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The actor Andrew Lancel, from Gateacre in Liverpool, is best known for his appearance as Frank Foster in the ITV soap Coronation Street

Former Coronation Street actor Andrew Lancel cleared of indecent assault on 15-year-old boy

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Ryan MacDonald and Stevie McMullen were freed in Salford on their way to Manchester Crown Court

Huge manhunt launched after two inmates sprung as prison van ambushed

Police launched a massive manhunt today for two men who went on the run after being sprung from a prison van.

Connar Doran, left, Simon Evans, centre, Brandon Doran, right

'I booted him and now he's dead': Boys sentenced for beating homeless man to death in a dare

Mother of two boys jailed after being convicted of perverting the course of justice by providing false alibis

Andrew Lancel, 42, was charged last November under his real name Andrew Watkinson

Former Coronation Street actor Andrew Lancel denies sexually assaulting boy

A former Coronation Street actor has denied sexually assaulting a teenage boy.

Three boys guilty of homeless man's murder

Three teenagers who beat a homeless man to death following a dare have been convicted of murder.

Railway guard Christopher McGee jailed for manslaughter after 'seconds of negligence' caused death of drunk teenage girl who fell underneath train

A rail guard who signalled for a train to move off while a teenage girl was leaning against a carriage, causing her to fall to her death, has been jailed for five years.

Dale Cregan was arrested over the deaths of two police officers in Greater Manchester

Manchester shootings: Dale Cregan denies murdering PCs

Dale Cregan has denied murdering two policewomen in a gun and grenade attack.

Four hundred police officers now working on child sex grooming cases in Greater Manchester - including three new major alleged incidents

Four hundred police officers are now working on child sex grooming cases in Greater Manchester, it has emerged.

Sex gang leader Shabir Ahmed jailed for 22 years

The ringleader of a gang of Asian men who groomed young white girls for sex has been jailed for 22 years for a "campaign of rape" against a young Asian girl.

Wirral priest jailed for child sex abuse

A priest has been jailed for five years after committing a string of sexual offences against a young boy.

Nine men arrested over sex grooming in Rochdale

Nine men have been arrested and questioned by detectives investigating a second case of suspected child grooming in Rochdale, police said yesterday. The men, aged 24 to 38, who are suspected of sexual activity with a child, were released on bail yesterday.

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