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Two men have been arrested on suspicion of murdering a man who was found with serious injuries at a flat.Cheshire Constabulary said the man was found in Lord Street, Crewe, at about 21:40 GMT, on Friday. He was pronounced dead at the scene.One of the arrested men, 22, has been released on conditional bail, the other, 39, has been released under investigation. Police said it was believed to be an isolated incident.Formal identification of the man is yet to take place, the force added.Latest news from the West Midlands.Follow BBC West Midlands on Facebook, on Twitter, and sign up for local news updates direct to your phone.
A social media post made by Port Vale striker Tom Pope is being investigated by both the Football Association and the League Two club.The 34-year-old, who scored in Saturday’s 4-1 FA Cup defeat at Manchester City, was asked on Twitter to predict the outcome in a World War Three scenario. Pope finished a since-deleted tweet by saying “the Rothchilds [sic] are crowned champions of every bank on the planet – the end”.
Some Twitter users suggested Sunday’s tweet – a reference to the Jewish Rothschild banking family – was anti-Semitic, but Pope has denied it is racist.When asked what would happen in the event of WWIII, the forward wrote: “We invade Iran then Cuba then North Korea then the Rothchilds [sic] are crowned champions of every bank on the planet – the end.”After some Twitter users accused him of anti-Semitism, Pope replied: “How is it racist??”Seriously is someone out to destroy me or what? Someone asked how does WW3 end and I replied when said countries were invaded and they have all the banks!! What’s the problem with that? Seriously??”The FA will now discuss the matter with Pope before deciding whether to take action, while Port Vale will conduct their own investigation.It is not the first time Pope’s tweets have created debate.In June, after watching England lose to the Netherlands on television, the former Bury, Rotherham and Crewe forward wrote that he would “love to play against John Stones every week!” and would score 40 goals a season if he did so.After his goal against a Manchester City team containing Stones on Saturday – in a game Port Vale lost 4-1 – he made reference to that tweet and wrote: “I’d just like to say I was completely wrong and bang out of order to say I’d score 40 a season….. it’s more like 50.”He was also handed a one-match suspension by the FA in November for Twitter abuse.
A man accused of murdering his estranged wife and her new partner in their marital home on New Year’s Day has been remanded in custody.Rhys Hancock is charged with murdering Helen Hancock, 39, and Martin Griffiths, 48, who were were found by police in New Zealand Lane, Duffield, Derbyshire.The 39-year-old accused did not enter a plea at Derby Crown Court.Mr Hancock of Portland Street, Etwall, is next due in court on 28 February. Latest news and stories from the East MidlandsJudge Nirmal Shant QC set a provisional trial date of 24 August during the short hearing. At a hearing on Friday, Southern Derbyshire Magistrates’ Court heard Mr Griffiths was found dead in a bedroom, while Mrs Hancock was gravely injured and paramedics battled unsuccessfully for 15 minutes to save her.Prosecutor Jeanette Stevenson said Mr and Mrs Hancock had separated “some time ago” and described Mr Griffiths as her “new partner”.Follow BBC East Midlands on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. Send your story ideas to email@example.com.
A motorist died when the car he was in crashed into an HGV in a lay-by.The 21-year-old driver of the white Clio was killed in the crash on the eastbound A5 Wall Bypass near to Wall Island, Lichfield, at about 02:00 GMT on Saturday. The family of the man, from Walsall, were being supported by specialist officers, Staffordshire Police said.Police appealed for any witnesses who may have seen the car before the crash to come forward.Follow BBC West Midlands on Facebook, on Twitter, and sign up for local news updates direct to your phone.
There is “overwhelming evidence” that the costs of HS2 are “out of control” and its benefits overstated, the deputy chair of its review panel has said.Lord Berkeley said the high-speed rail line, linking London and northern England, is likely to cost over £108bn. A vocal critic of HS2, the Labour peer said he believed MPs had been “misled” about the price – set at £55bn in 2015.He has published a “dissenting report” on the project, but the government said it represented his personal view.Trains are due to start running on HS2 between London and Birmingham in 2029. However, Lord Berkeley says there is little prospect of that before 2031, and warns high-speed trains will not reach Manchester and Leeds until 2040.Lord Berkeley was the deputy chairman of the independent Oakervee Review in to HS2, set up by the government. However, he has withdrawn his backing from the review, which is expected to be published in the coming months.He says he disagrees with a draft version of its official report and as a result has published his own version.’Undue influence’He said he and other members of the panel were prevented from contributing to the final draft of the government-commissioned report because the review was “effectively terminated” on 31 October.
