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Baby born premature to Bolton couple in Spain

Tiny Freddie Jackson in hospital in Benidorm Credit: Manchester Evening News Syndication

A couple have spoken of the dramatic premature birth of their son 1,400 miles from home and their bid to remain by his side.

Jordan Jackson, 21, and girlfriend Karla Hornby, 29, had been holidaying in Benidorm to have a ‘final relax’ before the arrival of their son.

Karla was not expecting for another 12 weeks and the couple – from Breightmet, Bolton – had been enjoying a day beside the pool last Saturday when her waters unexpectedly broke.

The fashion jewellery retailer was rushed to San Juan Hospital in Alicante and was given an emergency caesarean section after her son’s heart stopped beating.

Freddie Jackson was born at 5.45pm later that day weighing 2lb and has been under close observation at San Juan since.

Jordan, an army supplier in the Royal Logistics Core, said the experience had been ‘one of the most nerve wracking’ of his life.

Jordan Jackson with his girlfriend Karla Hornby Credit: Manchester Evening News Syndication

“When her waters broke I didn’t know what to think, I just rang an ambulance straight away.

"I couldn’t get in with her so I had to get a taxi, it was one of the most nerve wracking experiences of my life, my mind and heart were racing.

"I arrived at the hospital and I was in the waiting room for 45 minutes, no one was speaking English, it was horrible.

"I was told that she needed an emergency c-section as every time she had a contraction Freddie’s heart stopped.”

– Jordan Jackson

“It just doesn’t feel real, this would have been terrifying in Bolton let alone hundreds of miles away.

"Jordan has been brilliant, I don’t know what I would have done without him.”

– Karla Hornby

The couple have had an added drama, however, as they need to find £750 to remain in their hotel for a month while Freddie is nursed to health.

"The couple’s insurance company had agreed to put them up in another hotel three miles away, but due to a lack of public transport Jordan explained that this was not an option.

He said: “The other hotel is too far away and we want to be seeing Freddie once or twice a day, if we moved it would be very difficult as we would have to get expensive taxis.”

Friends back home have rallied around the pair and have set up a fund-raising page, which has so far raised £150, to pay their hotel bill. Visit gofundme.com/st3kxfk

Spotlight on Warrington South

In our continuing look at the region's key marginals Ann O'Connor goes to Warrington South where it's all to play for in a seat where the Conservatives have a slim majority

Here's the full list of candidates for the Warrington South seat in the General Election 2015

  • Bob Barr Liberal Democrat
  • Kevin Bennett TUSC
  • Nick Bent Labour
  • Stephanie Davies, Green
  • Mal Lingley UKIP
  • David Mowat Conservative

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Shocking images released of hero shopkeeper

Shocking images have been released of injuries suffered by a shopkeeper from Flixton as he fought off a robber armed with a knife. Ali Akhtar was undeterred when the man jumped over his counter with a large knife determined to rob his takings from the shop in Flixton. His fightback was all caught on CCTV

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Police are appealing for help to find a vulnerable 70 year old man who's missing from home. Derek Hesketh who has demential has not been seen since leaving his home address in Wigan yesterday morning.

He is described as a 5ft 8in tall white man of slim build with short grey coloured hair and tattoos on his knuckles and arms.

It is believed that he was wearing a black suit jacket, light blue V neck jumper, black shirt, blue tracksuit bottoms and black shoes.

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World's oldest fishing club casts out into the city

Dozens of anglers will soon be a familiar sight on the Rochdale Canal through Manchester city centre, thanks to a new fishing agreement between the Canal & River Trust and the world’s oldest angling club, the Salford Friendly Anglers Society.

Salford Friendly Anglers Society dates back to the 19th century Credit: Canal & River Trust

The club, which can trace its roots back to 1817, currently has fishing rights on the River Irwell and a few small lakes and reservoirs around Greater Manchester. However from the end of this April, their members will be able to extend their angling activities to a 12 mile stretch of the Rochdale Canal, from the canal’s start in Castlefield, through Manchester city centre to Middleton, near Rochdale.

Wenger: 'I believe that Pellegrini is of super-competence'

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes Patrick Vieira has the credentials to become a successful manager. But the Gunners boss thinks Manchester City already have a man of "super" calibre in their top job in Manuel Pellegrini.

Vieira, one of Wenger's most influential former Gunners captains, is currently the manager of City's elite development squad. Recent speculation over Pellegrini's future has seen the Frenchman mentioned as a potential successor to the Chilean at the Etihad Stadium.

Arsene Wenger Credit: PA Images

"I believe like many other players he has the intelligence and the competence to do this job, but I believe that Pellegrini is of super-competence and super-quality as well - so if you want me to interfere in that, I am not ready to do it."

– Arsene Wenger

Pellegrini's position has come under scrutiny as City have collapsed in the Barclays Premier League title race in the second half of the season.

The defending champions were joint top in January but are now fourth after a dismal three months in which they also went out of the Champions League and FA Cup.

A host of names have been linked with Pellegrini's job-also including Pep Guardiola, Diego Simeone, Jurgen Klopp, Carlo Ancelotti and Rafael Benitez - but City have given no indication they are considering a change.

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