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Manchester man remanded in custody on terrorism charges

A 24-year-old man has been remanded in custody after appearing in court on terrorism charges.

Muhammad Aftab Suleman, of Crumpsall, Greater Manchester, is accused of five offences under Section 58 of the Terrorism Act 2000 which relates to the collection of information which is likely to be useful to a person committing or preparing an act of terrorism.

He was arrested on Saturday and made a brief appearance before Westminster Magistrates' Court in London today.

He was remanded in custody to await his next court hearing at the Old Bailey on January 9.

Crolla surprised by Sir Alex Ferguson call

Manchester United fan Anthony Crolla was surprised by Ferguson's call

Injured boxer Anthony Crolla has been lifted during his recovery by a call from former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson.

Crolla suffered a fractured skull and a broken ankle after being struck with a concrete block while attempting to tackle burglars who broke into his neighbours' home.

It forced the cancellation of his world title fight against Richar Abril next month but Ferguson's message was a huge lift for United fan Crolla - once he had worked out the call was genuine and not, as he first thought, "one of my mates pretending to be Scottish".

He told the Manchester Evening News: "He told me he'd seen the articles about me and said I'd done exactly the right thing and that there are some bad people out there.

"His call has given me a massive boost. He told me to enjoy Christmas and when I told him I was determined to come back he said that was exactly the right attitude."

Crolla, who was also sent a signed United shirt by striker and England captain Wayne Rooney, is hopeful of making a full recovery after a scan showed no internal bleeding.

Heskey signs Bolton deal

36-year-old signs Bolton deal Credit: PA Images

Former England international Emile Heskey has penned a short-term deal at Sky Bet Championship side Bolton.

The 36-year-old, who has been without a club after leaving Australian A-League side Newcastle Jets, has been training with Neil Lennon's men and played for their under-21 side this week.

Wanderers must wait for international clearance in order for Heskey to be available for their Boxing Day clash with Blackburn.

Heskey has played 62 times for England and also featured for Liverpool and Wigan.

Stores braced for busiest day of the year

More than 200 thousand shoppers are expected today Credit: PA

Shoppers are expected to hit the UK high street in force as retailers hope for their most profitable day ahead of Christmas.

The high street traditionally experiences its busiest day two days before the Christmas shut down.

Bosses at the Manchester Arndale shopping centre said they expected about 220,000 visitors and customers were spending more money this Christmas.

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Scientists zoom in on the spread of lung cancer

Scientists in Manchester have taken microscopic images revealing the ties keeping cells together are severed when lung cancer takes over. Researchers discovered that the ties which lash cells together – controlled by a protein called TIAM1 – are chopped up when cell maintenance work goes wrong.

Normal cells (left) compared to cells with broken ties

Healthy cells routinely scrap old cell parts so they can be broken down and used again. But this process spirals out of control in lung cancer cells.

Experts believe targeting this recycling process could stop lung cancer from spreading by keeping the cells stuck firmly together.

Cancer research says there are almost 43,500 new cases of lung cancer in the UK each year. It is the most common cause of cancer deaths and kills more than 35,000 people here each year.

Dangerous Xmas lights seized

Trading standards teams in Oldham have stopped the sale of thousands of potentially dangerous Christmas lights. Approximately 2,500 LED lights, believed to have been sold online from overseas, were discovered at a property in the town following reports from members of the public.

Sales of these lights have been suspended Credit: Oldham Council

“Given the safety risks we would urge consumers, who think that they may have purchased any of these mains-powered LED lights, to stop using them and seek advice from their supplier.”

– Councillor Dave Hibbert, Oldham Council
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