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Thrills - and spills - as competitors gather in Lancashire for the World Gravy Wrestling Championships

Competitors take part in the World Gravy Wrestling Championships at the Rose n Bowl, Stackteads in Lancashire. Credit: Press Association.

One of the strangest sports in the world will mark a decade of competition in Lancashire today.

The World Gravy Wrestling Championships promises thrills and spills for competitors and is an annual spectacle for hundreds of onlookers in Stackheads, near Rossendale.

Competitors from as far afield Aberdeen and County Durham will travel to the Rose 'n Bowl, Stacksteads, to challenge each other in 2-minute long bouts in the sauce.

Points are awarded from the jury for fancy dress, comedy effect, and entertainment value.

Last year's champions Joel Hicks, aka 'Gandalf the Gravy' from Leicestershire and Lancashire's Nicole Taylor-Lyons return defend their titles as they aim to wrestle to victory at the event which supports charities including East Lancashire Hospice.

"It's a brilliant and slightly mad day but everyone loves it, whether they're watching or taking part.

"We're delighted to be celebrating a decade of gravy wrestling which helps local charities as well as being a super day out for everyone."

– Sara Brown, the World Gravy Wrestling Organisation

Police name boy who died at festival

Police have confirmed the name of the 17-year-old who died after taking drugs at Leeds Festival. 

Lewis Haunch, from Leigh in Greater Manchester, died shortly after midnight in St James' Hospital in Leeds. 

Enquiries are still ongoing into his death and how he obtained the substance he took. Two boys, aged 17, have been arrested in the Greater Manchester area on suspicion of drugs offences and remain in custody.

Boy, 17, dies at music festival

Thousands attend Leeds Festival Credit: PA Images

A 17 year old boy from Greater Manchester has died after attending the Leeds festival.

Police say the indications are that he'd consumed drugs immediately before he collapsed.

He was taken from the site to hospital in a critical condition but was pronounced dead shortly after midnight.

Two 17 year old boys from Greater Manchester have been arrested on suspicion of drugs offences .


Woman jailed for trying to pin speeding tickets on sister

A businesswoman who twice fraudulently claimed her sister had been driving her car after being caught speeding was rumbled by handwriting experts.

Nosheen Sadaf was sent to prison for six months at Manchester Crown Court yesterday after her ruse was spotted by police.

Sadaf, 36, who was previously banned from driving for four months for totting up penalty points, was caught driving her BMW at 38mph in a 30mph zone on the A56 in September 2014, the court heard.

But when she received a letter informing her she was to be prosecuted, Sadaf claimed her sister, now living in Pakistan, was driving the car and had taken it without her permission.

She gave officers details of how to contact her sister, but she was never tracked down and the ticket was cancelled.

Then in March last year, Sadaf was again caught speeding, exceeding the 30mph limit while driving a Volvo on Alan Turing Way near the Etihad Stadium in Manchester.

She again blamed her sister, the court heard, giving the exact same excuse. Sadaf, of Didsbury, Manchester, had sent letters claiming to be written by her sister, but handwriting experts were called in who proved that she had written the letters on both occasions.

These were repeated, calculated and deliberate actions by you designed to obfuscate and mislead to avoid the consequences of your bad driving. What is particularly aggravating in this case is that you did this repeatedly, not only preparing to lie again but, worryingly, you were still driving at excess speeds. You didn’t appear to have learned from the first time and you were only caught out after the police engaged experts.

– Judge Hilary Manley
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