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Man dies after attack outside chip shop in Leigh

A man has died after being attacked outside a chip shop in Leigh. He was taken to hospital but succumbed to his injuries. Police are now appealing for witnesses.

Detectives say the man was not presenting a threat to anyone at the time of the violent attack shortly after 11.30pm last night.

Several males are sought in respect of this attack and anyone witnessing the events leading up to, during or after the attack are asked to make contact with police as soon as possible.

– Greater Manchester Police


Teenage girls lied about sex attack

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Police investigating an attempted sexual assault in Leigh say the 13-year-old girl made up the attack.

A picture of a man on a bike was released by officers following reports a man tried to assault the girl which in Lilford Park on Saturday. The man has now been cleared of any wrongdoing after presenting himself to police in an attempt to clear his name.

“First and foremost, I would like to send my sincerest thanks to the members of public who came forward and helped with our investigation.

“Your assistance has resulted in an innocent man clearing his name, and wrongs being righted.

“Quite what inspired the girls to lie about such a serious and terrible crime, I cannot say.

“But they have been spoken to in the strongest possible terms and are under no illusions as to the severity of what they have done and how damaging false allegations can be.

– Detective Constable Brian Johnston


Leigh rugby league star banned for 'doping' offence

Banned - Sean Penkywicz Credit: PA Pictures

Former Wales international Sean Penkywicz has been given a two-year ban after testing positive for a growth hormone releasing peptide, UK Anti-Doping has announced.

The 33-year-old Leigh hooker, who served a two-year drugs ban in 2005, underwent an out-of-competition test last December which later proved positive.

UKAD say the case is only the second of its kind in the UK relating to the banned substance GHRP-6, which is used by bodybuilders.

On the road with Andy Burnham: the MP discusses Corbyn, his kids, and his wife's Tory past

The next few weeks are the most important in Andy Burnham's political career.

Ballot papers are now dropping on people's mats and soon they'll vote on whether they want him as the new leader of the Labour Party.

The MP for Leigh is promising something for everybody - nationalising the railways, scrapping tuition fees and thousands of new affordable homes.

But he's trailing Jeremy Corbyn in the polls, and rival Yvette Cooper has called for him to stand down if he is unwilling to attack the frontrunner.

Our political reporter Daniel Hewitt has spent the day with Mr Burnham as he toured the North West.

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