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Warning of 'North-South' divide affecting our schools

Ofsted is warning of a growing north-south divide in the performance of our schools.

It says children who live in smaller northern towns are much less likely to attend a good or outstanding secondary school than if they lived in the south of England.

The education watchdog says the difference is in the quality of leadership and teaching.

Secondary schools in Blackpool, Oldham, Liverpool, Knowsley, St Helens and Salford are giving cause for concern.

This report from Ralph Blunsom:-

Man convicted for second time of murder of teenager

Kelsey Shaw Credit: GTV

A man from Liverpool who strangled his 17-year-old girlfriend has been jailed for life, for a second time. Callum Wilcocks was found guilty of the murder of Kelsey Shaw in 2011, but the conviction was quashed on appeal. At his re-trial, Wilcocks denied murder, claiming he had a severe personality disorder. But today he was convicted again and told he would serve at least 16 years.

Callum Wilcocks Credit: GTV


Police hunt two men who conned home owner out of thousands of pounds

The men called at the home in Walkden Credit: GMP
They phoned the owner for months to persuade him Credit: GMP

Police in Greater Manchester are hunting two men who conned a vulnerable man out of thousands of pounds. They called at his home in Walkden earlier this year and tried to convince him that work was needed to repair the roof on his house, at a cost of sixty thousand pounds. The 63 year old said he didn't want the work doing but the men continued to phone him for two months before they convinced him it needed carrying out. He gave them thousands of pounds but no work was ever done.

The victim is a vulnerable 63-year-old and these men have taken advantage of the trust he has shown in them. The man has been able to supply us with enough detail to create an efit and I would ask anyone who may recognise them to call us. Have you also fallen victim to them or have they knocked on your door? If so, please call us as soon as possible.

– Police Constable Sarah Langley, GMP

Experts 'unable to interpret evidence on Hillsborough victim

Ian Glover Credit: Hillsborough Inquests

Experts have been unable to interpret evidence that a victim of the Hillsborough disaster opened his eyes momentarily during rescue attempts, a court has heard.

A fan who helped carry Ian Glover to the gymnasium at Sheffield Wednesday's football ground said he saw the 20 year old's eyes flicker during CPR. But Dr Jasmeet Soar, a specialist in resuscitation research, said it had been "quite hard" to interpret the signs. He said: "They could mean anything from a brief restoration of a circulation to that [the witness] was mistaken." The expert added that even if the witness had accurately reported some eye movement, it would not necessarily indicate that Mr Glover was going into cardiac arrest at that point.


Police given extra time to question murder suspect

Police were called to St. Helier's Drive on Sunday Credit: GTV

Detectives investigating the death of a woman in Salford have been given more time to question a man. The body of 36 year old Sian Roberts was discovered at a property on St. Helier's Drive in Salford on Sunday. She had died of stab wounds. A 36 year old man is being questioned.

We are eager to find out what Sian had been doing and where she had been on the day of her death, so we would like anyone who was with her or saw her on either Friday 27, Saturday 28 or Sunday 29 November 2015, to get in touch This is an extremely difficult time for the family and we want to give them the answers they deserve. We currently have a 36-year-old man in custody and we are taking our time to thoroughly question him to establish what exactly led to Sian losing her life.

– Detective Chief Inspector Terry Crompton, GMP

Trial starts of man accused of murder of 'good samaritan'

Alison Wilson Credit: GTV

The trial of a man accused of murdering a mother-of-two earlier this year has begun in Liverpool. 36-year-old Alison Wilson died after 27-year-old Stephen Duggan allegedly jabbed a broken wine bottle into her neck in Widnes in March. She was trying to break up an argument between him and another woman. She died six days later. Duggan pleaded guilty to manslaughter but denies murder.

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