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The sister of a teenager from Blackpool, who was brutally murdered, is leading a protest today in a bid to change men’s attitudes to women.
Sasha Marsden, 16, was stabbed to death and then set on fire in an alleyway. Her killer, hotel worker David Minto, who police described as “evil”, was sentenced to 35 years in prison.
Her sister, Gemma Aitchison, from Westhoughton, near Bolton, wants to see schools teach pupils sex and relationship education, including consent and the influence of technology, as part of the mandatory national curriculum.
There will be a nationwide protest in London, Portsmouth, Manchester, Bolton and Newcastle.
A scheme allowing the public to ask police about someone they're in a relationship with will be rolled out across the country from today.
The Domestic Abuse Disclosure Scheme, more widely known as ‘Clare’s Law’, after Clare Wood, who was murdered by her boyfriend George Appleton in Salford in 2009, will allow those who are concerned about the violent or abusive history of their partner to contact the police and request information.
If subsequent police checks show that a person may be at risk of domestic abuse from their partner based on their history, the police will consider disclosing the information.
In a statement tonight Lancashire police said, "At 11.44pm on Tuesday 4 March, police were called by the ambulance service to an address on Jameson Street in Blackpool where Sophie Jones had been taken ill.The two year old was taken to Blackpool Victoria Hospital but sadly died".
"Toxicology tests confirmed Sophie had ingested methadone, however the cause of her death has still not been ascertained".
Lancashire police have tonight charged two people following the death of two year old Sophie Jones in Blackpool.
Barry Jones, 41, and Michelle King, 29, are due at Blackpool Magistrates Court tomorrow.
They're both charged with causing or allowing the death of a child by means of an unlawful act.
West Yorkshire Police are appealing for anyone who sees a missing Bradford University student to get in contact.
Aamir ‘Eric’ Qudeer, 20, who is from Leeds, has not been seen since 3pm on Wednesday, 26 February. He was last seen at Leeds train station. He is 5ft 8" tall.
It's thought Amir took a train to Liverpool that arrived at 6pm.Detective Inspector Alan Flynn of Bradford CID, said: "I would appeal to Aamir or anyone who sees him to get in contact with police in West Yorkshire on 101.”
Our entertainment correspondent Caroline Whitmore has been speaking to the North West finalists of the last Dancing on Ice this weekend.
It's Manchester City against Wigan on Sunday, in a repeat of last year's FA Cup final.
And it'll be an emotional occasion for a former blues hero.
It's more than a decade since Uwe Rosler was diagnosed with non-hodgkins lymphoma. But he'll never forget the City fans who helped him beat it.
A disabled man says he was humiliated after cabin crew from Thomas Cook refused to let him sit next to his wife.
Chris Stott had paid extra for his wife to sit with him on their flight to Manchester. The couple say it was so she could give him regular care he needs because of his disability.
Lancashire Police has confirmed Methadone was found in Sophie's system.
The cause of her death has not yet been confirmed.
A spokesman for The Christie said:
We welcome this involvement (from Monitor), which follows Lord Bradley’s decision last week to step aside from the Chairman’s role when a replacement is selected.
The Trust has had recent dialogue with Monitor and looks forward to working constructively
with the regulator and is hopeful this will contribute to a swift and satisfactory conclusion.
The Trust’s and charity’s activities continue to be delivered to the very highest standards,
and patients, families and carers can be reassured this situation in no way affects patient care.
Patients are, and always will be our priority...we remain committed to providing very
best standards of care.