'Love' is this year's Pride theme. Picture courtesy of Lee Boswell Photography Ltd

What's on this bank holiday weekend?

The North West is braced for a busy weekend, with lots of major events happening over the bank holiday. Here's a guide to what's on....

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Greater Manchester Police apologise to murder victim's family

Greater Manchester Police has apologised to the family of teenager Rhyan Wilson, who was stabbed during a street fight in Urmston last weekend.

Rhyan Wilson
Rhyan Wilson

The force said it was sorry there had been a delay in confirming Rhyan's death to his family and a lack of support provided to them in the early hours after his death.

Assistant Chief Constable Ian Wiggett, said:

“In the desperate hours after an incident like this, the public has every right to expect the highest levels of compassion and professionalism from the police.

“Unfortunately, in this case, we acknowledge that we let Rhyan’s family down and did not provide the level of support and information that we should have done.

"[...] We have carried out a review of the service provided to the family and entirely accept that we failed the family in those initial hours.

“Clearly officers should always put victims and their families at the forefront of everything they do. This did not happen in this case."

– Assistant Chief Constable Ian Wiggett

A man has been charged in connection with Rhyan's death.

Louis van Gaal: I was the king of Manchester. Now I am the devil

Louis van Gaal
Louis van Gaal Credit: PA
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Louis van Gaal on the fickle nature of football. "Two weeks ago I was the king of Manchester. Now I am the devil." #mufc

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Van Gaal on Welbeck departure rumours: "I know what I said to Danny and Danny knows exactly what I said to him. That is private." #mufc

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More from the boss: "I was not hired to be fired, but to build up a team and that is a process that needs time." #mufc

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Mario Balotelli talks 'progressing well'

by Press Association
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Mario Balotelli Credit: PA

Talks between Mario Balotelli's representative and Liverpool are understood to be 'progressing well' as the club seek assurances about the player's behaviour - although any deal will not be completed in time for him to feature against Manchester City.

Reports have suggested the Reds have agreed a £16million fee with AC Milan for striker Balotelli's proposed move to Anfield.

And while Liverpool have not commented, Press Association Sport understands productive discussions involving Balotelli's agent and the club took place in England on Thursday and are continuing on Friday.

A key aspect of those discussions is believed to be the Merseyside outfit's desire to obtain some kind of guarantee about the discipline of the mercurial 24-year-old Italy international.

Balotelli himself remains in his homeland for now and will not be able to take part in Liverpool's Barclays Premier League clash with his former side City at the Etihad Stadium on Monday as the transfer would need to be completed by midday on Friday for him to be eligible.

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