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Ricky Hatton wants Anthony Crolla to enjoy 'night to remember' at Manchester Arena

Anthony Crolla faces Jorge Linares in what's being described as the toughest fight of his career Credit: ITV Granada

Ricky Hatton has given his backing to Anthony Crolla, as he seeks to unify his division, and become the greatest lightweight boxer in the world.

Crolla, who's from New Moston, fights Jorge Linares at the Manchester Arena on Saturday night. The 29-year-old has said that he'd love to emulate the great nights that the 'Hitman Hatton' had in the city's famous arena.

Ricky Hatton shocked the world at the Manchester Arena against Kostya Tszyu Credit: PA

Hatton, who is now a trainer and boxing promoter says that despite maybe being 'too nice' to be a boxer, Crolla has what it takes to succeed.

The bout will also see the Ring Magazine Lightweight champion belt be put at stake. Anthony Crolla could become the first Englishman to win the belt at that weight.

Ricky Hatton explains why Ring Magazine belts mean so much in the boxing world.

Manchester man charged with terror offences

A man from Manchester has been charged with terrorism offences.

Mohammed Abdallah of Westerling Way, Manchester was charged with three offences under the terrorism act 2000.

Westminster Magistrates’ Court Credit: ITV Granada

He remains in police custody and is due to appear at Westminster Magistrates’ Court today.

Police say his arrest is part of an ongoing investigation by the North West Counter Terrorism Unit and say there is not believed to be any wider risk to any communities in Greater Manchester.


Watch: Rooney says Rashford is a star of the future.

Rooney believes Marcus Rashford will be a future star for England Credit: pa

Wayne Rooney has said Marcus Rashford will be a real star for Manchester United and England over the next few years. Rooney was singing the young striker's praises during an interview on MUTV. Rashford was on the score sheet again during United's League Cup 3rd round match against Northampton.

To hear what Rooney had to say..... Click here.

More Grammar schools will "widen division"

Creating more grammar schools could lead to a bigger gap between rich and poor, according to a new report.

The warnings come ahead of the Government's controversial plans to expand the current grammar school system.

The findings suggest rather than aiding social mobility, current grammars are widening division.

Ian Fenn is Headteacher at Burnage Academy for boys in Manchester.

Watch: Police want to trace these men after gun-point robbery

Police have released CCTV of two men they want to speak to in connection with a gunpoint robbery in Hulme.

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Sometime between 11.50pm on Friday 17 June 2016 and midnight on Saturday 18 June 2016, a 20-year-old man was walking down an alleyway off Botham Close with a friend.

In the alleyway, a man approached them on a bike asking where they were going.

Another man then approached the man and put a gun to his head before demanding property – including watches, wallets and phones - and forcing the two friends to walk away.

  • The first offender is described as a tall black man of medium build, aged 19 to 20-years-old and wearing a black jacket with a red hoody underneath. He had his hood up with his face covered and was riding a black push bike.
  • The second offender, who was carrying the gun, is described as a black man, aged 19 to 20 years old, approximately 5ft 9in tall and was wearing a grey hoody with a dark jacket over the top and dark grey joggers.

It is believed that the pair were with a third person who is described as a black man aged 19 to 20-years old.

An investigation has been launched and police have now released CCTV footage of two men, who they wish to speak to in connection with this incident, using a cash card on Stretford Road.

Detective Constable David Aston, of GMP’s City of Manchester team, said:

This was a shocking incident which has left the victims absolutely terrified.

We would like to appeal to anyone who was in the area at the time of the incident to come forward.

I would also appeal to anyone who recognises the men in the CCTV to contact police.

Anyone with information should call police on 101, quoting incident number 301 of 21/08/16 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

– Detective Constable David Aston
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