Quigg defends his boxing world title

Scott Quigg made a successful defence of his WBA super-bantamweight title with a second-round stoppage of South African Tshifiwa Munyai.

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Man charged over double shooting at Bingo Hall in Manchester

Gala Bingo at Harpurhey Credit: ITV Granada Reports

A man has been charged after two people were shot earlier this year outside Gala Bingo at Harpurhey shopping precinct in Manchester.

James Instone, of no fixed address, was charged with two counts of attempted murder, possession of a class A drug with intent to supply and a firearms offence.

He is due to appear at Manchester magistrates today.

Gun criminal to stand as MP

Domenyk Noonan

Notorious gun criminal Domenyk Noonan has set his sights on becoming an MP for Manchester after being let out of jail according to the Manchester Evening News.

Mr Noonan, who was released yesterday after 18 months, is planning to hit the campaign trail for Blackley and Broughton, the seat currently held by Labour's Graham Stringer.

The 49-year-old, who was freed following a Parole Board hearing, was locked up despite being cleared of raping a boy of 15,

Crown lawyers dropped their case following allegations his accuser had made false complaints in the past. But Noonan was then recalled to prison for a nine-and-a-half year sentence imposed in 2005 for possessing a gun.

He said: “My plans for the future are suing GMP and running for MP. I will be campaigning for better private security so people can get help to their homes quickly, and for more youth clubs.”

Manchester hosts the BMX supercross world cup.

Some of the world’s best riders will compete over two days at the indoor arena. Credit: PA

The BMX Supercross World Cup returns to Manchester’s National Cycling Centre. The Great Britain squad will join the world's best riders for two days racing.

Shanaze Reade celebrates her 2013 victory at the event Credit: PA

Last year Crewe's Shanaze Reade won the Supercross event but she'll be absent this year as she's currently racing in the U.S.A.

There will be elite competitions for both men and women.

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Hundreds to race rubber ducks for charity

Annual duck race Credit: PA

Hundreds of yellow rubber ducks will take to the water in Manchester and Salford today in aid of charity. Events will be held at Spinningfields and at Salford Quays, the money raised will go towards local children's causes.

The fifth annual Duck Race in support of Brainwave will kick off at 2pm at Spinningfields. Another second event new for this year will take place at the Salford Quays water sports centre hosted by Manchester based charity MedEquip4Kids.

MedEquip4Kids improves the health of children and babies by providing specialist paediatric equipment for hospitals and community health teams.

Thousands head out for the great Easter getaway

Traffic jam ahead of the Easter break Credit: PA

A poll from VisitEngland showed that around 3.4 million Britons are set to take an Easter break in the UK involving at least one overnight stay, providing an £800 million boost for the UK economy.

Around 6.5 million Britons are planning day trips over the holiday period, with a further 9% undecided whether to have a break involving an overnight stay, the survey revealed.

VisitEngland chief executive James Berresford said: "The industry has rallied following the severe weather earlier this year. It's business as usual for tourism with a full line-up of events and offers across the country, and destinations ready and waiting to welcome visitors this Easter break."

An estimated 1.6 million Britons are heading abroad for the holiday. Over the Easter weekend, 110,000 passengers will leave from Manchester Airport.

Popular foreign spots for those going overseas include Spain and its islands, Turkey, Tunisia and Florida, according to UK travel organisation Abta. Top city destinations are Paris, Dublin, Amsterdam, Rome and New York, while bookings for UK breaks are described by Abta as "healthy".

Bury boxer Scott Quigg says his fight will be dangerous

Bury boxer Scott Quigg makes the third defence of his WBA World Super Bantamweight belt this Saturday.

As one of just three British world champions all eyes will be on the Phones 4 U Arena as he tops the bill in front of his home-crowd.

He faces South African Tshifhiwa Munyai.

David Chisnall met up with Scott at Manchester's Town Hall to see how his build up is going.

United's Rooney and Mata open unit at Christie Hospital

Rooney and Mata at Christie
Rooney and Mata at Christie Hospital Credit: ITV Granada Reports

Manchester United stars Wayne Rooney and Juan Mata have officially opened a new unit at the Christie.

It has a dedicated gym and is expected to transform care for young adults with cancer.

Facilities for transplant patients have also been improved

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Footballers meet staff at Christie Credit: ITV Granada Reports
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