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Bronze in line for World Cup honour

Bronze struck gold in Canada for England Credit: PA Pictures

Manchester City Ladies' defender Lucy Bronze is among eight players short-listed for the Golden Ball at the Women's World Cup.

The Lionesses' campaign ended in heartbreak as they lost in the semi-finals to Japan courtesy of a stoppage-time own goal in Edmonton.

However, Bronze's performances in Canada have caught the eye and she has been nominated for the best player of the tournament award.

She started the first game, against France, on the left wing but switched to right-back for the remainder of the World Cup.

She was substituted in the closing stages of Wednesday night's Japan contest due to a minor injury.

The other players nominated are United States trio Julie Johnston, Carli Lloyd and Megan Rapinoe, France's Amandine Henry, Japan's Saori Ariyoshi and Aya Miyama and Germany's Celia Sasic


United star Hernandez suffers 'broken collarbone'

Hernandez - faces a lengthy lay-off Credit: PA Pictures

Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez was taken to hospital after suffering an injury while playing for Mexico against Honduras in a Gold Cup warm-up match on Wednesday night.

According to reports, the 27-year-old has suffered a broken collarbone, although the Mexican Football Federation has yet to confirm the nature of the injury.

"We have no report, all I know is that he has gone to hospital," coach Miguel Herrera said on the federation's website. "We have not yet seen the results.''

Hernandez was hurt shortly before half-time in a collision with Honduras defender Brayan Beckeles and signalled for help before being substituted. The match finished goalless in Houston.

A significant injury will not only rule Hernandez out of the Gold Cup but also complicate his attempts to secure a move away from Old Trafford after a season out on loan with Real Madrid, who declined to take up an option to make the move permanent.

All children need uniform and sports kit - charity

Charity says all children need uniform and sports kit Credit: PA

A charity is hoping to break the cycle of child poverty by making sure that all children have the school uniform and sports kit they need, if their parents can't afford it.

The 'Wood Street Mission' wants local businesses to help fund the million pound scheme in Manchester and Salford over the next four years.

It doesn't want a negative experience at school to impact on their future ambitions.

There are 55,000 children living in poverty in Manchester and Salford. Doing well at school is crucial if they are to grow up and break the cycle of poverty. But too often their parents struggle to afford school costs like uniform and sports kit which negatively impacts on children’s experience of school.

We want to grow a fund in partnership with the city’s professional firms and businesses which will help children fit in and achieve in school so they grow up to fulfil their potential and contribute their skills and talents to our growing economy. That’s in everyone’s interest given the high economic and individual cost of child poverty.

– Roseanne Sweeney chief executive of Wood Street Mission

We want to make communities better places in which to live, work and learn. As an employer we draw skills and talents of people from different backgrounds. This scheme will help children be more engaged and reach their full potential.

– Steve Hayes-Allen, Regional Head Northern UK BNY Mellon which is helping fund SmartStart Manchester & Salford

Can you help? Wanted for Human Trafficking offences

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Police are looking for a man in connection with human trafficking offences.

Krystian Siwak is wanted after a 46-year-old man Polish man was promised employment in the UK but lived in poor conditions in Deane Road, Bolton. When he tried to leave, he was threatened and assaulted.

Police have also received information two men, aged 48 and 49, were at the same address and officers are keen to locate them.

Siwak has links to the Bolton, Preston and Blackpool areas.

Anyone with information should phone the Force Critical Wanted Unit on 0161 856 6493 or the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.


Masked man attacks police car with a hammer

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A masked man attacked a police car with a hammer following a pursuit late on Sunday.

Shortly after 11:30pm officers from the Greater Manchester Police Intercept Unit spotted two people wearing balaclavas in a black Ford Mondeo at a petrol station on Cromwell Road, Salford and signalled the vehicle to pull over.

The driver of the car ignored the initial attempts and after a short pursuit the offender pulled over on Upper Camp Street, where his passenger jumped out and came towards the police car armed with a hammer.

Fearing for their safety, the driver of the police car rammed the masked assailant, driving him onto the floor.

As this was happening, the driver of the Mondeo rammed the police car twice before turning round and driving towards the junction with Bury New Road, at which point the passenger ran and got back into the car.

The car turned right onto Bury New Road and got away before it was later found abandoned on Thanet Close with a number of weapons inside.

I think it is clear that the occupants of the car were about to commit a violent offence when the officers originally attempted to stop them and their subsequent behaviour only further reinforces that.

It is possible that the actions of the Intercept Unit officers prevented a robbery from taking place as, when they first approached the offenders, they were pulling into a petrol station forecourt wearing balaclavas and carrying a number of weapons.

Although we don’t have a clear description of the offenders, the one who attempted to attack the police with a hammer may have been injured in his attempts and returned home limping.

– Chief Inspector Mark Dexter

Anybody with information should contact police on 101 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

Former councillor killed himself days after being arrested on suspicion of sex assault

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A former Rochdale councillor killed himself days after being arrested on suspicion of sexual assault, an inquest heard.

Jonathan Burns, 33, who represented the North Middleton ward for almost seven years until stepping down last year, was a successful entrepreneur and was described as a ‘great community champion’.

But on January 16 this year, the dad-of-one was arrested over an alleged sexual assault and bailed.

But seven days later,Mr Burn was found hanged in the kitchen of his company premises.

The Manchester Evening News reported that officers who attended Pride Media Association, the company which Mr Burns founded helping people learn IT and media skills, retrieved eight hand-written letters intended for various members of his family and friends, it was said.

Following a hearing at Heywood Coroners Court where he recorded a conclusion of suicide, coroner Simon Nelson said it is sad that young men found it difficult to ‘open up to others’.

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