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North West comedians honoured by Royal Mail

Royal Mail are launching a new series of stamps featuring some of the regions best loved comedians. Morecambe and Wise and Victoria Wood will both feature in the Comedy Greats series. The set of stamps focuses on performers who emerged from the tradition of stand-up and sketch show artists, rather than those more widely regarded as comic actors.

Morecambe and Wise Credit: Royal Mail

Andrew Hammond, Head of Stamps and Collectibles at Royal Mail, said: “For decades, the UK has long boasted some of the most influential and significant comedy talent in the world. This set of stamps rightly pays tribute to the comedians who have made the nation laugh out loud at their ground-breaking comedy genius.”

Victoria Wood Credit: Royal Mail

Police appeal to trace missing teenager from Colne

Luke Pacy was last seen on Saturday. Credit: Lancashire Police

Police are appealing for help to trace 15-year-old Luke Pacy who is missing from his home in Colne. He was last seen on Saturday afternoon.

We are growing concerned about Luke and I would appeal to anyone who sees him or knows where he might be to get in touch. I’d also appeal to Luke himself to contact us if he sees this appeal to let us know he is okay.

– Emma Bradley, Lancashire Police

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INTERVIEW: Ed Miliband on the battle for the North West

It's been the first full day of official campaigning for next month's general election.

And highlighting the importance of the North West, the first visit of a party leader.

Ed Miliband's been in Manchester with Labour's battle bus, putting Labour's policy on the economy out there.

Mr Miliband came into our studio a short while ago and I asked him about new figure showing families are better off now than they were in 2010

VIDEO: Miliband calls Cameron's Downing Street address an "unprecedented attack"

Labour leader Ed Miliband has described David Cameron's reference to him in a speech in Downing Street yesterday as an "unprecedented attack".

After returning from Buckingham Palace, the Prime Minister told the gathering press "in 38 days’ time you face a stark choice. The next prime minister walking through that door will be me or Ed Miliband."

Speaking to Granada Reports on the first full day of campaigning, the Labour leader said he expected Mr Cameron to "attack" him throughout the campaign.

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Feud between groups in Salford behind series of attacks

Greater Manchester Police say they believe an ongoing feud between two rival groups is behind a number of violent attacks in Salford.

Detectives are linking several incidents, including a recent machete attack, an explosion involving a hand grenade, and a shooting last night in Ashton-in-Makerfield.

Police are describing it as 'extremely worrying', and said that the 'reckless' nature with which weapons are being used means there is a potential for innocent people to get caught in the cross fire.

Anyone with information is being urged to contact the police.

Pilots negotiate windy conditions at Manchester Airport

Video courtesy of Manchester Evening News syndication

Pilots have been negotiating today's windy weather at Manchester Airport.

Despite the challenging conditions, just seven flights were diverted from landing at the hub to other airports including Leeds and Birmingham.

The rest were able to take the gales in their strides, with incredible videos showing Qatar and Flybe aircraft coming into land.

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