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Damian Harper was 17 he was diagnosed with bone cancer but he never says no to challenge.
Damian Harper was 17 when he was diagnosed with bone cancer and had to have his leg amputated.

Hillsborough retrial: Names of 95 Liverpool fans read out

The names of 95 Liverpool fans who died at Hillsborough have been read out in court as the jury was sworn in at the retrial of David Duckenfield.

Hillsborough victims
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There was silence in the jury box and the public gallery as the courtroom listened to the list of names.

Mr Duckenfield, who was match commander at the FA Cup semi final in 1989, denies gross negligence manslaughter of 95 men, women and children.

The 96th victim, Tony Bland, is not included because he died four years later - outside the time limit for this offence.

The 75-year-old sat in the well of the court wearing a suit and blue tie. His wife, Ann, was in the public gallery, as were about eight relatives of victims.

Fourteen people, 12 to make up the jury and two additional jurors who will sit through the opening, were selected from a panel of 30 at Preston Crown Court.

The prosecution will open its case on Thursday.

Hillsborough: Jury in David Duckenfield retrial sworn in

The jury in the retrial of former Hillsborough match commander David Duckenfield has been sworn in.

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Nine women and five men have been selected for an initial panel of fourteen.

The names of the deceased were read out at Preston Crown Court.

Mr Duckenfield, 75, denies gross negligence manslaughter of 95 Liverpool fans.

Ninety-six Liverpool fans died in the crush on the Leppings Lane terrace of Sheffield Wednesday's ground at the FA Cup semi-final with Nottingham Forest on 15 April, 1989.

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Under the law at the time, there can be no prosecution for the death of the 96th victim, Tony Bland, because he died more than a year and a day after his injuries were caused.

The prosecution is expected to open its case against him later this week.

The trial is expected to last up to seven weeks.

Severe disruption: M53 Merseyside northbound

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M53 Merseyside northbound severe disruption, at J1 for A5139 Wallasey Dock Link South.

M53 Merseyside - Road closed on M53 northbound at J1, A5139 (Wallasey), because of a police investigation.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

The fox was seen at the ambulance service's headquarters when workers found he looked ill.
The fox was seen at the ambulance service's headquarters when workers found he looked ill.
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Severe accident: M53 Merseyside northbound

BBC News Travel

M53 Merseyside northbound severe accident, at J1 for A5139 Wallasey Dock Link South.

M53 Merseyside - One lane blocked and it's slow on M53 northbound at J1, A5139 (Wallasey), because of an accident involving two vehicles.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Southport manager Liam Watson (left) and midfielder Russell Benjamin, who received a nine-year prison sentence

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Having served time in prison, midfielder Russell Benjamin is playing at Southport, where boss Liam Watson believes in second chances.

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North West Air Ambulance called out to 200 incidents

The North West Air Ambulance Service responded to nearly 200 incidents in Cumbria in the last year.

The service, which has helicopters in Greater Manchester and Preston, covers the south of the county - but has been as far north as Carlisle in the last 12 months.

James, who's a helicopter pilot, says the aircraft make a big difference to patients in need.

If it's an hour-and-a-half or two-hour drive, we can be there in 20 minutes and that can make a real big difference to that patient."