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Court told 'drunk' Fred Talbot 'performed sex act' on school trip

The jury in the trial of former ITV weatherman Fred Talbot is hearing from the third alleged victim. He is known as 'C' for legal reasons.


Court hears of 'pornography' on school trip

The third alleged victim, known as C, is giving evidence in the Fred Talbot sex abuse trial. Mr Talbot denies 10 charges of indecent assault

Flags at half mast for police officer killed on night out

Flags are at half mast at Liverpool Parish Church for PC Neil Doyle, who was killed while on his Christmas night out.


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Corrie's Rita banned from the roads for drink driving

Barbara Knox plays Rita in Coronation Street Credit: PA

Soap actress Barbara Knox - who plays Rita in Coronation Street - has been ordered to pay more than £4,500 in fines and costs after pleading guilty to drink driving.

The 81-year-old appeared at Crewe Magistrates Court this morning, where she was also banned from driving for 12 months.

ITV News North of England Correspondent Damon Green reports.

Knox, of Mere, Cheshire, was a passenger in her daughter Maxine Ashcroft's car on March 10 last year when the car was stopped by police after concerns were raised by a passer-by.

Ashcroft, aged 56, was found to be almost three times the legal limit - and when her mother arrived at Middlewich Police Station later that day, she too was arrested. She measured at 85mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood - above the legal limit of 80mg.

Knox, who initially denied the offence before changing her plea today, will have to pay a £3,000 fine, plus court costs of £1,750 and a £120 victim surcharge.

Gerrard could be rested for FA cup match

Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard could be rested for the FA Cup fourth round visit of Bolton. Credit: PA Images

Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard could be rested for the FA Cup fourth round visit of Bolton on Saturday.

With a must-win Capital One Cup semi-final second leg at Chelsea on Tuesday the 34-year-old, who missed last weekend's win at Aston Villa with a tight hamstring, is likely to drop to the bench.

Manager Brendan Rodgers has confirmed 17-year-old midfielder Jordan Rossiter will be involved in some capacity, while defender Glen Johnson, midfielder Joe Allen and striker Mario Balotelli all returned to training this week.

Provisional squad: Mignolet, Can, Lovren, Sakho, Manquillo, Henderson, Lucas, Moreno, Lallana, Coutinho, Sterling, Ward, Skrtel, Enrique, Rossiter, Gerrard, Williams, Markovic, Lambert, Borini, Ojo.

Pregnant woman 'in shock' after daylight attack

A woman who is four months pregnant was attacked by a man trying to steal her car in Manchester. The 27 year old suffered a broken leg after she was thrown to the ground and dragged around. Police have released an evofit of a suspect.

The whole incident seemed to last a long time but in reality would only have been about five minutes. He was very close to me when he was grabbing and shaking me and standing right in front of me.

"When it was happening I was very concerned about the safety of my unborn baby and for myself. It was quite terrifying when he was grabbing and shaking me. I didn't know what he was going to do or what he wanted as I couldn't understand him.

"I feel in shock and very anxious about it. It is going to change my behaviour and going about Moston when I'm by myself or with my children. It's even more worrying that it happened during daylight hours."

– Attack victim

Louis van Gaal's 'twitchy ass' time

Louis Van Gaal Credit: PA Images

Sir Alex Ferguson famously coined the phrases ‘squeaky bum time’ when gearing up for big games - but Louis van Gaal has come up trumps with his version 'twitchy ass.'

The Dutchman gave his take on the phrase during a press conference ahead of Manchester United's FA Cup fourth round tie at Cambridge, claiming his team’s uncertain performances have left him ‘twitching his ass’ on the bench.

He said Manchester United cannot play 4-4-2 because it gives him "a twitchy ass"...“when you analyse the game then we have twitched our ass on the bench.

“I said to my players I was squeezing my ass, but it was the wrong expression.

“I have twitched my ass on the bench because we were out of balance.”

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