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Memorial Service to be held in Westminster for Paul Goggins MP

by Daniel Hewitt - Political Reporter
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'

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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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Wythenshawe care worker jailed for stealing rings from resident

Sally Murphy stole wedding rings from a dementia-sufferer she was caring for. Credit: GMP

A care home worker has been jailed after she stole wedding rings from a pensioner suffering from dementia and pawned them for just £54.

Sally Murphy, 37, was given a 12-month prison sentence after pleading guilty to theft at Manchester Crown Court.

Murphy prised three rings from the wedding finger of 88-year-old Joyce Reeves, whom she was caring for at the Marion Lauder House residential care home in Wythenshawe.

Joyce Reeves died several weeks after the thefts from an unrelated cause.

Ms Reeves' family said "these rings held great sentimental value", describing the theft as "extremely cruel."

Two bodies found at house in Wythenshawe

Police are investigating after the bodies of a man and woman were found at a house in Wythenshawe.

Police discovered the body of a 55-year-old man and an 86-year-old woman at the house on Saltdene Road in Woodhouse Park.

At this time we are making initial enquiries into the death of this man and woman and a post mortem is yet to take place.

The community will be understandably concerned therefore we do have extra patrols in the area to offer some reassurance.

A full investigation into the circumstances surrounding their deaths is now underway.

– Detective Chief Inspector Colin Larkin

A post mortem is due to take place and a police cordon is currently in place on Saltdene Road while officers investigate.

Anyone with information should call police on 0161 856 9283 or the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Man jailed for sexually abusing two girls

Christopher Newton Credit: GMP

A man who sexually abused two young girls in Wythenshawe has been jailed.

Christopher Newton of Stoneacre Road, Woodhouse Park was found guilty at Manchester Crown court of seven counts of indecent assault and one count of rape of a child under 13.

Between 1995 and 2003 Newton sexually abused two girls who were just five years old when the abuse began. The abuse took place at an address in the Wythenshawe area of Manchester.

Newton was today jailed for 13 and a half years and was ordered to sign the sex offenders register for life.

One of his victims said: “To put in a short amount of words how the abuse has affected me is impossible. I have very few happy memories from the past as the memories of him outweigh anything else.

“I feel a huge weight has been lifted since Chris has been found guilty. Regardless of his sentence given to him, it will always affect my life and be there at the back of my thoughts.

Soldier's family win the right to sue the Government

The family of a soldier from Manchester who was killed in Iraq have won the right to sue the Government over his death.

Private Lee Ellis from Wythenshawe died in 2006 when his Snatch Land Rover was blown up.

His relatives say he should have been in an armoured vehicle and been given other equipment which could have saved his life.

Now his sister Karla will pursue a claim for negligence against the Ministry of Defence to support his ten year old daughter

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