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Watch: Lee Rigby’s mum says victims of trolls shouldn’t be forced to give evidence

The mother of Lee Rigby is speaking about her shock at being threatened with prosecution over the court case of an internet troll targeting her family.

Lyn Rigby was ordered to give evidence via video link during an appeal by a man called Christopher Spivey, from Essex.

He was convicted of harassing the Rigby family and sending grossly offensive messages over social media.

Lee Rigby was murdered by extremists in London four-years-ago. Hismother says she's been forced to relive her ordeal.

She spoke exclusively to our correspondent Mel Barham:

Watch: Father who lost son urges people to say no to gun violence

The father of a young man who was shot and killed nine years ago this month says he still misses him terribly.

Halton McCollin died after being targeted at a takeaway inManchester in January 2008.

His father is speaking out in the hope his killers will be found -as Greater Manchester Police launch a firearms awareness week.

This from our correspondent Ashley Derricott

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Woman found gagged outside burning home

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Police are appealing for witnesses after a woman was found gagged outside her house which was on fire.

At around half-past-eight last night, police and the Fire Service were called to an address on Swayfield Avenue in Longsight.

A woman was found with her mouth bound by tape on the bay window roof of the house. She was rescued by the Fire Service. The fire in the house was then put out.

The victim reported that three men had broken into her house, one armed with a gun and demanded money.

Superintendent Dave Pester from GMP’s City of Manchester Team said:

A dedicated team of Detectives are committed to this investigation to find out what happened. We are keen to hear from anyone who might have seen anything unusual in the area.

This was a terrifying experience for the victim, our specialist officers are supporting her.

I would like to reassure the community that an incident of this nature is highly unusual and we are doing all that we can to get to the bottom of it.

– Superintendent Dave Pester
  • Anyone with any information is asked to contact police on 101 quoting the reference number 1971 of 23/01/2017 or anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111

Watch: Man City celebrate Chinese New Year

City celebrate Year of the Rooster Credit: Manchester City

The Year of the Rooster arrives in just eight days and this weekend Manchester City is kicked off the celebrations in true City style with a matchday experience to remember at the Etihad Stadium.

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At Saturday’s game, the Club provided fans with a selection of unique pre-match and half-time activities and performances, including lion dancers and Chinese Kung Fu demonstrations on the Blue Carpet and City Square stage.

City celebrate Year of the Rooster Credit: Manchester City

Commenting on the upcoming celebrations, Sun Jihai, former Manchester City player and current club ambassador to China, said:

Everyone at Manchester City is delighted to be welcoming in the Year of the Rooster with our fans across the globe. Chinese New Year is one of my favourite times of the year and to have the opportunity to bring the excitement of football and Chinese culture together is incredible.

– Sun Jihai

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Horse rescued from pond by firefighters

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Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service rescued a 25-year-old horse after it became stuck in a pond in Denton.

Crews from Hyde and Heywood, along with four special rescue fire crews from Ashton and Leigh and a boat from Heywood, were called to Ross Lave Lane, Denton on January 13.

Firefighters were met with a horse stuck in a pond with numerous members of the public attempting to rescue it.

The horse, called Tucker, was pulled to safety and had no injuries.

Crews used large animal rescue gear and lines to rescue the horse safely.

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