Detained refugee Hakeem al-Araibi is losing hope, Craig Foster says

Bangkok: Detained soccer player Hakeem al-Araibi is "losing hope" inside a Thai prison, says former Socceroo Craig Foster.

Foster visited Hakeem al-Araibi at a Bangkok prison on Tuesday and said he was losing hope after nearly two months in detention.

“We feel as though football hasn’t done enough”: Former Socceroo Craig Foster.Credit:AP

Australia granted al-Araibi asylum in 2017, but Bahrain wants him returned to serve a prison sentence for a charge he denies.

Foster criticised FIFA, soccer's world governing body, and the Asian Football Confederation for not doing more for the jailed player.

Hakeem al-Araibi has spent the last two months in a Bangkok prison.Credit:AP

"We feel as though football hasn't done enough," Foster said after meeting with al-Araibi.

"FIFA has failed to uphold their own human rights policy and certainly the AFC and President Sheik Salman have been completely silent throughout this whole process. It's simply not good enough."

Al-Araibi plays for a semi-professional Australian soccer team, Melbourne's Pascoe Vale Football Club, and has played for the Bahraini national team.

He was detained upon entry at Bangkok's main airport in November because he had been sentenced in absentia in Bahrain in 2014 to 10 years in prison for vandalising a police station.

A Thai court in December ruled that al-Araibi could be held for 60 days pending the completion of an extradition request by Bahrain.

Al-Araibi's lawyer said on Monday that Bahrain has not yet officially submitted the extradition request but that Bahraini officials had been in touch with Thai officials.

Foster said al-Araibi suspects he is being sought by Bahrain because of critical comments he made about royal family member Sheikh Salman Bin Ibrahim Al-Khalifa, the president of the Asian Football Confederation.


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Natpe: ‘Brazil Avenue’s’ Joao Emanuel Carneiro on ‘Second Chance’

MIAMI — To be presented Tuesday at Natpe by Globo, “Second Chance” marks “Central Station” co-screenwriter Joao Emanuel Carneiro’s second telenovela after “Brazil Avenue,” which he also created.

Those are pretty hard acts to follow. Directed by Walter Salles, “Central Station” was nominated for two Academy Awards, foreign-language and best actress for Fernanda Montenegro: “Brazil Avenue,” became Brazil’s most-watched, most-sold novel ever.

In “Second Chance,” Carneiro returns to a story of a broken family reunited. This is also a woman’s empowerment tale about Luzia, forced to abandon her children and flee for her life, but returns years later to reclaim them.

But it has tropes of more traditional telenovela fare: a dastardly antagonist,  the scheming, money-grabbing Karola, multiple cases of infidelity, hidden parentage – Karola secretly abducting Luzia’s baby – and large twists of fate – Beto failing to make a plane which crashes into the Atlantic.

In the build-up to Natpe, Carneiro talked about ‘Second Chance,’ telenovela addiction, the challenge of writing for Globo prime, audience figures U.S. network heads would die for….

What drew you to create “Second Chance”?

Telenovelas have a large attraction when you are the writer. The idea that so many people watch what you do is very moving. You get addicted to creating telenovelas. “Second Chance” is the story about a new start for someone, for a family. The story of a broken family that’s fallen apart. That’s the story of the telenovela for me. Things fall totally apart then gets rebuilt.

“Second Chance” yokes highly contemporary concerns, such as woman’s empowerment, with more traditional telenovela tropes. Would you agree?

Yes, because of the main character. She is an empowered woman. But I love working on character nuance. Luzia did something wrong, abandons her children for 18 years. She returns, begs her family forgiveness. In traditional telenovelas, the lead is always perfect.

One major attraction of “Second Chance,” suggested more maybe in its Brazilian title, “Segundo Sol,” is its setting, both Salvador and especially Trancoso/Boipepa. You describe it in near documentary detail, what people eat for lunch, how Luzia mussels hunts on the beach still using her hands, a centuries old tradition.

My telenovelas are seen pretty well everywhere. When you are local, show the particular, you end up being universal. That’s why series are becoming more and more local, because they ambitions to be increasingly universal. Bahia has a unique culture. African traditions that still live on. They say that Salvador is the most important city in Africa. This place, its people, has impacted me from when I was a child.

It seems to me that, compared to even 2012, writing for Globo prime time is now more challenging, given for broader leisure options which viewers have, from social media to OTT platforms. Would you agree?  And how did you seek to counter this in “Second Chance.” 

