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

The former chairman of the Co-operative Bank, Paul Flowers

Male escort who claimed Paul Flowers hired him for sex ditched by directory

Gay male escort site Manchester Lads has removed Ciaron Dodd, 21, from its listings for breaking discretion rules

Scales of justice: Judges at the Court of Appeal in London reduced the jail term handed out to Alex Wilson-Fletcher for a shocking sex attack in a Manchester store's toilets

Two-year cut in jail term for man convicted over Debenhams toilets sex attack on teenage boy

Law firm worker Alex Wilson-Fletcher now sentenced to 13 years for 'disturbing and shocking' offence

The wonder material Graphene may provide the answer in the quest for thinner, stronger, safer and more desirable condoms

Graphene: The wonder material being used to create thinner, stronger condoms and help fight spread of Aids

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation help fund development of the new material to promote condom use and stop the spread of HIV

Male victims of rape, sexual abuse and depression: Breaking the silence on International Men's Day

Those who mock today are mocking victims of a viciously gendered society

British heavyweight Anthony Joshua continued his unbeaten start to his professional boxing career

Anthony Joshua continues unbeaten start with third straight stoppage against Hrvoje Kisicek at York Hall

The Olympic gold medalist has no time to rest though as he will compete next Saturday on the undercard of Carl Froch v George Groves

Manchester man 'killed mother before hanging himself in attic'

A man is believed to have murdered his elderly mother before hanging himself in the attic.

Australia full-back Billy Slater will face no further action after he was detained by police following a late-night incident in Manchester

Rugby League World Cup: Australia full-back will face no further action after late-night scuffle in Manchester

The two-time Golden Boot winner was detained by police after the incident which happened following Australia's victory over Ireland

Ryan Giggs and Gary Neville are set to become the first Premier League footballers to own a synagogue

Former Manchester United team-mates Gary Neville and Ryan Giggs set to become first Premier League stars to own a synagogue

The two have built a number of hotels and restaurant but this latest venture sees them plan to redevelop the Manchester Reform Synagogue

Nancy Dell’Olio, Faria Alam and Ulrika Jonsson are just three of the women in Eriksson’s life

Naked drunk passenger Tasered by police after challenging flight captain to a fight

Tattooed 52-year-old was caught on video stripping, shouting and remonstrating after stepping off the easyJet flight

Nationwide recovery lifting Robert Walters recruitment agency

Robert Walters is seeing the recovery in the UK move out beyond London and the south-east, the recruitment agency said yesterday.

Dale Cregan: Three charged with assisting killer

Three people have been charged with assisting the one-eyed police killer Dale Cregan and others while they were on the run from authorities. 

British Prime Minster David Cameron delivers his keynote speech on the last day of the annual Conservative Party Conference at Manchester Central

David Cameron: Young people under 25 would not be able to claim employment or housing benefits under Tory government

PM offers prospect of income tax cuts as he pleads for chance to 'finish the job' of balancing nation’s books in closing speech

Grand Theft Auto: UKIE defends age ratings system

UK body responsible for age ratings suggest parents take a 'sincere interest' in what their children buy

Chris Blackhurst: More measured, less shrill, but George Osborne still needs to connect with the real world

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