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Multi-medal winning paralympian confronts hate crime

Paralympian Adrian Derbyshire Credit: PA

A multi-medal winning paralympian from Warrington, is teaching children how to tackle hate crime.

Wheelchair fencing star Adrian Derbyshire is hand cycling around the country to see as many youngsters as possible.

He is sharing his experiences as a disabled athlete, in the hope of opening children's eyes and preventing acts of prejudice in future.

You can keep track Adrian on his journey by clicking here.

He is also raising money for charity.

Tributes paid to woman who died in canal

The family of 72-year-old Valerie Pritchard, who died after her car entered the Manchester Ship Canal in Stockton Heath, have paid tribute to her.

Valerie Pritchard Credit: Police / Family photograph

Valerie's family said:

"Our Mum, Grandmother, and Great Grandmother, Valerie Pritchard was tragically taken from us"

"She was a lovely lady who always had a full social life, meeting with her many friends for coffee mornings, art class and going to her local club to watch Warrington Wolves with her partner."

"She was also a keen gardener and loved to spend time doing craft work. She will be greatly missed by all her family and her partner."

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Warrington man jailed over Harrods bomb threat

A man convicted of robbery and possession of an imitation firearm in Warrington has been jailed.

David James Williamson, who also made a bomb threat in Harrods in London, was jailed for 10 years.

Harrods in Knightsbridge Credit: PA

He was sentenced after being found guilty of two counts of robbery, two counts of possession of an imitation firearm and one count of possession of an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence.

He was also found guilty of five counts of communicating false information causing a bomb hoax.

Detective Constable Joseph Agyei said: "These were terrifying attacks committed in broad daylight and caused all the victims involved to fear for their lives.

"Williamson showed an utter disregard for the victims he targeted in public places."

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Scouts are set to get a new H.Q in Warrington

Scouts can look forward to a new £295, 000 H.Q. Credit: PA

Building work is due to begin on a new community centre for Scouts and Guides in Warrington.

The £295,000 project will replace existing Scout and Guide huts on Pepper Street in Lymm.

One complete, the new building will become the headquarters for 17th Warrington East (3rd Lymm) Scouts and Lymm District Guides.

The existing huts will be demolished, as they are no longer fit for purpose. The new building, which will keep the name of the current Guide hut Maple Lodge, will feature two halls, a meeting room and a kitchen.

It will provide facilities for Rainbows, Beavers, Brownies, Cubs, Guides, Scouts and Explorers, as well as other community groups.

Funding for the project has come from several sources including Lymm Round Table and Lymm Parish Council.

WREN and The Veolia Environmental Trust also awarded grants of £70,000 and £35,000 respectively through the Landfill Communities Fund.

Building work is due to begin on February 24 and is expected to be completed by July.

James Hurrell, 3rd Lymm Scouts leader, said: "The new building will not only benefit the Scouts and Guides, but also the wider community.

"The village hall, youth club and Oughtrington Community Centre are all fully booked and have had to turn away enquiries. We have already heard from groups expressing an interest in using the new building.

"The new HQ will provide a modern, accessible meeting place within 100 metres of the centre of Lymm that can be booked by community groups and individuals. We cannot wait to see it complete and in use."

Paul Taylor, executive director of The Veolia Environmental Trust, said:

"We have awarded over £642,192 to community and environmental projects in Cheshire over the last five years and it is always great to hear when one is getting under way. I look forward to hearing about the project's development over the coming months."

Lorry driver arrested for murder in Warrington

Cheshire Police attended an incident at Manchester Road, Rixton, Warrington, at 8.15 this morning following reports that a man was deceased. At the scene, a 46 year old male from North Manchester, believed to be the driver of a DAF articulated lorry was arrested for murder.

An unidentified white male believed to be associated with an untended car nearby , was declared dead at the scene. Police have launched a murder investigation and are interviewing witnesses.

They have also asked anyone who was travelling on Manchester Road ? the A57 close to Junction 21 of the M6 ? between 8am and 8.15 and witnessed erratic driving or the incident itself to contact police on 101.

Police take part in run to remember fallen colleagues

Scores of police workers from across the North West have taken part in a fancy dress run in Cheshire today to honour two fallen colleagues.

The officers and staff are running the equivalent of nine marathons over 125 days in aid of the PC Nicola Hughes Memorial Fund.

PC Hughes and her colleague PC Fiona Bone were murdered in Hattersley in Greater Manchester in 2012.

Organisers say today's event in Warrington shows how they're determined to make some good come from the tragedy.

Cleaning firm hopes to create 700 jobs

A cleaning and security firm is aiming to create 700 new jobs under expansion plans.

Warrington-based Westgrove Group said it planned to diversify into new industry sectors and boost turnover to over £30 million.

Steve Fives, who helped set up the firm, said the plan was to expand the workforce by 300 this year through 50 additional contracts.

"We're looking to be a viable alternative to the 'big boys', the plc's that dominate our industry," he said.

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