In one way, I’m now under more pressure. Everybody’s on Internet, saying something about your show. Everybody thinks they could do what I do. It’s a big problem, much worse than before. But the Brazilian population likes to watch telenovelas, and in primetime. The numbers have been god from five years ago, and re getting even better. It’s a habit that really hasn’t changed that much during the Internet era.

 U.S. network honchos would die for your numbers….

“Brazil Avenue” had a record viewership of 75 million people, scored an average 39 point rating in 2012. “Second Chance” had a record viewership of 54 million people and an average of 45 million people.

Are you conscious when you’re writing that scenes can legitimize certain behavior? Social behavior, sexual behavior? 

Yes, because I reach 50 million households a day. You have to be gentle on this score. You can’t be too aggressive. At the same time you have to table questions which are some important for our society.

Ep. 1 of  ”Second Chance,” has a kind of pop art aesthetic, of primary colors. Do you see those colors throughout the series? 

We tried to capture Bahia’s music, color and energy. It’s a very energetic place. I had to shoot the opening sequence and also for the directors it was a kind of guidance, to pursue this language. Also the story has a lot to do with this. It’s about sexuality, music because the main character is a musician.

You’ve also written very successful access primetime: “Shades of  Sin.” What’s the difference between writing for the 7pm and 9pm time-slot?

The difference is that for 9 o’clock, the family is in front of the TV. For 7pm you have to grab them. It’s much more visual, action and comedy. At the same time the 7 pm slot has seen the most successful novelas nes in the history of Brazil, they are very dramatic.

As a young veteran of film and TV, what changes, or evolution, have you seen in Brazilian film and TV since you co-wrote “Central Station” at the age of 26, I believe?

When “Central Station” was released in 1998, there were only two-to-three movies that year in Brazil. Now we have a big industry,  100 or more films a year.

I like to explore the facets of a character, as I said. In “The Favorite,” a telenovela which ran over 2008-09, I created a character who was the heroine of the story at the beginning but who becomes more evil and darker as it progresses. But nobody knew who the real villain was until the end. I’m not sure if I could do that today. We are so passionate about cost, money and ratings. One problem now I feel in TV is that people are very afraid to try something new, opt for the more traditional.

What projects do you have for the future? 

I have many ideas but the problem is I end up doing again the primetime show and it takes two-and-a-half years of my life. I have to stop the circle, do something different.


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Masterchef star Andrew Fairlie dead after cancer battle

Andrew Fairlie's family confirmed he had passed away at the age of 54 earlier this morning.

He helped create one of the country's top eateries at Gleneagles back in 2001.

The plush Restaurant Andrew Fairlie regularly attracts guests from all over the world.

But the Perth native and Celtic fan, who was battling terminal cancer, revealed that he quit the kitchen for health reasons back in November.

He fought the devastating illness since 2005.


The sad news was confirmed by Andrew's dad Jim who released a short statement on Twitter.

He said: "It is with enormous sadness and grief that Kay and I announce the death of our beloved son Andrew.

"His wife Kate and his family have kept vigil with him for some weeks.

"He slipped away quietly this morning but his many achievements & memory will live on."

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon paid tribute to Andrew on twitter this morning.

She said: "I’m so sorry to hear that Andrew Fairlie has died.

"My deepest condolences to his family. Andrew is gone far too soon, but his achievements will always be remembered and his legacy will inspire the next generation of world class chefs.

"It was a privilege to know him."


And Celtic issued a tribute on social media earlier this morning.

A host of other famous faces also posted emotional messages on social media.

Andrew, described as a kitchen genius by fans, said in November that he bid an emotional farewell to his beloved venue as he feared he would be a "liability" because of his brain tumour entering its terminal phase.

He told The Times: "Giving up my restaurant kitchen was the hardest part of all.

“I gathered the staff and told them I was stepping down.

"The fact that I’ll never be back, never have that buzz and atmosphere of the kitchen again, was very emotional.

“But it’s dangerous for me to be there. I’d just be a liability if I kept hanging around.”

Andrew revealed that he was discharged from the Beatson Cancer Centre in Glasgow last June.

There was no further treatment available to the world famous chef.

And medics prescribed steroids to reduce the swelling around the tumour.


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Dad dumps 28-week-old twins in bin covered in red plastic bags

A pair of premature twins were found in a dumpster after being abandoned by their father last Friday.

Chilling CCTV footage captures the moment a man placing two red plastic bags into a large bin on roadside in the city of Xi’an in China.

