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Beckham gives Manchester United fan a day to remember

David Beckham made a cancer patient's dream come true. Credit: PA

David Beckham made a cancer patient's dream come true when he paid a surprise visit to meet the youngster.

Lloyd Burton, 11, from Shrewsbury, met the star while filming Stand Up To Cancer, the joint national fundraising campaign from Cancer Research UK and Channel 4.

The Manchester United fan had his own budding football career cut short when he was diagnosed with a brain tumour (medulloblastoma) in May last year.

Before his diagnosis, he had been scouted by Manchester United, Aston Villa, Port Vale and Shrewsbury for their junior teams. But following surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy, Lloyd now uses a wheelchair.

I had no idea that I was going to meet David Beckham, it was such a brilliant surprise.

"He was really nice and we chatted lots. He told me a bit about his family and other normal stuff and we talked about football quite a lot too. I love football and Beckham is one of my favourite players so I'll always remember that day."

– Lloyd Burton, Manchester United fan.

The meeting will be aired during Friday's Stand Up To Cancer TV show, starting at 7pm on Channel 4. For more information about the campaign, visit

Alleged rape victim tells court Ray Teret asked her to bring friends who were 'Up for it'

Ray Teret, Jimmy Savile's former driver, is on trial accused of sex offences Credit: PA

A DJ friend of Jimmy Savile raped a young schoolgirl in south Manchester and then told her to introduce friends to him who were "goers", a court has heard.

The woman alleges Ray Teret, 72, then aged in his early 30s, took her virginity when she was 12 or 13-years-old in a flat above a record shop in the south Manchester area.

She said she later brought to the shop a number of friends, three of whom the Crown say were also sexually abused by the former DJ at the pirate station Radio Caroline.

I brought them into danger, didn't I? Because I took them there to have sex with him.

He wanted me to introduce 'goers'. The 'goers'. That was a word I remember. 'Up for it'.

That was when I was like 13 or 14 by then.

– Alleged rape victim talking in a police interview

She said she had to make sure the girls would not tell anyone about the visits to the shop and would tell her friends they would have a laugh and there would be some good music.

The complainant is one of 17 women who say Teret sexually abused them on various dates across four decades from the 1960s to the 1990s.


Manchester City Women win their first trophy in Continental Cup victory

Manchester City Women beat Arsenal Ladies to win the FA WSL Continental Cup Credit: PA

Manchester City Women landed the first major trophy in their history as Isobel Christiansen's header secured the FA WSL Continental Cup.

Their opponents, Arsenal Ladies, had triumphed in each of the three previous seasons of the competition's existence, but their dominance was halted by Nick Cushing's City side at Wycombe's Adams Park.

Christiansen headed City ahead after 72 minutes, connecting with a flying header after Krystle Johnston whipped over a classy cross from the right flank.

Man partially loses sight in meat cleaver attack

A man has lost partial sight in one eye and needed 40 stitches to close a head wound after he was attacked with a meat cleaver in Newton Heath.

This man was the victim of a brutal, vicious attack that has left him with life-changing injuries.

Not only has he lost partial sight on his eye, but he will also be left with a huge scar such was the voracity of the beating he sustained.

Such violence is completely and utterly unacceptable. There can never be any justification for using a meat cleaver to slice someone's face open and we need to find the offenders as soon as possible.

– Detective Constable Andrea Holden-Cullum


Police appeal over stabbing of elderly woman

We are in the very early stages of our investigation and are currently examining the circumstances that led up to this horrific attack.

From what we have been told the woman was stabbed in her own home by a man.

We do not if anything has been stolen, nor do we know whether he fled the area on foot or in a car.

I would appeal to anyone who may have witnessed a man leaving the Manley Road area this afternoon and thinks they saw something relevant to this investigation to call us.

To offer reassurance to the community, we will be increasing police patrols in the area and would ask anyone who has concerns, to speak to their local officer.

– Detective Inspector Rebecca Duggan

Champion Jamie shows us how to make a curry in less than five minutes

Many of us reckon we can make a decent curry.

But, in the case of Jamie Palmer from Preston, it's official - he definitely can.

Jamie is the holder of an unusual distinction - he is the first chef who's not of Asian origin to win the North West prize at the English Curry Awards.

Our reporter Vicky Grimes dropped in on his take-away to find out how he did it, and he showed us how to make a delicious curry in less than five minutes (with a bit of help from some ingredients he prepared earlier).

Frank Lampard surprised by his impressive start for City

Frank Lampard is suprised at being named City's player of the month. Credit: PA

Frank Lampard admits to a sense of disbelief at his sensational start to his loan spell at Manchester City which saw the former England midfielder voted as the club's player of the month.

Lampard, who could start against Tottenham in the Saturday lunchtime match, scored a vital equaliser against his old club Chelsea, two more in the Capital One Cup against Sheffield Wednesday and a further goal in the win at Hull.

If somebody had said I would be voted player of the month by the fans in my first full month playing I would have had difficulty believing them.

"To beat James Milner and David Silva is really flattering and especially James, who has had a fantastic start to the season and is someone who doesn't always get the plaudits he deserves.

"I think my goals probably edged it but Milly deserves a big shout out as well."

– Frank Lampard, told the Manchester City Official Website.

Noel Gallagher and Kate Moss to join Gogglebox charity special

Noel Gallagher and Kate Moss are among the celebrities participating in a special charity edition of Gogglebox tomorrow evening. Credit: PA

Manchester rock idol Noel Gallagher as well as supermodels Kate Moss and Naomi Campbell will be among the celebrities spending a night in front of their television's discussing their viewing on a celebrity edition of Gogglebox tomorrow evening.

The trio are among guests taking part in the charity edition which will be screened during Channel 4's Stand Up To Cancer evening tomorrow and will be seen giving their verdicts on shows such as Strictly Come Dancing and The X Factor.

Former Oasis star Gallagher explained again how his daughter Anais is unhappy that he turned down the chance to be an X Factor judge, following an invitation by Simon Cowell.

She's furious every week that it's on. She tut-tuts at the screen saying, 'That could've been you.'

"I'll never be forgiven."

– Noel Gallagher, musician.
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