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Will Greater Manchester get greater powers

It's believed the Government is planning to give more powers to councils in Greater Manchester to run their own affairs. George Osborne is thought to be preparing an announcement next week creating a new 'super council' which would make decisions on areas like transport. Ralph Blunsom looks at that and Ed Miliband's plans for devolved power in the North West


Sun criticised for offering cash for offensive halloween photos

The Sun Newspaper Credit: PA

The Sun newspaper has been criticised by a student newspaper for offering them financial reward to find photographs of students wearing offensive Halloween outfits. The Editor of the Mancunian said he received a call from a reporter acting on behalf of the national tabloid offering thousands of pounds if he could find images of students in Manchester dressed up as 'Jihadi John' and his victims. He said she referenced in particular to aid worker Alan Henning.

They did this kind of story last year about two students in Chester who dressed up as 9/11, yet I was still baffled. They caught me completely off guard. Instead of just telling them where to go, I put on a polite front and said that kind of thing doesn't really happen in Manchester, but me and my editors could keep our eyes peeled. I then went straight to my deputy editor and colleagues in the Students' Union and we all agreed that The Sun's behaviour was shocking. They've been effectively engaging in fishing trips, which directly seek to portray UK students in a bad light. And if some students were caught dressing up as ISIS, a front page story on The Sun could put their lives and reputations in serious danger. I also feel terrible for Alan Henning's family, who have suffered enough already without The Sun looking to exploit his shocking murder for a cheap Halloween costume story.

– Aidan Gregory, Editor, The Mancunion

You can see the article published by The Mancuian titled 'Sunbelievable' The Executive of the University of Manchester Students' Union say they're united in their condemnation of The Sun's actions.

It's disgusting that The Sun would seek so deliberately exploit recent tragic events to unfairly represent students and young people at a national level.

– Joel Smith, Activities Officer, University of Manchester Students' Union

Man dies in house fire in Walton, Liverpool

Merseyside Police have confirmed that an elderly man has died in a house fire on Carisbrooke Road in Walton. Officers were called to the property at around 4pm this afternoon after reports of smoke coming from the house. On arrival firefighters entered the property and found an elderly man inside. He was taken to Fazakerley hospital but died a short time later.


NHS confirm Raza Laskar was a junior doctor working in paediatrics across Greater Manchester

We can confirm that a junior doctor previously working in a number of hospitals across Greater Manchester has appeared in court for a plea hearing today.

The charges against Dr Laskar did not relate to his work. However, we would like to extend our sympathies to the victims and families involved in this case.

As the current legal process is still on-going, it would be inappropriate for us to comment any further at this time.

If anyone has any concerns regarding the case they should call 0808 800 5000 where trained NSPCC staff are on hand to offer help and support in the strictest of confidence.’

– spokesperson for NHS England in Greater Manchester
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Coronation Street actress Knox to go on trial next year

Coronation Street actress Barbara Knox, who plays Rita Tanner, is to go on trial for drink-driving in February next year.

Coronation Street actress Barbara Knox. Credit: PA Wire

The 81-year-old did not attend Crewe Magistrates' Court today, where a two-day trial was set for February 9th 2015.

The actress was arrested at a Cheshire police station in March after going to collect her daughter, who had herself been arrested on suspicion of drink-driving.

Knox denies the offence.

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