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New cancer treatment developed in Manchester

A new technique to treat lung cancer is being developed in Manchester. Cancer cells will be captured in te patients blood by special magnets. It's hoped, it could lead to better ways to treat patients. It comes as research from Cancer Research UK announces cases of the disease in women is the highest since records began despite a drop in smoking rates.

Lung cancer rates have hit the 20,000 mark say the charity, an increase of 22% soaring from around 14,200 cases diagnosed around 20 years ago.

"It really is devastating to see that the number of women diagnosed with lung cancer continues to climb. We also know survival remains poor and one of the problems is that lung cancer tends to be diagnosed at a late stage when it has already spread. Cancer is very difficult to treat once it has spread around the body.

"It is very challenging to biopsy lung cancer and very hard for the patient too. The new technique we're testing uses magnets to capture rogue cancer cells in patients' blood and could be a more effective form of biopsy - providing vital information on the biology of the disease. And, ultimately, this could lead to better ways to treat patients."

– Prof Caroline Dive, Cancer Research UK Manchester Institute

The new technique is being presented at the Royal Society's Summer Science Exhibition this week by staff from Cancer Research UK Manchester Institute who have travelled to London.

Putting the brakes on anti-social behaviour

Police on Merseyside have launched their annual summer campaign to crack down on the illegal use of scrambler bikes. Operation Brookdale, will focus on areas across Merseyside where communities have suffered from the illegal and anti-social use of scrambler bikes, off road vehicles and quad bikes.

Some of the bikes seized by police in 2014 Credit: ITV Granada

"Sometimes the riders of these bikes don't understand the consequences for local communities and the harm that the use of these bikes can cause. In the wrong hands these bikes are potentially lethal and people need to understand the potential consequences of driving these bikes irresponsibly.”

– Superintendent Jenny Sims, Merseyside Police


New 'park and ride' opens in Manchester

The UK's first privately funded Park and Ride scheme will open in Hazel Grove in Manchester today. The £3m investment will be served by a £13m fleet of hybrid electric buses which have been designed to significantly lessen the impact on the local environment.

The facility links Stockport and central Manchester and it's hoped it's replace 6,000 car journeys a month from the region's roads.

Liam Broady back in Wimbledon action

Liam Broady Credit: PA Images

Stockport tennis hopeful Liam Broady is in round two Wimbledon action today. The world 182 has been training hard for this years tournament - he'll take on Belgium's David Goffin.

21-year-old Liam became the first Briton to reach the second round as well as the youngest British man to win a match at Wimbledon since 2008. Broady, came from two sets down to win a five-set thriller in his debut.

The player picked up £47,000 in prize money but faces a hefty fine after he was caught swearing on court.

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Disabled people here facing an uncertain future

Hundreds of the most severely disabled people in the North West face an uncertain future as a specialist government fund closes. The Independent Living Fund stops from today. It's currently a protected pot of money which allows people with disabilities to control their own care. Instead the funding will be managed by local councils. But many fear the move will lead to fewer disabled people being able to live independently.


Eleanor heads for the West End

A talented young actress from Merseyside is taking a starring role in a West End musical. Eleanor Worthington Cox, who's 14 and from Formby, is playing Blousey Brown in the play Bugsy Malone, a spoof gangster caper where the entire cast are children.

Eleanor as Blousy Brown in Bugsy Malone Credit: Hammersmith Lyric

The teenager looks set to have a huge career. She played the lead role in the musical Matilda and picked up a prestigious Lawrence Olivier award for best actress. You can hear from Eleanor about her latest role in tonight's Granada Reports at 6pm.

The sensational swimmers who bagged 10 Euro medals will celebrate....with food

They won 10 medals between them at the inaugural European Games in Baku. Now Abbie Wood, Holly Hibbott and Maddie Crompton are back home in the North West and ready to celebrate - with food. Croissants, pizza and chocolate are the order of the day after months of combining demanding training sessions with school studies. The trio are now targeting the Olympics and have not ruled out the Rio games next year. They popped into the Granada Reports studio to speak to Mike Hall.

Report: Liverpool's very own Bollywood superstar

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Five years ago Amy Jackson was a teenage model from Liverpool without any acting experience and not surprisingly couldn't speak a word of Hindi!

She's now a famous Bollywood star, with two lives - one in the UK, where she's barely known, another in India where she's mobbed by fans wherever she goes.

Paul Crone caught up with Amy on a rare trip back home to Merseyside.

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