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Tyrone Roberts to join Warrington on three-year deal from Gold Coast Titans

Tyrone Roberts Credit: PA

Australian half-back Tyrone Roberts has agreed to join Warrington on a three-year deal from the Gold Coast Titans.

The Super League club said they had fended off interest from NRL teams Down Under to clinch a deal that will see Roberts arrive on a three-year deal.

Former Newcastle Knights man Roberts, 26, will strengthen the Wolves ranks in time for the 2018 season.

He said: "I'm very excited to be joining the Warrington Wolves. My family and I can't wait to get over there and start this new chapter in our lives. I'm excited to rip in and compete for some trophies and meet all the passionate fans."

Warrington trailed in a lowly ninth in this year's Betfred Super League, after finishing second in the table in 2016, so are looking for a big improvement next term.

Club chief executive Karl Fitzpatrick said: "The signing of Tyrone is a massive coup for Warrington and Super League. He is a player that has a genuine X-factor that will excite the Warrington supporters.

"We had to beat off clubs from the NRL to get Tyrone's signature, this shows where we are heading and that we are building something special."

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Marks & Spencer to close its store in Warrington

M&S said it hopes to to redeploy all staff from closing stores. Credit: Marks and Spencer

Marks & Spencer is planning to close its store in Warrington's Golden Square shopping centre.

But the out-of-town outlet at nearby Gemini Retail park, next to the M62, will remain open.

The retail giant said the proposal, part of a five-year programme which will see six stores closed nationwide, is aimed at better meeting the "changing needs of customers".

M&S said it is consulting with affected staff and those impacted by the closures will be guaranteed redeployment nearby.

The retailer said it would open 36 new stores over the next six months as part of previously announced plans, a move that will create over 1,400 jobs.

The new outlets include 34 food-only chains.

"Our customers' shopping habits are changing.

"We will open new stores, some will reduce in size, some will move, some will close and others will convert to food-only.

"Each proposal we make will be very carefully considered with our colleagues and customers firmly front of mind.

"It is our intention that nobody leaves M&S and we will work as hard as possible to ensure that we can deliver against this promise."

– Steve Rowe, Chief Executive of M&S

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Watch: Warrington remembers Viola Beach one year on from tragedy

Twelve-months-ago today what many were predicting would be the path to stardom for the band Viola Beach ended in tragedy in Sweden.

The car carrying the group and their manager from a gig crashed into a canal, killing them all.

A year on, friends and famiilies have been holding a tribute concert in the band's home town of Warrington.

It was at their old college, from where our correspondent Rob Smith reports:

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