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Family of missing diver 'devastated'

Paul Brown
Paul Brown Credit: MEN

A family have spoken of their ‘devastation’ as a father-of-two, from Salford remains missing after diving off the coast of Scotland.

Keen diver Paul Brown, 49, of Eccles was reported missing in water at St Abbs, near Eyemouth on Tuesday, August 26.

Officers responded to a call shortly after 11am in which it was reported that a man participating in a recreational dive had disappeared.

A major search involving a helicopter and lifeboats was carried out but failed to find him.

In a statement his family said: “The family are devastated at the situation that has arisen and are in a state of shock.

“Paul has been a loving husband and father to his two teenage daughters and was participating in his favourite pastime at the time of his disappearance.

“Paul was an experienced diver and was a frequent visitor to Scotland in pursuit of his long term hobby which has given him so much enjoyment over the years.”

Police are continuing to utilise resources to carry out searches of the sea-bed and along the coastline, but the search has now been scaled down.

Greater Manchester unites to tackle alcohol abuse

Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner for Greater Manchester Jim Battle, Councillor Mike Connolly, Leader of Bury Council, Councillor Cliff Morris, Leader of Bolton Council, and Sandy Bering at today's launch.
Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner for Greater Manchester Jim Battle, Councillor Mike Connolly, Leader of Bury Council, Councillor Cliff Morris, Leader of Bolton Council, and Sandy Bering at today's launch. Credit: GMCA

Councils, health services and the police have today officially teamed up to tackle alcohol abuse in Greater Manchester.

This is the first time ever in the UK such a large number of public bodies have united to launch a joint effort to deal with the problems caused by alcohol harm.

It is estimated excess alcohol consumption in Greater Manchester costs £1.2bn every year. That’s £436 for every person living in the region.

The strategy, which was officially endorsed today by the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA), focuses on prevention of alcohol abuse and bringing in measures to tackle the problems it causes.

The strategy sets out a number of recommendations which include:

· Ensuring licensing powers are more effective and used consistently

· Putting the right services in place to protect victims of domestic abuse

· Improving awareness of the impact of drinking to the whole population

Mike Connolly, Leader of Bury Council and GMCA’s lead for the strategy said: “The impact of alcohol abuse is huge and it’s everybody’s business. It impacts on the health and wellbeing of our residents, the safety of our communities and the future success of our town centres and their night-time economies. It’s essential that all public bodies from across our region work together to tackle this scourge on our society.''

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Double fitness boost for City

Manchester City's Sergio Aguero in action
Manchester City's Sergio Aguero in action Credit: PA

Manchester City strikers Sergio Aguero and Edin Dzeko are both fit for the Barclays Premier League visit of Stoke on Saturday.

There were reports Aguero may have suffered a training ground injury this week, but the club have dismissed them and the Argentinian continues to build his match-fitness. Dzeko has recovered from the blow to a thigh sustained against Liverpool on Monday.

New #32million defender Eliaquim Mangala and loan midfielder Frank Lampard remain short of match-fitness while striker Alvaro Negredo (metatarsal) is out long term.

Provisional squad: Hart, Caballero, Zabaleta, Sagna, Kompany, Demichelis, Nastasic, Boyata, Clichy, Kolarov, Silva, Nasri, Milner, Navas, Toure, Fernandinho, Fernando, Aguero, Jovetic, Dzeko.

Edin Dzeko, Manchester City.
Edin Dzeko, Manchester City. Credit: PA

Laptops stolen from school in Rochdale

Police are appealing for witnesses after thieves broke into a school and stole a number of laptops, in Heywood, Rochdale.

At about 1am on Thursday 28 August 2014 thieves broke into Our Lady & St Pauls Infant School on Sutherland Road and stole 31 MacBook laptops.

Police Constable Nicola Evans of Rochdale division said: “The children are due to return to school next week and they will be very sad to hear their laptops have been stolen and, because of the significant cost, are not easily replaceable.”

“I would urge anyone who has been sold a MacBook in the area or has any information about the stolen property to contact police immediately.”

Plans to tackle alcohol abuse given go ahead

A plan to tackle alcohol abuse across the whole of Greater Manchester has been given the go ahead today. The bringing together of so many agencies is being dubbed a UK first. It follows a report claiming the problem costs every person in the area £436 each year, a total of 1.2 Billion.

It will try and ensure that licensing powers are more effective, victims of domestic abuse are protected and have a focus on reducing levels of drinking.

Greater Manchester Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner Jim Battle and the Leader of Bury Council, Councillor Mike Connolly spoke to Granada Reports about the plans:

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Local health professional to oversee improvement plan at Morecambe Bay Hospitals

Glenys Marriott
Glenys Marriott Credit: University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust

Glenys Marriott has been appointed as the Independent Chair responsible for overseeing the programme of work to deliver the further improvements needed following the recent Care Quality Commission hospital inspection.

The Trust was placed into special measures in June 2014, following the publication of the CQC’s Hospital Inspection report. As part of the improvements required, the Trust was asked to submit a plan detailing how it would improve in the areas identified. The Trust will be re-inspected within the next 12 months.

John Hutton, the Interim Chair of the hospital Trust commented on the Trust’s approach:

“The Improvement Board is part of our ongoing commitment to being open and transparent. Membership of this Board includes local commissioners, governors, County Councils and the patient’s champion, Healthwatch.”

“Achieving a rating of ‘good’ next time around has to be our minimum aim. Staff, volunteers and governors continue to work incredibly hard to improve services and we all remain committed to seeing the job through and we value the support that our partners have given us.

Glenys Marriott is an independent health and social care consultant, chair of Headway South Cumbria and the founder chair of the Cumbria Neurological Alliance.

Everton find out who they're facing in Europa League

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We have been drawn in Group H alongside Lille, Wolfsburg and one more team to be drawn. Thoughts?#UELdraw #EFC

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Our final Group H opponents are Krasnodar. We will face Lille, Wolfsburg and the Russian side in the Europa League group stage. #EFC

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