Press Association 2014 LATEST

Song: Gerrard was my Kop idol

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: West Ham midfielder Alex Song has hailed Liverpool's Steven Gerrard as the best player in the history of the club.

11:36pm Friday 19th September 2014

Alex Song will come up against his idol Steven Gerrard on Saturday - having first met the Liverpool skipper as an awe-struck child.

Pardew expecting negative reception

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: Newcastle manager Alan Pardew is well aware he will receive a negative reception this weekend

11:32pm Friday 19th September 2014

Alan Pardew is steeling himself to walk into a storm as he attempts to cling on to his job as Newcastle manager.

Exeter go top

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: Exeter Chiefs' Gareth Steenson was accurate during his side's victory

10:50pm Friday 19th September 2014

Exeter moved top of the Aviva Premiership after goalkickers Gareth Steenson and Henry Slade combined to punish Gloucester's poor discipline at Kingsholm.

NHS staff asked to help Ebola fight

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: NHS staff have been urged to help in the fight against the Ebola virus

9:24pm Friday 19th September 2014

NHS staff are being encouraged to volunteer to help with the deadly Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa.

Ex-diplomat given data access role

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: Sir Nigel Sheinwald has been appointed to a senior role regarding data access by David Cameron

9:23pm Friday 19th September 2014

A former senior diplomat has been appointed by the Prime Minister to work with the United States and other countries to ensure that British spies and police forces can access data from overseas firms.

Three arrested as rivals separated

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: Unionists gather in George Square, Glasgow, where police separated them from Yes supporters

9:22pm Friday 19th September 2014

Three people have been arrested by police who separated rival supporters of the union and independence.

SNP to begin search for new leader

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon is favourite to become the new SNP leader

7:56pm Friday 19th September 2014

The Scottish National Party has a vacancy for a leader for the first time in a decade.

Queen makes post-vote unity plea

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: The Queen has hailed the 'robust democratic tradition' which exists in the country

7:38pm Friday 19th September 2014

The Queen has delivered a message of reconciliation in the wake of the Scottish referendum, urging people to unite in their "enduring love of Scotland" and expressing her belief they will come together to "work constructively for the future".

Sturgeon keeping eyes on the prize

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: Nicola Sturgeon is the hot favourite to be Scotland's next first minister

7:33pm Friday 19th September 2014

Nicola Sturgeon has made little attempt in recent years to hide her desire for the top job in Scottish politics and her dream is now within reach.

Salmond praised by Yes supporters

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: Alex Salmond announced he would quit as leader of the SNP and First Minister

7:33pm Friday 19th September 2014

Supporters of the Yes campaign who continued to gather at the Scottish Parliament throughout the day thanked the First Minister for "doing a great job" as they heard the news that he would be standing down.

Rusty Gallacher misses cut

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: Stephen Gallacher made an early exit in Wales

6:53pm Friday 19th September 2014

Ryder Cup wild cards Stephen Gallacher and Lee Westwood experienced differing results but similar emotions after the second round of the ISPS Handa Wales Open at Celtic Manor.

Bono 'delighted' by album giveaway

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: U2's latest album was given away to 500 million iTunes customers last week in a deal with technology giant Apple

6:35pm Friday 19th September 2014

U2 frontman Bono has told of his delight that millions of people have heard the group's new album after it was given away - and joked that even the band have been known to delete their music.

Bono 'delighted' by album giveaway

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: U2's latest album was given away to 500 million iTunes customers last week in a deal with technology giant Apple

6:35pm Friday 19th September 2014

U2 frontman Bono has told of his delight that millions of people have heard the group's new album after it was given away - and joked that even the band have been known to delete their music.

Stoneman talks up Stokes

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: Mark Stoneman has backed Ben Stokes, pictured, to be the difference in Saturday's final

6:24pm Friday 19th September 2014

Durham captain Mark Stoneman is backing all-rounder Ben Stokes to make the difference in the Royal London Cup final against Warwickshire at Lord's on Saturday.

Van Gaal admits interest in Ronaldo

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal believes Real Madrid won't part with Cristiano Ronaldo, pictured

6:01pm Friday 19th September 2014

Louis van Gaal would be interested in bringing Cristiano Ronaldo back to Old Trafford, but the Manchester United manager does not think Real Madrid are willing to sell him.

Children's services boss resigns

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: Joyce Thacker has left her role at Rotherham council

5:43pm Friday 19th September 2014

Rotherham's director of children's services has resigned in the wake of the report which detailed how at least 1,400 children had been subjected to sexual abuse in the town.

900 Phones 4u jobs saved in deal

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: A deal has been reached which will save nearly 900 jobs at Phones 4u

5:43pm Friday 19th September 2014

Nearly 900 jobs at collapsed retail chain Phones 4u were saved tonight after network operator Vodafone struck a deal to buy 140 stores.

