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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.”

Police appeal after bottle attack in Liverpool

Merseyside Police is appealing for witnesses after a man was assaulted close to Liverpool city centre on Wednesday.

Officers were called by the North West Ambulance Service, at around 7pm, following a report that a 45-year-old man had suffered a number of head injuries.

Police believe the victim was attacked with a bottle as he was walking along Islington, close to its junction with Birchfield Street.

The offender has been described as a white man aged around 25-years-old. He's thought to be around 5ft 10in tall, slim and had black hair which was shaved at the sides.

"He is believed to have been wearing a light grey jumper with stripes on the sleeves and matching tracksuit bottoms.

"The incident happened in the middle of rush-hour on one of the main routes into and out of the city. I'd appeal to anyone who may have witnessed the assault, or seen the victim, possibly whilst he was injured, to get in touch with us"

– Detective Sergeant Paul Jones

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Manchester hosts the BMX supercross world cup.

Some of the world’s best riders will compete over two days at the indoor arena. Credit: PA

The BMX Supercross World Cup returns to Manchester’s National Cycling Centre. The Great Britain squad will join the world's best riders for two days racing.

Shanaze Reade celebrates her 2013 victory at the event Credit: PA

Last year Crewe's Shanaze Reade won the Supercross event but she'll be absent this year as she's currently racing in the U.S.A.

There will be elite competitions for both men and women.

Liverpool spoil City's WSL debut

Reigning WSL champions Liverpool Ladies launched their title defence with a 1-0 win over ambitious newcomers Manchester City Women.

England striker Natasha Dowie, who finished as top scorer in the league last season, made the breakthrough on the 70-minute mark.

The game, played on a challenging surface at Liverpool's Widnes home, saw City make their debut in the English top flight following a bold close-season signing spree.

Tim Howard hailed Premier League's best goalkeeper

Tim Howard Credit: PA

Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard has been hailed as the Premier League's best goalkeeper by manager Roberto Martinez after signing a contract extension tying him to the club until 2018.

The 35-year-old American has been with the Toffees since 2006, initially moving on a loan basis from Manchester United before the clubs made the arrangement permanent.

He was due to reach the end of his stay at Goodison Park at the end of the 2015/16 season but has agreed to a further two years.

Martinez, whose team are vying with Arsenal for a Champions League place, told Everton's website: "It is fantastic news. To have Tim Howard performing as he has been this season, I cannot see past him to choose the best goalkeeper in the league.

"For him, in such an important year with the World Cup around the corner, to commit his future for the long term is an incredible moment for the dressing room.

"I am extremely proud of Tim's achievements for the football club. On top of his goalkeeping it's his overall demeanour and personality in the dressing room. He is a strong leader."

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Good Friday Championship preview

Championship sport Credit: ITV

A number of clubs from the region are in Championship action today. Second in the table Burnley travel to strugglers Blackpool for a Lancashire derby.

Wigan are hoping to put their FA Cup semi-final defeat to Arsenal behind them and take a step closer to securing a play-off place as they host Reading.

Bolton Wanderers, who are currently 14th in the table will want to cling onto their string of unbeaten runs as they face Charlton.

Hundreds to race rubber ducks for charity

Annual duck race Credit: PA

Hundreds of yellow rubber ducks will take to the water in Manchester and Salford today in aid of charity. Events will be held at Spinningfields and at Salford Quays, the money raised will go towards local children's causes.

The fifth annual Duck Race in support of Brainwave will kick off at 2pm at Spinningfields. Another second event new for this year will take place at the Salford Quays water sports centre hosted by Manchester based charity MedEquip4Kids.

MedEquip4Kids improves the health of children and babies by providing specialist paediatric equipment for hospitals and community health teams.

Record numbers expected at Manchester Airport

With thousands heading off to the sun this weekend, Manchester Airport is preparing for what could be its busiest Easter ever.

Arrivals and departures are expected to exceed 200 thousand.

And 68 new security staff have been taken on just for the holiday period.

Spokeswoman Tricia Williams said people should allow plenty of time for checking in and boarding.

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