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Party leaders in the North West for final campaign day

The final day of campaigning for the 2015 election saw each of the leaders of the three main parties right here in the North West, an illustration of just how crucial the region is in this election.

Cameron, Clegg and Miliband were all targeting seats they believe could be criticial to the result when votes are cast tomorrow.

Our political reporter Daniel Hewitt was on the campaign trail with them.

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Lancaster hospital ward closes after norovirus outbreak

A hospital ward at the Royal Lancaster Infirmary has been closed to admissions after a norovirus outbreak.

The hospital said some patients on Ward 32 were suffering with diarrhoea and vomiting as a result.

Royal Lancaster Infirmary Credit: Press Association

“Diarrhoea and vomiting can be spread through contact with an infected person, by contact with contaminated surfaces or by consuming contaminated food or water.

“We hope by taking the measure to close the ward to admissions we can resolve this outbreak quickly – however we apologise for any disruptions caused to patients or visitors during this time.”

– Angela Richards, Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust
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Former Liverpool man Suarez surprises cancer patient

Luis Suarez surprised a young Barcelona fan suffering from cancer by pretending to be a doctor before revealing his true identity.

Matthew, a patient at the Pérez Scremini Foundation, thought he was receiving advice from a medical practitioner until Suarez left him in tears of happiness by appearing on screen.

In the video, Suarez promises to give Matthew one of the Barcelona shirts he will wear in an upcoming match, only if the patient listens to doctors' advice during his road to recovery.

Pérez Scremini is the only foundation in Uruguay with a mission to cure childhood cancer.

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Memorial services to mark Lusitania 100th anniversary

Memorial services are being held tomorrow to mark the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Cunard British liner Lusitania in the First World War.

A total of 1,201 lives were lost when the 31,000-tonne Lusitania was torpedoed by a German U-boat off the southern coast of Ireland.

Artists impression of the sinking of the Lusitania. Credit: Press Association

Sailing from New York, the ship had been due to dock in Liverpool. One of tomorrow's services is at Our Lady and St Nicholas Parish Church in Liverpool.

It will be followed by a walk of remembrance to the Lusitania propeller - located on the quayside near Merseyside Maritime Museum - at 2.10pm, the time it was hit on May 7, 1915.

Five men arrested over child sexual abuse allegations

Police in Lancashire have arrested five men in connection with an investigation into historical child sexual abuse.

The men were arrested at addresses in Blackburn, Accrington and Burnley and their homes are being searched as part of the inquiry.

The investigation relates to allegations of sexual abuse dating back to the late 1990s and early 2000s involving a girl aged between 12 and 17 at the time.

“Today’s arrests are just the latest phase of this inquiry and further arrests are likely to be made in the near future.

"Child sexual exploitation is one of the constabulary’s top priorities and the team working on this inquiry is a specialist team set up specifically to investigate allegations of historical sexual abuse and includes officers from the Public Protection Division, who are experts in dealing with vulnerable victims and working with partner agencies."

– Detective Chief Inspector Claire McEnery,Lancashire Constabulary
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Colin Hendry charged with assaulting ex-partner

Hendry has been chraged with assaulting and harassing an ex-partner. Credit: PA

Former Scotland football captain Colin Hendry has been charged for assaulting and harassing one of his former girlfriends.

The ex-Blackburn defender was charged at a Blackpool police station today, and has been bailed to appear at Blackpool Magistrates on May 26th.

He is also alleged to have sent beautician Sarah Kinder, 40, a series of harassing emails.

Last month, the 49 year-old was disqualified from driving for 17 months after being caught with nearly two times more than the permitted amount of alcohol in his system.

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