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A urinal from legendary nightspot the Hacienda which is being sold by Mike Shepherd.

Are you taking the piss? Hacienda urinals go on sale for £15,000

Music fans will have to spend more than a penny if they want to get their hands on a unique piece of memorabilia which has come up for sale - the urinals from legendary nightspot the Hacienda.

Coronation Street actor Michael Le Vell's accuser denies lying over alleged abuse

Victim broke down in tears in the witness box as she claimed that the actor raped her as she clutched a teddy bear

Gordon Taylor gambled £47,500 on horse racing in a single day and also bet on football matches, according to 'The Sun'

PFA chief Gordon Taylor fights for job over £100,000 betting debt

Newspaper claims PFA chief lost £100,000 after telling players they faced 'zero tolerance'

A far cry from the Happy Mondays: Bez backs urban beekeeping scheme

Freaky dancer Bez is buzzing as he encourages a green initiative in his hometown of Manchester.

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Female TV police duo Scott & Bailey are coming back for a fourth series.

Police searching for the body of Rania Alayed want information about the movements of a camper van

19 miles of North Yorkshire A-roads searched for mother's body

Camper van traced, but police want to know about its movements in the hunt for Rania Alayed's body

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Owner’s decision to ‘rebrand’ football club has split fans of Premier League new boys

Pearson College

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The NBPA head, Charles Crichlow, said the IPCC’s position was astonishing

IPCC wrong not to investigate us over Stephen Lawrence, say police

Manchester force takes unprecedented step after claims of smear campaign

Michael Clarke and Shane Watson of Australia leave the ground after rain stopped play

Ashes 2013: Michael Clarke claims there is not 'much of a gap' between England and Australia

The hosts retained the Ashes yesterday after the third Test was drawn

England captain Alastair Cook with fans

Alastair Cook: 'It was a strange day but I'd have snapped your hand off to retain the Ashes in 14 days'

Alastair Cook became the first England captain for 85 years to help his team retain the Ashes this early and called on cricket’s rulers to end the confusion surrounding the umpires’ use of technology.

Motorists make their way through flood water in Loughborough

Forecasters: Flood risk in south west and northern England, Wales and southern Scotland

Met Office issues yellow severe weather warning

Anthony Hilton: Why banking has to play second fiddle to politics

Lloyds' figures on Thursday showed the bank is fast returning to health and triggered a wave of speculation about when the Government might begin to sell its 39 per cent stake.

Twin city calls for gay rights: Manchester uses links with St Petersburg to put pressure on Russia over its new anti-gay laws

Manchester City Council is using its “twinned” status with St Petersburg to pressure Russia  into reconsidering its new anti-gay laws.

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