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Second anniversary of Lee Rigby's death to be marked

Lee Rigby was killed as he made his way back to his barracks Credit: GTV

A special walk is being held in Middleton later to mark the second anniversary of Fusilier Lee Rigby's death. The 25 year old soldier was murdered by extremists near his barracks in Woolwich. This evening friends will gather in his hometown to honour his memory at the memorial gardens which were opened in his name.

The scene outside Woolwich Barracks was sealed off as investigations got underway Credit: GTV
Michael Adebolajo, 29, and Michael Adebowale, 22 were jailed for life for the killing Credit: GTV/Police
This evening Lee Rigby's friends will gather at the memorial garden to him Credit: GTV/family


Airbus 'may reconsider' investment if UK leaves the EU

European aerospace giant Airbus, which has a factory in Broughton, has warned of job losses and "huge" economic risks if Britain votes to leave the European Union in a referendum to be held by 2017.

President of Airbus Group UK has warned about the possible consequences of leaving the EU. Credit: Press Association

A decision to quit the EU would raise doubts about Airbus's long-term future investments in the country, according to President of Airbus Group UK, Paul Kahn. Airbus employs 16,000 people in the UK.

He said:

"If after an exit from the European Union, economic conditions in Britain were less favourable for business than in other parts of Europe, or beyond; would Airbus reconsider future investment in the United Kingdom? Yes, absolutely".

– Paul Khan

Mr Kahn added that the long-term economic risks of a potential British exit were "huge".

Brace yourself for Blackpool's newest ride

A 72ft high, 12-seat white-knuckle ride dedicated to the Royal Air Force Red Arrows opens later.

The attraction, will take riders on a 360 degree tour of the skies and sits in the shadow of the world famous Big One rollercoaster.

Riders can step into their very own Red Arrows cockpit and take control of the plane to make it spin, glide and take formation in their very own display.

Click here for a demo.

Like father, like son: young Rooney signs autographs

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England and Manchester United star Wayne Rooney has posted a video on Instagram showing his young son copying his dad by signing autographs for fans outside Old Trafford.

In the video 5 year old Kai can be seen signing autographs and stopping for a picture.

Rooney wrote on the site: ''I stopped to sign some autographs at Old Trafford yesterday and turned around to find Kai doing the same.''


World Taekwondo Championships gold for Bianca

Bianca Walkden Credit: PA

Liverpool's Bianca Walkden has become only the second Briton ever to win gold at the World Taekwondo Championships.

She won the heavyweight 73 kilo category at the championships in Chelyabinsk in Russia.

Bianca won the European Championship last year but this is her first win at world level.

New ground breaking playground for kids

A children’s charity in Lancashire has unveiled major plans for a new playground which can be used by both life-threatened children and their able-bodied siblings. Derian House Children’s Hospice in Chorley has been given the go ahead for the new facility, which will be one of the first of its kind in the North West

Plans for the new playground Credit: Derian House

The playground will not be open to the general public but Derian House will make it available to families with life-threatened children and their brothers and sisters. The children’s park will include wheelchair-friendly roundabouts and swings.

Father's High Court battle to get children back

A man from Merseyside is appealing to the highest court in the land in order to try and get his children back claiming they were abducted by their mother. The father, who cannot be identified, says his children were retained without his consent in Bangladesh, following a family visit in 2008. He hasn't seen them since.

The case is being heard at the High Court in London Credit: PA

Figures from a freedom of information request demonstrate that the UK Foreign Office dealt with more than 500 similar such cases in 2014. Countries like Bangladesh are still not condition to the 1980 Hague Convention, an international agreement to ensure the quick return of children.

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