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Book of condolence opens as Manchester stands in solidarity with New York

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A book of condolence has been opened at Manchester Town Hall in solidarity with the city of New York, following last night’s terror attack.

An online version of the book will also be available at www.manchester.gov.uk, for those who wish to share their message, but cannot attend the Town Hall in person.

The Lord Mayor of Manchester, Councillor Eddy Newman, is writing to the Mayor of New York to express the city’s sympathy and support.

Manchester Town Hall will be lit up in the colours of the Stars and Stripes - red, white and blue - from 8pm tonight.

The Leader of Manchester City Council, Sir Richard Leese, said:

Our thoughts and sympathies are with all of those affected by this atrocity. We stand with New York and against those who want to cause division through sickening actions of this kind.

"We know from recent experience how devastating this sort of attack is, but also how important international solidarity, community spirit and a determination not to give in to terror are in dealing with its aftermath.”

– The Leader of Manchester City Council, Sir Richard Leese

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Drawings and prose by Lennon to go under the hammer

Sotheby's say this is the largest private collection of Lennon's work Credit: PA

Drawings, poems and prose created by Liverpool music legend John Lennon for his books In His Own Write and A Spaniard In The Works are coming to auction.

The books' publisher, Tom Maschler, has owned the material for a half century. Sotheby's in New York is selling it later.

The auction house say 89 pieces are going under the hammer and could fetch as much in the region of $1.8 million (just over £1 million).

The event coincides with the 50th anniversary of the Beatles' first appearance in America on the Ed Sullivan show.

Texts include Paul McCartney remembering his first meeting with Lennon Credit: PA

Football coach murder: Killer's apology

Police investigating the murder of a football coach from Lancashire may have found a confession from his killer.

Mike Jones, from Tarleton, was stabbed to death on a street in New York last weekend.

He'd been in the US to coach a junior football team.

The man being hunted by police left a note of apology at his home before fleeing to Mexico.

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