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Donations flood in for soldier who was found dead

Private Paul, served with the 1st Battalion, The Mercian Regiment. Credit: MEN Syndication

Touching tributes and donations of more than £8,000 have flooded in for the family of a soldier found dead at his home in Timperley, Altrincham, last week.

Commanding officers told how Bradley Paul, 23, struggled to come to terms with life after he recovered from injuries he suffered in a bomb blast in Afghanistan in 2012.

Private Paul, who served with the 1st Battalion, The Mercian Regiment, but was medically discharged from the Army last year.


Student Paul's the only correct score winner after Brazil v Germany

Paul's a winner thanks to Germany (and Brazil)

A student from Altrincham was one bookmaker's only correct score winner from last night's World Cup game between Brazil and Germany.

Paul Wheatley, a 22-year-old music student, made an 80p wager at 300/1 that Germany would be ahead by five goals to nil at half time.

The wager returned Paul, who studies at the Royal Northern College of Music, £240.80.

Bookmaker William Hill said not one of their other 120,000 correct score bets came close to matching Paul’s.

Paul, who plays double bass, was not even watching last night's game - instead he was enjoying a movie with his girlfriend.

He said: “I was following the match on the FIFA app on my phone and after the third goal went in, we left the film and turned over to the footy.

The score last night. Credit: PA

“After the fifth goal was scored in the 30th minute, we were subjected to the tensest quarter of an hour ever.”

When asked why he chose Germany, Paul said that not only has he rated them throughout the whole tournament but his mother is German and he was born, and spent seven years, in Dusseldorf.

Paul added: “There was no logic behind my selection, I just like to place small wagers at long odds in the hope that I will win big.”

Paul is now planning on putting his windfall towards driving lessons and a year studying in Germany next year.

“To highlight exactly how extraordinary this achievement is, we had exactly 121,026 bets placed on correct scores and Paul was the only one who came out with a profit,” said William Hill spokesman Joe Crilly.

Custard pie boy petition attracts 1,000 signatures

A petition set up by a pupil, permanently expelled from school after pushing a custard pie into a teacher's face, has attracted more than one thousand signatures.

Jacob Dowdle, 18, was celebrating his last day of lessons when he decided to play the ‘prank’ Credit: Manchester Evening News

Jacob Dowdle, 18, was celebrating his last day of lessons at Altrincham Grammar School for Boys when he decided to play the ‘prank’ involving a paper plate and whipped cream.

Furious teachers reported the matter to police, and two days later, he was expelled after the school discovered a video of the pie attack had been posted online.

Jacob's former school, Altrincham Grammar School for Boys Credit: Manchester Evening News

Jacob, who has apologised in writing, is now begging the school to reverse its decision, and his petition has been backed by TV comedian Jason Manford.

He says he is desperate to study French and Business at degree level but believes no university will take him with this on his record.

Tim Gartside, headteacher of the school, said: “Jacob Dowdle’s behaviour was not a prank.

“His slapping of a teacher in the face was a planned assault.

“The school will always take a firm stance with students who assault staff in any way.”


Firefighters tackling fire at Altrincham Football Club

Fire at Altrincham Football Club Credit: Twitter / Chris Canning

Firefighters are tackling a fire at Altrincham Football Club.

The fire is believed to have started at an outbuilding. Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service say the fire has not spread to the football ground.

Two fire engines are currently at the scene.

Fire at Altrincham Football Club Credit: Twitter / Trevor Holt

Altrincham promoted to Conference Premier

Altrincham Football Club will play in the Conference Premier Division next season after winning their play-off final.

Their Conference North clash with Guiseley ended 1-1 after 90 minutes but substitute Greg Wilkinson scored in the last minute of extra-time to seal a dramatic win.

Lifting the trophy! Credit: Altrincham FC website

Altrincham manager Lee Sinnott said: "When I took over this job, I inherited a team that was coming out of the Conference. There are big changes when you get relegated and there was also a bit of gloom and doom.

"When I took the job on, the aim was to put smiles back on the faces of people and I think I've done that".

2014-15 will be the fourth time Altrincham have been in the national level of non-League football. 4,632 fans attended the game - the biggest gate at Moss Lane since 1982.

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