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Brendan Cole to swap dancing shoes for football boots in Soccer Aid for Unicef match

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Former Strictly Come Dancing professional and TV personality Brendan Cole will be taking part in this year’s Soccer Aid for Unicef match on ITV.

He will join Usain Bolt's World team, who will take on Robbie’s England at Old Trafford on Sunday 10th June.

As soon as the curtain fell on my Strictly career, I knew my next move had to be Soccer Aid for Unicef. For years, I have been a massive fan of the match and have always watched the game in between performances. To be able to finally announce that I will be swapping my dancing shoes for football boots this summer feels incredible.

What’s bigger than the nation’s love of dancing? The nation’s love of the beautiful game, of course – and I’m aiming for tens across the board.

– Brendan Cole, Soccer Aid World XI

The international friendly match will take place at Old Trafford on Sunday 10th June.

Tickets are available here.

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Body found near Manchester United's ground

Police and paramedics called to a canal near Manchester United's ground this morning after a body was spotted in nearby water.

Divers are preparing to search the Bridgewater Canal near Trafford Wharf Road.

Police cars and ambulances are outside Victoria Warehouse but the venue have confirmed they are not involved in the incident.

It is understood a body was seen by people on a boat this morning.

Emergency services were at the scene soon after 9am.

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Body found in canal near Old Trafford

Credit: Adam Paigge /Twitter

Police and paramedics have been called to Old Trafford after a body was spotted in nearby water.

Divers are preparing to search the Bridgewater Canal near Trafford Wharf Road.

Police cars and ambulances are outside Victoria Warehouse but the venue have confirmed they are not involved in the incident.

It is understood a body was seen by people on a boat this morning.

Emergency services were at the scene soon after 9am.

Gun fired in Old Trafford

A gun was fired in a club on Alphonsus Street on Wednesday night. Credit: Google Maps

Police are investigating after reports of gunfire in Old Trafford.

Officers were alerted late on Wednesday night, February 1, to a group of men fighting at a club on Alphonsus Street. They found a number of bullets near a fire exit door. Greater Manchester Police says no one was injured and enquiries are continuing to find out what happened.

We are treating this as a serious incident and have therefore increased patrols in the area so you will see extra officers out and about.

We believe this is an isolated incident and there is no wider threat to the public.

If you have any concerns, or suspect something suspicious, then please approach one of our officers or call police. We will always try and assist in any way we can.

– Detective Chief Inspector Paul Parker, from GMP’s Trafford borough
  • Anyone with information is asked to contact police by calling 101, and quoting reference number 2527, or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

Man rapes woman at knife point in her home

A woman has been raped at knife point at her home in Old Trafford.

At around 7:30pm last night and unknown man forced his way into the 22 year old's home and held the knife to her face before raping and robbing her.

The offender is described as white, aged somewhere in his 20’s to 30’s and of medium build with dark hair. He spoke with a local accent and was wearing a dark hooded top or coat with dark coloured bottoms.

“This is an absolutely shocking incident and one that is sure to cause much concern to anybody who hears about what has happened. We have increased patrols to provide reassurance to the local community and carry out further enquiries.

“This man forced his way into the address and subjected his victim to a brutal and terrifying rape. We have a team of specially trained officers working to investigate and providing her with support at this difficult time.

– Detective Inspector Carl Gilbert
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