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Fake vodka factory found in Cheshire

An illegal alcohol factory, containing 130,000 litres of potentially toxic fake vodka, worth £1.7 million in unpaid duty, has been uncovered in an industrial unit in Widnes.

Cheshire Police Detective Chief Inspector Paul Beauchamp said:

“We carried out a warrant at a business premises under the misuse of drugs act and discovered this illegal operation on our doorstep.

We are pleased that we have helped to take this dangerous counterfeit vodka off the streets and are continuing to work with our colleagues in HMRC and Trading Standards.”


Family pay tribute to teen who died after Kendal Calling

The family of 18-year-old Millom teenager Christian Pay, who died in hospital after attending Kendal Calling festival, have paid tribute to him.

Christian's mum Debbie Pay, said:

"Christian was small in stature but had the heart of a lion and enough personality for everyone. He was just a fun, fun guy and such a nice person - he hated seeing anyone being picked on.

"He was studying motor vehicle maintenance at Furness College which he loved.

"He leaves behind an older brother Adam and older sister Chloe, who are both devastated. He was loved by all and will be missed by everyone."


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Watch: Cilla from 1964 "it's all happened so quickly"

Tributes continue to be paid to Cilla Black as a post-mortem examination is expected to take place today.

The singer and TV star died at the age of 72 at her home in the south of Spain.

Cilla Black being interviewed on 'Here Today' in 1964. Credit: Archif ITV Cymru/Wales

Black shot to fame singing in the 1960s before going on to host shows such as Blind Date and Surprise Surprise.

Here's Cilla from ITV Cymru Wales' archive being interviewed on 'Here Today' in 1964.

Prime Minister David Cameron said the entertainer was a "huge talent", while Sir Bruce Forsyth told ITV News that the "lovely lady" will be missed.

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'Last picture' of Cilla Black taken the day before she died

This is believed to be one of the last pictures taken of Cilla Black before she died.

The TV star happily posed for a picture with fan Amy Kelly at the airport before she jetted off to Spain last Friday.

Amy later posted the snap on Twitter saying: "Such an honour to meet the legend that is Cilla Black the day before she passed. What a lady!"

Speaking to ITV News, Amy said: "I told Cilla she looked great and I was a big fan. She just said thank you and was so lovely."

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