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Colin Hendry denies harassment and assaulting former girlfriend

Colin Hendry arriving at court today Credit: PA Images

Former footballer Colin Hendry has denied harassing and assaulting his ex-girlfriend.

49-year-old Mr. Hendry is said to have approached beautician Sarah Kinder in Lytham St Annes on April 18 and grabbed her by the arm several times.

He is also said to have harassed Ms Kinder between March 1 and April 24 with unwanted emails and visits to her home.

The court heard the pair had been in a five-year relationship which ended late last year but Hendry allegedly refused to accept it and "bombarded" her with text messages which led to a harassment order being made against him in February.

Colin Hendry entered not guilty pleas from the witness box to the charges of common assault and harassment.

A one-day trial at Blackpool Magistrates' Court was fixed for August 3.

Magistrates bailed Hendry on condition that he does communicate with or approach Ms Kinder.

The former Scotland captain enjoyed a long playing career at centre back and appeared for a series of North West clubs including Blackburn Rovers, Manchester City and Bolton Wanderers.

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Delays on trains between Manchester and Liverpool

Rail passengers are facing twenty minute delays to journeys between Manchester Oxford Road and Liverpool Lime Street stations.

National Rail said on their website:

"A broken down train near Birchwood is causing delays of up to 20 minutes to trains between Manchester Oxford Road and Liverpool Lime Street. This is expected to continue until at least 12:00 (midday)."

National Rail also said delays between Huddersfield and Manchester were expected to ease by 11am after an earlier breakdown at Stalybridge.

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