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Police arrest 22-year-old man after Salford Church fire

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Police in Salford have arrested a 22-year-old man in connection with the fire at the Church of Ascension in Broughton.

At 11.20pm on Sunday February 12, police were called by the fire service after a fire broke out at the Church of Ascension on Broughton Lane, Lower Broughton.

An investigation was launched and officers are treating the incident as arson.

A 22-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of arson and has been bailed until March 30.

Detective Sergeant Karl Dalton, of GMP’s Salford Borough, said:

We have tasked a team of detectives with this investigation and made significant progress since the large fire took hold and destroyed the church.

I would like to thank the public for their support which has helped us make some positive steps forward following our appeal for information on Monday.

However, we are continuing to investigate and it is still vital that anyone with information gets in touch as soon as possible.

In particular, we need to speak with anyone who may have seen a group of youths on bikes near to the church around the time of the fire.

– Detective Sergeant Karl Dalton
  • Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 0161 856 5461 or 101 and quote the reference number 2352 of 12/02/17, or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.


Can Super League compete with the Aussies

The best of super league will be taking on their Australian counterparts this weekend. On Sat 18th February Grand Final runners up, Warrington Wolves take on the Brisbane Broncos in the World Series. The following day champions Wigan Warriors will face Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks. Both North West sides know its a chance to show the Australians what they can do. Lets hear the views of both sides. Starting with Andre Savelio from Warrington and Liam Farrell from Wigan.


Plans for revamp of Strawberry Field in Liverpool

The plan would see a major revamp of the site Credit: GTV

Plans are being launched to redevelop the site in Liverpool which inspired the Beatles hit Strawberry Fields, on the 50th anniversary of its release.

Its aimed at transforming the former Salvation Army children's home into a heritage and educational centre.

The plan will see it open its famous gates to the public for the first time, featuring a host of never seen Beatles-related memorabilia as part of a new exhibition.

The proposed revival of the site, which played a major part in John Lennon's childhood as he grew up in nearby Woolton, includes a centre for young people with learning disabilities; a new exhibition about the song and John Lennon's early life around Strawberry Field, together with the development of a haven for spiritual exploration.

The iconic gates could soon open to the public for the first time Credit: GTV

Strawberry Field is special in the hearts of many people in Liverpool, the UK and across the world, and we at The Salvation Army are aiming to redevelop the site to do justice to the many people that have been supported by the children's home or formed a connection with the iconic Beatles song.

It's no secret that Strawberry Field was special to John Lennon - it mattered to him - and it feels right to launch our fundraising campaign and new website on the 50 th anniversary of the UK release of Strawberry Fields Forever. We're going to inspire people to become involved in the project in any way they can, to create a pivotal place in the lives of young people and a must-see destination for Beatles fans the world over.

And this is just the beginning. There is much more to share about the site, including its links to John Lennon and The Beatles. Over the next few months we will be letting fans across the globe know just how special this site was to John, as well as showing them how they can be a part of the site's legacy and its future. There are some fantastic plans just around the corner, so watch this space.

– Major Drew McCombe, The Salvation Army

I can think of no better way Strawberry Field could be re-developed in such an innovative way, which gives hope and job opportunities to vulnerable young people, whilst making a valuable and worthwhile contribution to The Beatles Legacy in Liverpool.

– Peter Hooton, Chair of The Beatles Legacy Group

UKIP leader Paul Nuttall faces party conference in Bolton

Paul Nuttall Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire/PA Images

UKIP Leader Paul Nuttall will face his party for the first time today since the revelations of false claims made about Hillsborough.

The party faithful will be in Bolton as the UKP Party Conference gets underway.

Mr Nuttall came under fire after he was forced to apologise about false claims that he lost close personal friends in the disaster.

They were posted on his website, though UKIP press officer Lynda Roughley has said she was "entirely responsible" for the website post and had offered her resignation.

Mr. Nuttall is just days away from contesting a Parliamentary by-election in Stoke-on-Trent,

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