Prince talks down claims of racism

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: Ashwell Prince, pictured, has revealed he did not consider there to be a racist element to the verbal abuse delivered to him by Andrew Gale

5:06pm Friday 19th September 2014

Lancashire batsman Ashwell Prince has revealed he did not consider there to be a racist element to the verbal abuse delivered to him by Yorkshire captain Andrew Gale.

Maldonado crash thwarts Rosberg

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: Lewis Hamilton posted a time of one minute 47.490 seconds during second practice (AP)

5:06pm Friday 19th September 2014

Pastor Maldonado ended Mercedes' run of seven consecutive one-two finishes at the conclusion of practice on the Friday of a race weekend - although not with a time to trouble the all-conquering team.

Obama welcomes referendum result

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: Barack Obama welcomed the result of the Scottish referendum

3:17pm Friday 19th September 2014

American president Barack Obama has welcomed the result of the Scottish referendum and said he looks forward to a continued stro ng relationship with the UK.

Miliband plea for political reforms

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: Ed Miliband said Scotland's decision to reject independence was a 'vote for change'

3:03pm Friday 19th September 2014

Ed Miliband has called for a constitutional convention to address demands for wider devolution of power thrown up in the wake of the Scottish independence referendum.

Solicitors win legal aid challenge

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: Solicitors argued that a consultation process adopted by Chris Grayling was unfair

2:46pm Friday 19th September 2014

Solicitors have won a High Court challenge over Government reform of the legal aid system.

Man held over immigrants in lorry

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: The immigrants were found near Dover

2:06pm Friday 19th September 2014

A man has been arrested after 24 suspected African illegal immigrants were found in the back of a lorry near one of Britain's main gateways.

Nick Frost for Doctor Who special

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: Nick Frost is delighted to have a guest role in Doctor Who

2:05pm Friday 19th September 2014

Doctor Who is keeping it in the family after show bosses announced Michael Troughton, the son of Patrick who played the second ever Doctor, will appear in the Christmas special - alongside Hot Fuzz actor Nick Frost.

World Cup agreement reached

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: Rugby Football Union chief executive Ian Ritchie has welcomed an agreement with Premiership Rugby

2:04pm Friday 19th September 2014

The dispute over World Cup compensation between the Rugby Football Union and Premiership Rugby has been settled after a package worth up to £13million was agreed.

Doctor Who 'son' to star in special

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: Patrick Troughton played the second incarnation of the Doctor

1:52pm Friday 19th September 2014

Doctor Who is keeping it in the family after show bosses announced Michael Troughton, the son of Patrick who played the second ever Doctor, will appear in the Christmas special.

Assou-Ekotto handed three-match ban

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: Benoit Assou-Ekotto, pictured playing for QPR last season, will serve a three-match ban

1:47pm Friday 19th September 2014

Tottenham defender Benoit Assou-Ekotto has been banned for three games and hit with a Football Association fine after sending Nicolas Anelka a message on Twitter following his controversial 'quenelle' gesture last season.

Alonso in the Singapore swing

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: Ferrari's Fernando Alonso, right, was quickest in first practice for the Singapore Grand Prix (AP)

1:31pm Friday 19th September 2014

Fernando Alonso led the way in practice for the first time since the Canadian Grand Prix ahead of this weekend's night race in Singapore.

Travis jury out for second day

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: Former DJ Dave Lee Travis denies sex abuse allegations

1:28pm Friday 19th September 2014

Jurors in the trial of veteran DJ Dave Lee Travis, who is accused of indecently assaulting two women and sexually assaulting a third, have retired to deliberate their verdicts for a second day.

Mourinho admits to Costa gamble

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: Diego Costa will return to the starting line-up for Chelsea against Manchester City

1:11pm Friday 19th September 2014

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has admitted he is taking a risk in selecting Diego Costa for Sunday's Premier League clash at Manchester City, but that the Blues cannot do without their star striker.

Misconduct probe into Savile police

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: A number of police forces are subject to IPCC investigations over the Jimmy Savile scandal

1:07pm Friday 19th September 2014

Five serving detectives have been served with misconduct notices and two former officers are being investigated over how they handled allegations relating to Jimmy Savile, the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) said.

Jackson song on new Queen release

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: Late music legends Freddie Mercury and Michael Jackson duetted on a song that features on a new Queen album

12:45pm Friday 19th September 2014

Three previously unreleased tracks by rock band Queen, including one which sees singer Freddie Mercury duetting with Michael Jackson, are to finally see the light of day.

