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Chance of seeing the Northern Lights

Northern Lights, North of England 2012 Credit: MICHAEL RIDLEY

There's a greater chance than usual of seeing the northern lights tonight - the Aurora Borealis. This is due to two large explosions on the Sun (solar flares) earlier in the week.

Conditions for optimal aurora viewing include a dark cloud-free sky, lack of light pollution from urban areas, and a clear line of sight towards the northern horizon.

Weather conditions tonight are not perfect but favourable. Most parts of the region will be dry with some clear spells. So there's a 'chance' in the northwest of viewing this optical phenomenon...if you're lucky!

Woman jailed for stealing from elderly and vulnerable

A woman has been jailed after stealing from elderly and vulnerable people in Manchester.

Tina Barrell from Bury targeted four pensioners in April Credit: Greater Manchester Police

Tina Barrell from Bury stole cash and cards during a visit to a friend’s Grandmother’s home in Moston in April and later that month stole cash from the pocket of a man aged in his 80s at his home in Cheetham Hill.

She also attempted to target two other pensioners.

The 42-year-old was sentenced at Manchester Crown Court to four years behind bars.

This woman preyed on vulnerable people in their homes to steal small amounts of cash. She would con her way into their homes and once inside would look to steal whatever she could. While she didn't always leave with anything it is clear that was her intent.

– Detective Constable Sajid Sardar

Rapist who stalked and abused women for decade jailed

A man who stalked two women and subjected them to a torrent of sexual abuse, including rape, for more than 10 years has been jailed.

Kevin Gibbons from Standish stalked and sexually abused both women Credit: Greater Manchester Police

The women said they felt hunted by Kevin Gibbons from Standish, who would quote passages from Old Testament books to justify his “ownership” and “abuse”.

Gibbons would lock one of the victims in her bedroom and would only allow her to leave if she had sex with him.

The 50-year-old was jailed for 25 years at Liverpool Crown Court.

Gibbons is one of the most vile, controlling, abusive and cowardly men I have ever encountered. At the heart of this investigation are two innocent women who were subjected to years of horrific sexual and physical abuse. These women felt unable to cope, prisoners in their own home, hunted and haunted by Gibbons to the point they felt like they could not even go to the shops. In some instances, both felt like dying.

– Detective Constable Sheena Maerevoet


Father of rugby star who died in Ibiza travels to island

The father of a former rugby league player who died after a fall on holiday in Ibiza has travelled to the island after footage emerged of him appearing to be beaten.

Luke Rhoden Credit: MEN Syndication

Luke Rhoden died of a heart attack after being restrained by police.

Officers say they acted for his own safety, but a doctor claims police brutality may have contributed to his death.

Dealer who wrapped cocaine in Nandos napkin jailed

A drug dealer who left his fingerprints on the Nando’s napkin he wrapped his cocaine in has been jailed.

Detectives found the drug dealer's fingerprints on the Nando's napkin Credit: Katie Collins/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Ajaz Raja of Herbert Street, in Cheetham Hill, pleaded guilty to possession at an earlier hearing.

Police found the drug with a street value of almost £7,000 in a house in Cheetham Hill waling with the napkin.

The 32-year-old has been sentenced to two years and four months in prison.

Ajaz Raja has been sentenced to two years and four months in prison. Credit: GMP

Once we presented the prints evidence to him he has little option but to admit to the offence. He’s now been jailed for more than two years so he won’t be enjoying a meal out at Nando’s, or anywhere else for that matter, for some time.”

– PC Darren Wayman

Judges deliberate who will go through to Pride of Britain Awards

The Granada Pride of Britain judging panel. Credit: ITV News

The time has come to choose one North West fundraiser who will represent the region at the Pride of Britain Awards.

All this week we've been sharing the remarkable stories of inspiring people.

On Monday, we met Trevor Fairhurst, from Wigan, whose daughter Carly was killed by her boyfriend in 2006. Since then, Trevor and his wife Sheila, have done all they can to help other grieving families through Victim Support.

Tuesday's nominee was Christian Nock from Blackpool. After leaving the army, Christian ran a B&B in Blackpool - but lost everything all and ended up homeless. Determined not to let it beat him Christian put his best foot forward and decided to walk the coast of Britain - all 8,500 miles thousand miles of it in aid of Help for Heroes.

The story of Nicola Graham, who lost 23-month-old son Reuben to an aggressive brain tumour two-years-ago, featured on Wednesday. Nicola, form Mottram, has tirelessly fundraised to build a home where other families can make memories with their terminally ill children.

And yesterday, we heard from Paula Holmes from Lancashire who's raising money for research into brain tumours after the death of her 10 year old daughter Katy. So far, the Katy Holmes Trust has raised over £500,000.

On the Granada judging panel were Coronation Street star Jennie McAlpine, celebrity therapists Nik and Eva Speakman, Granada Reports presenters Tony Morris and Sarah Rogers, and Programme Editor Andrew Rigby.

The winner will be revealed on tonight's programme at 6pm.

Nik Speakman and Jennie McAlpine. Credit: ITV News

Amir Khan denied visa application by US authorities

Denied a visa - Amir Khan Credit: PA Pictures

Amir Khan's plans to travel to America this weekend have been halted after his visa application was declined.

The 27-year-old was due to fly to Las Vegas to attend Floyd Mayweather's fight with Marcos Maidana on Saturday, and had used his Twitter account to advertise promotional duties he would be carrying out while there.

His bid to do was thwarted, though, with the welterweight saying his visa application had been declined.

Khan wrote on Twitter: "Visa to America was declined after I had it approved a week ago. Was looking forward to the fight. Means I'm still in England."

It was reported that Khan had asked Prime Minister David Cameron for assistance.

Khan has had difficulties traveling to America before. In 2010 he had to train in Canada after visa delays, while in 2011 he claimed he was held in Los Angeles customs for over two hours because he is a Muslim.

The Bolton fighter is eager to be present at Mayweather's rematch with Maidana, as he attempts to persuade the world's number-one pound-for-pounder boxer to give him a 2015 fight.

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