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Funeral of Salford's 'Mr Big'

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The funeral's taking place later of a man dubbed Salford's Mr Big. Paul Massey, who was 55 was shot at his home. He's served time in jail for a stabbing, but had also stood to be mayor of his home city.
Hundreds are expected at the funeral service at St Paul’s CE Church off Churchill Way near the estate where Paul Massey grew up.

Hillsborough lawyer uses personal tragedy to dispel suicide stigma

Around every two hours, someone takes their own life. In the UK, that means about 6,000 people make the decision every year.

The leading human rights lawyer Michael Mansfield QC has direct experience of this after his daughter Anna ended her life earlier this year.

Now Mr Mansfield, who represents families of some of the victims of the Hillsborough disaster at the inquests, is calling for the stigma and ignorance around suicide to be dispelled.

More on Michael Mansfield's support group 'SOS Silence of Suicide' can be found here:


Council aiming to reopen Mancunian Way next week

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Manchester City Council has announced that it aims to reopen the section of the Mancunian Way affected by the 40ft sinkhole.

Councillor Kate Chappell said:

"Due to the ongoing nature of the roadworks we will be introducing a temporary 20mph speed limit and restricting larger vehicles on these lanes.

"We are aiming to reopen the lanes in time for the start of heavier traffic on the morning of Tuesday September 1. However, I would like to stress that, as is the case with any large civil engineering project, there are many factors which could delay this reopening, and we will keep motorists up to date of any developments if this is the case."

Beckhan and Giggs join mourners at Neville Neville's funeral

The Class of 92 were united in mourning at the funeral of Neville Neville, the father of ex-Manchester United footballers Gary and Phil.

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David Beckham, Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes and Nicky Butt joined family and friends in paying their respects to Mr Neville who died from a heart attack earlier this month.

A small crowd also gathered outside Bury Parish Church and broke into applause when the hearse arrived.

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The two brothers were among the pallbearers who carried the coffin in followed by their tearful sister Tracey, the England netball head coach, who held the hand of her mother, Jill.

Other famous names from the world of football who attended included Sir Alex Ferguson, Sam Allardyce, Steve Bruce, Phil Jagielka, Denis Law, Mike Summerbee and Bryan Robson.


Troll who called Rigby murder a 'conspiracy' escapes jail

An internet troll who claimed the murder of Lee Rigby was a conspiracy designed to provoke anti-Islamic feelings has escaped a jail term, refusing to accept he did anything wrong.

Grandfather Christopher Spivey, from Rochford, Essex, posted a series of comments on social media about Fusilier Rigby's killing - including claiming the soldier had never existed and that the story of his murder was a conspiracy. He also made direct contact with members of the Rigby family.

The 52-year-old denied harassment and sending grossly offensive messages but was found guilty after a two-day trial.

Sentencing him to six months in prison suspended for two years, District Judge John Woollard said:

"You totally fail to accept that what you were doing had a profound and shattering effect on the family.

"They had been thrust into the public eye and were bereaved in a terrible way and then they're contacted by somebody like you making the most ridiculous comments and claims.

"All because sitting in your bedroom in Rochford you come to the conclusion that MI5 and various other organisations are conspiring to mislead the public.

"You will be convinced until you die that you are right and everyone else is wrong."

The judge also made Spivey subject to a restraining order banning him from posting on blogs or social media and contacting Fusilier Rigby's family.

Misty mornings

Misty mornings a feature of our weather at the moment Credit: Andy Rothwell

Early risers will have noticed magical misty scenes recently. With showers by day and lengthening nights the moisture in the air cools and condenses forming mist.

No Pride in domestic abuse

Police are working with a national charity to raise awareness about domestic abuse in the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community.

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Posters like the one above featuring same sex couples and the strapline ‘there is no pride in domestic abuse’ will be shared across Greater Manchester and on social media. The aim is to make victims aware that support is available regardless of sexual orientation.

The campaign co-incides with Manchester Gay Pride 2015 Credit: pa
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