Five minutes later, a cleaner approached and opened the bags, revealing a baby boy and a baby girl in the bags.

He told Pear Video , a Chinese video-sharing platform, that he found the babies covered under a blanket.

"I thought they were dolls but then one of them moved his hand," he said.

The newborns were taken to hospital immediately, however the baby girl was confirmed dead by doctors after the check-up.

According to the doctor, the baby boy had very pale skin and weighed only 0.9 kilograms when he was admitted to the hospital.

Preliminary checks showed the twins were born at 28 weeks on January 18.

A nearby shop owner said he found a wristband on the babies stating the time of birth.

“It’s written 4pm, January 18, on the babies’ wristbands,” he told Pear Video.

The infant will be closely monitored by the doctors before being transferred to the local Children’s Home.

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FIFA’s Boss Wants to Remake the Game. Europe Wants No Part of It.

FIFA President Gianni Infantino’s plans to reorder world soccer are being stymied by a familiar foe: Europe.

Since proposing several major changes to the sport’s calendar last spring, Infantino has spent months traveling the world hosting minisummits with the leaders of FIFA’s 211 member federations. His goal is to win support for a proposal to introduce two new tournaments — an expanded World Cup for clubs and a new league for national teams — that would be underwritten by a $25 billion offer from a group led by the Japanese conglomerate SoftBank.

The listening exercise follows repeated failures by Infantino to force the proposals through FIFA’s governing council, but if they are approved they would represent the biggest changes to soccer in a generation, and their adoption — and the multibillion-dollar cash infusion to FIFA — would provide Infantino with a signature success ahead of his bid to secure a second term as FIFA president later this year.

Each of the meetings on Infantino’s tour, including the most recent one held in Marrakesh, Morocco, has included about 50 federation leaders from across soccer’s six regional confederations. At the end of each session, the federation representatives are handed electronic tablets and asked to select their preferred options for the new tournaments.

Infantino’s problem is that European officials attending the meetings have stubbornly refused to offer any opinions. Instead, they have told Infantino and his team that the feelings of Aleksander Ceferin, the president of the European governing body, UEFA, and his governing council represent their views.

Some of the Europeans balked because the list of options for the Club World Cup did not include the option of not holding the tournament, which is often an annoyance for the European champion who attends, at all. On FIFA’s tablets, voters are asked to pick from only three choices: a tournament with 16, 24 or 32 teams.

Ceferin, under pressure from clubs and federations in Europe, has clashed repeatedly with Infantino over the proposed changes both to the Club World Cup and to the broader global soccer calendar, with Ceferin most frustrated by new initiatives that could challenge the hegemony of existing club tournaments like UEFA’s Champions League and add to the workload of players.

“I cannot accept that some people who are blinded by the pursuit of profit are considering to sell the soul of football tournaments to nebulous private funds,” Ceferin said in a speech last May. “Money does not rule — and the European sports model must be respected. Football is not for sale. I will not let anyone sacrifice its structures on the altar of a highly cynical and ruthless mercantilism.”

Infantino first presented details of a plan for an expanded Club World Cup at a FIFA Council meeting in Bogotá, Colombia, last March. Citing a nondisclosure agreement, he refused to identify the financial backers of the proposal, which are believed to include not only SoftBank but also financing from the Middle East, which Infantino eventually denied were directly linked to sovereign wealth funds. (Saudi Arabia remains the biggest individual backer over Softbank’s Vision Fund, the biggest private-equity fund ever raised.) Instead, Infantino pressed the council to let him close the deal on his own.

European leaders at the meeting balked, and Ceferin and Infantino have not held a meeting since the Colombia summit. In October, European officials threatened to walk out of the last meeting when Infantino suggested he planned to call another vote.

The vote did not take place; instead, FIFA set up a task force involving representatives from the six confederations and asked it to produce an acceptable plan before a scheduled FIFA Council meeting in March in Miami.

At the last summit, in Morocco, Infantino expressed frustration to the officials who declined to take part in the vote for his plans, according to multiple people present at the meeting.

“As part of this discussion, people are asked to give their feedback on a series of proposals and, as in any democratic consultation process, every member can express its opinion freely,” FIFA said in a statement. “The feedback received will be fed back to the Council together with the results of the other consultation platforms.”

FIFA’s task force for the two tournaments will hold its next meeting on Feb. 21 in Rio de Janeiro. As tensions grow, however, there is a chance that European executives will not attend, according to a person familiar with the continental leaders’ plans.

