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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.

Hit-and-run driver puts toddler in intensive care

Girl knocked down on Ashfield Road in Longsight Credit: Google

A three-year-old girl was left in intensive care after she was knocked over by a driver who failed to stop in Manchester.

It happened at about 3.50pm on Saturday 15 November 2014 when a silver car, similar looking to a Toyota Avensis, was travelling along Ashfield Road in Longsight.

The girl was playing in the street when she walked out into the road and was hit by the car.

The car stopped briefly, but then drove away, turning left onto Clarence Road.

The driver of the car is described as an Asian man in his 30s.


Man beaten in homophobic attack in Manchester

CCTV image

Police in Manchester are investigating after a man was punched in the face in a homophobic attack. It happened at about 9pm on Saturday 1st November on Canal Street , when the 24-year-old victim was promoting his LGBT rugby team.

He was approached by a group of about four men who shouted homophobic abuse at him and one of them punched him in the face. The victim was treated in hospital for a broken jaw. Officers have released a CCTV image of a man they want to speak to in connection with the attack.

“We believe this to be a homophobic attack and I want to make it clear that this kind of behaviour will not be tolerated on our streets. “The victim was merely promoting his rugby team, but was subjected to an attack, during which he suffered a broken jaw and has had a mental plate inserted into his face. “I want to reassure local businesses and residents, who live, reside or socialise in the gay village that we are treating this extremely seriously

– Detective Constable Louise Kelly

Parents: 'Aguero' hair cut boy 'has done nothing wrong'

The parents of a teenager, taken out of lessons for having a haircut similar to Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero , say they cannot understand the decision.

St Ambrose Barlow School in Swinton described Lewis Kenny's haircut as 'extreme', and said it broke school policy and placed him in isolation.

But the family say he has done nothing wrong.

Professor Brian Cox back in Manchester schools

Professor Brian Cox Credit: PA Images

Physicist Brian Cox will be giving science lessons to pupils in Manchester today. It's part of the Speakers for Schools' charity campaign to inspire youngsters and give them the chance to ask questions around scientific discoveries, role of the sciences in wider society and education. Classrooms across the UK will be able to watch along online and have a chance to submit questions on social media.

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