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Osborne: Mayors needed for regional devolution

It is time for major cities in England to take control of their own affairs, the Chancellor will declare later today, but they will need to accept Mayors to do so.

George Osborne will explain that cities will be given power over local transport, housing, planning, policing and public health.

Manchester. Credit: Dave Thompson/PA

Mr Osborne has previously said devolution must go hand-in-hand with the establishment of an elected mayor.

Today he is expected to reiterate that, saying people must have a "single pointy of accountability."

Manchester is the first city set to benefit from extra powers, with plans for an elected "metro mayor" for the whole of the Greater Manchester region.

Describing the new law as a "bold step", Mr Osborne will say he is open to approaches from other cities wishing to follow the same route.


Blackburn teenager charged with terror offences

An 18-year-old man has been charged with terror offences after being stopped at Manchester Airport following his return from Turkey last year, Greater Manchester Police said.

Ednane Mahmood from Plane Street, Blackburn was charged with disseminating a terrorist publication and engaging in conduct in preparation of acts of terrorism.

He has been remanded to appear at Westminster magistrates' court on 9 Apirl.

Roy Keane due in court over 'road rage' charge

Former Manchester United player Roy Keane is due in court later charged with a road-rage incident against a taxi driver.

Ex-footballer Roy Keane is due at Trafford Magistrates Court today Credit: PA

TV pundit Keane, aged 43, from Hale in Cheshire, is accused of behaving aggressively towards cabbie Fateh Kerar near a set of traffic lights in Altrincham in January.

He was charged with a Public Order offence of disorderly behaviour with intent to cause alarm or distress.

He will appear at Trafford Magistrates Court to face the allegations.

Jessica Ennis-Hill eyes Manchester comeback

Jessica Ennis-Hill is set to make her long-awaited competitive return in the 100m hurdles at the Great CityGames in Manchester on May 9.

The Olympic heptathlon champion will take part in her strongest event after a near two-year absence from competition following the birth of son Reggie last summer.

Jessica Ennis-Hill is set to make her long-awaited competitive return. Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

Ennis-Hill set a British record of 12.54 seconds for the 100m hurdles at London 2012, although that has since been broken by Tiffany Porter.

I'm really looking forward to making my competitive return at the Great CityGames Manchester. The atmosphere is always amazing there.

Street athletics is a lot of fun, not only you are really close to the fans, but the energy around the Morrison's Great Manchester Run weekend is fantastic, as the elite races and the mass participation run bring the city together in a celebration of running.

– Jessica Ennis-Hill


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