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Tom Olbison signs one-year contract extension with Widnes

Tom Olbison Credit: Tom Olbison

Widnes forward Tom Olbison has confirmed his commitment to the Vikings for 2018.

The 26-year-old second rower joined Widnes on a 12-month deal from Bradford when the Yorkshire club folded in the winter, with an option for a second season.

"I've really enjoyed my first year at Widnes Vikings," said Olbison, who has made 18 appearances so far.

"It's been a great experience to play regular top-level rugby and I feel like I have developed well as a player here.

"I'm really pleased to have this opportunity to extend my stay and I'm looking forward to what we can achieve going forward."

Widnes coach Denis Betts said: "Tom came here with the ambition of building a career in the Betfred Super League and he was proven himself at this level.

"He has settled in well and made a good contribution to the team this year. I am very pleased that he has chosen to sign this new deal and look forward to continuing to work with him."

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Third teenager arrested over college stabbing

A third 17-year-old remains in police custody. Credit: ITV News/Granada Reports

A third teenager has been arrested after a teenager was stabbed during a lesson at a Cheshire college.

Two other 17-year-olds remain in custody after the incident at Riverside College, Widnes, on Wednesday afternoon. The 17-year-old victim remains in a serious but stable condition in hospital.

I would like to reassure people that this appears to be an isolated incident. The investigation is continuing and enquiries are ongoing. If anyone has any concerns regarding the incident or any information, which could assist with our enquiries, they are urged to speak to a local officer or call Cheshire Police on 101 quoting incident number 473 of 7 December.

– Chief Inspector Richard Rees, Cheshire Police

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GCSE results day in the North West

Students at Wade Deacon High School in Widnes are celebrating after receiving their GCSE results.

We'll have a full roundup on the tears and joys of GCSE results day in the North West on Granada Reports at 6pm.

Students receive their GCSE reults at Wade Deacon High School on the Wirral Credit: ITV Granada
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The Good Samaritan who was murdered when she tried to break up a row in the street

A man's been jailed for life after murdering a Good Samaritan.

When Alison Wilson saw a row between a man and a woman, with a baby, in Widnes, she felt she had to intervene.

That decision cost her life.

When she stepped in to help the man 28 year old Stephen Duggan lashed out at her with a broken bottle. She died six days later.

At Liverpool Crown Court today, Duggan was told he'd serve at least 22 years in prison.

Our correspondent Nick Quraishi reports:

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