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Over £6,000 raised for IoM TT rider in critical care at Aintree Hospital

Steve Mercer was competing in this year's practices for the TT Races Credit:

Over £6,000 has been raised for a motorcycle racer to aid his recovery at a hospital in Liverpool.

Steve Mercer, from Kent, sustained multiple injuries after crashing during the Isle of Man's practices for the Tourist Trophy motorcycle races.

He suffered injuries to his larynx and pelvis, ankle and heel, his back and a brain injury - the extent of which remains unclear.

Steve was flown to Aintree Hospital in Liverpool and remains in critical care, with an investigation into how the accident happened ongoing.

Caroline Mercer set up the page to support Steve's recovery, saying that she hopes "to give him everything I can that he needs to aid his recovery or make him more comfortable."

The fundraising page can be found here.

Arise Sir Kenny - Liverpool Legend is honoured by Queen

Liverpool football great Kenny Dalglish and Cheshire paralympian Menna Fitzpatrick are among those being recognised in the Queen's Birthday Honours list.

But there's criticism over the awarding of a CBE to the Network Rail boss Mark Carne after weeks of disruption for passengers.


United sign Porto defender Diogo Dalot

Diogo Dalot Credit: Manchester United

Porto defender Diogo Dalot has completed a move to Manchester United after signing a five-year contract, the club has announced.

The 19-year-old, who reportedly had a £17.4million release clause in his contract, emerged from Porto's academy to make his Primeira Liga debut last season.

United manager Jose Mourinho told the club's official website, "Diogo is an extremely talented young defender with all the qualities to quickly become a great player for this club.

"He has all the attributes that a full-back needs: physicality, tactical intelligence and technical quality, combined with a Porto Academy mentality which prepares players for the maturity they need at the professional level.

"In his age group, he is the best full-back in Europe and we all believe he has a bright future ahead of him at Manchester United."

Dalot revealed he simply could not turn down the chance to join United and work under compatriot Mourinho.

He said: "Joining Manchester United is an unbelievable opportunity for me. I have grown up in Porto's Academy and I am so thankful for everything they have done for me.

"But the chance of coming to the biggest club in the world is something I just couldn't turn down.

"I'm excited about working with Jose Mourinho and learning everything I can from such a successful coach. I am looking forward to playing alongside the fantastic players in the squad."

Inquest into death of Manx TT rider opens on IoM tomorrow

Dan Kneen was born on the Isle of Man Credit: ACU Events

An inquest into the death of a motorcyclist from the Isle of Man will open tomorrow at Douglas Courthouse.

30-year-old Dan Kneen, from Onchan passed away after his bike collided with a tree in Churchtown last Wednesday evening during the TT Superbike qualifying race.

Dan was a promising rider who made his debut in 2008, winning three races at the Manx Grand Prix.

He achieved his first podium finish coming third in last year’s Superstock Race, with his fastest official lap of 130.347mph.

Read more here.

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