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Grand Opening of Aintree festival

Auroras Encore ridden by jockey Ryan Mania on the way to victory Credit: PA

It's the opening day of the Aintree festival in Sefton. More than a hundred and fifty thousand racegoers are expected to attend over the next three days.

More than 500 million people around the world will tune in for the world's most-famous steeplechase.

Tomorrow is ladies day whilst the main event, the Grand National race will take place on Saturday.

Official statement on marine's compensation fight

The government agency behind the compensation scheme for injured veterans, has released a statement in response to our coverage of ex-marine Andy Grant's fight for compensation.

The Service Personnel and Veterans Agency manages the scheme, but made clear it would not comment on individual cases.

The Armed Forces Compensation Scheme pays out a lump sum for those injured, disabled or bereaved by Service on or after 6th April 2005. For those with the most serious injuries and illnesses, AFCS also provides an income stream known as the Guaranteed Income Payment (GIP). This is a tax free, index-linked monthly payment which is paid from the point of discharge for life. AFCS is a tariff system and has 15 levels from 1 (most severe) to 15 (least severe) each level covering a type of injury and body zone. If an individual isn't happy... they do have a right to appeal.

– Spokesperson, Service Personnel and Veterans Agency

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VIDEO: Amputee marine fights for compensation

A former marine, who lost his leg after an explosion in Afghanistan, says the British government has fought "harder than the Taliban" against his bid for compensation.

Andy Grant has been told he must face an independent tribunal to claim the type of payout he says he deserves.

Doctors amputated part of his right leg after he was hit by shrapnel from a pair of improvised explosive devices.

But he also suffered a wound to his thigh, and Government advisers have ruled it is not serious enough to grant him more compensation.

Andy Bonner reports.

Fight for compensation "harder than Taliban", says former marine

Andy Grant lost his leg to a Taliban bomb Credit: ITV

A former marine, who lost his leg after an explosion in Afghanistan, says the British government has fought "harder than the Taliban" against his bid for full compensation.

Andy Grant from Aintree has been told he must face an independent tribunal to claim the type of payout he says he deserves.

Andy at home in Liverpool Credit: ITV

Doctors amputated part of his right leg after he was hit by shrapnel from an improvised explosive device.

But the size of a wound in his thigh is being disputed.

Aintree Grand National wins £1m sponsorship deal

2013 Grand National

The Grand National has won a £1m sponsorship deal. The three-year deal with Crabbie’s Alcoholic Ginger Beer will see the world's most famous steeplechase run for a £1 million purse for the first time.

The Grand National is watched by an estimated 600 million people worldwide, as well as more than 150,000 people who visit the site over three days of racing in April.

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