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Report: A young mum's search for the mother who abandoned her as a baby

Twenty years ago on Granada Reports we carried the story of a baby girl left abandoned in a hospital in Manchester.

And tonight we meet her again - now grown up with a baby of her own.

After a lifetime of questions, she's keener than ever to find her long lost family.

In an exclusive report, our correspondent Ann O'Connor brings us Leah's story.


Former Manchester United player Ravel Morrison cleared of making threats

Morrison leaving court with his mother today. Credit: Manchester Evening News

Former Manchester United player Ravel Morrison has been cleared of threatening to have his ex-girlfriend "murdered for £10,000" .

The Wythenshawe-born Premier League star, 21, was accused of assaulting Rhea Mansoor and her mother Parveen Mansoor in July.

Mr Morrison was also accused of harassing Reah Mansoor by threatening to "throw acid in her face and to pay £10,000 to have her murdered" between January 1, 2010 and July 20 this year.

But, at a brief Manchester Crown Court hearing today, prosecutor Guy Mathieson revealed the charge of putting Rhea Mansoor in fear of violence by harassment was not being pursued, and a verdict of not guilty was formally recorded on the direction of Judge David Stockdale QC.

Mr Morrison, who was dressed in a black shirt and trousers, is still due to go on trial on January 26, facing charges of actual bodily harm and assault by beating against Rhea Mansoor, and assault by beating against her mother.

Morrison, from Wythenshawe, played for Manchester United between 2010 and 2012. Credit: Press Association.

Mr Morrison was arrested in the early hours of July 27 following reports that Rhea Mansoor, 19, had been assaulted outside a nightclub in Manchester city centre and at an address in Peel Green, Salford.

Her 39-year-old mother also claimed she had been attacked.

The midfielder has been capped at international level. He moved to West Ham from United in 2012.

He remains on the books of the east London club but is currently on loan to Championship side Cardiff City.

Judge Stockdale bailed Mr Morrison to an address in Cardiff on condition he does not contact directly or indirectly the two alleged victims.

He must not enter Greater Manchester except for court appearances or an official football match, and must return immediately after each match.

Two men jailed for stabbing teenager to death

Two men have been jailed for stabbing a teenager to death in Wythenshawe following a re-trial at Manchester Crown Court.

Kelvin Wilhelm was found guilty of murder and Anthony Ellis was found guilty of the manslaughter of John Muldowney.

Wilhelm has been jailed for life with a minimum term of 20 years. Ellis has been jailed for 10 years for manslaughter.

Kelvin Wilhelm was found guilty of murder. Credit: Greater Manchester Police
Anthony Ellis was found guilty of manslaughter. Credit: Greater Manchester Police
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Memorial Service to be held in Westminster for Paul Goggins MP

Paul Goggins was MP for Wythenshawe and Sale East

A memorial service is to be held for the late Wythenshawe and Sale East MP Paul Goggins.

The 60-year old died in January this year, days after collapsing while out running with his son over the Christmas break.

Politicians will join members of the Goggins family for the service in the church of St Margaret in Westminster Abbey on 16th July.

WATCH: 'Political world united in tribute at funeral to Paul Goggins MP'


Wythenshawe Amateurs FC emotional plea to help club

An amateur football club in the North West is bidding for £100k to secure it's future to build a brand new facility at Hollyhedge Park.

The players have been 'homeless' since vandals set fire to the club in 1960. Members have made a video to plea for the cash stating why they deserve it.

Whythenshawe are on the shortlist but it's football fans who decide which club they want to see receive the grant from Budweiser.

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Candidates apply for Paul Goggins' seat

Applications for the Labour candidate to replace Paul Goggins as MP for Wythenshawe and Sale East have opened.

The 60 year old died earlier this month after collapsing whilst out jogging.

Mr Goggins had been the MP since 1997.

A long list of candidates will be drawn up tomorrow with a decision being made at a meeting of the local party by the end of the week.

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