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Award for Lancashire lad with 100% attendance for seven years

A primary school pupil from Lancashire has been given an award after not missing a day of school for the last seven years.

Mark Renwick hasn't missed a day of school in seven years Credit: Renwick family

Mark Renwick, from Padiham, hasn't missed a day of school in seven years at Padiham Green School.

Mark's mum Julie said: "My son not missing a single day throughout his seven years, since his first day of school in reception is remarkable.

"Not only because he is the only child nationally to achieve it ever!"


Poet Lemn Sissay elected Chancellor of University of Manchester

Lemn Sissay Credit: University of Manchester

The poet Lemn Sissay has been announced as the next Chancellor of the University of Manchester.

He fought off competition from former Labour cabinet minister Lord Peter Mandelson and Halle Music Director Sir Mark Elder to win.

Sissay will take up the mostly ceremonial post at the beginning of August from current Chancellor Tom Bloxham MBE.

He said:

“Reach for the top of the tree and you may get to the first branch but reach for the stars and you'll get to the top of the tree. My primary aim is to inspire and be inspired. "

“I am proud to be Chancellor of this fantastic University and extremely grateful to everyone who voted for me.”

– Lemn Sissay

Mother to talk at justice conference

Janet Cunliffe (centre in glasses) has campaigned for her son's release Credit: ITV News

Campaigners against what they believe are miscarriages of justice are meeting for a conference in Wigan later. Speakers will include Janet Cunliffe who is campaigning for the release of her son Jordan.

Jordan Cunliffe has been refused leave to appeal against his sentence Credit: Cheshire Police

He was 16 when he was jailed in 2008 for the murder of Garry Newlove.

The Warrington father was kicked to death outside his home. Earlier this year the High Court rejected Jordan Cunliffe's bid to have his 12 year minimum sentence reduced. Today's conference is held at Wigan's old law courts.

Garry Newlove died in a gang attack outside his home in Warrington Credit: Cheshire Police


University team takes the chequered flag

Pit stop for the team Credit: University of Bolton

The University of Bolton and their partner racing team RLR Msport claimed a stunning victory to finish on top of the podium in Imola, Italy.

Competing in the LMP3 category of the European Le Mans Series, an incredible drive saw the University finish two laps ahead of its closest rival.

The victory puts the University to the top of the team classification, after two races, with 40 points. See the winners ceremony here The university runs a degree course in Motorsport Technology and Automotive Performance Engineering giving students hands-on experience on keeping a racing car in peak condition on the track.

Two students remain in hospital after taking 'Spice'

A university has issued an urgent warning after five students who took a cannabis type drug ended up in hospital, two of them seriously ill.

Lancaster University alerted its 12 thousand students last night.

It warned them if they had taken the drug known as Spice to call 999 immediately.

The drug was banned in 2009, but has become increasingly popular as a cheap alternative to cannabis.

Two 19-year-olds remain in hospital after taking 'Spice'

A joint statement has been released by Lancashire Constabulary, Lancaster University, Lancashire NHS North Clinical Commissioning Group, Lancaster City Council and Lancashire County Council:

Five Lancaster University students who were taken to hospital after taking what appears to be a new psychoactive substance, sometimes unhelpfully referred to as ‘legal highs’, are recovering.

Police were called at about 6.30pm on Wednesday May 20th following reports the students, all men aged 19, had suffered adverse effects after taking the substance, which appears to have been a synthetic cannabis substitute.

Three of the men were discharged from the Royal Lancaster Infirmary last night and two remain in hospital for observations but their condition is stable.

While full forensic tests will now be carried out to try to establish exactly what the substance was, at this stage we cannot confirm whether any criminal offences which have been committed. Many chemicals found in synthetic cannabinoids are illegal and there is no way to know what these drugs contain when purchased, or how dangerous they can be.

– Joint statement

“All our enquiries lead us to believe that this was an isolated incident confined to these five individuals and that no others are involved or have been affected.

“Thankfully these young men do not appear to have suffered any long-lasting effects but they were very ill and the outcome could have been very different. Our advice on new psychoactive substance remains that people should not take them as they will simply have no idea what they could contain.”

– Supt Peter Lawson

For further information or advice about new psychoactive substances, including ‘legal highs’, please go to the following website:

Fact File: What is synthetic cannabis?

Lancaster University has issued a warning about taking synthetic cannabis after five students ended up in hospital.

Synthetic cannabis, know as Spice, is among a number of "legal" highs made illegal in 2009.

Synthetic cannabis known as Spice is now a banned substance Credit: Press Association

Smoking spice gives the user a similar experience to smoking cannabis and can lead to feelings of relaxation or euphoria.

According to Frank, the drug advice service other less pleasant effects may include an elevated heart rate, sickness and hallucinations.

Synthetic cannabinoids were classified alongside cannabis as a Class B drug under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971.

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