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North West sports stars fundraise for Burnley teacher

Credit: PA

Former England footballer Phil Neville and England cricketer James Anderson are backing a fundraising effort in honour of a Burnley school teacher.

Friends and pupils of Mick Ennis have organised a charity football match and auction in aid of Pendleside Hospice, where the keen sportsman is receiving treatment for cancer.

Mick, a teacher at Blessed Trinity RC College, formerly St Theodore's, has managed the school's cricket and football teams for many years.

His former pupils will take part in a charity match against veteran Burnley FC stars - the Vintage Clarets - on November 23 at Burnley Belvedere Football Club from 1.30pm.

Mick Ennis Credit: Just Giving page

Ben Flower guilty of gross misconduct for punching Hohaia

Ben Flower Credit: PA

Wigan Warriors player Ben Flower has been found guilty of gross misconduct for punching Lance Hohaia to the ground in the Grand Final, before landing a second blow to his face while he lay on the ground.

Flower will be fined fifty per cent of his wages for a period of six months and will undergo a rehabilitation programme involving young people.

Chairman Ian Lenagan said:

“We were extremely disappointed and angry at the actions of Ben Flower and stand in agreement with the Rugby Football League and the six month ban from playing which they handed down to Ben last month.

There is no doubt that the reputation of this great club has been damaged by this incident.

This significant fine combined with the requirement for community service has been imposed to affirm Wigan's position that this is not the type of behaviour we want or expect from any of our players."

– Chairman Ian Lenagan
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Friday: Wet and windy weather from the southwest

Radar rainfall image at 10.05 am Friday 21st Nov 2014 Credit: Met Office

After a dry start, and cold start for some sheltered areas first thing - where Nantwich dipped to 0.1°C overnight, the weather goes downhill today.

Cloud builds, rain moves in, and winds gather strength - becoming strong for the coastline and the Isle of Man with mean speeds of 30mph and gusts 40-45mph.

A far milder night ahead with cloud and further outbreaks of rain remaining, heavy at times. Conditions should gradually ease towards dawn.

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Thieves steal 13 stone safe containing £100k of jewellery

A couple have released private CCTV images of thieves stealing a thirteen stone safe from their home in Blackburn.

Security cameras filmed the pair of thieves as they carried out the burglary and got away with jewellery worth £100,000.

Solicitor Tony Catterall and his wife described the theft as 'absolutely despicable'.

Lancashire Police are appealing for witnesses.

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