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North West footballers nominated for PFA award

Luis Suarez Credit: Press Association

Luis Suarez is one of three Liverpool players nominated for the Professional Footballers' Association's player of the year award.

The Uruguayan, who heads the Premier League scoring charts with Liverpool at the top of the table, is joined by Reds strike partner Daniel Sturridge and captain Steven Gerrard on the six-man list which was announced by the PFA on Friday.

Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard nominated Credit: Press Association

Also nominated for the top prize are Chelsea forward Eden Hazard, Manchester City playmaker Yaya Toure and Southampton midfielder Adam Lallana.

Suarez is the firm favourite to land the award after a stellar season in which he has already scored 29 league goals.

Hazard and Sturridge are also nominated for the young player of the year prize, along with Southampton left-back Luke Shaw, Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey, Everton midfielder Ross Barkley and Liverpool forward Raheem Sterling.


Cannabis farm found after toddler dials 999 by accident

GMP tweeted "Look what we found following an abandoned 999 call made by a child!" Credit: GMP Salfod

A toddler led police to a cannabis farm in Salford after dialing 999 while playing with his parents' phone.

Nine cannabis plants were found when officers attended an address in Little Hulton following up a silent emergency call made by the child.

A 29-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of cultivating cannabis.


Farron's hospital petition sent to over 20,000

Liberal Democrat president and MP for Westmorland and Lonsdale, Tim Farron Credit: PA

South Lakes MP Tim Farron has sent out petitions to over 20,000 people throughout the South Lakeland area asking them to join his campaign to protect the Westmorland General Hospital.

The MP is also holding a series of petition signing sessions following claims that the hospital could potentially close.


World's largest indoor illumination display opens in Blackpool

Lights at illuminasia

The World's largest indoor illumination opens in Blackpool today. The new attraction by Chinese experts at the Winter Gardens has used 35,000 LED to create 6 interactive worlds including it's very own Blackpool Tower.

Illuminasia will be open all year round, unlike the regular illuminations which shine for 66 nights a year. Among the worlds are Land of the Giants, a planetarium and the Wonders of the World.

Blackpool Tower being erected

Gun criminal to stand as MP

Domenyk Noonan

Notorious gun criminal Domenyk Noonan has set his sights on becoming an MP for Manchester after being let out of jail according to the Manchester Evening News.

Mr Noonan, who was released yesterday after 18 months, is planning to hit the campaign trail for Blackley and Broughton, the seat currently held by Labour's Graham Stringer.

The 49-year-old, who was freed following a Parole Board hearing, was locked up despite being cleared of raping a boy of 15,

Crown lawyers dropped their case following allegations his accuser had made false complaints in the past. But Noonan was then recalled to prison for a nine-and-a-half year sentence imposed in 2005 for possessing a gun.

He said: “My plans for the future are suing GMP and running for MP. I will be campaigning for better private security so people can get help to their homes quickly, and for more youth clubs.”

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