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Warrington start the season without Stefan Ratchford

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Warrington will start the new season without England utility back Stefan Ratchford and two of their new signings, Mitchell Dodds and Ryan Bailey.

Ratchford and former Brisbane Broncos prop Dodds are still recovering from knee and wrist surgery respectively and will sit out the Wolves' opening Super League match against defending champions Leeds at Headingley on February 4.

Bailey will also miss a reunion with his old Rhinos team-mates after being booked in for surgery in London next week to correct a mystery complaint that has dogged him for the last two years.

  1. Elaine Willcox, Correspondent

The secret to a long, happy marriage? Laughter, of course...

May and Harold Glover, from Warrington, married in 1940.

75 years later, and they are celebrating being among the country's longest married couples.

In that time, they have spent four years apart - with a World War getting in their way.

Our correspondent Elaine Willcox has been to meet them, to find out what their secret is...


  1. Caroline Whitmore, ITV News

Pete Waterman on being the 'Hitman' - and why he misses Warrington's Mr Smiths Nightclub

Pete Waterman and Michaela Strachan presented the Hit Man and Her

People of a certain age may well remember a famous TV show called The Hit Man and Her.

It was one of Granada's greatest hits - shown in the early hours of Sunday morning and involved a lot of people dancing in nightclubs.

One of those clubs was a certain Mr Smith's in Warrington - which became so famous they're holding an exhibition about it in the town.

Our Entertainment Correspondent Caroline Whitmore went to have a look and spoke to the show's main man:


D-day for Burnham and rivals in Labour leadership contest

The four candidates have been campaigning for votes all Summer Credit: PA

The Labour Party announces the winner of its Leadership Ballot later today. North West MP Andy Burnham had been tipped to win the contest early in the campaign. But that was before the surge in support for left-wing candidate Jeremy Corbyn. He is now believed to be the front-runner to be party leader despite warnings from senior Labour figures that the North London MP will make the party unelectable.

Andy Burnham started the race as favourite to win but has been replaced by Jeremy Corbyn in polls Credit: PA

Ecstasy tablets found in shampoo bottles at Creamfields

Drugs found in shampoo bottles at music festival Credit: Cheshire Police

More than 100 ecstasy tablets hidden in bottles of shampoo have been seized by police at the Creamfields festival.

Two men have been arrested on suspicion of possessing drugs with intent to supply, after the seizure at the dance music event near Warrington.

Cheshire Police say the search was carried out by officers at the VIP entrance on Friday.

Thousands of people are attending the festival at the Daresbury site. It continues until Bank Holiday Monday.

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