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Ryan Tunnicliffe arrested on suspicion of drink-driving after crash

United starlet Tunnicliffe arrested on suspicion of drink-driving after crash

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UPDATED:

11:43 GMT, 14 October 2012

Arrested: Tunnicliffe was involbved in crash in his 60,000 Land Rover

Arrested: Tunnicliffe was involbved in crash in his 60,000 Land Rover

Manchester United star Ryan Tunnicliffe has been arrested on suspicion of drink-driving after crashing his 60,000 car.

Tunnicliffe, 19, was held on Saturday afternoon just hours after picking up the keys to the top of the range black Land Rover.

He allegedly hit a stationary van, pushing it 30ft into a wall, as he drove round an industrial estate in Heywood, Manchester.

The teenager, who made his first team debut for the Red Devils just weeks ago, was breathalysed and arrested at the scene.

Witnesses told the Sun that Tunniclife lost control of the vehicle when it skidded on the wet road. Part of the wall was demolished in the 2.15pm crash.

Onlooker Matthew Cronshaw, 27, told the paper: 'A mate told me he'd only just picked up the keys. He hit a van and pushed it into a wall, making a terrible screeching sound.

'He's hit it with real force because both vehicles looked like write-offs. Ryan looked really shaken up.'

Police confirmed to Mail Online that a driver had been arrested on suspicion of drink-driving.

Tunnicliffe made his debut for United as a 77th-minute substitute in the 2-1 Capital One Cup victory over Newcastle United – winning his father, Mick, 10,000.

When the midfielder, was nine years old his father placed the wager that his son would one day play for United, taking odds of 100-1 with a 100 bet.

Debut: Tunnicliffe earned his dad 10,000 after turning out for United

Debut: Tunnicliffe earned his dad 10,000 after turning out for United

Amir Khan fights armed gang in attempted ambush

'They got dropped one by one!' How Khan fought back after armed gang ambushed boxer and his brother

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UPDATED:

09:46 GMT, 9 October 2012

Ambush: An armed gang tried to steal Khan's Range Rover

Ambush: An armed gang tried to steal Khan's Range Rover in the early hours of Monday

Amir Khan was forced to call upon the skills that make him a former world champion after an armed gang ambushed the British boxer.

It's been reported that the 25-year old and his brother Haroon, 20, were caught up in a street brawl in the early hours of Monday morning as up to six armed gang members attempted to steal Khan's 100,000 Range Rover.

And despite trying to block the duo's path by using a 4×4, Khan and his brother fought back before fleeing from the scene in Birmignham.

An onlooker is quoted in The Sun as saying: 'These guys tried to jump Amir and his brother but they picked on the wrong blokes.

'They parked their car in front of the Range Rover. At least one had a cosh. One slapped Amir and clipped him on the lip but Amir pulled back and knocked him out cold.

'Then five of them went for Amir and Haroon – but they stood their ground and these guys got dropped one by one. They left these men with cuts and bruises but all they were doing was defending their property.'

A police spokesman confirmed they had been called to the scene after reports of a fight but said nobody came forward about the incident.

Nile Ranger arrested for criminal damage at ex-girlfriend"s flat

Newcastle star Ranger to appear in court following arrest for criminal damage at ex-girlfriend's flat

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UPDATED:

08:55 GMT, 24 September 2012

Newcastle striker Nile Ranger has been charged with criminal damage after a bust-up at his former girlfriend’s flat on Sunday.

Police were alerted to reports of a row at around 5.30am.

They found the front door in Enfield, North London, had been smashed off its hinges.

Court date: Nile Ranger is set to be in court for criminal damage

Court date: Nile Ranger is set to be in court for criminal damage

The 21-year-old striker was arrested at the scene.

His black Range Rover, which has his nickname, Power Ranger, on the doors, is believed to have been parked nearby.

A source told The Sun: 'The front door was smashed down. It was flat on the floor. A man was heard shouting ‘I love you’.

'Police found a girl in the flat who was very scared.'

Police said Ranger would appear at Enfield Magistrates Court on Monday.