UEFA declined to comment. The organization has been seeking the support of European clubs and leagues to oppose Infantino’s proposals. At the last two meetings, Ceferin has arrived armed with signed letters of opposition from The European Club Association, a union of the continent’s top clubs, and a separate group representing the continent’s domestic leagues.

The proposals to expand the Club World Cup and to create a new global Nations League similar to the recently created UEFA version largely have the backing of officials from South America, Africa and Asia — likely enough to win a vote should Infantino choose to take one at the Miami meeting. Any such move would exacerbate the growing rift with Europe, however, and potentially lead to a larger crisis if top clubs and leading nations from UEFA refuse to participate in the new FIFA-controlled tournaments.

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Masterchef: The Professionals chef Andrew Fairlie dies from cancer aged 54

MasterChef: The Professionals star Andrew Fairlie has died from cancer.

The famed chef was first diagnosed with a brain tumour in 2005, and died on Tuesday after years of chemotherapy, radiotherapy and surgery.

He was forced to retire last year after his treatment options ran out, and his father Jim Fairlie said Andrew, 54, was surrounded by loved ones – including wife Kate – when he died.

"It is with enormous sadness and grief that Kay and I announce the death of our beloved son Andrew," he tweeted.

"His wife Kate and his family have kept vigil with him for some weeks. He slipped away quietly this morning but his many achievements & memory will live on."

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon paid tribute to the Scottish chef, tweeting, "I’m so sorry to hear that Andrew Fairlie has died.

"My deepest condolences to his family. Andrew is gone far too soon, but his achievements will always be remembered and his legacy will inspire the next generation of world class chefs. It was a privilege to know him."

Andrew received devastating news in June 2018 that treatment was no longer possible because of swelling around the tumour which was affecting his mobility.

“It had got to the point that I would have to go public as my left arm is now useless and my left leg has become increasingly difficult to move. It was clear that it was no longer safe for me to be in the kitchen," he told The Caterer.

Before stepping down as founder and chef from Gleneagles – the only two Michelin-starred restaurant in Scotland – he gave an emotional interview in which he admitted the toughest part of his nightmare was having to walk away from his job.

"Giving up my restaurant kitchen was the hardest part," he told The Times.

"The fact that I’ll never be back, never have that buzz and atmosphere of the kitchen again, was very emotional."

He rose to fame aged 20 when he won the Roux Scholarship in 1984 and worked under three-Michelin-starred chef Michel Guérard at Les Prés d’Eugénie in Gascony, France.

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Woman who claimed to be the oldest person to ever live has died ‘aged 128’

A woman who claimed to be the oldest person to ever live has died in the Caucasus Mountains.

Nanu Shaova, whose passport said she was 128, was born before the last Tsar Nicholas II took the throne, it is claimed.

She was registered two years ago in the Russia Book of Records as the oldest person in the country, a feat that, if true, would also make her the oldest person to have ever lived.

Nanu – reputed to be 27 at the time of the Bolshevik Revolution and 101 when the USSR collapsed – put her secret of longevity down to hard work and sour milk.

She credited local drink Ayran, a mixture of yoghurt and chilled or iced water, which she preferred to tea.

Twice married, she had eight children, 19 grandchildren, 33 great-grandchildren and seven great-great-grandchildren.

She is reported to have dug trenches in her village in the Second World War and during her life worked on her local collective farm in Zayukovo village of Kabardino-Balkaria republic.

Last year she was hailed as the oldest voter in Russian when she supported Vladimir Putin in the Kremlin presidential election.

She was 62 – already a pensioner – when Putin, now 66, was born, according to her chronology.

Her son Hussein said: "She did not have any kind of special diet.

“She only said that it is important to work a lot.

“She said – the more and the better you work, the healthier you will be.

“There was something genetic in it too – her mother, my granny lived for 117 years.”

A tribute from officials in her region after her death on Monday said: "Nanu Shaova, a centenarian from the village of Zayukovo, in Kabardino-Balkaria’s Baksan district, and Russia’s oldest woman, according to the Russia Book of Records, has died at the age of 128.

“She would have turned 129 in May.

“The administration of Baksan district offers its most sincere condolences to her family.”

However doubts have been expressed about Nanu’s age.

For many elderly people in the Caucasus the birth records no longer exist.

For this reason her passport showed her as being born on 00.00.1890 – because she remembered only the year of her birth, and not the day or month.

