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Sale agree deal for Magnus Lund

Magnus Lund, appearing for Biarritz. Credit: PA

Sale Sharks have announced the signing of former England flanker Magnus Lund.

Lund will return to Sale for his second spell after a six-year stint with French club Biarritz.

Manchester-born Lund, 31, was a member of Sale's Premiership title-winning team in 2006, having joined them four years previously.

He gained 10 Test caps and helped England's sevens team win a silver medal at the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne.

"I am delighted Magnus has signed for us.

"I gave him his debut back in 2002 and have followed his career down the years.

"He is a great signing for us and will fit in perfectly with our plans."

– Sale rugby director Steve Diamond


Warrior and Lion Cusiter joins Sharks

For Sale - Chris Cusiter Credit: PA Pictures

Sale Sharks have announced the signing of Scotland and British & Irish Lions Scrum Half Chris Cusiter on a two-year deal.

Cusiter joins the Sharks next season from his current club Glasgow Warriors.

Capped 66 times by Scotland (first being against Wales in 2004), he also toured with the 2005 British & Irish Lions, gaining one cap.

Director of Rugby Steve Diamond said, “Chris is a great signing for the club.''

''We have signed him to replace Dwayne Peel who is leaving us after six years at the club and we know that Chris will be the quality replacement we need.''

E-fit released after elderly man held at knifepoint in Sale

E-fit released Greater Manchester Police Credit: GMP

An efit has been issued after an elderly man was held up at knifepoint in his own home in Sale.

At around 6.15pm on Monday 4 November 2013, three men rang the doorbell of a home on Dane Road and when it was answered, they pushed their way in.

The 81-year-old homeowner was threatened at knifepoint while another man held a spade that he had taken from the porch.

They stole money, a television and two model ships before taking the keys to the man’s Smart car and driving off. The car was later found on Chesnut Avenue in Cheadle.

One is described as white, 5ft 9in tall, of slim build, had a thin face, was clean shaven, in his mid-20s, wore a black jacket with the hood up and black trousers.

The second was white, 6ft tall, of medium build, unshaven, in his 30s, had dark brown hair, wore a dark wool jumper and grey trousers.

The third man was white, of heavy build, in his mid-20s, 5ft 9in tall, wore a dark grey jacket with the hood up, a scarf that covered the lower half of his face and dark grey trousers.

Anyone with information should phone police on 0161 856 7863 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

Arsonists start £40,000 fire

A fire which caused £40,000 worth of damage at a cricket club is thought to have been started deliberately.

The blaze started at the back of the garage unit at Ashton on Mersey Cricket Club in Sale.

Police are appealing for information.

"The fire has caused considerable damage to equipment that was kept in the garage as well as the scoreboard. It is estimated to be up to £40,000 worth of damage."

– PC Paul Blackburn


Tributes to 'our wonderful Jennifer'

Caring: Jennifer Whiteley Credit: Family Picture

The family of a young woman who died suddenly have paid tribute to her.

Jennifer Whiteley, from Sale, was taken to Wythenshawe Hospital in the early hours of Sunday morning but died a short time later.

An investigation into the circumstances surrounding her death has been launched.

In a statement her family said: “Jennifer was passionate about her field of study and wanted to help people wherever she could.

"You could put her with a group of people covering every age, creed and colour and she could engage with all of them.

"The overwhelming response from all the people who knew her, is that this young, caring and beautiful woman was a wonderful person loved by everyone and her loss will affect them all deeply."

Officers recovered a powder known as Benzo Fury, a substance that was banned in June this year and are awaiting toxicology results to establish how Jennifer died.

Woman injured after hit and run in Sale

Whitehall Road/Brooklands Road in Sale Credit: Google Maps

The 58-year-old woman was crossing Whitehall Road at around 6.40pm on Wednesday 23rd January in the direction of Marsland Road close to the junction with Brooklands Road when she was hit by a red car.

The car did not stop and so far has not been traced.

The woman was taken to Wythenshawe Hospital where she remains in a stable condition.

PC Paul Shore said: “The vehicle would have been damaged to the front or the near side front by the collision and so I am also urging vehicle repair workshops in the area that may have recently repaired a vehicle matching this description to also contact police.”

Anyone with information should call police on 101, or the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

CCTV images of armed thieves in Sale

Police have issued CCTV images of masked thieves as they stole takings from a bookmakers in Sale.

On Wednesday 7th November, at around 5.30pm, three masked men armed with hammers drove a blue or purple Ford Fiesta onto a car park next to Coral Bookmakers on Northernden Road.

Thieves at Coral Bookmakers in Sale Credit: Greater Manchester Police

The car was fitted with stolen plates with the vehicle registration number V799 GBY.

Two of the men walked into the shop, while one stood at the doorway.

The thieves approached the security screen on the counter and used a large metal hammer to smash the glass.

Close up of one thief in a balaclava Credit: Greater Manchester Police

Both offenders jumped over the counter and stole cash from the till. They ran out of the shop and drove off in the direction of Northern Moor.

The first man was over 6ft tall, he wore a black ski mask and a grey hooded top with a darker top underneath.

This top had white piping around the hood and a silver zip to the front.

He was also wearing black combat pants which were tucked into dark socks. A pair of blue jeans were sticking out of the tracksuit waist. He was carrying a sledge hammer.

Thieves breaking into the Coral Bookmakers in Sale Credit: Greater Manchester Police

The second man wore a black balaclava with a peaked cap and a black hooded top. He wore black shiny tracksuit bottoms with a white and red flash on the calf.

The third man wore a black balaclava, a Bench beige and grey hooded top with a distinct pattern. He also wore black Adidas tracksuit bottoms with three stripes up each leg and black Adidas trainers.

Thieves smashing through the screen with a hammer Credit: Greater Manchester Police

Detective Constable David Wood from Stretford CID, said: "The area would have been busy at the time of this robbery and I am urging anyone who saw what happened to call me. "I would urge you to take a close look at the CCTV images, do you recognise either of the men.

Anyone with information is asked to call Stretford CID on 0161 856 7657 quoting the reference 168468R/12 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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