London 2012 Olympics: Tom Stalker – from stealing cars to boxing captain

In 2003 Tom was stealing cars in Liverpool… now he is Team GB's boxing captain

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20:38 GMT, 25 July 2012


Changed man: Tom Stalker has gone from a life of crime to Olympic boxer

Changed man: Tom Stalker has gone from a life of crime to the brink of Olympic boxing in nine years

Tom Stalker knew his life was about to change when he heard the police dogs and saw the helicopter but he had no idea how much.

His problem was the tall grass. Stalker and his mate had ditched the stolen Range Rover in an industrial estate near Southport and were trying to get away on foot across a field.

‘The whole thing was just awful,’ he says. ‘It was a nightmare. We’d taken the car in Southport and a police car turned up. I guess we didn’t really think because we didn’t stop and then there was a chase.

‘We tried to get away by leaving the car and running across the field but it was awful. I kept falling over in the grass and couldn’t get away. I just kept tripping. There were police on both sides of the field and dogs and a helicopter. It was bad.

‘The feeling was horrible. When they got me and I was taken in I thought I was finished.’

That was in 2003; one year after he
started taking cars at a rate of two a week. Today, this 28-year-old
from one of the most deprived parts of Liverpool is the captain of Team
GB’s best ever boxing squad and is the world’s No 1 amateur fighter at
light-welterweight.

He is a southpaw like his idol, Joe
Calzaghe, and a slick technician who isn’t afraid to manoeuvre his lanky
frame inside and have a tear-up. But he was the boy who ‘left school
without passing a single exam’ at 16 and knows where he would most
likely be if it wasn’t for an unexpected sentence that kick-started an
extraordinary string of events.

Olympics 2012

‘The judge saved me that day,’ Stalker says. ‘He said I was lucky it was my first offence and didn’t send me down. I was so lucky.’

He isn’t just talking about his day in court. ‘It was my turning point,’ he says. ‘So much changed in one year. I mean, I was in a mess.

‘I was happy-go-lucky in school. I
always went but I was no good. I never got expelled or got in real
trouble but I didn’t pass one exam so I left at 16 (in 2000).

‘People
don’t get what that’s like. You leave with nothing, you know You get
out of school and you’re like, “What am I meant to do now” I know it’s
what everyone says, but I was bored. I used to look out my window and be
angry inside because I didn’t have anything to do.

‘I
started hanging around in Huyton — where I’m from — with these mates
I’d had years before and after a while I started doing the stuff they
were doing.’

Sometimes it was drugs and quite often it was taking cars.

Inspiration: Stalker transformed his ways after the passing of his grandmother

Inspiration: Stalker transformed his ways after the passing of his grandmother

‘I’d
take a car and you’d get this buzz,’ Stalker says. ‘I’m ashamed to say
it, but at the time it was exciting and I didn’t have that. We’d sell
them and then go out on the weekend, do drugs and whatever. I’d never
been caught until I took the Range Rover.

‘It shook me up. That was a let-off. But it was just after, when my nan died, that I really started thinking.

‘I was really close with my nan — she had 21 grandkids but I was probably the closest to her. Before she died I didn’t go see her as much as I should have, because I was doing bad stuff.

‘If I’d gone round she would have known — she would have had the instinct to know I was doing things.

‘I will never forget the funeral. I decided I was not going that way any more. I didn’t want to be that sort of person. I wasn’t brought up like that, my nan would have hated seeing me that way.’

One of his first steps was to follow his two younger brothers to the local gym.

Skipper: Stalker will lead the British boxing team at the London Games

Skipper: Stalker will lead the British boxing team at the London Games

‘They took up boxing about six months
before me,’ he says. ‘I only had my first fight when I was about 19. For
a year I couldn’t throw a punch — honestly, I was terrible — but I
loved being in the gym. All of a sudden you have something to go for in
life, you know’

His focus was about to be sharpened by the birth of his first daughter later that year. ‘That was it,’ he says. ‘Changed man. I was on my way before and having Ellie Louise with Rachel (his girlfriend of 11 years) was another reason to behave. We had a second daughter (Scarlett) this year and I just feel so happy — I don’t have any of that anger inside now.’

He adds: ‘Sometimes I can’t believe all the stuff that happened in 2003 — or what’s happened since.’

Rather a lot has happened. A World Championship bronze medal in 2011 was preceded by a European Union Championship gold, two European Championship silvers and a gold at the 2010 Commonwealth Games. Rob McCracken, the team’s performance director, calls him ‘the perfect role model’.

