Live updates

Firefighters rescue woman(84)from house in Bury

Firefighters are urging people to ensure they have an escape plan after rescuing an 84 year old woman from a fire at her home in Bury.

It happened this evening when a fire started in the kitchen of a house on Bolton Road. The occupant couldn't find her keys to escape.

Crew from Whitefield and Bury, wearing breathing apparatus, broke in to the property and rescued the woman.

“This lady was lucky, everyone should have an escape plan.

“She was very calm and did everything else right. She closed the kitchen and lounge doors and calmly phoned 999."

– Watch Manager John Vangeffen

Sir Bobby Charlton goes back to school

One of the most famous footballers of all time went back to school today.

Sir Bobby Charlton and his wife Lady Norma were in Middleton in Greater Manchester for a special ceremony.

Sir Bobby meets Middleton Technology School students Credit: ITV Granada

They were signing up the latest school to the Manchester United Foundation, which works to educate, motivate and inspire young people.

And as our correspondent Ashley Derricott reports, the town has special memories for the VIP visitors:


Lancashire County Council delay fracking decision

Councillors in Lancashire have delayed making a decision on whether the energy firm Cuadrilla can drill for shale gas at two areas in the county.

There was a large protest outside county hall in Preston by campaigners opposed to the drilling process known as fracking.

The council will now make a decision on the sites near Blackpool in two months' time.

Costa charged with violent conduct

Diego Costa has been charged with violent conduct by the Football Association following his clash with Emre Can in Chelsea's Capital One Cup semi-final second leg win over Liverpool.

Costa and Emre Can Credit: PA Images

The striker's apparent stamp on the Liverpool defender was missed by match officials and reviewed on video on Wednesday.

Costa has until 6pm on Thursday to respond to the charge, but faces no action for a similar incident involving Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel later in the match.

Life sentence for man who hospitalised pensioner for a month

The son of a 78-year-old woman who was beaten unconscious by a prisoner on day release says the Government needs to urgently review the way inmates are released back into the community.

Theresa Cain lived a healthy and happy life until she was attacked in her own home by serial offender Paul Steadman.

Steadman is now serving a life sentence, Theresa's son Peter says that's come too late for his mum.

Warning: this report contains some distressing images.


Girl missing from Norris Green

Police say they are "concerned" about the whereabouts of a girl from Norris Green.

Makayla Jones, 16, has been missing since Monday Credit: Merseyside Police

Makayla Jones, who's 16, was last seen on Monday night in Bootle and enquiries have been on-going since she was reported as missing on Tuesday.

Officers say her family are increasingly worried as they've had no contact from her.

Makayla is described as being white, 5ft 3 ins tall of a slim build with long brown hair.

She was last seen wearing a black leather jacket with fur around the hood, black and white trousers and black ankle boots.

Makayla is known to frequent the Bootle area.

Makayla, or anyone who has seen her or knows of her whereabouts, is asked to call Merseyside Police on 0151 777 4429, 101, or the Missing Persons Bureau on 116 000.

Reports 11 people treated after carbon monoxide leak

There are reports 11 people are being treated, three in hospital and others at the scene, after reports of a carbon monoxide leak at a community centre in Rochdale.

Suspected carbon monoxide leak at Rochdale community centre

Several people have been taken to hospital after a suspected carbon monoxide leak at a Rochdale community centre.

Some roads near the area have been cordoned off:

Load more updates Back to top