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earlier-than-usual time of 4.25pm this afternoon. Now it's
Good afternoon. The mother of a two`year`old girl
who died in Blackpool after drinking the heroin substitute methadone has
been remanded in custody by magistrates in the resort. Lichelle
King is accused of causing or allowing the death of a child. Her
partner, Barry Jones, who f`ces the same charges, was also remanded in
custody. It follows the death on Tuesday of two`year`old Sophie
Jones. From Blackpool Yunus Mulla reports. Michelle King, 29, and
Barry Jones, 41, are both from Blackpool and appeared before
magistrates here today. The pair, the parents of two`year`old Sophie,
are charged with causing or allowing the death of a child. Sophid was
taken ill earlier this week and died in hospital. Toxicology reports
revealed she had swallowed methadone, although the exact cause
of death is not clear. Michdlle King wept throughout the hearing. Barry
Jones offered her words of reassurance. They spoke onlx to
confirm their names and address They were remanded in custody.
They'll appear before Preston Crown Court on the 27th of March.
A 25`year`old man has appeared before Manchester Magistratds this
morning charged with the murder of a 24`year`old woman in Salford. Becky
Ayres was found at an address on Holt Street in Eccles on Thtrsday.
She'd suffered multiple stab wounds. 25`year`old Liam King has bden
charged with her murder and will appear at Manchester Crown Court on
Monday. An investigation's underway after a
stun gun disguised as a mobhle phone was found by police searching a
14`year`old boy in Manchestdr. It's believed the device, which hs
illegal, was found when the schoolboy and three other tdenagers
were arrested after a bus driver complained of racist abuse on
Portland Street. The curtain goes up on Liverpool's
new Everyman theatre this wdekend. "Twelfth Night" opens tomorrow which
sees the return of Matthew Kelly ` who began his acting career at the
theatre 40 years ago. Last weekend, a parade was held to celebr`te the
new building. Football, and it's FA Cup qtarter
finals weekend. Everton havd just kicked off at Arsenal. The score is
1`0 to Arsenal. Meanwhile, in the Premier Ldague,
Manchester United have just kicked off at West Brom and United are
looking for a much needed whn. The score is 0`0.
The North West derby finishdd goalless between Bury and Rochdale.
Bury came close in the final few seconds of the match with Josh
Lillis making a great save for Dale. Rochdale move up to second hn league
two with that point. St Helens ran in seven tries and
extended their perfect start to the Super League season to four games
when they beat Hull KR 38`18. Now for the weather with Sara
Blizzard. Good afternoon. Wd started off cloudy but it is now improving.
We see clearance across the south. It's a lovely afternoon for
Merseyside and Greater Manchester. Quite a bit more cloud for the Isle
of Man. A blustery day therd. The wind will help keep any frost at
bay. A low of six Celsius tonight. Possibly some showers, however. A
better outlook next week. Goodbye for now.
Good afternoon. Our weekend forecast did include some sunshine and warmth
but was never going to be wall-to-wall across the whole
country. We started with a lot of