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Blaze at tyre yard near Wigan

Police say the A577 Manchester Road is closed in both directions due to a serious fire at a tyre yard between Dobson Parkway and Makerfield Way.

It's affecting traffic heading past The Amberswood Tavern between Wigan and Westhoughton.


Eldery Liverpool couple 'died from stab wounds'

An elderly couple whose bodies were found in their home died from multiple stab wounds, a post-mortem examination found.

Police discovered the bodies of a 73-year-old man and a 66-year-old woman in a property in Toxteth, Liverpool, on Friday morning.

A 46-year-old man who was later arrested on suspicion of the murders in Rainhill has now been sectioned, Merseyside Police said.

The incident is thought to have been domestic-related and detectives are not seeking anyone else in connection with the matter.

"Merseyside Police can confirm post-mortems have now been conducted into the deaths of the two people, a 73-year-old man and a 66-year-old woman, found dead inside a property on Huskisson Street, Toxteth.

"Post-mortems revealed that they both died as a result of multiple stab wounds.

"Enquiries are ongoing into this matter.

"The 46-year-old man arrested in connection with the incident has now been detained under the Mental Health Act.

"As yet neither of the deceased have been formally identified."

– Merseyside Police

200 runners turn Manchester Airport runway red

Gary Lineker at the start of the airport run. Credit: Amy Welch, ITV Granada

Runners, joggers and walkers have turned the runway red at Manchester Airport to raise funds for two special charities.

The autumn fun runners followed a four kilometre route around the perimeter of the UK's third largest airport.

The event was in aid of Flying Start, British Airways' global charity partnership with Comic Relief UK, and Medcare, Manchester Airport's supported charity at the Wellspring Children's Medical Centre in Kamutuuza, Uganda.

Participants were asked to wear something red and to raise a minimum of £25 in order to take part.

They were joined at the start line and during the run by a number of famous faces.

"This is a great opportunity for a family fun day out to raise funds for two fantastic charities. We're hoping to attract some serious fundraisers as well as some aviation fans."

– Anne-Marie Ryan, British Airways

Three ill in Bolton after breathing 'laughing gas'

Greater Manchester Police are investigating after three people were taken ill at a Bolton nightclub.

Police say they were called to the Royal Bolton Hospital in the early hours of this morning (Sunday) following reports that two men and a woman had been admitted suffering from the effects of drug ingestion.

The three had been at the La Spatule club on Bradshawgate in Bolton town centre.

Initial inquiries have established the three people may have inhaled nitrous oxide and, as a result, suffered a bad reaction.

The trio have been treated in hospital and are now recovering well.

"We are still investigating the circumstances surrounding this incident and exactly what these three people have ingested that caused them to fall ill and require hospital treatment.

"Our initial inquiries have established they may have inhaled nitrous oxide but this is still subject to investigation.

"I do not want to speculate or get into a wider debate about legal highs and the dangers of taking such substances. My main focus is to ensure there aren't any other people who have either inhaled or ingested whatever these people have taken and have not yet sought medical attention as they could be at risk.

"If you were in this club and you did take something, then please seek the appropriate medical advice and treatment as soon as possible."

– Insp Graham Neild, Greater Manchester Police

Toddler "serious" after Liverpool hotel balcony fall

A health and safety investigation is being launched after a toddler suffered serious head injuries after falling from a hotel balcony in Liverpool.

The two year old was taken to hospital after the fall from a mezzanine balcony in the lobby at the Hilton hotel in Thomas Steers Way.

Merseyside Police say the boy remains in a "serious condition".


Police officers injured after brawl in Blackpool

Blackpool Credit: PA

Police are continuing to question twelve people after a brawl involving up to 500 youths broke out in Blackpool.

Police were pelted with missiles, including cans, as they responded to reports of disorder in Bank Hey Street and Victoria Street on Friday night.

Three officers received minor injuries with police eventually bringing the situation under control after an hour.

Twelve people, aged 13 to 22, have been arrested for a variety of public order offences.

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Hostage's wife: Don't allow world to see Alan dying

The wife of British hostage Alan Henning has pleaded with Islamic State militants not to "allow the world to see a man like Alan dying".

Ina statement released through the Foreign Office, Mr Henning's wife Barbara said she has sent messages to IS urging them to release her husband but has received no response.

I am Barbara Henning the wife of Alan Henning.

Alan was taken prisoner last December and is being held by the Islamic State.

Alan is a peaceful, selfless man who left his family and his job as a taxi driver in the UK to drive in a convoy all the way to Syria with his Muslim colleagues and friends to help those most in need.

When he was taken he was driving an ambulance full of food and water to be handed out to anyone in need.

His purpose for being there was no more and no less. This was an act of sheer compassion.

I cannot see how it could assist any State's cause to allow the world to see a man like Alan dying.

I have been trying to communicate with the Islamic State and the people holding Alan. I have sent some really important messages but they have not been responded to.

I pray that the people holding Alan respond to my messages and contact me before it is too late.

When they hear this message I implore the people of the Islamic State to see it in their hearts to release my husband Alan Henning.

– Barbara Henning
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