Mortgage price war hots up

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: More lenders have announced new rate cuts to mortgage loans

12:44pm Friday 19th September 2014

The mortgage price war has stepped up a gear as lenders announced a flurry of new rate cuts to home loans.

Teams given time over radio ban

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: Singapore will see limited changes to radio rules

12:31pm Friday 19th September 2014

The FIA has bowed to pressure from the Formula One teams and agreed to defer part of their radio ban that has come into force from this weekend's Singapore Grand Prix.

Wenger cautious over FA proposals

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: Arsene Wenger believes any change will have to be carefully thought out

12:25pm Friday 19th September 2014

Arsene Wenger believes Football Association proposals to cut the number of players from outside the European Union should be carefully considered to avoid compromising the quality of the English game .

Pochettino proud of players

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino praised his players for the way they responded to the hostile atmosphere of Partizan Belgrade

12:18pm Friday 19th September 2014

Head coach Mauricio Pochettino believes the way Tottenham's players responded to the hostile atmosphere of Partizan Belgrade shows they can rise to the occasion under any circumstances.

Tinchy teams up with Chuckle Bros

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: Tinchy Stryder is making music with the Chuckle Brothers (Tinchy Stryder/Instagram)

12:17pm Friday 19th September 2014

Tinchy Stryder has revealed he's working on a strange collaboration - with the Chuckle Brothers.

Hodgson hails Wembley success

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: FA Chairman Greg Dyke was delighted with Wembley's successful bid

12:14pm Friday 19th September 2014

Roy Hodgson hailed "a great opportunity" for England after Wembley won the right to host the final and semi-finals of Euro 2020.

Abrams' Star Wars/Batman mash-up

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: JJ Abrams shared a video of the Millennium Falcon with a Batmobile twist

11:55am Friday 19th September 2014

JJ Abrams has raised the stakes in his mash-up contest with Zack Snyder, tweeting a video of his Millennium Falcon - with a twist.

Carter: No limits on Downton love

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: Jim Carter says he hopes the Downton romance between Mr Carson and Mrs Hughes will continue

11:55am Friday 19th September 2014

Downton Abbey's Jim Carter and Gareth Neame have said they are proud that the programme doesn't just concentrate on romance for the younger generation.

Bono: Free U2 album in punk spirit

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: U2's latest album Songs Of Innocence was automatically distributed for free to all iTunes users

11:55am Friday 19th September 2014

Bono has defended U2's decision to give away their latest album for free - saying it was in the spirit of punk rock.

JK Rowling 'proud' after No vote

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: JK Rowling is delighted that the Union will remain

11:55am Friday 19th September 2014

Author and pro-Union supporter JK Rowling was among the first celebrities to hail Scotland's decision to turn down independence.

PM seeks West Lothian 'solution'

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: Ministers would be obliged to note whether there was an English majority for England-only legislation

11:43am Friday 19th September 2014

David Cameron has boldly declared his determination to find a "decisive" solution to the West Lothian question.

Ex-footballer faces match-fix trial

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: Delroy Facey is accused of conspiracy to commit bribery

11:39am Friday 19th September 2014

A former Premier League footballer has appeared in court after being charged over an alleged match-fixing conspiracy.

Waterman to quit New Tricks

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: Dennis Waterman is quitting New Tricks

11:28am Friday 19th September 2014

New Tricks star Dennis Waterman is quitting the show - the last of the original line-up to leave the popular police drama.

Woman held in home murder probe

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: Officers are questioning a 36-year-old woman after the care home death

11:28am Friday 19th September 2014

Police have arrested a 36-year-old woman as they launch a murder inquiry into the death of a 96-year-old woman at a care home.

NHS foundation trusts post deficit

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: Foundation trusts make up two thirds of all NHS trusts in England

11:28am Friday 19th September 2014

NHS foundation trusts are under "unprecedented pressure", a health regulator has warned after a new report showed that the supposedly best hospital trusts in the country posted a deficit for the first time.

'No' spares sport chiefs a headache

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: The BOA stated it would press ahead with preparations for major events as planned

11:02am Friday 19th September 2014

UK Sport and the British Olympic Association have declared business as usual after the Scottish electorate rejected independence in Thursday's referendum.

England shirt 'a mark of respect'

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: England's new kit which was launched this week

10:56am Friday 19th September 2014

The Victoria Cross and George Cross Association has given its backing to a controversial new England kit that incorporates the Victoria Cross emblem within its design.

Bruce has sympathy for Pardew

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: Hull boss Steve Bruce, left, has sympathy for under fire Newcastle manager Alan Pardew, right

10:38am Friday 19th September 2014

Steve Bruce knows better than most what it feels like to be hounded out of the North East, but that will not stop the Hull boss trying to turn up the heat on Alan Pardew with a "mercenary" win over Newcastle.

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