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Pair bring hope to jailed youths

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: Actor and music artist LL Cool J, left, with Russell Simmons at the juvenile detention section of Rikers Island jail (AP)

3:46am Friday 1st August 2014

A group of young people at a New York City jail complex got some words of encouragement from hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons and actor and musician LL Cool J.

Edinburgh Festival Fringe begins

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: The Edinburgh Festival Fringe is set to get under way

2:56am Friday 1st August 2014

This year's Edinburgh Festival Fringe officially gets under way today, with more than 3,000 shows catering for a wide range of tastes.

Man sentenced over boy's drug death

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: Drug dealer Nicqueel Pitrora supplied ecstasy to a group of teenagers, resulting in the death of 16-year-old Daniel Spargo-Mabbs (Metropolitan Police/PA)

2:56am Friday 1st August 2014

A man is to be sentenced for drug offences today following the death of an ''incredible'' 16-year-old boy as a result of taking ecstasy.

Crews fight power station blaze

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: The blaze at the Ferrybridge Power Station

2:56am Friday 1st August 2014

Firefighters are continuing their battle to put out the last of the flames of a massive fire which tore through part of a landmark power station.

Sierra Leone cyclist in Ebola scare

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: Tom Daley will be diving today

1:50am Friday 1st August 2014

Health authorities have played down an Ebola scare at the Commonwealth Games after it emerged a Sierra Leone athlete was tested for the killer virus.

Scottish pensioners 'worse off'

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: The Scottish Government has pledged a guaranteed pension of £160 a week

12:23am Friday 1st August 2014

Thousands of hard-saving Scottish pensioners are worse off since the Tory-led government started cutting benefits, according to the SNP.

One Direction lead UK global sales

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: One Direction led UK sales on the global market

12:16am Friday 1st August 2014

Chart-toppers One Direction led the UK's global sales charge last year which ensured home-grown acts accounted for one in every eight artist albums sold around the world, according to new figures.

Murdered DJ's family's fresh appeal

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: Carl Beatson Asiedu's family made an emotional appeal for information

12:16am Friday 1st August 2014

An appeal has been launched to trace a man wanted in connection with the murder of a talented DJ five years ago.

Gay sex 'linked to drink and drugs'

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: A survey has shown that gay and bi-sexual men regularly have sex while under the influence of drink and drugs

12:16am Friday 1st August 2014

Almost half of gay and bisexual men frequently have sex while drunk , a new survey suggests.

50p rate 'targets heavy drinkers'

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: The introduction of a 50p minimum unit price on alcohol would target heavy drinkers and have little impact on low-risk ones, experts said

12:16am Friday 1st August 2014

Only patients with liver problems who are the heaviest drinkers would be affected by a minimum price for alcohol, experts have said.

Broadband customers 'held captive'

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: Broadband users are being charged huge cancellation fees when they try to switch provider, Citizens Advice says

12:16am Friday 1st August 2014

Broadband customers are being "punished" with average cancellation fees of £190 to escape unsuitable or sub-standard contracts, a consumer group has claimed.

Ministers 'failing whistleblowers'

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: Margaret Hodge has called for a positive approach to whistleblowing

12:16am Friday 1st August 2014

Ministers have been accused by MPs of failing to put in place effective policies to protect whistleblowers in the public services, despite their role in exposing a series of major scandals.

Report reveals immigration impact

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: The report cast doubt on the likelihood of Theresa May reducing net migration to "tens of thousands" by the next election

12:16am Friday 1st August 2014

Large-scale immigration will have a negative effect on standards of living as any economic benefits will be outweighed by pressures imposed by a much bigger population, a think-tank has warned.

Many Tory voters 'favour Ukip deal'

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: Some 30% of Tory voters would favour the party going into coalition with Nigel Farage's Ukip party, if they did not win next year's general election outright

12:16am Friday 1st August 2014

Nearly a third (30%) of Conservative voters would prefer their party to form a coalition with Ukip if it fails to win next year's general election outright, according to a new survey.

Project maps 100,000 DNA sequences

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: Nothing on the scale of the 100,000 Genomes Project has ever been attempted anywhere before

12:16am Friday 1st August 2014

A "landmark" project to map 100,000 complete DNA code sequences is destined to make Britain the world leader in genetic research on cancer and rare diseases, the Prime Minister has said.

Hammond welcomes ceasefire deal

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: A joint statement by America and the UN said they had received assurances that all parties to the conflict had agreed to an unconditional ceasefire  (AP)

12:16am Friday 1st August 2014

Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond has welcomed the news of a 72-hour ceasefire in Gaza, but stressed the need to "redouble efforts" to bring about a lasting solution.

