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TRAINS: Buxton

Disruption on Northern Rail between Buxton and Hazel Grove due to adverse weather conditions. Trains are running at reduced speeds due to the bad weather. Services may be subject to delays of up to 20 minutes.

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Hunt for missing millionaire.

Could you be the missing millionaire? Credit: PA

The hunt is on for a missing millionaire on Merseyside. A Lotto prize worth £1,000,000 hasn't been claimed - and the ticket was bought in Liverpool. National Lottery players are being urged to check and double-check their tickets. This one was bought on Saturday November 22 2014.

The winning Liverpool Lotto raffle code on that date was TEAL 38616313 and the lucky ticket-holder has until 21 May, 2015, to claim.

If no-one comes forward the prize money, plus all the interest it has generated, will go to help National Lottery-funded projects across the UK.

"We’re urging everyone who bought a ticket in this area to check their old tickets again or look anywhere a missing ticket could be hiding.

“Try checking in the pockets of clothing, in wallets, bags and down the back of the sofa – someone out there could literally be sitting on a fortune! We have the champagne on ice and our fingers crossed that the lucky winner comes forward to claim their win.”

– A National Lottery spokesperson

Multi-million pound investment for Manchester

Business Secretary Vince Cable Credit: pa

Manchester is to benefit from a huge cash injection which its hoped will boost business and improve the city's infrastructure. The business secretary Vince Cable will be in Manchester to announce the investment and discuss the devolution of power from London. He'll also meet local business people that have already benefitted from the Greater Manchester Growth Deal. Manchester will also be home to one of three new research centres looking into sythethic biology development.

Machetes and a gun recovered from house after woman threatened

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Four people have been arrested in Wirral after police were called to reports of a woman being threatened with guns and machetes. Police say it happened on Beryl road in Noctorum last night when the gang threatened the woman and then walked away threatening to come back.

A short while later armed officers attended an address on Whetstone Lane, Birkenhead. Two males, aged 20 and 21 and a female, aged 17 all from the local area were arrested outside the property.

Officers faced a standoff with an 18 year old man still inside before he gave himself up and was also arrested. Police then searched the house and recovered two machetes and a firearm.

Stepping stone to help prisoners back into community

Prisoners can prepare for life on the outside Credit: ITV Granada Reports

A women's prison in Cheshire opens a new halfway-house today which will which will act as a stepping stone back into the community for prisoners nearing release.

It's the first of its kind in the country and is just outside the prison gates. It's hoped it will give low risk prisoners the opportunity to find work, re-establish family ties, reintegrate into the community and ensure housing needs are met before their release.

Until today, a female offender nearing release would need to move to one of only two women’s open prisons, often a long distance away from their homes, families and local community.

HMP Styal is the first prison to launch its open accommodation, with a house just beyond the prison gate which will house up to 25 offenders.

Chance for prisoners to prepare for release Credit: ITV Granada Reports

“The launch of the open accommodation at Styal is the first step of a vital reform we are making to the women’s prison estate –helping female offenders prepare for their release by testing them in open conditions, and at the same time keeping them as close to home as possible.

“This will mean that before leaving custody, they can already start to make the local links they need on their release – such as finding job opportunities, housing, or other local services.

“These are essential factors to helping offenders turn away from crime and change their lives for good.”

– Justice Minister Simon Hughes
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