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John Dalton died after the bike he was riding crashed with a lorry

John Dalton Credit: Lancashire Police

The family of a motorcyclist who sadly died following a collision on Wednesday night have paid tribute to him.

John Dalton, 20, from Standish died after he had been riding a Yamaha motorbike eastbound on Course Lane when the vehicle collided with a lorry travelling in the opposite direction.

John was treated by paramedics but later pronounced dead.

The family statement read:

There are no words to describe the pain and devastation we feel as a family. John Francis Dalton was a loving son and brother, with his whole life ahead of him.

He was full of life and enthusiasm and always made us laugh. He was warm and kind hearted and liked by everyone who had the pleasure of knowing him.

We want to thank everyone for their kind words of support at this difficult time and we would also wish to thank the police and paramedics, including an off duty doctor who was driving behind the accident, for all their help trying to save John at the scene that night .

This tragic accident has left a hole in the heart of our family that can never be filled.

– Family of John Dalton


Drug dealer jailed for criminal damage and drug offences.

James Loose Credit: GMP

James Loose, 34, of Ashurst Road, Manchester has been sentenced at Manchester Crown Court today, to a total of 7 years, 6 months and 28 days.

He previously pleaded guilty to supply of Class A drugs, possession with intent to supply Class A drugs, possession of Class B drugs, and criminal damage. He received separate sentences of 3 years and 9 months, 3 years and 9 months , 7 days and 21 days for the respective offences to served concurrently, meaning he will spend 3 years and 9 months in prison.

The court heard that in January of this year, Loose had been involved in a dispute with another man which led to him threatening the man and smashing a window at his house.

Following a report made to police, a warrant was executed at an address in south Manchester and found Loose there attempting to flush items down the toilet.

At the property police seized quantities of cocaine, cannabis and cash as well as electronic scales, four mobile phones, body armour and sheets of paper used as ‘drugs debtors’ list.

Detective Constable Louise Moss of GMP’s City of Manchester team said:

James Loose brought misery to the lives of many people in south Manchester and his sentence will bring some relief to those he has terrorised.

– Detective Constable Louise Moss

Big Sam confirmed as England boss with two-year contract

Sam Allardyce Credit: PA

Sam Allardyce has been appointed as England's new manager, the Football Association has announced.

The FA said Sam Allardyce has signed an initial two-year contract. Sam Allardyce has signed an initial two-year deal to become England's new manager, the Football Assocation has announced.

The 61-year-old boss knew the job was his on Wednesday but a compensation package with his club Sunderland needed to be finalised before the announcement could be made.

Allardyce, who begins work immediately, said:

I am extremely honoured to be appointed England manager especially as it is no secret that this is the role I have always wanted. For me, it is absolutely the best job in English football.

– Sam Allardyce


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