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Man arrested on suspicion of assaulting a woman shortly before she died in road collision

A man has been arrested on suspicion of assaulting a woman shortly before she was killed in a road collision.

The 20-year-old victim died in hospital after she was struck by two taxis in Ormskirk Road, Wigan, in the early hours of today.

Police said initial inquiries found that shortly before the collision, there had been a row between the woman and a 20-year-old man, who has since been arrested on suspicion of assault and is being questioned.

'Our thoughts and sympathies are with this young woman's family and friends at this tragic time while they come to terms with their loss.

"We are trying to establish the circumstances leading up to the incident and are appealing for anyone who witnessed the collision or has any information about what happened before to call us with any information."

– Detective Inspector Paul Rollinson


Thousands of children compete in Bolton race

Children racing
Children pass through the start line in Bolton Credit: IRONKIDS

Thousands of children have taken part in the world's largest IRONKIDS race, to mark the start of IRONMAN UK.

More than 2000 children from across the globe took part in the event in Bolton’s town centre this morning, running varying distances from 500m to 2.5km depending on their age.

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Spectators turn out in Bolton to watch the children compete Credit: IRONKIDS

The event, held in partnership with the city's council, aims to encourage children to lead an active, healthy lifestyle and to give them a flavour of a triathlon by being part of a world class event.

Mayor of Bolton
The Mayor of Bolton, Councillor Martin Donaghy and a young competitor Credit: IRONKIDS

The Mayor of Bolton, Councillor Martin Donaghy, was first on the finish line to congratulate the kids and present medals to all the participants.

“It’s terrific to see that the weather hasn’t dampened spirits here in Bolton. The great thing about this event is to get kids into sport at an early stage and enthuse them to take part in triathlon in years to come. As Mayor of Bolton I am very proud of all the children who have taken part today."

– Councillor Martin Donaghy, Mayor of Bolton

More than 2000 adult athletes from more than 35 countries around the globe will compete tomorrow in IRONMAN UK in the 2.4 mile swim, 12 mile bike and 26.2 mile run.

For more information visit the IRONMAN UK website.

Concern for a missing man from Wigan after argument

24 year old Jamie Ellison last seen in Wigan
24 year old Jamie Ellison last seen in Wigan Credit: Greater Manchester Police

Jamie Ellison, aged 24 was last seen at about 7am on Saturday 19 July 2014, leaving an address on Chatsworth Avenue, Lower Ince following an argument with his ex-partner.

Jamie is described as white, of medium build, 6ft 1in tall with blonde straight hair. He was last seen wearing a green T-shirt possibly Lacoste or Addidas, black cargo style trousers and black trainers.

He has Grace and Emma tattooed on his left arm and Granddad rest in peace on his back.

'We are very concerned for the welfare of Jamie, he was very agitated when he left and we along with his friends and family want to know he is safe and well.

“He was last seen in a wooded area at the back of Chatsworth Avenue in Lower Ince. It is a vast wooded area and runs between Platt Bridge, Lower Ince, Higher Ince and Wigan.'

– Sergeant Richard Ogdin from Wigan division

Thunderstorms light up the skies across the North West

Lightening in Royton in Oldham
Lightening in Royton in Oldham Credit: Tom Noakes
Lightening in Sale
Lightening in sky in Sale area of Manchester Credit: Chris Ramsden
Lightening in sky above Cheadle
Lightening in Cheadle area of Manchester Credit: @Plucky1995
Lightening above Timperley
Lightening above Timperley Credit: Neil Booth

Torrential downpours and storms light up the sky across the North West overnight.

A second wave of storms and thundery weather is forecast over the next 24 hours.

Large hail, thunder and heavy rain could cause disruption.

Lightening over the skies of Altrincham in Cheshire in the early hours of the morning.


Oldham mum diagnosed with cancer just days after signing up for the Race for Life

Louise Boycott
Louise and her daughter training for the Race for Life Credit: Manchester Evening News

Fighting cancer is a cause close to Louise Boycott's heart.

But when the 43-year-old, from Oldham, signed up for the Race for Life with her local Weight Watchers group, she had no idea that just days later she would be forced to take on the disease herself.

Louise, who is mum to three-year-old Abigail, was waiting for the results of a routine smear test when she was given the devastating news that she had cervical cancer.

Diagnosed in February, she said she hadn't suffered any symptoms or felt unwell.

