News The home of the TV weatherman has been raided by police as part of an investigation into historic sexual abuse

Fred Talbot faces 9 charges of incident assault and one serious sexual assault

Manchester United players celebrate Robin van Persie’s (left) late winning goal as Rio Ferdinand holds his head after being struck by a coin thrown from the crowd

Wider football world against net gains despite Manchester derby shame

Demands for safety netting at grounds to stop missile throwing are drowned out as clubs are challenged to weed out the culprits

Wayne Rooney seizes centre stage for his act of revenge on Manchester City

Pain of losing the title inspires striker to break United legend Sir Bobby Charlton's Manchester derby scoring record

My Bloody Valentine announce UK tour dates

My Bloody Valentine will play three UK shows following the band's Japanese and Australian tours early next year.

Rents set to rise 2% in 2013, though most
landlords are planning a 'rent freeze'

Tenants spend around 39 per cent of their monthly take-home pay on rent

Maicon: 'We can't afford to have any more distance between us and
the teams at the top of the league'

Maicon predicts Champions League success for Manchester City despite back-to-back failures

Manchester City full-back Maicon is certain the club is destined for Champions League success.

Council set to axe another 900 jobs

Up to 900 full-time posts are set to be axed at a city council less than two years after 2,000 jobs were cut.

A damaged housed at the scene of the gas explosion in Oldham

Man admits causing death of toddler and destroying eight houses after he cut gas pipes

Andrew Partington, 27, an unemployed father-of-six, pleaded guilty to manslaughter via videolink at Manchester Crown Court

Cities in spat over Christmas markets

Their city councils may need to make combined cuts of hundreds of millions of pounds, but the battle cries coming from Birmingham and Manchester yesterday suggest their Christmas markets are safe.

Stone Roses to play Isle of Wight Festival

The Manchester rockers will headline in June 2013

The Northern Lights: the greatest show on earth

Some experts say that 2012-2013 is likely to be the best season in a decade to see the Northern Lights. According to Dr Tony Phillips: "Following some recent years of deep quiet, the sun is waking up again. Solar activity is now trending upward with a maximum expected in early 2013. This means the greatest show on Earth is about to get even better." Conveniently for skiers, the best places to see the aurora are northerly, snow-sure destinations, and the best time of day (so long as it's neither cloudy nor snowing) is 5pm-2am, which fits in well with the hours of après-ski.

Alec Bell, 66, Philosophy: “There is a gap between the generations now and adult education seems to have ceased to exist. I will be teaching philosophy from January. I will initially offer two-hour introductory lessons related to the basics: how we feel about life, and things like that.”

Meet the Amazings! Keeping knowledge alive

Older people with special skills are teaching the younger generation via an online marketplace

Ricky Hatton and Vyacheslav Senchenko square up yesterday in Manchester

Ricky Hatton homecoming promises real contest after the confessionals

Senchenko should be a tricky opponent but victory tonight may earn Malignaggi rematch

Manchester Airport hub approved for take-off

A £100 million freight and warehouse complex could be built at Manchester Airport after the plans won outline planning permission from the city council.

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Jacksons to embark on reunion tour next year

The Jacksons are to bring their reunion tour to the UK with five newly-announced dates next year.

EasyJet to launch Manchester to Moscow route

Budget airline easyJet is to begin a new Manchester-Moscow service next year.

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