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He also said the official report has been “unduly influenced” by HS2 promoters and said both HS2 Ltd and the Department of Transport failed to co-operate with the review properly to substantiate their claims about the cost and benefits.HS2 Ltd denies this claim, saying it provided “full co-operation” with the review.His report concludes that ministers will either have to accept the higher cost of the line or only build part of the proposed high-speed rail network.This option, which would save the government £50bn, would also involve upgrading existing Network Rail lines in the Midlands and the north of England, he said.”The aim must be to give these areas the same standard of commuting service as the south east, whilst, at the same time, improving the existing lines from London northwards,” he said.Lord Berkeley said that under current plans, HS2 might not reach cities such as Leeds and Manchester for 20 years.Anti-HS2 campaigners welcomed the report. “The case for HS2 has always been poor, and is simply getting worse,” said Penny Gaines, chair of Stop HS2. “It is time for this white elephant of a project to be cancelled as quickly as possible.”And Greenpeace said that if the government was serious about climate change then it must listen to HS2’s critics. “The protection of ancient woodlands must be a priority for rail development,” said John Sauven, executive director of Greenpeace UK.’Value for money’However, HS2 Ltd, the company responsible for building the new line, says the economic case is strong and it is determined to deliver a railway that is good value for money.A spokesman said the high-speed line was “critical” for the UK’s future low-carbon transport network, would increase rail capacity and was “integral” to improving the rail network in the Midlands and North of England.A Department for Transport spokesman said: “The government commissioned the Oakervee review to provide advice on how and whether to proceed with HS2, with an independent panel representing a range of viewpoints… Lord Berkeley’s report represents his personal view.”Asked whether the government was still committed to building HS2, Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab told Sky’s Ridge On Sunday programme: “Yes, the prime minister’s made it clear and we’ve got a review under way.”We want to look at the best way to get value for money in relation to that substantial investment.”We also want to make sure that we’ve got the best benefit from it in terms of the connectivity – not just in the South but in relation to the east, west in the northern region.”Members of the review panel told the BBC in November that a draft version of the report recommends that HS2 should be built with only minor alterations.They include reducing the planned number of trains per hour from 18 to 14, in line with other high-speed networks around the world.According to the Times, the draft report also says that “large ticket price rises” would be needed if HS2 does not go ahead, to prevent excessive demand for travel at peak times.
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Port Vale’s Tom Pope told his Twitter followers he would shine against John Stones, duly did so and – despite FA Cup defeat – just about ended up with a Manchester City souvenir for his efforts.The 34-year-old striker could not have dreamed after his summer tweet, stating he would “get 40 a season” playing against Stones, that they would face off in the FA Cup six months later.After heading the equaliser in a third-round tie Vale eventually lost 4-1, Pope wondered if he was given the cold shoulder from Stones’ team-mates as he looked to swap shirts with a City star after the game.
“I managed to get Zinchenko’s – the rest of them pied me off,” he told BBC Sport.”I never dreamed I would score and would have been happy to have a few touches.”‘It’s actually 50 a season’
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“I was at my mother-in-law’s house and I stayed up to watch the Tyson Fury fight. I went to sleep and woke up in hospital with doctors around me. It was scary.”Port Vale captain Leon Legge is recalling one of the countless number of seizures he has endured since learning, 18 years ago, he has epilepsy.The defender has ended up in hospital numerous times as a result of the condition that affects the brain and remembers in detail the incident in 2001 which led him to being diagnosed at the age of 16.
“I was at a non-league team called Little Common,” Legge recalls. “I’d gone up for a header in training and as I came down I got light-headed. I lost all control of my body and fell back. “Luckily for me the manager, who had a daughter with epilepsy, knew how to deal with me. I woke up with all the players around me. An ambulance came and I spent the night in hospital.”On Saturday, Legge will lead League Two Port Vale out at holders Manchester City in the FA Cup third round (17:31 GMT).”Epilepsy will not get the better of me,” the 34-year-old, an ambassador for Young Epilepsy, a charity which aims to create better futures for young people with the condition, tells BBC Sport.’Your body is in trauma’According to charity Epilepsy Society, more than 500,000 people in the UK have epilepsy with around 87 people diagnosed with the condition every day. Most seizures happen suddenly without warning, last a short time and stop by themselves. Around 600 people die each year because of sudden unexpected death in epilepsy (SUDEP).At first, Legge’s seizures happened during the day – he was unable to drive until he was 21 – and were triggered by tiredness or when he was ill and his immune system was weak.Then the seizures developed a familiar pattern.”I started having them in my sleep,” says Legge, whose wife Christina has been a huge support as he battles the condition. “There’s been times when I’ve gone to bed at home and everything has been OK and then I have found myself waking up in hospital. “You cannot imagine what it’s like to wake up in a different environment to the one you went to bed in. “My wife doesn’t really get used to it and she says that it can be scary. She knows what to do and she’s become pretty composed, but when it randomly happens it can be worrying.”I used to bite my tongue during seizures and I’d get ulcers because I’d also bite the inside of my mouth. Your body is in trauma, it’s not nice, and it’s all a blur. I’ve visited a lot of hospital wards up and down the country as a result of epilepsy.”