One Direction lead UK global sales

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: One Direction's Midnight Memories was the biggest-selling release internationally, giving British acts the top seller for the sixth year out of seven

12:07am Friday 1st August 2014

Chart-toppers One Direction led the UK's global sales charge last year which ensured home-grown acts accounted for one in every eight artist albums sold around the world, according to new figures.

Rose inspires with flawless 65

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: Justin Rose trails by just one shot in Ohio (AP)

11:47pm Thursday 31st July 2014

Justin Rose gave himself a belated birthday present with a brilliant opening round in the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational in Akron on Thursday.

Weirwolf roars back to gold glory

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: David Weir enjoyed yet more success on British soil

10:32pm Thursday 31st July 2014

Six-time Paralympic champion David Weir postponed retirement to compete at the Commonwealth Games and did not disappoint, winning gold for England in some style.

Gelling claims hat-trick in win

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: Anthony Gelling scored a hat-trick for Wigan

10:31pm Thursday 31st July 2014

Cook Island international Anthony Gelling overshadowed the eagerly-awaited return of Joel Tomkins by scoring his first hat-trick of tries in Super League to help Wigan to a 45-4 rout of Salford.

Child savours special silver

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: Scotland's Eilidh Child celebrates her silver medal in the Women's 400m hurdles

10:29pm Thursday 31st July 2014

Eilidh Child hailed one of the greatest days of her life as the poster girl of the Commonwealth Games landed silver in the 400 metres hurdles.

Father of IRA victim 'shares goals'

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: Colin Parry, left, with his wife Wendy and Northern Ireland Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness  during the Tim Parry Johnathan Ball Foundation for Peace event in Warrington

10:11pm Thursday 31st July 2014

A man whose son was killed by an IRA bomb has spoken of the positive relationship he has developed with Sinn Fein's Martin McGuinness - a former commander of the republican organisation.

Jenkinson joins Hammers on loan

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: Carl Jenkinson has joined West Ham on loan

9:28pm Thursday 31st July 2014

West Ham have signed Arsenal defender Carl Jenkinson on a season-long loan.

Weirwolf roars back to gold glory

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: David Weir celebrates winning gold

8:20pm Thursday 31st July 2014

David Weir revived memories of his London 2012 heroics by racing to Commonwealth gold at Hampden Park.

Hull held in Slovakia

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: Tom Huddlestone missed a penalty for Hull

8:11pm Thursday 31st July 2014

Hull had to settle for a goalless draw on their competitive European debut as Tom Huddlestone missed a penalty and a point-blank follow-up against Slovakia's AS Trencin.

Kent claim high-scoring thriller

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: Sam Billings scored at a blistering pace

8:09pm Thursday 31st July 2014

Kent edged a high-scoring Royal London One-Day Cup thriller against Somerset at Taunton, claiming a two-run victory on day when a total of 754 were scored.

Media mogul Fuller honoured by uni

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: Simon Fuller receives an honorary degree of doctor of letters at the University of Brighton summer graduations

6:33pm Thursday 31st July 2014

Media mogul Simon Fuller, who guided the Spice Girls to stardom, told graduates after receiving an honorary degree: "Value every day, make the most of every day."

MPs' concern over violence in Gaza

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: Protesters against military action in Gaza during a demonstration in Bristo Square, Edinburgh

6:09pm Thursday 31st July 2014

Two Conservative MPs have written to the Government expressing their concern over the situation in Gaza as a veteran Liberal Democrat called on the Prime Minister to recall Parliament.

Ethnic minority board test for NHS

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: NHS England has set out a new standard which requires the health service to demonstrate how it has progressed on measures of workforce equality

6:04pm Thursday 31st July 2014

The NHS will be assessed on whether people from black and minority ethnic backgrounds are represented on hospital boards, health officials have said.

Facebook app launched in Zambia

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: Facebook has teamed up with mobile provider Airtel to give mobile phone owners in Zambia access to health, job and weather information

5:08pm Thursday 31st July 2014

Facebook's quest to bring internet access to the entire planet has seen the company launch a new app that will allow users in Africa to access key services without any data charges.

Cook savours win but remains calm

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: Alastair Cook felt the whole England team contributed to the third Test win over India

4:58pm Thursday 31st July 2014

England's celebrations were deserved yet muted after they at last broke their long winless streak against India at the Ageas Bowl.

Chief hails UK's Afghan campaign

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: General Sir Peter Wall meets servicemen and women who operate the Medical Emergency Response Team in Camp Bastion

4:47pm Thursday 31st July 2014

Britain could not have expected a "stronger, more committed, or more courageous" performance from its troops in Afghanistan, the head of the army has said.

Tate show to feature Hepworth work

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: Tate Britain will feature the first retrospective of Barbara Hepworth's career to be staged in London since 1968

4:46pm Thursday 31st July 2014

Major exhibitions dedicated to the work of sculptor Barbara Hepworth and the painters Frank Auerbach and Jackson Pollock are among the shows to feature at the Tate's galleries next year.

