city's cruise terminal on the Mersey.

Manchester's culture takes centre stage

Maxine Peake Credit: PA

This weekend is the first of the Manchester International Festival with acts and events from all genres drawing crowds to the city. North West actress Maxine Peake is starring in the The Striker at the Royal Exchange Theatre. Blur star Damon Albarn's musical wonder.land is another highlight. It's loosely based on Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland and runs at the Palace Theatre. For information go to http://www.mif.co.uk/

Blur frontman Damon Albarn wrote the music for wonder.land Credit: PA

Quo to rock Hoghton Tower for Lancashire hospice

When you're trying to raise money for a good cause, there's nothing like a bit of celebrity backing.

It's something the good people at St Catherine's Hospice in Lancashire realised a few years ago.

Their symphony in the park concert has become a very popular annual feature involving some massive celebrity names.

And for this year's event, to mark the hospice's 30th year, the headline act are none other than legendary rockers Status Quo.

This from Sarah Rogers

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