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Troll who called Rigby murder a 'conspiracy' escapes jail

An internet troll who claimed the murder of Lee Rigby was a conspiracy designed to provoke anti-Islamic feelings has escaped a jail term, refusing to accept he did anything wrong.

Grandfather Christopher Spivey, from Rochford, Essex, posted a series of comments on social media about Fusilier Rigby's killing - including claiming the soldier had never existed and that the story of his murder was a conspiracy. He also made direct contact with members of the Rigby family.

The 52-year-old denied harassment and sending grossly offensive messages but was found guilty after a two-day trial.

Sentencing him to six months in prison suspended for two years, District Judge John Woollard said:

"You totally fail to accept that what you were doing had a profound and shattering effect on the family.

"They had been thrust into the public eye and were bereaved in a terrible way and then they're contacted by somebody like you making the most ridiculous comments and claims.

"All because sitting in your bedroom in Rochford you come to the conclusion that MI5 and various other organisations are conspiring to mislead the public.

"You will be convinced until you die that you are right and everyone else is wrong."

The judge also made Spivey subject to a restraining order banning him from posting on blogs or social media and contacting Fusilier Rigby's family.

Misty mornings

Misty mornings a feature of our weather at the moment Credit: Andy Rothwell

Early risers will have noticed magical misty scenes recently. With showers by day and lengthening nights the moisture in the air cools and condenses forming mist.

No Pride in domestic abuse

Police are working with a national charity to raise awareness about domestic abuse in the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community.

Credit: Broken Rainbow

Posters like the one above featuring same sex couples and the strapline ‘there is no pride in domestic abuse’ will be shared across Greater Manchester and on social media. The aim is to make victims aware that support is available regardless of sexual orientation.

The campaign co-incides with Manchester Gay Pride 2015 Credit: pa
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Torvill and Dean to make panto debut

Christmas may be a long time away but preparations for the festive season are already starting at one of our most famous theatres. Manchester Opera House is getting ready for this year's Panto, and they've decided on a classic - with a twist. This year they're presenting Cinderella on Skates. And who better to bring the story to the stage than the nation's favourite skaters - Torvill and Dean.

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Teenager pleads guilty to terror offences

The girl pleaded guilty at Manchester Magistrates Court today. Credit: PA Wire

A 16-year-old schoolgirl who was arrested with a teenage boy involved in a plot to attack police officers at an Anzac Day parade in Australia has pleaded guilty at Manchester Magistrates' Court to two terror offences.

The youngster from Manchester, who cannot be named because of her age, is accused of two offences under section 58 of the Terrorism Act 2000.

It is alleged that on or before April 3 this year, the girl possessed a document containing information of a kind likely to be of use to a person preparing or committing an act of terrorism, namely a recipe for explosives.

She was held by police in April following an investigation by the North West Counter Terrorism Unit.

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