Louise said: “Thank God for that smear test or else I would never have known. I thought my life had been turned upside down.

“When you hear cancer you think that’s it, I’m going to die.

“My daughter Abigail is three and every time I looked at her I just thought that’s it, I’m not going to be here to watch her grow up.”

Louise Boycott.
Louise and friends at Heaton Park's Race for Life. Credit: Manchester Evening News

Thankfully Louise's tumour was spotted early and she underwent surgery to have it successfully removed.

She is now on the road to recovery and has returned to work as an officer merchandiser.

“I thought there would be absolutely no chance of me doing the race but I feel absolutely fine now.

“It’s really funny. Everyone was like 'you’ll feel so much better after the operation' but I never had any problems or symptoms to start with.

“It’s so important that we try and raise money to find a cure for this horrible thing.

“I had signed up for the race the week before and now we were doing this race for me."

– Louise Boycott

Toure vows to see out City contract

Yaya Toure has vowed to remain at Manchester City as he asked for an end to a summer of speculation largely begun by his own agent.

Toure and his representative Dimitri Seluk confirmed the Ivory Coast international's intention to honour his contract - which runs until 2017 - at the Etihad Stadium.

Manchester City's Yaya Toure.
Manchester City's Yaya Toure. Credit: PA

"The fans have always been good to me, they've always been good to my family.

"I want to stay. I will always honour my contract. I don't think about all this speculation. It's a big pleasure to stay and enjoy the next season."

– Yaya Toure.

Toure's agent Seluk sparked speculation about his future just days after City lifted the Barclays Premier League title - claiming Toure was hurt by the club's failure to mark his birthday - despite a video on the club's website showing Toure being presented with a birthday cake.

Further stories followed as Seluk claimed his client had been shown a lack of respect by City, and he was strongly linked with Paris St Germain before, in recent days, rivals Manchester United emerged as another possible destination.

But Toure described the speculation as "disappointing" as he said he owed a debt to City fans.

"Everything is fine now," he said. "There was a lot of speculation, you know. I think sometimes it's quite disappointing. I need to do something for the fans, it's important to let them know. They've done a lot for me. The team is preparing well and we will try to win again next season."

Seluk, who spoke before Toure, had said: "I would like to say Yaya will stay at City. He won't go to any club. Everybody can stop speculation about this.

"Yaya will stay at Manchester City 100 per cent. He has a contract, he will work very hard and I hope this season he will be the best player in England."

Although Seluk is seen as the source of so much of the speculation - something he has a record for starting most summers, even before Toure signed for City - Toure backed his agent.

"He's quite strong sometimes, but he's a very good guy," he said. "To be honest, we never wanted to talk about money. There are more important things than money. To be happy, healthy. Respect as well is very important."

Seluk was even able to laugh at some of the more surreal stories that have come out in recent weeks.

"I hope now everybody will have a very friendly relationship," he said. "I hope his next birthday they will celebrate together."

RSPCA appeal over fears cats "poisoned" in Rochdale


The RSPCA is appealing for information after three cats from the same neighbourhood in Rochdale died within hours of each other.

The three male cats, two ginger and one black and white, all lived at properties just five doors down from each other on Norton Road and Netley Avenue and were aged between 16 months and two years old.

One cat was found collapsed under a car, the second cat had died after a seizure in it’s garden while the third was found dead on the owner’s kitchen floor with froth and vomit around his mouth having suffered from a seizure sometime in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

"Due to the circumstances all three cats were found in we think they were poisoned.

"All three cats were discovered with froth around their mouths and had been perfectly healthy before they died.

"None of them had suffered any form of trauma either.

“It is so sad and must be a real shock for all the families.

"It is more than a coincidence that these three young cats all died within hours of each other in such a short distance apart.

“We do not yet know if this poisoning was a tragic accident or if it was a deliberate act but we would urge anyone with information to come forward.

“We would urge people to be very careful when using poisonous substances - such as slug pellets and anti-freeze - in their gardens or outside spaces.

“If of course this turns out to be deliberate poisoning then we need to stress that it is illegal to cause an animal to suffer in this way and anyone found guilty could face a maximum sentence of up to six months in prison and a £20,000 fine.”

– RSPCA inspector Catherine Byrnes.

Anyone with information about suspicious activity in the area should contact the RSPCA on 0300 123 8018.

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