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Jason Manford attends opening of memorial benches for Alison Howe and Lisa Lees

Jason Manford was in Royton today at the opening of memorial benches for Alison Howe and Lisa Lees Credit: Andy Bonner

Jason Manford was in Royton Park today to attend the opening of memorial benches for Alison Howe and Lisa Lees.

Alison and Lisa were two victims of the Manchester Arena bomb attack in May.

They had both travelled to the arena to pick up their children from the Ariana Grande concert.

The benches are located in Royton Park where the event took place, crowds gathered to celebrate Alison and Lisa's lives and there were musical performances, including one from Jason Manford himself.

Alison Howe and Lisa Lees Credit: ITV Granada

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Homeless man in court accused of stealing from victims of arena attack

Chris Parker, 33, is accused of stealing a purse from the grandmother of a 14-year-old who died in the bombing. Credit: PA

A man hailed as a "homeless hero" after the Manchester Arena bombing has appeared in court accused of stealing from two of the victims of the attack.

Chris Parker, 33, is alleged to have stolen a purse and its contents belonging to the grandmother of 14-year-old Sorrell Leczkowski, from Leeds, who was killed in the attack.

He is also said to have taken the mobile phone of another teenage girl, who cannot be named for legal reasons.

Parker entered formal not guilty pleas to the two charges and was remanded in custody ahead of a hearing at Manchester Crown Court on September 13.

Bomb victim leads the search for unsung heroes

Six weeks on from the bombing which claimed the lives of 22 people, some of the injured are still being treated in hospital.

The Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham has been to visit children and the staff treating them at the Royal Manchester Children's Hospital. He's working with the Daily Mirror Pride of Britain awards to find our region's unsung heroes. Sarah Rogers was there:

Nominations close at one minute to midnight on Friday August the 25th.

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Two released in connection with Manchester Arena attack

Two men have been released without charge Credit: PA

Two men arrested in connection with the investigation into the attack at Manchester Arena have been released without charge.

A 24-year-old man arrested on Friday 2nd June in Rusholme and a 20-year-old man who was arrested on Saturday 3rd June on Cheetham Hill Road have been released without charge.

As it stands, 21 people have been arrested in connection with the investigation, of which 18 people have been release without charge.

A total of three men remain in custody for questioning.

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