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Airport growth leads to the creation of new jobs

More than 1,000 jobs are being created at Manchester Airport, as it gears up for its busiest ever summer.

Job-seekers across the region are being invited to attend a special event at Lancashire County Cricket Club today to learn more about the roles.

Positions on offer include bus drivers, meet and greet drivers, receptionists and security officers. Full training programmes will be offered to successful applicants.

Those wishing to attend can register for an hour's time slot by visiting

As well as roles with Manchester Airport other employers recruiting include Swissport, Gate Gourmet, Menzies Aviation, Broderick's and SSP.

The airport is also working with local authorities across Greater Manchester to hold a number of local events across the region in the coming weeks, so more people can find out about the jobs on offer at the airport.

Manchester Airport plays a vital role in providing international connectivity for the North and we are pleased to have delivered 34 consecutive months of growth, offering leisure and business passenger a broader choice of destinations than ever before in our history.

"But what is particularly pleasing about this growth is that it creates employment and training opportunities for people across the region, as well as a number of wider economic benefits.

"This year is set to be Manchester Airports busiest ever to date and the recruitment for these roles demonstrates the positive impact our growth has.

"We are looking forward to staging this jobs fair, along with other events across the region, to give as many people as possible access to employment at the airport.

– Ken O'Toole, Manchester Airport CEO

Manchester Airport is already one of the largest centres of employment in the North West with more than 21,500 people directly employed on site, supporting a further 45,000 jobs in the region.

Liverpool animal centre that rescued Britain's loneliest dog is 'under threat'

Freya's appeal for a new home was answered after 6 years Credit: Freshfields

A Staffordshire Bull Terrier once described as 'Britain's loneliest dog', is returning to the Merseyside rescue centre that cared for her. Freya, is helping fundraising efforts for the Freshfields Animal Rescue Centre, which could be at risk of closure.

Freya has epilepsy and waited 6 years for her new home. She went on to land a part in Hollywood blockbuster Transformers playing Sir Anthony Hopkins' dog. It also stars Mark Wahlberg and Stanley Tucci !

Her new owner lives in Cheadle Hulme.

Freya plays Sir Anthony Hopkins' dog in Hollywood movie Transformers Credit: Freshfields

Freya was there with all the stars, there were helicopters, tanks, fast cars and explosions. She was the only dog on set but was fantastic with it all. She was dubbed the world’s loneliest dog, 18,700 people visited the dog home without taking her home. Now she is doing quite a lot of personal appearances and I have just got an agent for her. She loves attention so is in the right line of work.

– Her new owner Ray Collins from Cheadle Hulme
Freshfields has 550 animals and wants to help more Credit: Freshfields

The rescue centre in Ince Blundell, Southport, has been caring for animals for nearly 40 years but is closed to new admissions because of rising costs and an increase in distressed animals. They say the sanctuary is under serious threat. They currently have 550 animals and birds, and are always full to capacity with many more on waiting lists.


Preston drivers appeal against controversial fines in bus lanes

Preston bus lane:23,000 fines in two months Credit: ITV Granada

A number of specimen appeals are taking place today over fines issued to drivers after the introduction of a controversial bus lane in Preston.

Drivers appealing against fines Credit: ITV Granada

It comes after 23,000 in just 2 months were caught out with the changes on Fishergate which were aimed at reducing congestion.

It's claimed fines total 20- thousand pounds a day.

Bolton Council begins live streaming meetings

Bolton Town Hall

People will soon be able to tune into Bolton Council meetings from the comfort of their own homes thanks to new web-streaming equipment.

Meetings of the full council and planning meetings will be broadcast live on the internet, to make local democracy more accessible for residents.

Cameras and microphones have been installed in the council chamber, as part of the Albert Halls refurbishment.

Tonight the council will broadcast its annual budget meeting.

Full council and planning meetings will be live-streamed at first, with plans to broadcast other meetings in the future.

Councillors will be provided with new smart microphones, which are connected to cameras which will zoom in on the councillor, displaying their name and the position they hold when they speak.

Councillors will also be able to use these devices to vote.

Councillor Cliff Morris, Leader of Bolton Council

As part of the work to refurbish the Albert Halls, we took the opportunity to bring the council chamber into the 21st century, with the installation of a live streaming system.

Previously, we were only able to broadcast meetings to other venues within the town centre, such as the library lecture theatre, but we will no longer need to do this.

People will now be able to view meetings from their home, workplace or even on the go.

"They will be able to watch live as issues are debated, motions are voted on and planning applications are decided."

– Councillor Cliff Morris, Leader of Bolton Council

To watch webcasts, visit

The local authority says members of the public are still welcome to attend the council chamber to watch any meetings which are held there.

Entrance to the council chamber is from the south entrance which is opposite the Bolton News offices in the Wellsprings.

Convicted murderer escapes during hospital visit in Liverpool

Shaun Walmsley Credit: Merseyside Police

A convicted murder is at large after escaping from custody while on a hospital visit in Liverpool.

Shaun Walmsley escaped outside Aintree Hospital while under the supervision of prison officers. Two other men threatened the guards with a gun and a knife before escaping with the 28-year-old in a gold coloured Volvo.

Walmsey had been servicing a 30-year sentence for the murder of Anthony Duffy in May 2014.

Anthony Duffy was killed in May 2014

Walmsley is described as: white, 6ft tall and of slim build with dark brown hair and blue eyes. He was last seen wearing dark bottoms and a dark jacket.

The first man, who was believed to be armed with a gun, is described as having his face covered and he was wearing white shoes, grey tracksuit bottoms with a stripe down each side, a grey hoody and a dark coat. The second man, who was believed to be armed with a knife, is described as having his face covered and he was wearing a green coat, dark Nike trainers and grey tracksuit bottoms.

Merseyside Police say patrols have been increased in the area and an investigation into the incident is ongoing.

Former Guantanamo Bay inmate from Manchester 'dies fighting for IS in Iraq'

Abu Zakariya al-Britani was born as Ronald Fiddler in Manchester

A British Islamic State fighter from Manchester who is believed to have carried out a suicide bombing in Iraq was a former Guantanamo Bay detainee, according to reports.

The bomber - named by the group as Abu Zakariya al-Britani - is said to have detonated an explosives-filled vehicle in a village to the south of Mosul.

According to reports, he was Muslim convert Ronald Fiddler, who's originally from Manchester.

The 50-year-old, also known as Jamal al Harith or Jamal Udeen, was suspected of terrorism by the Americans but freed from the US detention centre in 2004 after lobbying by the British government.

He turned to Islam in the 1990s and travelled to the Pakistani city of Quetta in 2001 for what he claimed was a religious holiday.

He has insisted he tried to enter Iran when the US invaded neighbouring Afghanistan, but was captured and imprisoned by the Taliban on suspicion of being a UK spy.

When he returned from Guantanamo, he spoke to ITV News and described the "harsh" conditions inside the centre.

Around 850 individuals of national security concern have travelled to join the conflict, according to figures published by the Government last year.

Of those, just under half have returned to the UK and approximately 15% are dead.


Watch: Gary Barlow musical opens in the West End

Tonight is the official opening night of a brand new musical in the West End called The Girls.

It tells the incredible true story of the WI ladies who bared all for a charity calendar and have raised millions for research into Leukaemia.

It's got a stellar cast and is written by none other than Gary Barlow and his partner Tim Firth.

Duncan Wood was at a royal gala performance of the show for us last night - and a warning there is flash photography in this package.

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