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Three day strike starts at Manchester tech giant

Pickets will be at the plant all weekend Credit: PA

Three hundred workers at Fujitsu, the technology giant, in Manchester are staging a 72 hour strike this weekend. It's in a long running dispute over pay pensions and jobs security. It follows a breakdown in talks between their union Unite at the conciliation service ACAS. Members will be holding rallies and leaflet handouts in Manchester city centre along with picketing the plant at Northampton Road.

Pilots call for action on drones after near miss at airport

A drone was flown at "exactly the level of the flight deck window" of a Boeing 767 aircraft approaching Manchester Airport. The sharp-edged bright yellow drone with a width of 60cm was said to have been so close it must have passed over the right wing in the incident in July. The details are contained in a report by the UK Airprox Board (UKAB).

Pilots want more regulation of drones Credit: PA Images

It was one of three near misses involving drones in the report, all were assessed as having the most serious degree of risk. None of the operators were found. Pilots' union Balpa has called for better education for drone users and compulsory registration of the devices. They want tests to be carried out to discover what would happen if a drone hit a passenger jet, amid fears it could result in an uncontrolled engine failure or a smashed cockpit windscreen.

"Flying a drone in an irresponsible manner puts lives in danger and any offending drone should transmit enough data to allow the police to locate the operator.

"If they have endangered an aircraft we would like to see the culprit prosecuted."

– Flight safety specialist Steve Landells


Watch: Anti-fracking protester has charges dropped

An anti-fracking campaigner's been carried aloft from court on the shoulders of supporters after a case they've called a 'Victory for Truth'.

Lancashire grandmother Tina Rothery faced jail for refusing to pay a court fine after staging a protest near the proposed site for shale gas exploration at Little Plumpton.

But in a private hearing drilling firm Cuadrilla appears to have dropped the claim believed to be for £55k.

Ralph Blunsom has been at Preston Crown Court.

Watch: Tributes paid to Eleanor Rathbone

A special tribute has been paid to a woman who died 70 years ago but whose legacy remains with us.

Eleanor Rathbone was a tireless campaigner for refugees and underprivileged people. She was also credited with getting the law passed which entitled all mothers in society to a universal benefit called Family Allowance.

She was also the first woman to sit on Liverpool city council. And it was in Liverpool that she was remembered today - Tim Scott was there:

Watch: Couple who've fostered more than 240 kids

We meet the amazing couple who've opened their home and their hearts to an incredible two hundred and forty one foster children.

George and Joycelyne Hindle are both in their seventies and began fostering in 1979.

The couple had two children of their own, adopted five more, then spent decades looking after youngsters from newborns to teenagers. They told our correspondent Elaine Willcox they never meant to look after so many, but just couldn't turn anyone away.


Scrapyard fire started 'deliberately' say police

Firefighters investigating the cause of afire at a scrap yard in Lancashire say they're treating it as suspicious.

More than 100 firefighters were brought in to put out the fire which started early on Wednesday morning in Altham near Accrington. It caused traffic chaos as smoke billowed across the M65 motorway. Nobody was injured. The joint investigation between the fire service and the police is ongoing.

Watch: We meet the cast of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

It's the children's classic where the car is the star. Of course it's Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and a new production of the famous story is now showing just over the water here at the Lowry theatre.

And for a couple of local stars at least it means they don't have to be away from family and friends over Christmas - Sarah Rogers went to meet comedian Jason Manford and actress Claire Sweeney - plus lodger Phill Jupitas:

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