Her biography also suggests that her five children with her second husband were all born following the Second World War – when she was aged 55 or older.

A sceptic wrote: “She surely added 20 or 30 years to her age in order to qualify for an early pension…

“Many people claimed their documents were lost or burned, and did the same thing. She was certainly old, but not more than 95."

Her son has admitted that while she had a clear recollection of the Second World War, she “hardly remembered” the First World War even though she would have been 28 when it ended.

Another discrepancy is that Russia recognised Nanu as the country’s oldest citizen when another woman living in Chechnya is currently shown to be 129 by her passport and pension documents.

Koku Istambulova, apparently born on 1 June 1889, gave lucid testimony on how she was deported with the entire Chechen population by Stalin to the steppes of Kazakhstan 75 years ago.

She told how people died in the cattle-truck trains – and their bodies were thrown out of the carriages to be eaten by hungry dogs.

“We were put in a train and taken … no one knew where,” she said.

“Railway carriages were stuffed with people – dirt, rubbish, excrement was everywhere…

"Corpses were eaten by dogs.

"My father-in-law was thrown out of the train in this way.”

She was 54 at the time, according to her story.

She recalled young Caucasus girls died because from the rupturing of their bladders – they were ashamed to go to the toilet in crowded stinking the crowded trains.

Koku was quoted saying that she is the oldest person who ever lived – yet she has not had a single happy day in her life.

The Caucasus has a history of long living people yet the claims are usually impossible to verify.

The oldest documented human lifespan is Jeanne Calment, from France, who lived 122 years, 164 days, dying in 1997.

As a girl she met Vincent van Gogh.

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HMRC hits hundreds of taxpayers with £100 late fines despite filing on time

In total, 653 people who submitted their tax returns on January 2 were hit with the late-payment penalty charges.

They received letters from HMRC telling them they'd missed the deadline and had to pay a penalty of £100, even though they had submitted returns almost a month before the final deadline on January 31.

HMRC has admitted that some people have been wrongly charged, and promised to cancel the penalty charges.

It has also apologised for the error and said it'll write to all affected customers directly.

More than 11.5million people are expected to file a self-assessment tax form this year, yet only 10.7million returns were submitted on time last year.

People who need to file returns include self-employed workers, parents who receive child benefits and have an annual income of more than £50,000, and anyone who has earned untaxed income from dividends or interest on savings.

They also include people declaring income on trusts, and it is some of these who were affected by HMRC’s mistake.

An HMRC spokesperson told The Sun: "Due to human error in processing some online trust returns a small number of trustees or agents have been inadvertently issued with late filing penalties.

"All affected returns have been identified and the late filing penalties have been cancelled.

"We apologise for any issues this may have caused our customers and are writing to them directly to let them know."

Filling in your self-assessment tax return can seem daunting, but with our step-by-step guide you'll have it sorted in no time

If you find yourself submitting your tax return after the deadline, here are some of the excuses HMRC will accept.

But if you get emails from HMRC claiming you are owed a tax refund, make sure you double-check it's actually not a phishing scam before you give any details.

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Cold Feet fans in tears as Jenny Gifford gets heartbreaking cancer diagnosis

COLD Feet fans were sobbing last night when Jenny Gifford received her heartbreaking breast cancer diagnosis.

After receiving the life changing news in the eighth series of the ITV drama, Jenny sat in a car with a fellow patient and broke down into tears.

One twitter user summed up sentiments and wrote: "Not cried with the TV in ages #Cancer #ColdFeet"

While one person wrote: "@FayRipley Omg, Im in tears after watching you sobbing in the hospital car park, such a moving scene so well done Fay"

Another viewer said: "Just want to give Jenny the biggest hug right now! @FayRipley's acting is amazing! Also how lovely is the cancer patient man she's made friends with!"

And one related to her plight, writing: "6 years ago I sat in my car doing the same after being told I had skin cancer. Incredible scene"

Jenny decided to keep her diagnosis to herself and returned home to her kids and Pete (John Thomson).

Cold Feet has been off-air since late 2017 and actress Fay Ripley, 52, was recently asked how long the show could go on for.

She told TV podcast Series Linked: "I think it's about what Mike Bullen, the creator, what he sees. He's certainly, at the end of this, there will be a lot of unanswered questions.


FOR any actor, playing a character enduring a cancer scare is a harrowing experience – but for Fay Ripley it brought home how the ordeal could affect herself in real life.

