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Backpacker injured in knife attack identified as Congleton man

A man critically injured in a knife attack at a hostel in Queensland, Australia, has been identified as Tom Jackson from Congleton.

Tom Jackson from Congleton Credit: Facebook

A 21-year-old British woman died after being stabbed in the attack.

The woman, named locally as Mia Ayliffe-Chung, from Derbyshire, was described as "gorgeous" by friends. She attended school in Buxton.

Police said a 29-year-old French national carried out the knife attack in Queensland which also left a 30-year-old British man in a critical condition.

Monique Cross, an Australian friend of Miss Ayliffe-Chung, told the Press Association: "She was a gorgeous person. It's an awful tragedy - I can't believe it."

It's believed Mr Jackson was trying to intervene in the attack and save Mia Aycliffe-Chung. Reports suggest he has several stab wounds to the face.


Teenager creates superhero to raise awareness of brother's condition

A sixth former from Cheshire has created a superhero to highlight a rare genetic condition.

Reece Jones created Angelman for an art project to raise awareness to help support his twin brother Theo, who's been diagnosed with Angelman Syndrome.

There's more information on Angelman Syndrome on NHS Choicesand

Angleman syndrome diagnosis 'big impact'

Dr Kay Metcalfe from Manchester University describes the impact a diagnosis of Angelman Syndrome can have on a family.

Angelman syndrome: symptoms and more information

A teenager from Congleton has created a superhero to raise awareness of a rare genetic condition that his brother has been diagnosed with.

Reece Jones created Angelman for his brother Theo Credit: Liverwire PR

Reece Jones created Angleman as part of an A-level project, after his twin Theo was diagnosed with the condition.

Angelman is a genetic disorder that affects the nervous system and causes severe physical and intellectual disability. features of the condition include:

  • Frequent smiling
  • Movement and balance problems
  • Being easily excitable
  • Having problems sleeping or seeming to need less sleep than other children.

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Teenager creates superhero to fight genetic condition

A sixth-former from Cheshire has created a superhero to raise awareness of a rare genetic condition.

Reece Jones, from Congleton, created Angelman for his A-level art project to raise awareness of Angelman syndrome, which his twin brother Theo was diagnosed with just before Christmas.

Reece and his twin Theo Credit: Liverwire PR


Repentant pub burglar sends owner £100 - 22 years on

Swettenham Arms near Congleton. Credit: Google Maps

The unnamed woman, who is now living in Wales, wrote to Frances Cunningham, the owner of the Swettenham Arms near Congleton, Cheshire, detailing the 1992 break-in.

She wrote: "I was involved in a burglary at your business in 1992 approx.

"I didn't break in or smash up the ciggarette (sic) machine but I was there and I went in.

"I am very very sorry I did not realise the seriousness of my actions at the time I had been through alot (sic) and had no idea were (sic) to get help.

"I am ashamed and sad because of the fear it may of induced and the cost and time. I wish I could take it back alot (sic).

"I hope that you will never be bothered by such cruelty ever again."

The letter concludes: "P.S. If there are any further costs, let me know."

Mrs Cunningham, who took over the pub in 1993, said: "I think she's got a conscience and worried about this for a very long time and I hope she doesn't worry about it anymore.

"She's obviously been blaming herself and worrying. I shall now right back to her and thank her."

Mrs Cunningham has donated the £100 to her local church.

63-year-old man arrested after sudden death of woman

A 63-year-old man from Congleton has been arrested as part of an investigation into the sudden death of a woman.

At 5.53am today (Tuesday 8 April) police were called to a report of a 47-year-old woman from the Congleton area found in a car park in Antrobus Street, in the town.

The cause of death is not known at this stage and police have cordoned off the scene.

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