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'Disruptive' passenger removed after unscheduled landing

A plane was forced to make an unscheduled landing at Manchester Airport today after a passenger became "disruptive" and another fell ill on board.

An airport spokeswoman said the Qatar Airways flight from New York to Doha landed safely after it was diverted following a "minor medical emergency".

In a separate incident, a "disruptive" male passenger was removed by police after the Boeing 777 plane landed shortly before 9am, she added.

Man and woman killed in Manchester hit-and-run

A man and a woman have been killed in a hit-and-run collision in Manchester.

The 37-year-old woman died at the scene in Hulme, Manchester, while the 45-year-old man died in hospital this morning.

The pair were crossing Princess Road at the junction of Greenheys Lane when they were hit by a blue Vauxhall Corsa at 10.15pm yesterday.

Two men, aged 20 and 59, and two women, aged 19 and 47, have been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and remain in police custody.

Airport strike cancelled after new pay offer

Airport ground handling workers will not go on strike tomorrow as planned.

The strike was called off by Unite union after a new pay offer was made.

A plane takes off from Heathrow. Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

Union members working for dnata at Heathrow, Gatwick and Manchester had been due to walk out tomorrow, but will be balloted on revised proposals.

Unite is pleased to confirm that strike action has been suspended following a revised offer which better reflects the contribution our members make to the company.

All of this could have been avoided if the company hadn't refused requests to negotiate and go to Acas a number of weeks ago. We will now be putting the details of the revised pay offer to our members over the coming weeks.

– Kevin Hall, Unite


Savile's DJ friend Ray Teret jailed for 25 years for historical sex offences

Ray Teret has been jailed for 25 years over a string of historical sex offences. Credit: Greater Manchester Police

A DJ friend of Jimmy Savile Ray Teret has been jailed for 25 years for a string of historical sex offences committed against 11 women.

Teret, 73, used his celebrity status in the Manchester club scene in the 1960s and 1970s to prey on his underage victims aged between 13 and 15.

Known as Ugly Ray, Teret was mentored by Savile early in his career and was described as following him around "like a shadow" during his trial.

He was convicted of seven rapes and 11 indecent assaults, which took place between 1963 and 1979. He was cleared of various sexual offences in relation to six other complainants.

Following his trial at Manchester Minshull Street Crown Court, Greater Manchester Police confirmed it is investigating fresh sex allegations against Teret made by four other women.

Boys arrested over Manchester dog's home fire released

Two boys arrested in connection with an arson attack on Manchester Dogs’ Home have been released without charge.

The 15 and 17-year-old boys who were arrested on suspicion of arson.

A fireman with a dog at Manchester Dogs Home, after a blaze which killed more than 40 dogs. Credit: PA Wire

The fire at the dogs’ home, in September, sparked a nationwide response with people driving for hours to help bring food and blankets for the displaced dogs and an online donation drive raising almost £1.5 million.

More than 40 dogs were killed.

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