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Three cleared over robbery plot

Three men have been cleared of plotting a robbery with a father-of-two who was shot dead by police. Anthony Grainger, 26, died of a gunshot wound to the chest after the vehicle he was in was stopped in a car park in the village of Culcheth in Cheshire on March 3.

Armed officers swooped on the stolen Audi in a "pre-planned operation" as a police officer fired a bullet which passed through the windscreen and hit Mr Grainger. His associates, David Totton, 33, and Joseph Travers, 27, were arrested at the scene wearing balaclavas rolled up on their heads.

Another man, Robert Rimmer, 26, was arrested the next day. Mr Totton, of Rochdale Road, Manchester, Mr Travers, of no fixed address, and Mr Rimmer, of Ainsbrook Avenue, New Moston, were found not guilty of conspiracy to rob by a jury at Manchester Crown Court.

Shafilea's teacher 'saw bruises' on teenager

Shafilea Ahmed's teacher saw injuries which the teenager claimed were caused in a "beating" from her parents, a court heard today. The teenager's parents are accused of murdering Shafilea at home in Cheshire in September 2003.

Shafilea Ahmed's teacher 'saw bruises' on the teenager Credit: Police handout

Joanne Code said Shafilea also ran away from home and said would not go back because "they are going to marry me off in Pakistan".

Mrs Code told the jury at Chester Crown Court: "I was concerned that if she said too much it might make life difficult for her. It was a very direct question I needed to ask her, I asked whether or not I needed to be worried about her welfare - which she replied 'Yes'."

The teacher informed her father Iftikhar Ahmed that Shafilea needed to sign papers if they wanted her to leave her studies. The next day, Mrs Code said that Shafilea came in with a "bruise to her neck and a cut on her lip", claiming that her mother and father had "taken turns in beating her".

Follow Shafilea's trial at ITV Granada.

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Mevish Ahmed: 'I don't recall everything I've said'

by Rupert Evelyn
Mevish Ahmed, sister of Shafilea Ahmed, arrives at Chester Crown Court.
Mevish Ahmed, sister of Shafilea Ahmed, arrives at Chester Crown Court. Credit: PA

I am at Chester Crown Court listening to the evidence of Mevish Ahmed, the sister of Shafilea Ahmed, in the case where her parents, Iftikhar and Farzana, are accused of murdering the teenager.

Mevish Ahmed told the court she did not recall saying "her (Shafilea's) eyes were wide open while she was being suffocated to death". When she was asked if she has problems with her memory she said "I don't recall everything that I've said."

Shafilea's sister's evidence to continue at murder trial

Shafilea Ahmed's decomposed remains were discovered in Cumbria in February 2004. Credit: Cheshire Police

The cross examination of the sister of Shafilea Ahmed continues later today as she gives evidence against her parents, who are accused of killing her.

Last week the court heard that the events surrounding the teenager's death had "haunted" her for seven years.

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