Not so long ago, he was giving a talk to MPs about how boxing changed his life. Usually it’s children he addresses. ‘Sometimes I think about what could have happened to me,’ he says. ‘I could be in jail. I know a few people who are. It’s so weird that all those things happened so close to each other and now I’m going for an Olympic gold medal.’

Fate ‘I’d feel silly saying it’s destiny for me to win gold, although everything that’s happened has started me believing in fate and all that. I just desperately hope I win, but I know deep down it’s an achievement getting this far.’

That’s some understatement.

Mario Balotelli changes colour of his Maserati

Matt finish for Balotelli as Man City star gives 100k Maserati a makeover

Mario Balotelli has made one last-ditch attempt to ensure he ends the calendar year as the most-talked about Premier League footballer of 2011.

After enthralling drinkers at a local pub in Manchester where he put 1,000 behind the bar as a Christmas treat for the patrons over the festive period, the Manchester City striker appeared in a more sombre mood on Friday judging by the new colour choice for his Maserati GT.

Change of colour: Balotelli has given his Maserati a new look

Change of colour: Balotelli has given his Maserati a new look

All white on the night: How Balotelli

All white on the night: How Balotelli”s Maserati looked before the makeover

Not content with the sleek white look of his 100,000 car, Balotelli has followed in the footsteps of fellow footballer David Beckham after wrapping his Maserati in matt black.

The 24million striker, who has become notorious for his wild off-field antics, joins a number of Premier League stars to give their car a face lift.

Manchester United star Wayne Rooney, turned his silver 150,000 Range Rover white in January, while Stoke midfielder Jermaine Pennant opted for a chrome look to his Aston Martin DBS earlier this year.

Trending: United star Rooney turned his silver 150,000 Range Rover in January

Trending: United star Rooney turned his silver 150,000 Range Rover white in January

Balotelli famously unveiled a “Why Always Me” t-shirt after scoring at Old Trafford earlier this season.

And here at Sportsmail we”re asking “Why don”t you just buy a new car, Mario” With the 21-year-old reportedly earning 180,000-a-week, it”s not as though he”s short of the cash, is it

Aston Villa"s Barry Bannan promotes anti-drink drive campaign

Barry Bannan: “I am so lucky … I could have killed someone. Being in a cell with the threat of a long prison term was terrifying”

Barry Bannan does not seem the obvious choice to promote the traditional pre-Christmas battle against drink-driving. But the Aston Villa midfielder can talk from experience about how he feared spending Christmas inside a jail cell after a terrifying crash on the M1 that sent his Range Rover careering into the central reservation.

The Scotland international, 22, admits he was lucky to escape with an 18-month ban and a 4,500 fine after being convicted four weeks ago of a raft of offences including driving on a provisional licence, drink-driving and leaving the scene of an accident.

West Midlands’ Police are now using Bannan as an example of what not to do during the festive period in the hope that, by highlighting what can happen to a high- profile professional footballer, others will be dissuaded from following in his footsteps.

Sober warning: Barry Bannan with Inspector Greg Jennings, who is fronting West Midlands police

Sober warning: Barry Bannan with Inspector Greg Jennings, who is fronting West Midlands police”s drink-driving campaign

Judging by the guilt and shame Bannan expressed yesterday as he reflected on his self-inflicted ordeal, the police have chosen the right man to get the message over.

‘It was a terrifying experience and it still goes through my head,’ he said. ‘Some days I’ll be at the house, doing nothing, and I’ll just start thinking about it.

‘I’m a lucky boy. If there had been another car involved or I had done something to myself or my mate who was in the car as well…you wake up the next day and loads of other stuff is going through your mind.

‘But I’m here — and I might not have been.I could have taken someone else’s life. I’m very lucky.’

Bannan banned: The Aston Villa midfielder was handed an 18-month suspension from driving

Bannan banned: The Aston Villa midfielder was handed an 18-month suspension from driving

The timing of the accident was all the more bizarre because Bannan had just broken into Aston Villa’s first team, scoring his first goal in the Barclays Premier League, a penalty in a 1-1 draw at QPR.

But Inspector Greg Jennings, of West Midlands’ Police, confirmed that a custodial sentence was within the court’s power, and it could have been far worse — a fact that Bannan acknowledged.

