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The hottest ticket in town... for a match that's not happening

It's the hottest ticket in town for a match that's not happening.

When Accrington Stanley lost their FA Cup replay against Yeovil last month, it meant they'd miss out on a lucrative clash with Manchester United in round three.

So, to ease their disappointment, they're selling tickets for it anyway.

Police help canine commuter find her way home

British Transport Police have helped a canine commuter find her way home, after an unexpected journey.

Princess, a four-year-old Staffordshire Terrier, escaped from her back garden in Rochdale on Friday, 2nd January, and headed to Castleton station where she hopped on board a train to Manchester.

Princess with her owners and helpful officers Credit: British Transport Police

Princess disembarked at Manchester Victoria, where station staff handed her over to PC Christopher O’Connor and PCSO Lee Howard.

PC O'Connor tweeted asking for help in finding her owners, and Manchester Dog's Trust scanned her microchip to try and find her home address.

After a bit of detective work and following of leads the Hughes family came forward to claim Princess.

Amanda Hughes said: “I knew she’d got a train into town within 40 minutes of her going missing. I’d posted it on my Facebook account and someone replied saying they’d spotted her on Twitter and Facebook.

"They said they were sure it was Princess but I thought it’s just not something she would do. We don’t live far from the station, but we always walk her in the other direction so how she found her way there and then jumped on a train is a mystery but she is a bit of a character.”

PC Christopher O’Connor who, along with PCSO Howard, escorted Princess to safety after her adventure said: “She’s a lovely dog and she was a real pleasure to deal with, she was so affectionate and friendly. This was definitely one of our nicer jobs, we got a great deal of satisfaction from seeing her get home safely.

“It’s great to think that, thanks to a lot of teamwork with colleagues at Northern Rail and Greater Manchester Police, there was a happy ending.”

Princess is now safely home and has a new microchip, to help find her if she takes a day trip again.


Stanley sell commemorative tickets for Man Utd game that never was

Accrington Stanley have sold 250 commemorative tickets for their cup tie against Manchester United that never was.

Accrington Stanley have produced commemorative tickets for the tie that didn't happen Credit: Paul Crone, ITV Granada

Stanley lost their Second Round tie at Yeovil, meaning they missed the chance to host United.

Undeterred, the club produced 250 tickets, which have now all been sold for £20, to commemorate the game, even though it didn't happen.

Chairman Peter Marsden said the money would go toward strengthening the team.

Escaped llama 'recovering well' at home

Calista the llama escaped last week Credit: MEN Syndication

A llama who escaped from a farm in Littleborough last week is recovering well, after she caused chaos for dozens of motorists.

Calista the llama escaped from her field after being scared by a dog. After running around the town for six hours, she was returned home and is recuperating.

Owner Dan Taylor said: :“She was very frightened. I would really urge dog owners not to let their animals out loose in the area"

Calista and owner Dan Taylor Credit: MEN Syndication

Rare giraffe arrives at North West zoo

Keepers at Chester zoo have welcomed the arrival of a rare Rothschild’s giraffe.

The calf has been named Zahra, meaning ‘flower’ in Swahili.

Rothschild's are one of the world’s most endangered subspecies of giraffe, with recent estimates suggesting few than 1,100 are left in the wild.

Zahra makes her debut at Chester Zoo Credit: Chester Zoo
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