Len Johnson: The uncrownable champion

Len Johnson is possibly the greatest boxer you have never heard of. Racism prevented him from taking a shot at the title. Here is his story:

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Howzat! Cricketers in Lancashire stop their match to catch a thief

Two teams of cricketers in Lancashire brought a match to a halt so they could catch a thief who had looted the pavillion.

The suspect sneaked into the changing rooms at Church and Oswaldtwistle Cricket Club in Accrington to steal 12 phones.

But then he was spotted by cricketer Sam Walker who describes how the team caught the thief.

Forget selfies, here come the shapies: get a 3D model of yourself as you shop

Shoppers looking at the models Credit: Manchester Evening News

Shoppers at a supermarket in Manchester can get a mini model of themselves made up before they get their weekly shop.

Asda in Trafford have installed a full body scanner to create 3D replicas known as a shapies.

A model sitting in the store Credit: Manchester Evening News

Anyone who wants a model steps into a booth where cameras take thousands of snapshots from every angle.

Molly Torkington in the scanner Credit: Manchester Evening News

The images are then processed by a computer, which takes 12 seconds to create a 3D model on-screen, with accurate geometric shaping and colouring, to be sent to an off-site 3D printer.

3D image of Molly Torkington Credit: Manchester Evening News

A few days later the customer can then pick up an 8in exact replica of themselves with every tiny detail exactly etched in porcelain.

The models cost £60.

Asda staff member Tommy Hornby with his 3D mini-me model Credit: Manchester Evening News

The scanner was created by the Artec group and the two million pound technology has been use by Nasa, doctors and architects.

Phil Stout, Asda’s innovation manager said: “Manchester is a technology based city and it had the first airport body scanners - so it seemed fitting it should be the first city to get one of these.”

Many customers have already shown interest - from soldiers wanting to leave their replica behind with family, to sports people with their medals, to people on a diet using their model as a motivational tool.

The scanner will be Asda in Trafford until June 22, and if successful could lead to a roll-out across 10 stores this summer.

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Crumbs....Danger Mouse to make comeback

Danger Mouse to return

Crumbs ... much-loved animated TV hero Danger Mouse is to make a comeback. The cartoon series, which was made at Cosgrove Hall studios in Chorlton, Manchester ran for more than a decade until it ended in 1992, will make his return next year.

The white-clad rodent who wore a patch over one eye was voiced by Sir David Jason, while his sidekick Penfold was played by the late Terry Scott, although there has been no confirmation of stars who will be in the new run.

The show, originally ran on ITV and many viewers will recall Penfold's catchphrase "Crumbs DM" as well as the title music which featured the lines: "He's the Greatest, He's Fantastic, wherever there is danger he'll be there."

Co-creator Brian Cosgrove of the original show is a consultant on the 52-episode series, being made by Boulder Media and FremantleMedia Kids & Family Entertainment.

Critically endangered chicks hatch at Chester Zoo

Chester Zoo keeper handles the very rare chick Credit: Chester Zoo

Some of the world’s rarest chicks have hatched at Chester Zoo.

The northern bald ibis chicks are classed by conservationists as being critically endangered, meaning they face an extremely high risk of becoming extinct in the wild.

Northern bald ibis is classed as being critically endangered. Credit: Chester Zoo

Lead keeper Steve Williams said: “Some consider to them to be one of the zoo’s uglier species but given that they’re so rare, we think they’re real beauties.”

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