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In Pictures: first crowds begin to gather for Cilla funeral procession

"Goodbye Cilla" - crowds have begun to line the route of Cilla Black's funeral procession in Liverpool Credit: Natasha Carter
Mourners have been asked to line the route of a funeral procession before Cilla's funeral Credit: PA Images
The procession will go through Woolton and Gateacre, arriving at St Mary's Church in Woolton where the singer and presenter will be laid to rest Credit: PA Images
Sir Cliff Richard will lead musical tributes during the funeral Credit: PA Images

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Police hunt attackers after "vicious assault"

Police have released the images of three men they wish to speak to after a man was seriously assaulted in Manchester City Centre.

In the early hours of Sunday 16 August 2015, officers were called to Great Marlborough Street, Manchester, to reports that a man had been seriously assaulted.

A 24-year-old man was found with serious head injuries and then taken to hospital where he had to undergo emergency surgery and remains in a critical condition.

Click here to see images of the men.

Cilla funeral cortege route map

Heres' the map for the cortege route of Cilla Black's funeral in Liverpool tomorrow.

The cortege will proceed from Woolton Road in Wavertree, at it's junction with Church Road North, to Blackwood Avenue in Gateacre and then on to St Mary's Church for the 1pm service.

Cilla, 72, died earlier this month after falling at her home in Spain.

The entertainer's family have requested that anyone wishing to pay their respects should line the two-mile route using the whole length of Woolton Road as far as Blackwood Avenue.

The family also made a polite request that people do not to travel to Woolton village, as the Church is very secluded and the public will not be able to access the Church or its grounds.

Burglary attempt on Cilla's home foiled by police

A plot to burgle the Buckinghamshire home of the late Cilla Black has been foiled today.

A professionally cut circular hole was discovered in the perimeter fence of her Denham home ahead of her funeral on Thursday 20th August.

The police were immediately informed, 24-hour security has been increased on the property and all valuable assets including art, jewellery and her personal items have been removed and taken to a secured unit at an unknown location.

Cilla Black Credit: PA

I cannot believe someone would stoop so low at a time like this. It’s inconceivable. Thankfully it was discovered in time.

– Robert Willis, Cilla Black's eldest son

Police are now carrying out further investigations. Once again the family have asked for their privacy to be continually respected at this difficult time. Further details of press arrangements for Cilla’s funeral next Thursday will be released early next week.

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Homeless facing eviction from protest camp

People who have been camping for months in Manchester city centre in protest at the city's growing rough-sleeping problem are being evicted today Manchester city council served a notice on the campers in June, ordering them to pack up their tents and leave St Ann's Square and Castlefield. But the protesters refused to go. Luke Carter says he's been homeless for two years and its hard having to live like that.

Cilla's inquest postponed as her body was not in Liverpool

Cilla Black Credit: PA

Cilla Black's inquest was postponed after it emerged her body was not actually in Liverpool where the hearing was to be held.

Liverpool Coroner's Court was due to hear evidence relating to the death of the 72-year-old.

But proceedings were cancelled an hour before it was due to begin after officials realised the singer and TV star was not in the required legal jurisdiction where the inquest is to take place.

The inquest has been postponed until further notice, but may take place on Friday, an official at the court said.

No witnesses are scheduled to be called but a coroner's officer is expected to give details in court about her death before Liverpool coroner Andre Rebello, records his verdict.

Post mortem details released by the Spanish authorities suggest Cilla Black died from a rare form of stroke caused by her fall.

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