‘The worst time was in the cell after the crash,’ he said. ‘Then you think about what happened, what you should have done and what I didn’t.

‘After I was charged, my solicitor couldn’t rule out prison. They didn’t know what was going to happen. It was down to the judge, so there was a strong possibility I could have gone.

Better days: Bannan celebrates scoring for Villa

Better days: Bannan celebrates scoring for Villa

‘In and around the club, I was putting on a strong front, but as soon as I got into that court it really started to hit me the most. I crumbled. It was so scary in there.

‘When they were ready to sentence me, they left for 10 minutes. Then they came back in to tell me what was going to happen. All sorts go through your head. It’s terrifying.

‘If I had gone to jail, who knows what the club would have done They could easily have sacked me, so you start to think about what is going to happen, football-wise.’

Bannan said his dad, Jim, took the news far better than his mother, Cath.

‘She was in pieces,’ he said. ‘That’s the person I love the most, so it was hard for me to see her down and finding it so hard. Your mum and dad are obviously going to forgive you, but they made sure I knew I was in the wrong.’

Great Scot: Bannan has made his mark as part of the Scotland squad

Great Scot: Bannan has made his mark as part of the Scotland squad

Alex McLeish suspended Bannan following the incident but has since recalled him to the first-team squad. The Villa manager said: ‘Barry made a mistake. The wee man probably just wants to push it all to one side but he’s fronted it up today for the campaign to raise awareness.

‘He is very, very sorry for what he’s done and he just wants to get on with what he does best, which is playing football. He has got to write a new chapter for himself.

‘On the back of this, we have spoken to the whole squad, especially the young ones. They’re a really polite bunch of boys here, brought up well through the academy.

Support: Villa manager Alex McLeish suspended Bannan after the incident but has backed him in his decision to front up and support the campaign

Support: Villa manager Alex McLeish suspended Bannan after the incident but has backed him in his decision to front up and support the campaign

‘It’s when they start to get towards the first team that some of them can change and change their habits. We have to emphasise the professionalism.

‘They have to do everything they can to show the desire and dedication to their profession and they’ll be better athletes for it and have a better chance.

‘We have brought in a counsellor who comes in every week for Barry. But what is said between them has to remain private.’

Inspector Jennings, who is fronting the drink-driving campaign, said: ‘It’s interesting listening to the impact it has had on Barry.

‘I think the word that stands out for me is “lucky”. He’s lucky to be in a profession where he’s not going to lose his job. He’s lucky to be in a profession where he can pay the fine.

‘And, like everyone who drink-drives, he’s lucky he hasn’t actually killed or injured somebody and irrevocably changed his life or someone else’s.’

As for changing habits, has it had an effect on Bannan’s drinking

‘Oh yes,’ he said. ‘I’ve not touched a drop since.’

Barry Bannan unveiled as face of Don"t Drink and Drive campaign

Aston Villa midfielder Bannan is controversial choice for anti-drink drive campaign

Barry Bannan was unveiled as the surprise face of West Midlands Police Don”t Drink and Drive Campaign… one month after the Aston Villa midfielder was found guilty of drink driving.

The Scotland international was slapped with an 18-month driving ban in November after he was found guilty of a string of driving offences following a motorway crash.

Campaign: Bannan is the face of West Midlands Police anti-drink drive campaign

Campaign: Bannan is the face of West Midlands Police anti-drink drive campaign

Bannan crashed his Range Rover on theM1 in October and was charged with drink driving, failing to stop aftera road accident, driving without due car and attention and driving on aprovisional licence.

The 21-year-old was almost twice the legal limit.

Bannan has admitted there would have been “no point in me living” had the crash resulted in any loss of life.

He said: “It still goes through my head now, it was a huge mistake and I regret everything I”ve done. It will never happen again.

Action: The Scotland international was banned for 18 months

Action: The Scotland international was banned for 18 months

“As much as I regret it, I”m so luckyto be still here today. If I hit another car and killed someone else, then there”s no point in me living, really, after the things that would be going through my head. It”ll still be with me for the rest of my lifein the back of my head.”

Villa manager Alex McLeish has backed Bannan to put the incident behind him and continue his football education.

McLeish said: “He”s got to now totally concentrate and be totally professional and try to make himself the best he can possibly be.”