In the new series of Cold Feet, her character Jenny’s life is turned upside down when she discovers a lump in her breast during a routine visit to the doctor.

Fay said: “I’m completely terrified with the odds as they are – I’m constantly thinking, ‘Who’s next?’

“I catastrophise. I’m not saying it’s right to live like that but I completely catastrophise and I’m scared.

“I know so many people who have breast cancer – or other kinds of cancer, but very particularly breast cancer.

“I did talk a little bit to people about it. But I have to say, again, that you have to be a bit careful as an actor – playing someone with a lump is not the same talking face to face.

“They’ve got it, it’s their life, so it’s really much more about saying, ‘Listen, I’m going to be doing this and, you know, I hope you’re OK with it?’ ”

But despite her fears, Fay did not feel sorry for herself during filming.

She said: “People say to me, ‘Was it really hard?’

“Well, no, because I don’t have breast cancer, of course.

“It wasn’t hard – what’s hard is getting it right.”

"And I think that it definitely would lead to wanting to know what happened next. Whether or not it does, hey, as usual, we are in the hands of the nation, let's say.

"But I hope so. I'd hate to think that it's gonna finish. But at the same time, I'm really grateful we've really had a great time. And hopefully it continues to be the gift that keeps on giving."

Cold Feet continues next Monday (January 28) at 9pm on ITV.

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Tributes flood in for mum and two young daughters found dead in Bolton house

A mum and two daughters who died in Bolton have been named locally as Tiffany Stevens and her two young daughters, Caisie, aged three, and one-year-old Darcie.

Tributes have poured in online to the three, with friends calling the mum a "bubbly and happy" person and her two daughters "beautiful angels"

What is thought to have been a gas engineer was seen this morning at the mid-terrace house the family lived in on Arthur Street in Bolton.

A single police car was parked outside and the alleyway at the back of the house was cordoned off at both ends with police tape.

Neighbour Annmarie Crossland, 36, said she was first alerted something was wrong when Ms Stevens’ brother and ex-boyfriend were heard "screaming and shouting" in the alleyway at the back of the house before another neighbour rang 999 around 3.30pm yesterday.

Ms Crossland said: "Paramedics arrived first and shot off down the back, then another came and then just all police covered the whole street."

She described Ms Stevens as a "brilliant mum" and said her own four children played with Ms Stevens daughters.

Ms Crossland added: "They were gorgeous little kids. Great, really nice. She would take them to the park and into Bolton. They were very friendly."

Neighbours did not know if the house the family lived at was rented or not, but said the family moved in around two years ago.

Tributes have been paid on social media to the mum and two girls, with Carrieanne Ainsworth saying: "Rip Tiffany Stevens awful news to wake up to will never forget the memories we had when we was younger rip to your beautiful babies aswell I really can’t believe it I’m in shock."

Georgina Head wrote: "Carnt believe the sad news iv woke up to rest in piece Tiffany Stevens and her babys you’ll never be forgotten".

Rochelle Molyneux wrote: "R.I.P Tiffany Stevens and your 2 beautiful angels. I can’t believe am writing this status!.. I have so many memories with you that I will never forget! You was such a bubbly and happy a happy girl .. Every time I seen you you always had a big smile on your face… Am going to miss you soooo much.. We was all so close am heartbroken!.. I love you Tiffany. Fly high with your 2 beautiful angels."

An updated statement from Greater Manchester Police said: "Detectives have launched an investigation after a woman and two children were found dead at a house in Little Lever.

"Shortly before 3:50pm on Monday 21 January 2019, police were called to a property on Arthur Street to reports of concern for the welfare of a woman.

"Officers attended the address and sadly found the bodies of a woman in her 20s and her two young children.

"Detectives and specialist investigators remain at the scene continuing with their enquiries into the circumstances surrounding the deaths.

Superintendent Rick Jackson, of GMP’s Bolton borough, said: "This is an incredibly tragic incident and we have specialist officers supporting the family at this unimaginably difficult time.

“Our officers will be continuing with enquiries at the scene over the coming days and detectives will be investigating the full circumstances surrounding what happened.

“We are keeping an open mind as to what happened to the woman and her children and the investigation is likely to take some time, however based on what we know so far we are not looking for anyone else in connection with this incident.

“I would urge anyone who knows anything to get in touch with us as a matter of urgency, as your information could be vital to this investigation.”

"Anyone with information should contact police on 0161 856 6777 quoting reference number 1275 of 21/01/19 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111"

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