Martinez: Big fee won't affect Rom

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: Romelu Lukaku signed a five-year contract with the Toffees on Wednesday night

4:32pm Thursday 31st July 2014

Everton may have smashed their transfer record to sign striker Romelu Lukaku but manager Roberto Martinez insists the fee is irrelevant if the player fulfils his potential.

Actor Kenny Ireland dies at 68

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: Kenny Ireland's roles included playing ageing swinger Donald Stewart in ITV comedy series Benidorm

4:07pm Thursday 31st July 2014

A ctor Kenny Ireland, whose roles have included playing the ageing swinger Donald Stewart in ITV comedy series Benidorm, has died at the age of 68.

Huge blaze erupts at power station

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: Part of the Ferrybridge Power Station near Knottingley on the M62 is on fire

4:07pm Thursday 31st July 2014

A massive fire erupted in a landmark power station, filling the sky with thick smoke and flames.

Actor Kenny Ireland dies at 68

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: Benidorm star Kenny Ireland has died aged 68

3:49pm Thursday 31st July 2014

Kenny Ireland, whose roles have included playing the ageing swinger Donald Stewart in ITV comedy series Benidorm, has died at the age of 68.

Doubts over value of mid-life MOTs

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: The 'mid-life MOTs' check on patients in a bid to provide early detection of many ailments

3:39pm Thursday 31st July 2014

Illnesses detected during the NHS's "mid-life MOT" could be "equally well detected" without the check-up, researchers have suggested.

Three Britons die in Croatia crash

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: Two children and an adult from the UK were killed in a car collision near Dubrovnik in Croatia

3:39pm Thursday 31st July 2014

Three Britons, including two children, have been killed after their car was in a crash with a truck in Croatia, local police say.

Wonder Whitlock wins third gold

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: Max Whitlock is enjoying a dream Commonwealth Games

3:32pm Thursday 31st July 2014

England's Max Whitlock won his third gold of the Commonwealth Games as he was crowned men's floor champion at the SSE Hydro on Thursday.

Cotton glows in yellow for launch

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: Fearne Cotton launched her new fashion collection for Very.co.uk in London

2:36pm Thursday 31st July 2014

Fearne Cotton was mellow in yellow as she launched her latest range for Very.

Downton fans could live like lords

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: Highclere Castle is opening its doors to raise money for charity

2:17pm Thursday 31st July 2014

Downton Abbey fans can live like the Crawley family for a few hours - and even learn the skills of their staff - to raise money for charity.

Bolt on mission to thrill Scots

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: Usain Bolt has been putting in the hard yards ahead of his Commonwealth Games bow

2:10pm Thursday 31st July 2014

Usain Bolt is set to win back Glaswegian hearts on Friday night when he finally takes to the Hampden Park track for the heats of the 4 x 100 metres.

Death in custody figures soaring

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: The number of prison deaths in custody has risen considerably

2:03pm Thursday 31st July 2014

The number of prisoners who died in custody jumped by nearly a quarter in the year to March to reach its highest level for almost a decade, official figures show.

Transsexual loses pension battle

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: A transsexual has lost her High Court fight to retire at the age of 60 as she is still considered a man under the law

1:50pm Thursday 31st July 2014

A transsexual's claim to be entitled to receive the female state pension at the age of 60 has been rejected by the Court of Appeal.

15% of electricity from renewables

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: Some 14.9% of electricity in the UK was generated by renewables such as wind power

1:50pm Thursday 31st July 2014

Almost 15% of the UK's electricity was generated from renewables last year, official figures show.

Crash victim family in mobiles plea

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: Undated handout photo issued by Cambridgeshire Constabulary of 31-year-old Marina Usaceva who has been jailed for six years at Peterborough Crown Court after she crashed her Jaguar X-Type into the back of a Peugeot 206 killing the driver Sukhdeep Singh Jo

1:50pm Thursday 31st July 2014

The family of a man killed by a "remorseless" driver who was using two mobile phones at the wheel have pleaded with others not to repeat her stupidity.

Shortcomings in response times

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: Ambulances are expected to respond to critical cases within eight minutes

1:50pm Thursday 31st July 2014

Ambulances in three regions of England are "failing" to get to some of the most critical patients on time, new figures suggest.

Morrison remanded in custody

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: Ravel Morrison will remain in custody until August 7

1:46pm Thursday 31st July 2014

West Ham midfielder Ravel Morrison has been remanded in custody after appearing in court accused of punching and slapping his ex-girlfriend and her mother.

Ravel Morrison remanded in custody

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: Footballer Ravel Morrison was remanded in custody until August 7

1:28pm Thursday 31st July 2014

Premier League footballer Ravel Morrison has been remanded in custody after appearing in court accused of punching and slapping his ex-girlfriend and her mother.

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